Title: Relearning the Ropes
Author: D.C. Juris
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Charlie, Marcus
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
When his good friend Julius dies unexpectedly, Marcus finds himself saddled with a new submissive–Charlie. But Charlie comes with a history, and a whole host of issues and problems that Marcus has never really dealt with. Marcus knows he loves Charlie, and Charlie loves him, but he’ll have to set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes, so to speak, if he wants to be the Dom Charlie needs him to be.
Relearning the Ropes is a fast paced, roller-coaster ride of a novella with an emotionally driven story-line. The author did a great job at writing compelling characters that live and breathe off of the written page and I found myself really liking both characters and was interested in the story they had to tell.
The relationship between Charlie and Marcus is a complex one. Marcus has basically inherited Charlie when his best friend died. Charlie was/is a full time submissive who has been through much abuse *not with Marcus’ best friend, you’ll have to read the story to find out the backstory* so adapting into Marcus’ life hasn’t been an easy transition for both of them. Both men aren’t sure of their roles and isn’t sure how their relationship should progress.
I enjoyed the conflict in the story and liked how there was a true feeling of kinship and an emotional bond these two men obviously had for one another. I also liked how they openly talked about how they should go forward and how open they were to the change that is in store for both of them.
Though there is a bond between them, I do wish this had been a novel instead of a short story. There were so many unanswered questions I had and I truly felt like I had been a little cheated at being able to watch these two men truly develop something special between them. I would have loved more of a backstory than was given and I felt like some issues was a little too rushed and not fleshed out.
Relearning the Ropes is a glance at the beginning of these two characters’ lives together. I enjoyed reading about these two men and hope the author will write more about them in the future. I would love to see how they truly mix their lives together.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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