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Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight

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Book Series
The Hampton Road Club, Book 1
About the Author
M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers - but they're all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey's story from Rockin' the Alternative.
Publication Date
October 26, 2018
Available Formats
Kindle
Pages
200
Content Warning
 historic parental abuse, threatening behaviour, BDSM elements (spanking, obedience, club, pain play), rent boys, homophobia
ASIN
B07JQYMGDC
Sam might be innocent, but the Roaring Twenties aren’t…

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!

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Not Enough Stars For These Guys.
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LOVED LOVED.. Highly recommend...   Set in 1925.  Ohh I loved this right from the start, sweet Sam is begging to be loved, yah I fell in love with Sam. If only Aaron would wake up and smell the rose. Saul is way super cool for a Dom Sam's baggage story is a sad one and his safety could be in jeopardy if hes found. He's s virgin in all things, sexually and with bdsm submitting, domestic discipline. A beautiful story for both characters each learning about each other, along with Sam's new life. Oh the ending was perfect and I loved the justice Sam's dad got..  

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. 
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A Perfect Second Edition
(Updated: November 06, 2018)
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5.0
 ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **

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 Hesitant Heart
 The Hampton Road Club #1 
 2nd Edition

 POV: 3rd person, dual POV
 Would I read it again?: Of course!
 Genre: BDSM, Historical (1920s)
 Pairings: MM
 Heat Level: ★★★★☆
 
 I have loved this book, and this series, ever since I first read it. When this second edition was announced, I was so excited to read the new scenes and see what might have been included. Comparing the page count of the first edition to this one, there are a whopping 26 extra pages.

 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.

 Do I love that there's new material? Yes. I thought the addition of the big scene with Sam walking in on his boss at the beginning was great, because it added to his naivety and his fear of what might be expected of him. I also thought some of the new edits just clarified the flow a bit, even though I hadn't realised that it was needed.

 Yes, with any advanced copy, there were a few tiny mistakes. A quotation mark the wrong way around, a missing word, maybe a missing letter in a word. That's all to be expected in an ARC. I never let it affect my rating unless it's glaringly obvious, everywhere, or affects my understanding of the story. There was a slight slip of inconsistency, right after the big new scene, but I only noticed it because it was within the same chapter. If they'd been in separate chapters, I wouldn't have even thought about it. But, in one scene, Sam is serving Aaron and Saul in the bathhouse and is in his toga, then the next scene switches to Sam changing *out* of his everyday clothes and *into* his toga for a new shift. But, that's the only inconsistency or mistake that I found in the entire book.

 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.

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 Favourite Quotes

“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.”
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