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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 neverBiton 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.....

Title : Thirty Days
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ISBN : 2940000110492
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Number of Pages : 65 Pages
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Thirty Days Reviews

  • Daisiemae
    2019-01-01 14:03

    I love it when I read a book that has well developed characters. I immediately was drawn into the storyline and cared about the characters and the outcome of this book. Although it is a novella, it is well written and fast paced with a emotional storyline that kept me glued to the story until the last word.Biton Savakis is grieving. He recently lost his partner to cancer. Biton and his partner lived the D/s lifestyle together for over 9 years together, and Biton is having a hard time recovering from the loss of his mate. He is determined to get out the house and try to start a new life. He is lonely and longing for a companion to share his life and D/s lifestyle with him.When his friends introduce Cavan to Biton his Dom instincts come to surface, but Cavas is special. He has been VERY abused, young (he's around 25...Biton is over 40) and has a mysterious past. Although Biton has a few reservations about starting a relationship with the sub, he decides to do what he can to help Cavan heal from his abusive past.Cavan is confused. His previous Master was very abusive and almost killed him with his cruelty. Being taken in by caring people who are also in the D/s lifestyle, he sees that being a sub is not about being abused, but finding pleasure with the pain. Cavan is immediately taken with Biton and wants to form a relationship with him. But, Cavan has many issues to work through...from physical, emotional and sexual abuse to fear of abandonment... he must deal with before he can have a healthy D/s relationship or ANY relationship with Biton. Cavan feels like he is running out of time. When they first met, Biton had agreed to see if they were compatable, and set up a contract to be together for thirty days. As the 30th day comes closer, Cavan knows he must do what he can to have the man of his dreams.This book is a very emotional read. Cavan has been very tortured and abused throughout his life. He has to deal with many emotional issues. Biton is a wonderful Dom. He is a very likable hero that throws himself into helping Cavan, while he still grieves for his beloved dead partner. The next book in the series is called Forever. This book has a very satisfying ending, but I am anxious to see how everything turns out between them.

  • Natsroshan
    2019-01-04 18:01

    I'm really really not in the D/s genre.On the contrary, most of the time i don't read a book because of it, or i have to be sure it's with light Bdsm.But for me, with this story Shayla Kersten tell us it's only about love_ a different kind of love_ one you may or you may not understand... But only love.And i think she did it very well. You'll feel it all through the book.And so, I felt in love with the characters right at the beginning.And as a matter of facts, I'm running for the sequel "Forever".You'll like this book a lot or you'll hate it... i don't know.Can't say much.Give it a try.

  • Shira Anthony
    2019-01-11 15:06

    I purchased this book because of the reviews and the sample, and was very disappointed and, to be honest, a bit disturbed by the treatment of the topic of child abuse in this novel. Maybe if the writing had been stronger (especially the dialogue, which just seemed stilted to me), I'd have rated it higher.First off, yes, I was fascinated by Cavan's background. His pain was my pain. But I felt as though the character of the dom, Biton, fell flat, and the story felt rushed, especially the ending. More importantly, I felt as though the short-shrift given to Cavan's recovery (which I'll go into a bit more detail about below) did a disservice to the plight of abused and neglected children in general. Sorry about the high-horse here, but my livelihood is inextricably intertwined with child abuse/neglect and the law, so I'm probably overly sensitive to the issue. MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW: (view spoiler)[Biton is a high-powered attorney who is gay and into the BDSM lifestyle. He has just lost his longtime love and sub of 10 years, Erik, and is in mourning. He's lonely enough that he enters into a short, 30-day "contract" with Cavan, an abused (tortured, literally) young man who is lost/floundering when he is rescued from his former "master." Biton feels for Cavan, and is also very attracted to him. But when he realizes what Cavan has been through, he takes Cavan's recovery on as a single-minded mission. Great setup, definitely. But a story like this, that revolves around serious issues of child physical and sexual abuse needs more care, in my opinion. The depth of writing was simply lacking. Maybe it's just that the subject matter was better suited to something other than erotica (where sex between the characters is de riguer). True, Biton wants to do the right thing by Cavan, which is admirable. But Cavan's therapist tells Biton not to have sexual relations with the young man until he is "healed." And yet, after 3 weeks of therapy (yes, three weeks!), they are doing the deed again. And not just having sex, either, but with restraints and whips! No therapist okay or anything. I have a little experience with the ramifications of child abuse and neglect in both my personal and professional lives. There is no way that 3 weeks is enough to "recover" from what this man went through as a child. That part made me cringe. I wanted to shoot Biton, not hug him for going to bat for Cavan! Beyond that criticism, the entire recovery (3 weeks worth) was just sort of glossed over. Then we have one sex scene and -boom - the book is over.(hide spoiler)]From what I read in another review, there is apparently a sequel. I don't think I'll be buying it, much as I'd love to know what happens in the long run. I am sure Ms. Kersten really believed she was doing right by her characters and even for the cause of child abuse, but I think she really bit off more than she could chew with this depth of abuse. A part of me just couldn't imagine poor Cavan could EVER consent to BDSM after what he had been through, and the fact that Biton believed he could left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe in the sequel, the author addresses these difficult issues, but I won't be reading it.

  • Danny Tyran
    2019-01-12 14:13

    Cavan was harshly abused and beaten for a long period of time (since the age of 11). The psychiatrist said to Biton, the Dom, not to have sex with Cavan because he was sexually abused. She said that it could take years before Cavan be completely healed. But then, does that mean that Cavan could not have affection too, and that he could not have sex for years? For Cavan, sex equalled abuse. By having tender sex with him, is Biton not helping Cavan to change that equation for sex equals love?Probably, Biton shouldn't have taken Cavan into his playroom so soon after the beginning of Cavan's therapy. But again, is it not a way to show Cavan that to be spanked and even whipped could be pleasurable if correctly done?I'm not sure at all that someone sexually abused and severely beaten in the past could feel comfortable being tied and blindfolded, while he knows he will probably be beaten without knowing how nor seeing the blows coming. It seems to me that, in reality, even with the trust and love that Cavan feels for Biton, Cavan would have imagined horrors behind his blindfold and he would have panicked.When I was young, I lived in a very poor area where sexual abuses and every sort of abuses were common. I knew a young man who had lived in seven different foster families. I know how difficult it can be to maintain an emotional balance and develop self-confidence in those conditions. But this young man, even abused, did not want to be deprived of sex and been separated from those who seemed to understand him.We are dealing with human beings here. Emotions are not partitioned: sex this side of the brain, emotions the other side, confidence in the middle, and nothing in between all those parts, nothing that mixes with other feelings. Sorry, but it does not work like that. So while it seems logical that Biton does not have sex with Cavan, it made me cringe to see the Dom drop Cavan every night in the other room while the young man felt safe only in the big bed and cuddling in his master's arm. That is too short and the ending feels like having been cut with a sharp knife to have 2 stories to sell instead of one and then to have much money with the selling of them both. I do not like that when authors plays tricks on me this way. At least, if we were given the choice to buy the 2 stories for a lesser expensive price, we would not have felt tricked.I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars, but for all my doubts due to the lack of realism of the sub's psychology and lack of judgment of the Dom, I give it 3 stars.See other reviews here: http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?tag=D...

  • Helle
    2019-01-13 18:59

    Biton have lost his lover Erik to cancer, they where lovers for ten years. Erik did not want to change the routine even after he Got the message of cancer, and at last Biton understand that Erik was most happy when he could help Biton as his slave. It has only been a few month when Biton try to visit and talk to his friend again, but he feel It's to soon and go home again. He feel so lonely and miss Erik so much, he want to get back to life and find happiness again, but It's so hard.Antonio is friend with Biton, one of the Elite and one of the leaders in BDSM world. He want to make sure that everyone is safe, sane and consensual was their motto. Lia is his slave. Antonio is a detective and Lia is a nurse, they have been together over ten years. To Antonio's party is Cavan a guy that have a trouble past and do not know how to live a normal life. Biton want him as slave for 30 days. Cavan tell Biton about what has happened to him. They need to talk with both Antonio, Ramo and Dr.Merten, they know now that there is a ring of pedophiles snatching kids from the foster Care system. They list them as runaways and keep them out of school until they drop off the radar. Then they train them as sex slaves and sell them. Cavan was snatched at eleven and started his slavery by the time he was thirteen. He was sexually abused before the age sixteen. Cavan need psychological and emotional help, that was Dr. Merten should help him with. Cavan has been raped and and beaten by Maxwell. Maxwell have kill Mateo and 3 others, one was very young. For 9 years have Cavan live in hell, survived and been strong. There are many emotional ups and downs. You get angry at the people who have raped and abused Cavan and you will come to really hate them, joy of Biton and Cavan find each other, becomes upset addition to Biton has lost his lover to cancer. This book is not for the faint hearted, there are many brutal things happening in this, but also many nice moments. 

