Book Reviews

The Good Boy by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-May-2013

Book Blurb

Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.

Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he's been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.

As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent--and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.

Book Review

This is quite a remarkable story about a young man who is completely lost when his fraudulent, thieving parents abandon him to his fate. Both are rich, having made their millions "investing" for others, so Lane isn’t used to taking care of himself. But when his world comes crashing down, he is totally unprepared. The book tells the story of how he finds help, or rather, how help finds him since he isn't actively looking. And in the process, he grows up enough to know his own mind.

For a long time into the book, Lane only wants to be the good boy. But he is actually a totally lost boy. Misunderstood by most, including his parents, taken advantage of and severely abused by someone he thought a friend, and left for the vultures when his father absconds with the money and his mother gets sent to prison. Lane's self-confidence is nonexistent, and yet he struggles on. His strength is there, but he doesn’t recognize it as such, because the image of what strength looks like that he's been taught is so different from his reality. The process of him daring to voice his needs again, without fear of repercussions and abuse, the steps he takes to work through the feelings of guilt, are slow, but he stubbornly persists.

Derek is a photographer who has only recently started his own studio. He's one of the people defrauded by Lane's parents, and starts out really hating Lane. It is unfounded hate, and he quickly recognizes the error of his ways once he improbably finds and befriends Lane. Now, Derek is a Dom, and he is very good at figuring out what a sub needs. It takes all his skill with Lane, because the younger man is not only too afraid to speak up, but also naturally shy to the point where he often can’t voice his thoughts. The method Derek uses to initiate the healing process and improve communication between them may be slightly unconventional, but it works for the two of them. Falling in love surprises him, but he is not one to shirk his feelings.

If you like reading about troubled men an enjoy the psychology behind their developing relationship as much as the physical side of it, if you're looking for a hot read with a substantial interpersonal part, and if you enjoy BDSM where both parties experiment a little until they get it right, then you will probably like this book as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 96731 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-March-2013
Price $7.99 ebook
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