Title: Thirty Days
Author: Shayla Kersten
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Characters: Biton Savakis, Cavan
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Biton Savakis, a 42 year old wealthy lawyer in New York City, is lost without his beloved slave of ten years. Since Erik’s death from cancer three months before, the will to continue his life as a Dom slipped away. Until now. The forlorn looking redhead seems as lost as Biton feels. Maybe the young man can help ease his tension, even if only for a little while.
Cavan never chose the life of a slave, but he doesn’t clearly remember a time when he wasn’t one. Beaten close to death and thrown aside by his former Master, Cavan doesn’t know how to do anything else. When Biton offers him a temporary contract, Cavan doesn’t understand the meaning of his new Master’s words. All he knows is he has a new home and someone to serve. But what will happen to him when the contract ends… In thirty days..
Be warned, as this is an emotionally rough story. Cavan has been abused virtually all his life, sexually since he was thirteen. He’s grown to think that’s normal. It’s difficult to see him try to change, unable to understand gentleness and love. Biton has to accept this as the fundamental truth in order to teach Cavan to respect himself, and the difference between abuse and consensual submissiveness.
This is a tearjerker. Cavan’s viewpoint is such struggle, you can’t help but feel for him. You want to help him, but feeling helpless against him having grown to see abuse as the only way. He slowly learns, thanks to Biton’s patience. Yes, I felt the first sex scene was way too fast, but I also understood the point. The characterization is done well enough to show what these men are all about.
The plot consists of teaching Cavan let go of his fears and Biton learning how to move on with his life after the death of his former partner. As such, the writing reflects this, with an emphasis of personal and emotional progress through inner ponderings. There are a couple of side characters, but essentially this is only Biton and Cavan. I liked that.
Overall, a good BDSM story with deeper psychological reasons for the lifestyle than typically with the genre, focusing usually on erotica only. BDSM as therapy for abuse is a different twist, and done well here, with understanding and realism. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan