Review: Reckless by Caitlin Ricci

When his best friend, Lee, offered him his sub as part of a bet, Colton Prier never expected more than a clean condo from the boy. But Tate Nicholson is well-trained, eager , and he likes rope play as much as Colton enjoys tying him up. It should have ended after one night, but they begin meeting in secret, and Colton can’t stop thinking about Tate. It’s a betrayal of his friendship with Lee to fall in love with Tate, but Colton can’t help wanting the sub for himself.

He’s not alone in his feelings, either. Tate thought he was happy with Lee. Not completely fulfilled, but happy enough. But as he spends more time with Colton, he realizes Lee isn’t capable of giving him what he wants anyway. Lee demands his full submission, but Tate doesn’t want to be a lifestyle sub. Colton expects his obedience at times but gives him his freedom more often than not, which is more in line with what Tate wants.

When Tate really needs his Dom and Lee isn’t around to help him, he reaches the tipping point and needs to choose who he wants to give his submission to, and to accept the consequences of his choice when he does.

'He wasn't mine. I wasn't supposed to care about him. I shouldn't have held him close, and I shouldn't have pressed myself against him.'
Deliciously uncomfortable. This is one of those stories that kept me gripped and reading too late into the night curious to discover what might happen next.

Told entirely from Colton's perspective this explores the complexities of friendship and relationship with the moral dilemma of what happens when your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another.

Colton struggles to do the right thing as does the man he is drawn to.

The discomfort comes in several forms - interesting quandaries about choice and consequence. Friendship, acceptance, sacrifice and bravery are all wrapped up in a lovely package of integrity with some very hot rope play thrown in for good measure.

Colton's close friendship group work and socialise together too. It comes as a shock to Colton that after a chance meeting, he begins to develop feelings for his best friend Lee's new lover Tate. More shocking for Colton, he's never found anyone that catches his interest quite so much (although, there's an age gap of well over ten years between them) Colton and Tate seem really compatible.

Like his friend Lee, Colton is a Dom but they have different preferences and different ideologies about what being in the lifestyle means. Tate is young, and has a lot to work out about what to do with his life and his choices. He has a strong sense of duty both to his father a high profile politician and to his master Lee. With more experience perhaps Tate's choices might have been easier, but whatever he decides he wants to be sure he is doing the right thing.

Even if you are curling your lip at the idea of 'cheating' real or imagined, I urge you to give this book a chance as the protagonists strive to do the right thing (or is that the wrong thing in the right way?). If you like guys with integrity and a passion for kink this story comes highly recommended.

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