I know the Collars and Cuffs series is immensely popular, but what you are getting from me today is my thoughts on the only book that I have read in the series, K.C.’s newest one Make Me Soar. First off I was really comfortable starting with this book and I can say it can be read as a stand alone. The secondary characters seem to have already had their story so don’t get weighed down on who the other couples are, it really doesn’t affect your understanding of this book.
I was expecting this book to be dark and a little out of my element but I was really excited to explore how other relationships work in this genre. The beginning of this book is just that it was dark and scary. Dorian was looking for something and didn’t know how to achieve it, something called subspace, a place in your mind that is euphoria. What Dorian thought he needed he didn’t think he could get it at Collars and Cuffs, so off to Berlin he went in search of the elusive subspace that he thought he could only achieve through pain. What he found was violence that left him broken and alone. That pretty much covers the book description found below.
If you read the excerpt I have on the banner, a little ways down the page you will get a good idea of what this story is built upon. The brilliance of the story takes place when Dorian agrees to let Alan take him back to the UK. Dorian is very much a loner and I felt really bad for him, not only because of the violence that he had to endure in Berlin but what I think may have been more painful, he never had anyone touch or caress him. Touch is a very human trait, something that all of us need. But if you never had it how do you know that is what you need? This is what Alan observed after watching Dorian in a scene prior to this book. Alan believes that he can bring Dorian back by giving him what he doesn’t even know he is missing.
Once you get past Berlin which only takes up a small portion of the book in the beginning, you will find a true MM romance. You will find a dynamic to the relationship that Alan and Dorian are building that leaves you all mushy feeling inside. Now before you start thinking that Alan and Dorian go frolicking across a meadow of flowers holding hands and dicks swinging in the air…stop right there, this is a Collar and Cuffs story after all. The sex is extremely hot and delivered with love, you can feel the loving gaze of Alan and Dorian whether restrained or walking down the sidewalk hand in hand.
This story felt real to me, it was told with a genuine care for the characters and their story. It covered some really horrific acts but it was countered with love and support, and that was what really got to me when reading this book. The way that Alan took everything that was bad and turned it into something positive for Dorian is what will have you fighting back the tears at times. Their relationship cannot be defined by anyone, it is unique to them because it is what works for them. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.
Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.
Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend Leo set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.
They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.