  • Reflection
    2019-01-14 19:59

    Am I being naive?I do not buy that a systematic slave ring previously undetected would tolerate one of its victims being thrown on the streets. Surely that is the epitome of stupidity? Sell them on, punish them further, kill them - all distinct possibilities. Throw them away? I doubt it.If you suspend disbelief sufficiently Thirty Days explores the blossoming of confidence and hope in an adult to adult relationship over the course of a month and references harrowing themes of slavery, non-con and child abuse. Cavan (formerly Michael Delaney) was taken from foster parents at the age of eleven. Believed a run away, he was the victim of a brutal slave ring operation. Most recently held in captivity by sadist Wainwright until he was thrown on to the streets. Now twenty-five, he feels lost without a Master to guide him.Successful lawyer Biton Savakis has been in mourning for his lover, long-term partner (and lifestyle slave) Erik who recently passed away.Friends introduce both men and it quickly becomes apparent that Biton may have the skills and interest to help Cavan rebuild his life. Cavan's wellbeing, may help to distract Biton's grief.Perhaps with enough care Biton can help Cavan to give the police sufficient information to tear down the slave ring.Do not get me wrong, I like Biton. Cavan is adorable. I remain deeply appalled that Biton would initiate intimate sexual relations with someone who has been systematically sexuality abused from adolescence to mid twenties. Even Biton acknowledges he can't be sure whether Cavan is gay or if his response is genuine or conditioned. That seems like abuse to me.I do not accept that BDSM no matter how sane, caring or consensual is a panacea that can help deeply damaged souls to heal. I have no problem with BDSM (I do not practice it myself, so I recognise that I speak with no authority) but I would have had a great deal more respect for this story if intimate relations had been curtailed until Cavan was more emotionally resilient. Which brings me to my final gripe, the cost of the e-book was quite considerable and a relatively short read. I bought and enjoyed the sequel Forever it felt as if both should be one book, not divided into two short reads. I subsequently discovered that the paperback edition From Thirty Days to Forever combines the stories for around the same cost as both e-books it is a shame that readers don't have that choice if they choose to read on electronic devices.Despite my concerns this was beautifully written and just a little addictive.

  • Beck
    2019-01-11 20:02

    I have bumped this one up to 5 stars now because I've read, & enjoyed it multiple times now so I feel I've gotten my moneys worth IYKWIM ... although this book is (I hope) an unrealistic portrayal of abuse & recovery, I really love the characters & the development of the relationship ... I want to boo whenever Dr Merten tries to twist & pervert Biton's intentions ... I want to cheer whenever Cavan makes a step toward recovery/healing ... the smex is a lovely bonus too ... this book/series is wonderful & I would recommend it highly.Original Review...★★★★I really enjoyed this book (and its sequel). The characters were vivid and I really wanted them to have a HEA. Although there was a history of abuse in Cavan's past, the tone of the book wasn't dark and brooding, rather it highlighted the resilience of a healing spirit and the developing love between Biton and Cavan.I would have given this book 5 stars if it were more reasonably priced. I read both books in a couple of hours so although it was a worthwhile and enjoyable read, the price was too steep for the experience.This is a book I will read again. The BDSM elements aren't too heavy and despite Biton's 'need' for a 24/7 relationship with a submissive, the usual mind games and need for the dominant partner to subsume his submissive completely was happily absent.Originally posted on Amazon.com

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-19 20:55

    OMG! This book has everything I love to read about! Biton and Cavan have so much they have to go through before they can be together. The heartache from Cavan's horrible past left me in tears! Biton was wonderful with Cavan. Biton is a hero I love to read about. Strong, compassionate, sexy and dominating...I was in heaven! Cavan and Biton are truly meant to be together! I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Jason Bradley
    2018-12-21 16:57

    This book touched on quite a few issues I have dealt with personally. I thought it was well written and handled well.

