‘Sir’ by N.R. Walker #LGBTQ+ #Review #BDSM #MMM

Erryn reviews ‘Sir’ by N.R. Walker.  The book was self-published on July 23, 2019 and is 248 pages.  

NOTE:  This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why Erryn read: I am always up for a BDSM book.

Founded over four hundred years ago, Sanctus Infinitus Redemptio is a private and very elite society where dominance and submission are revered. Steeped in tradition and excellence, every Dominant and every submissive, and their pairing, are selected with great care

When Hunter Vargo is brought into the Sanctus, his need for strict dominance sees him paired with the wrong Master. But only a short time later, mistreated and his trust broken, he’s recalled, his collar removed. The Grand Master knows it will take a special kind of Dominant to restore the sub’s faith and trust.

Sig Bruckner’s world is perfect. He has a great job, he has high standing within the Sanctus, and he has Levin, the very best submissive. When he’s asked to take on a second sub, a young man with issues and a rule not to touch him, Sig’s world is turned upside down.

When his dominance, his patience, and self-control are tested, and when Sig’s relationships with both subs are pushed past his limits, everything begins to unravel. Yet Sig knows every good Dom learns from their subs, and he’s no exception. He might not be able to fix everything on his own, but perhaps the three of them together can.

Sig Brucker is about to learn who’s really in charge. 

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Erryn’s Review:

I LOVE N.R. Walker.  It started with The Weight of It All, moved on to Switched then On Davis RowGalaxies and Oceans cemented her as one of my favourite authors.  I still often think of that book.  Recently The Hate You Drink and Upside Down had me crying and laughing in turn.  That’s the one thing I expect from an N.R. Walker book – I’m going to feel invested in the characters.  I want them to have happy endings but I know they’ll have to struggle to get there.  I think maybe that’s why I struggled with this book.

It’s tagged as BDSM lite and that’s accurate.  As someone in the lifestyle, I can attest that there’s nothing glaringly wrong and lots that’s right.  And although it’s light on the S&M, there’s plenty of Bondage and Domination.  And sex.  Plenty of sex.

The story is told from the point of view of Sig Brucker.  He’s a successful doctor who is happy in his life.  He’s part of an ancient group who live the lifestyle 24/7.  He began as a submissive and progressed to being a Dominant.  I can attest that the best Doms often started as, or trained, as a submissive.  If you know what it feels to be dominated, you’re more likely to be empathetic while having the knowledge that being strict will work with the right submissive.

Levin is the perfect submissive.  He’s been with Sig for a number of years and they work well together.  They’re happy, living the life they were meant to live.

Levin loved having this little audience.  He pouted mischievously.  “And I did not resist arrest, but when a certain well-muscled officer handcuffed me, spread my legs, and pushed me over the front of the police car, I had an awakening from God.”

I snorted and Levin shot me a look.  “It’s true!” he said.  “I’d always liked watching porn with rough sex or fantasised of having a bigger guy do whatever he wanted to me, but that cop flipped a switch in my head.  So I resisted a little more, and he got rougher holding me down and breathed threats of violence in my ear.  He wasn’t being sexual at all.  He was just rough and demanding, but I’d never been manhandled in such a way before.  So I struggled some more, and he got rougher, and I came in my pants.”

Hunter’s mouth fell open.  “You…”

Levin nodded.  “Yep.  Came so hard, the cop let me go.  I think he was embarrassed.”

Hunter snorted out a laugh and covered his mouth with his hand.  “I’m sorry.  I’m not laughing at you.”

This summarizes Levin perfectly.  He’s cheeky but respectful.  Playful but diligent.  He’s doing things to improve himself, all the while focusing on meeting his master Sig’s needs.  And Sig takes good care of Levin, so it’s a perfect match.

Then comes the day when their relationship is tested in a way neither expected.  Many Dominants in the Sanctus Infinitius Redemptio have more than one submissive and although Sig had never considered it, when he’s introduced to Hunter, his world shifts.  Hunter is damaged.  Painfully damaged. When one of the Grand Masters asks Sig to take Hunter in for a time and give him a safe place to stay, he’s compelled to say yes.  Not just out of obligation to the Grand Master but also with a compulsion to give the young Hunter a haven where he can begin to heal.  One week.  They have one week before they need to decide whether or not to make the arrangement permanent.

Things aren’t easy.  As a psychologist friend says to Sig: “Christ, Sig.  Hunter’s issue isn’t that he needs a Dominant. It’s that he needs to feel wanted and supported.  He needs someone to take care of him, in all matters.  And he doesn’t just need it, he loves it.  With the right Dominant, he will thrive.”  Sig hears the words but absorbing their meaning is a challenge.

I was moved by Hunter and his painful past.  I understood why he was careful about who he trusted and how he behaved.  Even with all this, though, I didn’t feel as invested as I should have.  That’s on me.  I suspect other readers will have a visceral reaction to Hunter and his predicament.  I wanted him to be happy and, this being an N.R. Walker romance, he did find his place in the world.  I always admire when authors try something new and N.R. did a good job with it. This is a good book and I enjoyed it, to be sure, but I didn’t love it.  I’m still happy to give it a strong rating and recommend it.

Erryn’s Rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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