For Real

For Real

by Alexis Hall


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Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he's pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can't remember being.

Toby doesn't know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won't surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have-no matter how right it feels-can't last. It can't mean anything.

It can't be real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626492806
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/29/2015
Series: Spires
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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For Real 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book...stayed up all night reading it. It was funny at times sad but so poignant. Laurie and Toby will be in your heart long after you finish their story. It was beautiful and moving how both men grew by doing the hard work of love. The best romance novels or books make us feel more expansive about the human experience. This book did that for me and I will probably reread it again immediately so I can properly savor it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steamy sex scenes actually take a backseat to the beautiful story of falling in love and learning not perfect is better than perfect I is real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was everything I love in a romance. The writing is beautiful and at times, borders on prose. The choice of the author to write Laurie’s chapters in past tense and Toby’s in present tense was an interesting and effective way to emphasize their different points of view on things, as well as their stages of life. Toby very much lives and loves in the moment, while Laurie often feels like his past is a weight around his neck. Characterization is excellent, pacing is done well, and the dynamic between Laurie and Toby is so fresh and unexpected. They have a dom/sub dynamic like none I’ve ever seen in a novel before, and I loved it. Toby is the dominant, but he’s also young and insecure and vulnerable. He doesn’t want to lord over Laurie outside of sexual activities. Laurie is older, cynical, and guarded, but still wants and needs to give someone his submission. Toby has no hang ups about being the penetrated partner, and it’s so refreshing to find a book that doesn’t automatically equate receiving with being submissive or weak. I just can’t say enough good things about the dynamic. I will also say that the author of this book is either in the kink community or has really done their research. They approach the subject very sensibly. There are no scenes in the book that make me cringe for a disregard of safety or risk awareness, but neither was I ever taken out of the fantasy. The characters often talk about what they want and what they expect sexually, which is not only realistic, but responsible treatment of the subject. I LIKE it when characters communicate about sex. It sets a good example. All right, I’m off the soapbox. I’ll just say one more time that this book was a delight. I’ll be looking for the others in the series now.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
Look. Normally I don't judge a book by its cover. I've read plenty of books with bad covers and never batted an eye. But this one. I just did not like this cover and therefore I kept writing it off, even though people were raving about it. Finally, after another glowing recommendation, I decided to get over my cover angst and read it already. Let me tell you: TOTALLY WORTH IT. This was such a refreshing read because of the way it subverted romance tropes. First, it's a MM romance with a big age difference. Laurie is 37 and Toby is 19. You'd think Laurie would be the one taking charge but he's the submissive. Second, while Toby is the dom, he's new to the scene and has a lot to learn. The majority of BDSM characters have years of experience behind them and I loved the idea of knowing your preference but still needing to practice with the tools of the trade and learning how dominance works. I have never encountered that in a story before and it completely captivated me. BDSM has been a more miss than hit genre for me (pun intended) but I thought the author's depiction worked really well, particularly because of the way Toby and Laurie approach their respective kink. Plus, I just really liked both characters and their relationship. The book alternates first-person narration and the voices are incredibly distinct from one another. Toby's voice is that of a coltish, unsure about his future 19 year old. He is incredible confident in some ways and incredibly insecure in others but he always sounds like a 19 year old figuring himself out. Laurie comes across exactly as you'd imagine a British doctor nearing 40 who has mostly given up on love. These two men are different from one another but as their relationship begins to take root, they complement each other wonderfully. Even though Laurie is older and wiser, he's not the one in charge of their relationship, even as he resists things becoming serious because of the age difference. This sets up a lot of conflict but it doesn't head in a predictable direction. Both characters have some internal work to do and I liked how it played out for them. One last aspect I really enjoyed is the way grief factors into the story. I'll not spoil the how and why (though it should be fairly obvious soon into the story) but I really appreciated the way the author handled the expectations on how one might grieve and what happens when it's not the reality. It added an extra heft to the story, as well as great character growth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So beautifulthat it actually made me cry and I'm not someone who cries easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great, the differences in age, hurts, and being so unsure about ones self. Its real life no mater what gender. Its love and acceptance.