Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC
Date published: March 2013
Genre: Erotic contemporary M/M with light BDSM
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by firstname.lastname@example.org
Nerdy bespectacled real estate agent Shane shares a house with Jake, a gorgeous and outgoing gym owner. Each secretly admires the other from afar. When they are both finally single, Jake invites Shane to join him at a weekend “lock and key” party: six men, three bedrooms, and names drawn out of a hat for partners. Shane draws first, and is sent off to bedroom #1 to await his partner, unaware that Jake has rigged the draw so that he and Shane end up together.
Nerves get the better of insecure Shane, and he decides to face the unknown in the dark. After all, chances are four out of five he’ll be paired with someone besides Jake, and it’ll be easier to get through the experience with some pretense of anonymity. His partner arrives, and the festivities commence under the cover of darkness.
During the night, Shane becomes sure it’s Jake who’s administering the pleasure, catering to needs Shane hadn’t realized he had. A little bondage, a couple of swats on the rear, and a thirst for giving up control to a forceful partner have Shane flying. A few explicit encounters later, the two men collapse into sleep.
A horrible idea intrudes into Shane’s happiness: why didn’t Jake reveal his identity? Maybe Jake arranged the night out of pity. After wanting this for so long, Shane cringes at the thought of being a mercy fuck. How can he and Jake go back to being roommates after this?
With a little help from a mutual friend, Jake and Shane work things out and get their happily for now.
This is an erotic work, therefore focused on the sexual side of the relationship. There are no subplots at work and they’re not missed. The few secondary characters are seen only long enough to move the plot along; as expected in this genre, the two main characters do the heavy lifting. Each protagonist has a discernible character arc.
If you’re looking for an erotic male/male read without heavy plot complications, Lock and Key delivers.
This is an objective review.
Lock and Key