Sam reviews ‘Dom of Ages’ (Collars and Cuffs #7) by KC Wells and Parker Williams. This book was published by Dreamspinner on December 21, 2015 and is 282 pages long.
This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. He wants a sub who truly knows how to submit. So when he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. It doesn’t matter that Jarod has to be about twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? Not one to miss an opportunity, Eli moves fast and takes Jarod home with him, without thinking things through. All he can see is what he’s always wanted – a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-eight years with his Master, until Fate took Phillip from him. Four years on, and Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughing stock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub? And when the moment of humiliation does arrive, Jarod flees. He’d be better off with Phillip.
Despite several missteps, what happens forces Eli to understand that Jarod needs him as much as he needs Jarod. But he knows in order to find happiness, they need friends who will understand. A friend keeps telling him Collars & Cuffs is what they need. Eli finally goes to visit, refusing to risk Jarod being hurt again, and finds everything he’s heard about the club is true. When he takes Jarod, he watches as his sub is met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently. And he dares to think he can have it all. Until the phone call that shows him he didn’t realize what he could lose.
Pages or Words: 92,000 words
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, May-December Romance
The club was packed. Dozens of young subs lined up along the wall, obviously hoping to catch the gaze of the Doms who entered the club. There were so many people on the dance floor, it may well have been an orgy in the making with the sweat–glistened bodies mashed together.
I did my best to ignore the stares as Eli and I entered, and just like that I felt his hand on my back, as if to reassure me of his presence.
“Breathe.” The quiet instruction was meant for my ears only. I did as I was told, inhaling deeply and expelling my nerves in a silent push of air. “Good. Just like that.” His praise warmed me, and my stomach settled. I followed him to the bar where he ordered two glasses of club soda and then sat at a table. I stood, uncertain of what he would like me to do. The smile calmed my nerves a bit, and he gestured to the chair beside him.
“I wanted to thank you,” he began.
“Thank me? For what?”
He laced his fingers with mine, and I drew strength from his touch. “During this week you’ve given me so much of yourself, even if I didn’t deserve it.”
I started to speak, but he held up his other hand.
“Let me finish, please. I won’t defend my actions, because I know I was unfair to you and to myself. When we were here last, I saw you there, kneeling on the floor, and everything I’d ever wanted in my life was there. I grabbed it with both hands and didn’t want to let go. The next morning, finding you in my kitchen, having breakfast ready? That was my idea of heaven, because my needs were being met. I was lost in the moment, a perfect bubble that I didn’t want to pop.
“Then a friend of mine told me—twice—that I was being a right bastard to you, and not giving you anything in return. For that, I am truly sorry, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to make things right between us.”
A sigh of relief slid from me. I’d been walking on eggshells for fear that Eli would realize he’d made a mistake and put me out, but that wasn’t the case at all. I reached into my pocket and felt the strip of leather he’d wrapped around my throat the first night. I wondered if he had any idea how many times a day I touched it, wishing I had earned the right to wear it. I slid it from my pocket and placed it on the table. Eli gave me a curious glance.
“I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed taking care of you. Since Master Phillip died, I’ve been alone, and it took me coming into your house to realize just how lonely I’d been. I would have done anything to stay and make you happy. Submissive, slave, or even just houseboy, I would have done it gladly, because I finally felt whole again.”
Eli picked the collar up and smiled at me. “I know we have a lot to discuss, but for tonight, here at the club, would you wear this for me? I want everyone to see that you’re mine, and I’m very proud of that fact.”
“Yes, Sir. I would be honored.”
He pointed at the floor, a wide grin playing on his face, and I hurried to kneel at Eli’s side, my head down. How I’d missed this position. When Eli touched my neck and slid the collar back where it belonged, I twitched slightly. He stroked my nape with gentle fingers, rubbing gently.
“You’re doing well, pet. I’m very proud to be here with you.”
My heart thumped hard. It had been too long since I’d heard those words. And then it registered: he’d called me pet. Warmth spread out from somewhere deep inside me, filling me, bringing with it a sense of peace. He understood that I wasn’t a boy, and it wouldn’t make sense for him to call me that, but he wanted to show me that he claimed me as his. Warmth infused me. I was Eli’s pet.
Yeah, I could definitely live with that.
“What’s going on here, then?” I heard a lilting voice ask. I tensed.
It was quiet for a moment before Eli replied. “I’m here with my pet. Is there a problem?” There was a new edge to his voice, one I hadn’t heard before.
