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Book Review: The Hampton Road Club #3-4, by Morticia Knight

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Book 3: The Fear of Surrender

Master Thomas sees a submissive man aching for surrender if only Linus can be convinced not to fear The Hampton Road Club.

Linus never wants to return to Hampton Road after being attacked by a Master there. Even though he aches for the attention of Master Thomas—the one who he’d originally wanted—he isn’t sure he can ever trust another Master not to abuse him again.

Thomas is furious with himself for not protecting the beautiful young submissive whose company he’d enjoyed on a few occasions. He’s relieved that there have been some recent changes to help protect the men who offer themselves at the sadomasochism club. It’s about time to bring Hampton Road into the progressive age of the 1920’s. Now that the new rules are in place, perhaps he can woo Linus into giving him a chance.

As Thomas goes out of his way to be kind to him, Linus wonders if he’s misjudged the Master. He’s still not sure if there’s a future for them. What if he never wants to surrender to another man? When he allows Thomas to teach him the joys of Dominance and submission, Linus discovers that he not only wants to surrender, he wants to be claimed permanently. If only Thomas’ old life doesn’t come back to haunt them and destroy their chance of being together forever.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and piercing.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

Book 4: Mastering Love

Evan sees a Master who could be his whole world and Ned sees a beautiful boy in need. But shattered trust and broken hearts could keep them apart forever.

Evan landed on his ex-Master’s doorstep after Master Gabriel dumped him for a virgin. He’d hoped Thomas would take him back, but he’s moved on with his new submissive, Linus. Evan has nowhere to go and barely a penny to his name. Fortunately, Master Aaron and his boy, Sam, invite him to stay at their guesthouse. Alone and abandoned, Evan aches for a Master who can give him more—if only he knew what ‘more’ meant.

Master Ned has finally decided to settle down in one place after traveling on the road for years. He’s always loved the Hampton Road Club—it’s a private sanctuary for men such as himself. The roaring twenties might be freer than ever, but the decadence of the sadomasochistic club could put its members in danger if they’re not discreet.

Ned’s on the lookout for an untried boy who’s ready to fully submit to him on a daily basis. In return, he plans to train and care for his submissive. If he can also find love, then his life will be perfect.
After Evan is introduced to Ned at the club, they have an intense encounter that catches them both by surprise. What should lead to a possible future for them as Master and submissive is destroyed when Ned mysteriously casts Evan aside. Evan wonders if he’ll ever be good enough to keep a Master, and Ned fears he may have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Shattered trust and broken hearts have to be repaired before Evan and Ned can find their way to each other—if it’s not already too late.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of exhibitionism.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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Book 3: The Fear of Surrender

Book – The Fear of Surrender (The Hampton Road Club #3)

Author – Morticia Knight

Star rating – ★★★★★

No. of Pages – 163

Cover – Nice!

POV – 3rd person, dual POV

Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, BDSM, Romance, 1920’s

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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY TOTALLY BOUND, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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Warnings: BDSM elements (spanking, obedience, club, pain play), Rent Boy

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Yesssss! Thomas and Linus. The pair that, since the previous book, have been stuck in my head and refuse to leave until they’re all snuggled up in a Dom/sub love nest.

As for the story…*sigh*

So good. Linus is the most innocent and naive, most tentative and afraid sub that’s been featured so far. He doesn’t have Kenneth’s inner strength or even the little knowledge Sam had of relationships between men. There was just pure innocence in every breath.

I loved how the story picked up right before the end of book 2, because the situations it showed from Linus’ and Thomas’ POV were so important for us to read.

As for the relationship and chemistry between Linus and Thomas, that was clear from before the end of book 2. The way Linus was so innocently tongue-tied, but Thomas took his time to help him beat that. Along with that thoughtfulness came the really brilliant way that Thomas and the other Doms gathered together to support Kenneth by reinventing the club’s rules for submissives. The way they considering out of the box ideas, the safety of the subs and see past their own need to dominate the submissives is kind of beautiful.

There was only one problem – I kept reading about other characters that I want to read about. I can’t decide if I need a threesome so that Bruce and George can have a sub to share or if I want them to have the choice of Ned and Eric.

Oh, and let’s just mention that interesting use of ginger root. 😉

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Favourite Quote

“Sam ached to please everyone around him whereas Francesco ached to see how much he could get away with before getting caught by Master Theodore.”

“Linus had agreed to have dinner with him, hadn’t thought the gift of the dates was the slightest bit silly, and had even freely held his hand. It wasn’t quite the same as consenting to a flogging or a branding, but it was a start.”

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Book 4: Mastering Love

Book – Mastering Love (The Hampton Road Club #4)

Author – Morticia Knight

Star rating – ★★★★★

No. of Pages – 197

Cover – Nice!

POV – 3rd person, dual POV (with one POV for Thomas)

Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, BDSM, Romance, 1920’s

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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY TOTALLY BOUND, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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Warnings: BDSM elements (spanking, obedience, club, pain play), exhibitionism

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The dedication for this one was:

“For everyone who wanted Evan to have his happily ever after.”

Well, that was me! And I got it.

Again, this story started before the end of books 2 and 3, so that it covered the period between Kenneth’s rescue and the end of his book.

I loved seeing the new rules for the club actually being put into effect and getting to find out what they were. Ned’s reaction was also good to see, since he was sort of the catalyst for it all anyway, bringing Linus to the club once upon a time.

Ned is quite stubborn and blind, unlike the other Doms, who have so far bent over backwards to make their subs happy. He’s more resistant, a little stupid and so very set in his ways. Evan, on the other hand, has really taken a blow to his emotional strength and ego. He’s strong and is described as having “a streak of the imp in him”, but we don’t get to see much of that. Gabriel took it all away and he’s slowly re-learning everything Thomas taught him, but that Gabriel trod into the dust. It so wonderful to see him trying to manipulate Ned, at first, then learning that he’s forgotten what it means to really be a submissive.

The introduction of Colin was adorable. I’m so thrilled to see that he’s got a book of his own and look forward to reading a bit more about him. He’s not as stuttery and naive as the others were, at first, so I’m intrigued to see if he’s got Francesco and Evan’s feistiness.

Oh, and the boys! Seeing all my boys together, in every book, is good for my soul. To see how Sam, Linus and even Francesco and Kenneth have grown and adapted to their new lives. It’s all so incredible to see and doesn’t often happen in a series as large as this.

It was brilliant for Knight to cover the ever growing ‘rules’ and evolution of BDSM. First, with the brandings, the new rules being implemented and then with the contract that Ned and Evan concoct. It was great to see it being used.

Yes, the story is a little fast. Unlike the others (apart from book 1) Ned and Evan haven’t known each other for a while or really been through anything that would create a bond. However, I believed it because it was so clear that Evan was missing something fundamental and, on his first meeting alone with Ned, he found that. It was beautiful to see and, especially since Evan didn’t even know what it was he wanted or needed.

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Favourite Quote

“The best thing that had ever happened to him was when Gabriel had shoved him on a bus with only a few cents in his pocket and sent him to a strange city. He thought about writing him a thank you note.”

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