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Jason Kennly needs to get a closer look when he spots a gray leather collar from across the dealers’ room at a science fiction convention, even if there’s no way he can afford it on his college student budget. After all, looking is free. But then he spots something he wants even more than the collar: leather booth owner Henry Durand, who insists Jason try it on. When Henry asks Jason to be his model at a bondage demo, Jason agrees despite his lack of experience as a sub and ends up spending a no-strings-attached weekend exploring his kinky side with a virtual stranger.
Then the con is over, Jason and Henry go their separate ways, and it’s back to real life. Coming to terms with his identity as a submissive and masochist isn’t easy for Jason. Suddenly he has to face fear, doubt, and a best friend who’ll do anything to get him away from “that creep” and back together with the ex-boyfriend who ignored him. All Jason wants is to be with Henry, but what if that means becoming his slave?
Big misunderstanding. I’m embarrassed to admit that I got this book for all the wrong reasons. With a recent Teen Wolf fanfic binge still fresh in mind, my brain short-circuited upon reading the word ‘knot’ as in werewolf shape-shifters ‘knotting’. Not as in knotting ropes for BDSM scenes. Huh? Yeah, that’s why I’m ashamed to disclose my inadequate thought-process.
So this is formalized BDSM with a capital ‘F’. The BDSM here is entirely safe, sane and consensual. As opposed to the more hardcore BDSM books out there, this one has a cozy feel to it. It manages to be kind of heartwarming without becoming too much of a cotton candy fest. There are cups of water in-between whipping sessions, evaluations and reassurances afterwards and moral messages aplenty. I suppose there’s always people who will find fault with any Dom (after all, Doms are people too), but this Dom right here strikes me as a pretty established fellow. He’s a little rough around the edges, but genuine and caring. Therefore he’s a perfect match to his new submissive; that typical insecure ‘puppy dog’ youngster who is only just discovering his kinks. What follows is a blossoming relationship between the MCs, while the obligatory meddling female friend and the uncomprehending ex-lover circle around on the periphery.
The main reason for my lackluster reaction to Forget me Knot is not that BDSM ‘manual style’ leaves me bored and cold. Although it does. No, it’s that this book doesn’t offers any surprises. If you’re not new to the genre, you won’t find many exciting and thought-provoking ideas, characters or plotlines here. Both characters were a bit on the stereotypical side for me, the sob-fest sub especially. Add to this that there was a mechanical and repetitive feel to the sex scenes, and that the author left less room for your own interpretation that I would have liked (the behavior of the characters was all very much spelled out), and I decided to let this book go gently, in the form of a ‘Me Not You’ case.
Me dubbing Forget Me Knot standard fare isn’t necessarily a bad thing though! If you love all the common tropes that come with this genre, I think this will be a perfectly safe bet for you. It’s written alright, it’s neither hardcore nor overly mushy and it’s well-loved among many M/M BDSM readers.
Title: Bound: Forget Me Knot
Author: H.B. Pattskyn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 24th 2012
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