The man laughed. “He’s pretty old to be a pet. Maybe you should put him down and get a new one.”
My belly rolled over, and my throat tightened. Eli increased the pressure of his hand on my neck. “That’s disrespectful. Would you say something like that to any other Dom?”
So the speaker was a submissive. Something coiled in the pit of my stomach, a feeling of uneasiness and fear.
“I’d be a better sub for you.” His words tasted of arrogance.
I felt the tears welling up. I should have known this was going to happen. Any happiness I’d felt at being Eli’s pet was chewed up and spat out as reality hit hard. That last week had been wonderful, but we couldn’t stay at home all the time. He’d want to go to the clubs. Eli might make the right noises and say it was fine, but I knew that eventually he’d see what everyone else saw. I was an embarrassment to Eli, and no matter where we went, this was going to happen again. And again. So why prolong the inevitable? I pushed up off the floor and turned to him. “I’m sorry, Sir. I hope you’ll forgive me.”
I spun around and fled the club, too mortified to see Eli’s face. The other sub was right. He deserved someone he could show off. It would never be me.
KC Wells and Parker Williams definitely know how to grab your attention. I was a basket case within the first few pages. My heart instantly hurt for Jarod. At fifty years old, he is grief-stricken and doesn’t know how to move on. He lost his Master suddenly, four years ago. He has tried to go out to clubs but being a sub at fifty isn’t alway accepted. With the pressure from his mother and his need to find someone to take care of he decides to go one last time and see what happens.
Eli has become discouraged, he is looking to find a sub that takes it seriously not the run of the mill wanna be he seems to keep finding. His friend, Ben keeps telling him to come to the club he attends and works at, but Eli can’t see how it could be any different.
Eli decides to give the current club he attends another try. As before, all he finds are wannabes. The subs attending show no true behavior of real submission. They approach the Doms and are cocky. Eli is ready to give up his search, until he notices the man kneeling in perfect position. This sub is older than Eli by about 20 years, but this doesn’t bother him. He needs to know how this man hasn’t been taken yet.
When Eli approaches him, Jarod is taken off guard, thinking could it be real this time could someone be interested in him? When Eli asks him to come home with him Jarod jumps at the opportunity. Jarod knows deep down that it won’t last. He believes this because Eli is only 30 years old, how could he ever want a 50 yr old sub long-term.
Jarod is the perfect sub. He truly loves submitting and taking care of Eli. Only, Eli wasn’t the perfect Dom at first. He is so excited to find what he has been looking for, Eli forgets some of the major responsibilities as a Dom. He soon realizes this and sets off to rectify his wrong doings before he ruins it all.
When Eli and Jarod decide to visit the club once again, they were not welcomed. Both the Doms and subs were cruel to Jarod. Unfortunately the situation gets even worse. Eli knows they will need to find friends that accept their relationship. This is how they ends up at Collars and Cuffs.
Like Ben had said, the club is totally different from the ones he had attended in the past. The subs immediately took to Jarod. It was all going great. Eli was even beginning to realize that his feeling for Jarod where changing. Eli was falling for his Sub. Before Eli has a chance to tell Jarod how he feels, he receives a call that may change everything. Will it be too late to tell Jarod how he feels?
Dom of Ages is one of my favorites books of the Collars and Cuffs series. I absolutely loved Jarod. He was so sweet and caring. My heart ached for what he has been through. The courage he finds to move on from the past is nothing but spectacular. I love that he is different from the other subs in age but in reality it didn’t matter. The other subs immediately accept Jarod with open arms. I enjoyed seeing Eli grow into the Dom he knew he could be. There are some very emotional scenes throughout the story. Therefore have Kleenex on hand. Not parts all are tears of anguish, some are tears of joy.
KC Wells and Parker Williams do a phenomenal job telling Jarod and Eli’s story, as well as bringing back the main characters from the other books. There are some amazing scenes that you don’t want to miss. Not only did I fall in love with Eli and Jarod, I fell deeper in love with the subs and Doms of the past stories. The authors don’t end their story on a huge cliffhanger but leave you wanting to see what going to happen next.
If you have read the other books in the Collars and Cuffs series, then you don’t want to miss out on the Dom of Ages. If you haven’t read them, then I highly recommend doing so.
10/10 pots of gold
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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.
Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Photo Credits: Joey Flyfoto, Model: Dirk Caber
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