08 February 2015

The Rules of Love (The Hampton Road Club #2) by Morticia Knight

 Master Saul is captivated by the beautifully submissive Kenneth and the boy’s love of pain. Unfortunately, Kenneth belongs to Master Preston.

It’s 1926 and as one of the founding members of the Hampton Road Club, Master Saul Liebowitz has enjoyed the charms of many willing submissives over the years. One of the newer submissives to the club has captured his attention more than anyone has in a long time. Kenneth is tall, muscular and also seems to have a greater love of pain than most. If only Kenneth didn’t already belong to another Master.

After Kenneth’s Master died years before, he allowed himself to be taken in by the promises of Master Preston. As time has gone by, Preston has become increasingly crueler to the point where Kenneth fears for his life. They’ve recently joined a sadomasochism club and Kenneth can’t help but yearn for the handsome Master the other boys speak so highly of—Master Saul.

Preston takes things too far one night, and when Saul and his good friend, Master Aaron, do some investigating, they realize that Kenneth might be in real danger. Amidst turmoil at the club over whether there should be rules to keep the boys safe and Preston’s play for power, Saul searches for a way to save Kenneth from what he’s sure is a deadly situation.

Both men fight for what they believe to be the right thing. When they find their way to one another, a wonderful new world opens up to them. But there’s one man out there who refuses to let go of the old ways. Kenneth is his property and Master Preston won’t give him up.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and dubious consent.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
Right off the bat, one thing that I loved about this book was that the characters were older.  There are so many books out there now where the characters are young, that it does get almost boring after awhile.  But in this book?  The characters are all older, and I think that that really helped with the story as well.

I really don’t think that Kenneth’s character would have been able to be as serious and likeable if he would have been younger.  I could tell there was something special about him as soon as I started reading the story.  I couldn’t help but to root him on and cheer for him throughout the story.

Saul was just… different.  I loved him for the fact he was willing to risk everything to keep Kenneth, and the other submissive’s, safe.  He is another character that I will remember in the future because of how even though he comes off as a brick wall, he is actually very caring and sweet.

This story does leave you with a bit of a cliffhanger, because I want to know more about what is going to happen to the club in the future.  But, I will say that I don’t think you need to read the other books in the series to fully understand this one.  And I will also say that don’t let the fact that I think there is a cliffhanger stop you from reading this!


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