Title: Two Steps Back
Author: Lyn Gala
Genre: Contemporary/ BDSM
Length: Novel (221 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (October 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: The poor economy has forced Dallin to return to prostitution to avoid homelessness, but when his old pimp hooks him up with a wealthy Dom, Dallin figures it’s too good to be true. William is older, wealthy, experienced, and a complete dominant. He’s the sort of man who can go to a club and pick up a dozen subs, and yet he wants to hire Dallin.
William knows how to succeed in finance and the bedroom, but trying to keep a relationship going is a far more difficult proposition. Instead of dealing with the messy reality of the club scene or dating, he decides to hire a sub. While William would like to have a long-term relationship develop, he’s not expecting anything. However the longer he plays with Dallin, the more he realizes that he wants more.
Dallin is willing to give his body to William—he enjoys the bondage, the games and ropes and toys. He’s more wary about trusting William with his heart. William is a master of domination, but for Dallin he wants to learn to love.
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Review: Due to money issues with his own business, Dallin forces himself to go back to his old pimp. Something he never thought he would have to do. Dallin gets set up as a sub for William. It was only supposed to be a business deal. As they have scenes together, their relationship takes on a more personal feel. Both men have issues that need to be worked out before they can get their happily ever after. They do have a few setbacks along the way.
Dallin was on the streets after his religious parents kicked him out for being gay at 16. Like many young men, he was alone and looked to prostitution to survive. Lucky for him he found a decent enough pimp, I guess you can call it that. A least his pimp didn’t get him into drugs or any other things you can hear about. William is a CFO for a company, and has high OCD issues. He does things his way and wanted a prostitute that would under contract to him. Dallin even gets a weekly salary, a car, and the contract has a lot of other things in it.
A very hilarious moment was when Dallin realized he was hired as William’s personal assistant, through his company, and all completely legal. He gets paid a normal check, with taxes and insurance all taken out. Oh, wow was I laughing my ass off at that one.
Everything William says makes sense, and he does not compromise. William is so logical that it’s enough to drive most people insane, Dallin included.
William also has boundary issues. He wants to fix everything in Dallin’s real life. The lines get blurred between a paid companion and a real relationship. William has a hard time connecting emotionally and wants to control everything around him. Dallin has been on his own so long and having to take care of himself that he doesn’t like it when William tries to fix things for him. The two of them have to work out their issues in order to find something that can work for them both. They have the sex down pat. It’s the rest of everything that needs work.
I liked the concept of this book. Who doesn’t like the Pretty Woman idea? This book takes it a little differently but the concept is the same. Two people from different walks of life find a way to make a relationship work. It’s definitely not a conventional start but it was a fun journey to read about. There are BDSM aspects to their relationship. The sex scenes are descriptive but there is no heavy flogging, whipping, or CBT. William is also very creative. So if you like, BDSM without the traditionally hardcore aspects, this is a good option.
All in all a good story to read from this author. There is also an absolute shocker at the end that made me laugh my ass off. I never saw it coming. But it made a weird kind of sense when you look back at the story