Book Title: A Perfect Solution
Author: AE Lawless
Publisher: Loose ID
River is the charismatic lead singer of Caged Hearts and it’s an open secret that the vibrant energy he displays on stage doesn’t bleed away as soon as he’s out from under the lights. That sometimes causes considerable friction with his bandmates.
Jeff is the guitarist for Caged Hearts, but he’s not your typical party-hard rockstar. He’s far more focused on taking care of everyone in his band–especially River.
An offhand comment from Jeff inadvertently helps River discover his submissive side, and he asks Jeff to help him continue to explore those desires. While Jeff is turned on by the idea, he’s also reluctant. There’s no telling what it could do to the band and his friendship with River. Especially when Jeff wants so much more than just sex.
A Perfect Solution is a wonderful short story that leaves us wanting more. I would love the chance to meet and get to know the other band members like we do Jeff and River. I can only hope that this is the beginning of a series because I would devour more from these boys and this amazing author.
Caged Hearts is a band formed out of friendship that has reached a modicum of fame. Famous enough to be recognized, photographed and featured in magazines but not too famous so they still share rooms and travel destination to destination via tour bus.
While there is BDSM in the story it is not the major element of the book nor is it even the major element in the relationship between the two main characters. Jeff and River are friends who care very deeply for each other, however, neither are aware of just how deeply until an exasperated Jeff makes a demand of River that steers them in a direction completely unexpected.
River is a highly energetic, enthusiastic, childlike man who has trouble channeling his energy in a positive way. His constant animation can cause him to get on the nerves of his fellow bandmates. Jeff on the other hand is the quiet heart of the group: always looking out for the others like a big brother and the one who has seemingly endless patience for River and his quirks.
River is such a great character. He sashayed into the story and into my heart. His childlike enthusiasm and energy is so contagious and endearing that he just wraps himself up in a blanket and makes himself comfy in your heart. His surprise at what Jeff evokes in him and his willingness to explore this new aspect of their friendship is a true gift. A gift that Jeff (luckily) recognizes, appreciates and has the courage to hold on to.
Their exploration of these new feelings and appetites is beautiful and the BDSM doesn’t overwhelm. It seems like a natural extension of their relationship. It gives River a focus for his energy and Jeff a focus for the nurturing side of his personality. And it works. Really well.
Perhaps not the book for those fans of hardcore BDSM this is more the book you read if you are looking as an entry point into the genre. A Perfect Solution is a great choice for YA readers and adults alike. It gives us a glimpse of BDSM but focuses mainly on friendship, lust, love and how they can all exist if you allow yourself to take a different look at those in your life.
This is my first experience of A.E Lawless and I can already call myself a fan.
Reviewed by: Jacks