  • Kazza
    2018-12-24 18:00

    Very powerful book and given it it a novella that's saying something.Cavan was so damaged, so sad, lost and confused. He was a heartbreaking character, having been battered around and abused since a boy, lost in the foster system, groomed for and then ransomed off to sadistic pedophiles. Cavan had little idea of dealing with others, especially outside of mechanically doing what he was told, never being able to think or feel for fear of brutal ramifications. In spite of this he was such a sweet, innocent character.Biton was grieving after his lover and submissive of 10 years, Erik, died from cancer. Being a Dom, powerful and wealthy, used to being in control, added another blow to his life when he felt powerless to stop Erik's cancer. Biton is a decent man who feels he may be attracted to Cavan, the redheaded sub, when he sees him at a friends planned sub meet and greet. Once he discovers how damaged Cavan is he feels some trepidation at what could be involved helping someone so emotionally decimated when he himself was dealing with his own grief. Biton offers Cavan a 30 day Master/slave contract to see how things progress for them both, hence the name of the novella.This story is very believable, there are terrible people in this world who do terrible things to the young. Cavan is very lucky to have found Biton as he cares and takes steps to improve Cavan's life and get him to open up bit by agonising bit. He encourages him to talk to the police when he finds out his horrible story, which scares the living breath out of Cavan, but he does it. Cavan gives Biton someone to take his mind of his own grief, to feel better by helping another. The sex in this book is interesting, it is hot, well written but at the beginning it is slightly uncomfortable, knowing what has happened to Cavan, that he is incapable of saying no. It gives you pause to consider whether it is or isn't right. Biton also questions this as does the therapist, Dr Merten. However, as you progress the sex becomes comfortable, it feels right for the two of them to be together physically. Biton is kind and takes Cavan's best interests into consideration. Cavan craves Biton's kindness and softer human touch, they both need the personal contact. More food for thought is the choice of a therapist, making sure they are not only competent but that they don't have their own agenda to push. If a therapist says words along the lines of "I'm up for a challenge"- run, as that is not inspiring of someone doing something with the right level of compassion and relevant experience for the patient.Thirty Days was short but still unbelievably engrossing, hence the 5 star rating. Shayla Kersten has done such a good job here, I craved more, but there is book two, so on to that one.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-01-09 19:05

    It's hard for me to rate and review this one because it was difficult connecting with the characters. I did like the story but I felt it was underdeveloped. It could have used more details, less glossing over and more character depth.Of course, there were some aspects of the story I liked. I enjoyed Cavan as a character and how damaged he was as well as how much Biton hurt over his deceased partner and his struggle to allow Cavan to heal properly. I enjoyed the parts hinting at how emotionally messed up Cavan was and I gobbled them up whenever I came across a scene where it showed how damaged he was.Unfortunately, it could have used about fifty more pages. I felt like I was reading an outline more than an actual story. A problem would arise and not five pages later there was a resolution. I would have liked way more details into their lives, how deep their feelings were and how they'd be genuine, their recovery through Cavan's past and more into their relationship. Instead the story was more a 'wam bam thank you man' type book; quick and somewhat easy but not much to connect with. My main issue with the book, though, was how much it glossed over. I was really looking forward to how Cavan and Biton would use their thirty days of the contract together but one minute it was day three and the next it was three days till the contract ended. I was disappointed to say the least.All in all, I did like the characters. They are somewhat shallow but likable enough. The plot had a lot of potential but could have used more substance to it. The BDSM element is mild but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who dislikes anything beyond simple bondage. With that said, I'm still looking forward to reading the sequel - Forever - to see how Biton helps heal Cavan further.

  • glossedcurls
    2018-12-20 12:46

    The total ignorance about abuse victims and healthy BDSM lifestyle in this book made my blood boil. My issues with this book started when a nurse, homicide detective, and lawyer (who all claim to be knowledgeable and well practiced in the BDSM lifestyle) confuse a twenty-something (Cavan) kid who's obviously showing symptoms of heavy abuse (and was sold into sexual slavery around the age of fourteen) with a willing, emotionally stable, and knowledgeable BDSM slave. And ended when Biton (the "experienced Dom" with so much control) couldn't keep his dick in his pants, initiated sex with Cavan after Cavan's psychiatrist explicitly told Biton that it was integral to Cavan's recovery to NOT have sex with Cavan. I stopped reading the book.I've never had a fictional book make me feel so much rage. It seems to me this author has no concept of BDSM practices or abuse victims and handled the subject horribly.

