Dana reviews Turning His Life Around by Grace R. Duncan (Published by Dreamspinner Press, July 6, 2015, 244 pages)
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Can Kane recognize what’s right in front of him before he loses everything?
When Kane Harris’s world turns upside down, his lifelong best friend is the only one to catch him.
Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He’s learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.
It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.
My experience with BDSM books is still on the relatively low end, but I do enjoy a good story of submission and domination, where the partners are equal outside of their scenes or the bedroom. Turning His Life Around was a perfect example of that. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers. I love that moment when a pair of friends realizes that their feelings run deeper. In this story it comes quicker to Ian. Ian and Kane started our as young friends, to roommates who like to game together as well as study martial arts. Eventually they became friends with sub/dom benefits.
Things seem to change for them when Kane loses his job and Ian becomes more comforting for lack of a better word. While Ian attempts to not fall too deeply, Kane’s issues go back to his childhood. It was not easy for him growing up with an alcoholic parent with lovers who began to look at him with consideration. Not having a strong background of love made it hard for him to see what he might be feeling beyond friendship.
Things really seem to kick into high gear for them, when they open a web security business together and gain a BDSM club for a client. Up til then they were self taught, but being in the presence of others solidifies their dom/sub relationship. The sex between them is hot but their tenderness with each other even before the realization of feelings was sweet. I loved everything about them. There are great side characters in this story as well. A group of friends and co-workers they hang out with frequently including another dom/sub pair, and new friends/clients of their security business also in the BDSM culture as well. After reading about them, I have to admit I’d like to see stories about them as well. Though the road to admitting their feelings for each other is not easy for Kevin and Ian, it definitely was an awesome book with a great ending.
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writingfanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.