Book 1 in *The Loft Trilogy
~ Stand-alone OR read-in-sequence ~
I should tell you about some stuff that happened just after Sebastian and I got into a legitimate relationship with James. You know, just about the time we went to that incredible fetish party at Patrice’s place in Montreal. Back when I was still a youthful twenty-eight and Sebastian an innocent (lol) twenty-four, and James the hottest forty-five year-old Daddy/Dom.
James and I run into a former sub of his — real handsome guy named Oliver — and I just about blow my lid. I mean, I’m not usually the jealous type, but, come on.
James lets me know pretty quick that he won’t stand for that, and I have a sore ass for a couple of days. But, you know me. I like it.
Then we find out that Oliver’s new Dom, the guy he found to replace James, doesn’t really have a clue how to play safely, sanely and consensually. I mean, he’s not even doing the RACK thing (Risk Aware Consensual Kink). He seems to be having an issue with the whole “consensual” thing — the very foundation of the BDSM universe.
When the bastard really goes over the line, James assumes Oliver will call it quits with the guy.
But does he?
Nope. And he won’t let James help him either. So I get involved. Which ends up being a pretty stupid idea.
But, hey, I never said I always make smart choices.
*(Featuring the characters from Elizabeth Lister’s The James Lucas Trilogy)
What Lister does with these three characters is magic on a couple of levels. On the one hand, Lister does her research. Be it consent, contracts, kink of any kind (and there are some rarely seen kinks in this piece—sounding, anyone?), I have never found even a shred of fault in the depiction, which always walks the perfect example of “safe and sane.”
Two, the intersection of these three characters with very different points of view balances the queer mentality really, really well. These men live and breathe and exist in very different circles (I love that Lister writes a character who is involved in the church as well as a character who wants nothing to do with religion), have different ages and life experiences, and have formed a unit that’s strong without making the parts feel weaker alone.
~ Nathan Burgoine, 2017