- Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight
Hesitant Heart by Morticia KnightHot
Sam is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s always had to hide who he is or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. After he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the specter of his miserable upbringing.
Aaron is a wealthy, sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he has resorted to paying lovers so he can indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.
Naïve in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a handsome older man. Aaron has his interest sparked when he spies a shy towel boy watching him whenever he patronizes the Temple of Eros. When a traumatic event triggers Aaron’s protective nature, he rescues the gentle Sam from the clutches of the disreputable establishment’s manager.
As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Aaron’s heart be crushed once again?
Publisher Note: This book was previously published under the same title with a different publisher. It has been reedited, revised and expanded. Hesitant Heart is Book 1 in The Hampton Road Club series, but there is a satisfying HEA with no cliffhanger!
Aaron 35 was a Dominant wanting men for pleasure. He looked to attend The Hampton Road Club for safety.
Sam 19 worked at the bathhouse that wasn't good for him with a mean boss.
For me – and it might sound awful, at first, to read – I didn't really notice the new material. BUT, saying that, I know why. Because, as always – and I've re-read this series countless times – I got sucked into the story and I didn't consciously stop to compare and contract both books, to stop and question whether I'd read something before. The whole book has been re-edited, so there were changes throughout, one big new scene that I know was new, but it didn't matter. What mattered is that the entire story is just as sweet, just as beautiful, and just as well written as before.
I also have to admit that I loved the old cover. I felt it gave off a strong BDSM vibe, and the gold was suitable for the Hollywood-era story. However, I also love the new cover. It has more of a feel for the Hampton Road Club itself, the sensuality of the story, and the era, which is lovely. I've been saving up to buy a few of these in paperback in bulk buys, but now I have to decide which cover I want...or whether to just get both. ;)
Overall, despite having read this series multiple times, I could only stop the new additions as a niggling sense of the unfamiliar. They flowed so seamlessly into the original story and felt so authentic to the characters and their behaviour that it only added a little something extra to an already brilliant novel. The chemistry was still as sweet as ever, Sam was just as innocent, Aaron just as tortured until he found his Little Sam. And, all in all, it's still one of my all-time-favourite MM series.
“As Aaron descended on him, Sam held his breath. He'd yearned to share a kiss with a man for so long he thought he might faint from the anticipation.”