The Good Boy

The Good Boy

by Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock
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The Good Boy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
PandoraEames1 More than 1 year ago
This is a very strong book. Its first half is a 5-star read on the strength of the complex characterization. Two plotting issues cause it to slip to a 4.5 in the last half. But it is a book that most will love, even those who shy away from BDSM. Here is what I like best about this book: the complex characterization. In many other BDSM –themed books, the exploration of the themes smothers everything else. Both partners turn into cut-out cardboard caricatures. The Dom is all smug, aloof perfection. He does nothing but smirk or glower. And the sub is all quivering neediness. But not in this book. Derek is a stand-out as the Dom. Older (37 years old to Lane’s 20 years) and experienced, he is far from perfect. He is a struggling photographer and questions his life’s path. He has close, warm ties with family and friends. First you see his air of reserve and decency. Then you experience his quiet sense of humor, especially with his own failings. He seems gentle and empathic with a core of inner strength. The beautiful, needy Lane comes close to the stereotypical sub. The significant angst in the story comes from him. But his confusion and low self-esteem are natural offshoots of the turmoil in his life. He stands up for himself. He learns to evaluate people’s actions. He finds his own way through minimum-wage jobs and caring for dogs. Submissiveness is an intrinsic part of his soul. He has a deep-rooted shyness and love for rules and structure. With sensitivity and realism, the story shows him figuring himself out. Both Derek and Lane have intense emotional chemistry: yearning, lust, friendship. The story puts them on a slow burn as they move from employer and employee to friends to lovers. It also sidesteps the other two mistakes in most BDSM books. First mistake is the Dom forcefully submerging the sub into the lifestyle. Not here. Derek treats it like a dance with Lane setting the pace. Second mistake is lecturing the reader about BDSM protocol. Instead, this story shows glimpses of the world. Just enough for us readers to understand. The BDSM stays light and includes erotic spanking and role playing (puppy and owner). The story provides much warm and humor with the supporting characters (even the incredibly obnoxious Brin) and the animal shelter subplot. This sounds cloyingly cute, but isn’t. The dialogs with the foul-mouthed parrot are hilarious while furthering the plot. Derek invents some amusing names for the dogs (example: Boofhead). And the caring for abused animals has a nice parallel to Derek gaining Lane’s trust with puppy play. Two plotting flaws made this book fall short of perfection. One, there were actual scenes from Lane’s past sprinkled into his present day scenes, and set off with dates. I found them slightly distracting. They did not reveal much of importance. This information could have been delivered through dialog or in short memories smoothly inserted into Lane’s present-day viewpoint. Two, the happy ending happens because of a minor character whose sudden nobility is never foreshadowed. I did not believe this character would behave as shown. Overall, the writing is smooth and warm. These characters will absorb you and steal your heart. Their BDSM world may strike you as fascinating, but also as a natural outgrowth of two wonderful characters’ complex and understandable needs. (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review written for Blackraven's Reviews.)
BabetteGood More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, the characters were real, the story line was believable and sexy as hell. This is on my read again shelf in my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more than I thought it would be - it sat on my "to be read shelf" a long time but I am really glad I finally read it! Wonderful characters - I just fell in love in with them. The story was - like I said - more than I thought it would be. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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