  • Gigi
    2018-12-22 16:02

    Unfortunately this wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. The fact that one of the MC's was stunted in his emotional development really threw me off balance and I was not able to recover. I got a little creeped out and am not able to recommend this book. Personal preference only, as the rest of the book was great and by the end the MC had pretty much recovered. Your experience could very well be completely different. Age difference is a REALLY touchy subject with me.

  • Gwengwel
    2019-01-07 21:16

    Thats not BDSM.No.That's abuse, rape, torture and everything that you don't want to happen to a 13 years old.Cavan's former 'master's' a rapist, pedophile and a monster of the worst kind. And after all this years of torture the first thing that do his 'new master'...the same thing. Clearly people who had enjoy this book do not know the basic of human right and know nothing about this lifestyle. I felt a lot of disgust after reading that thing.

  • Elena
    2019-01-08 20:07

    Wow! I rarely give 5 stars to such short stories (maybe except for the ficlets by Cordelia Kingsbridge ;) In her case - guilty as charged!!!). Shayla Kersten was for me a completely new author and... what a surprise! I enjoy BDSM books immensely. I love Master/slave dynamics. And... I'm a total sucker for abused subs... I'm sorry but I am!And in Thirty Days I found exactly what I was looking for ;)It's a sad but also beautiful story of Cavan, a 25-year-old, milky pale redhead who had been abused by his douche of a master before he met Biton, a 42-year old lawyer and a Dom mourning after his beloved sub's death.Meeting Biton changes Cavan's life completely! Together with his detective friend, and also a Dom, Biton discovers the terrible abuse Cavan has suffered (view spoiler)[ first from his foster "parents" (or rather sneaky slave trainers!) who sold him to his first "master" at the age of 16! And then from that "master" himself(hide spoiler)]. That first traumatic night leads to signing a temporary contract between Biton and Cavan - the titular 30 days. It's the only way for Biton to reassure Cavan of his intent to keep him. Meanwhile, they investigate Cavan's case and find him all the help he needs.Biton also shows Cavan a totally new way of life - the freedom of choice, learning, reading, shopping etc. All those things that Cavan's missed to do so far. Slowly, the MCs also explore the D/s elements... You see, Biton was wary at the beginning, taking into account what Cavan's been through, and was suppressing his inclinations to dominate his sub. But... ;) I'm not going to spill any more details because the book is really short and I don't want to spoil Biton and Cavan's story...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-01-08 19:50

    Biton is in morning over the loss of his life partner and sub Erick to cancer. He is struggling to find a reason to go forward when his friend Antonio introduces him to Cavan. Cavan is a lost and broken soul whose former master did his best to kill Cavan before putting him out on the street, wounded and homeless. Biton is not sure he has what is needed to help Cavan’s broken soul but is drawn to him, then a “get to know you” lunch turns into a 30 day contract. As the extent of the horrors that Cavan had lived through is revealed, Biton is trying to do his best for Cavan, even bringing outside help. At the same time Briton hopelessly tries not to fall in love with Cavan because once Cavan starts to understand freedom, he may not stay once the 30 days are up.I was afraid that this would be one of those brutal reads that leave you raw after reading and was surprised and relieved that it wasn’t the case. This was about healing and closure. Don't get me wrong, in no way is this nice and fuzzy. Cavan is so lost that he carries around the collar of the former master like security blanket. You cannot help but want to wrap him up in cotton and take care of him. I loved this story and before I even finished I went and bought the sequel Forever.

  • JustJen
    2019-01-01 17:54

    What a torturously sad story this is. Biton is grieving over the death of his partner of 10 years. His friend introduces him to Cavan, a young man who was basically kidnapped at age 11, forced by foster parents to be their slave, sexually by age 13. At age 16, his current foster parents sold him to a horrible Master (telling him he was 18) and the torture with him was horrific. He managed to escape after being put into the hospital a few times. Biton signs a contract with Cavan for 30 days to see how things go. Biton is not sure he can deal with the amount of recovery it will take for Cavan to be his own person, as he ultimately wants him to be. I wish more time was spent showing how they dealt with issues over the 30 days. Poor Cavan has to relive the horrors of his slavery in order to put the previous Master behind bars. I wish there were more details about Cavan's visits with the therapist. All in all, this was a fabulous, well written story that I think could have been a 5 star had it not been quite so rushed. I'm looking forward to the next book to see how things are progressing with Biton and Cavan.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-23 16:55

    Im not going to pretend this was a hard read. The subject matter wasn't easy.The story centers on Caven, a young man who was sold into slavery at the age of 16, having been conditioned for it from the age of 11 and Biton, a Master who is still 'recovering' from the death of his former slave and lover.In an effort to try to get Biton to move on, a party is hosted at a firends home where Biton sees Caven.Thibngs move on and Caven moves in with Biton on a 30 contract.The story moves through Bitom trying to get Caven back into a good place, the arrest of Caven's former Master and of course a HFN.I have seen other reviews where the reviewers have commented on the way that the author describes the abuse. However, I think it was handled just right, you certainly got a flavor of the abose suffered by Caven.I would recommend this book but you might either want to read book 2 right away or have something fluffy to read right after.

  • Tam
    2019-01-20 19:14

    Biton (how the hell do you pronounce that?) is a dom who’s sub and love of his life of 10 years died from cancer. He decides he’s ready to get back out there and goes to a friend’s place for a small party. He meets Cavan who was badly abused and tossed out by his previous master. He was a virtual slave who has little memory of his life before his servitude. Biton is attracted and agrees to take Cavan on for 30 days and realizes how damaged he is. It comes to light that Cavan saw his master kill another slave and that probably Cavan was sold as a teen to the life and they try to arrest those responsible. The story continues in Forever. I’m not a huge BDSM fan but this wasn’t too bad as a mystery and Biton trying to teach Cavan how life on the outside worked was more of the story. This was a pick it for me challenge at Good Reads.

  • Camilla
    2019-01-01 21:07

    I dont know why, but usually bdsm books makes me want to be a very bad sub, and say no and stfu to everything the dom wants to do.. Its probably my stubborn-ness (no kidding) so I've tried to stay away from the genre, but after having read the blurp for this book, I had to read it.And I'm so glad I did.. I had none of my "As if" moments while reading this short story, and just enjoyed reading it, if thats the right word with subjects as abuse and what not..I thought Biton was great and could be the first dom I havent ended up hating, so thats a big plus, yeah? lol No, I really liked it, and I'm definitely reading book 2 next..

  • Fangtasia
    2018-12-24 17:01

    Lots of potential, dismal execution. The plot is based on a couple of too-difficult topics, the loss to cancer of a long time partner for Biton and horrific, long-term child abuse for Cavan/Michael. These are deeply emotional, life-changing experiences to deal with in such a short story. As a result both issues get treated too shallowly, which then sorely disappoints readers. It feels like a careless insult to our intelligence and to all those who've gone through similar situations. Shira Anthony's review details pretty much everything I felt reading this.

  • SaturNalia
    2019-01-09 19:01

    Interesting concept, similar to the one found in Beloved Vampire by Joey W. Hill but this was not handled well. Biton is 40-ish and his partner is 26 with the mind and emotional depth of a child. Cavan was horribly abused by his previous Master. So what is the first thing Biton do when he is alone with Cavan? Binds him up and spanks him, knowing Cavan's tragic past. This stories only saving grace is that Cavan was given counseling and the knowledge that his abuser was behind bars.

  • Susan65
    2019-01-10 20:12

    This story was right up my alley...angst, emotional, more angst and more emotional, before finally a light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. One man grief strickened and the other struggling from years of abuse...don't ever let it be told that I don't love me some haunted & emotionally tortured men. Oh and a little BDSM thrown in too.

  • Alyssa
    2019-01-11 18:09

    This was my first ever M/M erotica story and I absolutely adored it! It was so beautifully written and so full of love & compassion - cannot wait to read Forever to find out what happens next!

  • Shelley
    2019-01-19 12:50

    My heart went out to Caven in this story. This was a well crafted story with richly developed characters and a plotline that kept attention from the beginning to the end. I think I have found a new author to keep an eye on :)

  • J
    2019-01-19 19:55

    3.5 stars. Good BDSM M/M story if you are in the mood.

  • Phetra Novak
    2019-01-16 21:08

    What happened???I usually never rate books under 3 stars but here i just felt like someone an editor needs to look this story over because in all honesty at least half the story must be missing!Unfortunately this story went way too quick and easy for Cavan and Biston both. Boston is on page one devastated to have lost his long lost lover by chapter 2 he's emotionally involved with Cavan. Cavan has lived a life with only torture and abuse and connects to Biston without a bat of an eyelash and has sex with him?! Whaaat!?Neither of these things are realistic not even a little so you can just ignore it because the story is so good in other ways. The dialog is ok at times but flat and one voiced most times.I really wanted to like this story besides what I just said it felt like the author rushed through the story to get to the end like the whole point of the story was to write and they lived happily ever after, the end. It was like someone cut every other chapter out leaving us with out 2/3 of a book. The way the abuse was treated was questionable and the problem with that is that we as writers have a responsibility to at least portray some sort of realism and correctness at least if writing non sci fi or fantasy. The only thing this book had was a good character in Cavan and a happy ending but even that fell flat because of the shortcomings in the rest of the story and even the ending came too quick leaving you feeling cheated and disappointed.

  • León
    2019-01-03 15:04

    ¡Que bonita historia! Los dos protagonistas son hombres muy dulces y agradables. La historia es sencilla y las escenas eróticas muy bien escritas. Que uno sea mucho mayor de edad y otro menor es un plus.

  • Hrtnsoul28
    2018-12-29 20:00

    Was amazed at a full emotional story from such a short book. I will be reading the 2nd.

  • Bec
    2019-01-20 14:52

    Welllllll…..what to say about this one….*1.5*The story is of an abused slave, taken from childhood, finding a safe place and a possible life Dom.I think if this story had been set in an alternative universe or reality then I wouldn’t have had such a problem with it. But it’s not. It’s set in New York and that just makes me think it’s a bit too much batshit cuckoo crazy land for me. Big Spoilers Ahead(view spoiler)[ The story involves a poor orphaned child grabbed from the foster scheme, trained for slavery and then smuggled and ultimately sold to a vicious master (Wainright). The slave is then somewhat rescued when on his second appearance at hospital another sub manages to rescue him and take him home to her master. This good master has him stay for a bit and then – you know, instead of alerting the authorities (of which he is one!) to such a damaged man, instead he essentially decides to pimp him out to his friend (because these guys are the good, upstanding members of the society and the psychologically damaged young man who had been brainwashed into being a submissive slave only wants to continue doing that!...is no one going to question that????)This friend (Bilton) is a Dom who is in mourning over the loss of his last sub due to cancer. At the meet and greet he is suddenly drawn to the timid, damaged Cavan. He takes him home and they enter into a 30 day contract (hence the title) and everything progresses from there.I had so many problems with this book: the set up, the police investigation (basic procedural practices weren’t followed – no court is ever going to accept the evidence of a drugged witness – that was ridiculous!!!!), and especially the promise of “forever”Main reasons it breaks my brain:(view spoiler)[ The sexual relationship between the 2 MC’s was on (sweet and tender), then off (not even sleeping in the same bed) as they realised that Cavan didn’t even know if he was Gay or even into S&M, suddenly it was back on FULL BALL from nothing to a pretty full on scene featuring Cavan restrained to a pillory, blindfolded, nipple clamped, paddled and plugged and then anal without protection – because he had the TV on loud angling for a “punishment” but really he could have just wanted a touch because Bilton had gone completely cold on him on the insistence of the therapist. The “punishment scene”, which Cavan seemed to be angling for could have been some smacks and then a nice mutual completion…but no, because what you do to a young man who’s been held in captivity and violently abused so that he’s covered in scars -is to restrain, blindfold and hit him after only just explain to him a few seconds before - when he was already restrained(!) – the concept of safe words!?!? Absolutely bizarre!!! It is just breaking my brain that this is OK (hide spoiler)]PS - I’m not the BDSM police and rage against anyone that doesn’t only write stories embracing safe/sane/consensual and I’m not the safe sex police always insisting on condoms and lube – I mean this is erotic slave fiction for f_cks sake that I’ve just bought and read – I’m not an idiot, but this story was dumb and is breaking my brain.The characters aren’t consistent and it’s all a bit ridiculous, they amazingly catch the big bad Wainright with bugger all explanation of the police work/evidence gathering or a recorded recordof interview….but you know - whatever (hide spoiler)]Anyway …… I’ve just wasted so much time writing that [sigh]Not a keeper