Of course, the old saying is really ‘blood is thicker than water’, meaning that our blood ties to our family win out over those who aren’t related to us. Makes sense.
That mentality is hard-wired into our brains for a very important reason. From the moment humans needed to find food and shelter, it became clear that for one: you can’t do everything by yourself, and two: it’s scary trusting your survival to someone who might not care whether or not you get a piece of woolly mammoth jerky.
Then there’s another hard-wired urge: the need to reproduce. Make little clones of ourselves to carry that blood into infinity. Obviously, parents are protective of their children, because they hold that key to the infinite. Adults might then be inclined to care for elderly parents who provided for them when they were unable to take care of themselves as children. It’s not a given, but an adult is much more likely to look after their own mom and dad, as opposed to Joe-who-lives-down-the-street’s mom and dad.
So basically, humans reached the point a very long time ago where families were formed and nepotism became all the rage. It hasn’t changed, really. The mindset, the assumption is still with us, that blood is thicker than water. Except when it isn’t.
I’ve been through some pretty dramatic stuff in real life this past year. I mean, whoa. Didn’t see that one (or twelve) coming. The most recent situation involves a family member I’ve always been very close to who is angry that I chose a stepchild over them. In my mind, I didn’t choose. I wasn’t going to abandon my daughter during a crisis, and I was shocked that this family member who I share blood with, would expect me to do something so cruel because they disagreed with something my daughter did. Even though my daughter and I don’t share DNA, we share love and respect. I’m her mother. I would never turn my back on her.
As a result of all I’ve been through lately, the themes in my stories have taken a more serious turn. They’re still filled with love and happily-ever-afters, because that’s just how I roll, but certain conflicts have come up as a result of my own struggles. In Gaining Trust (Kiss of Leather 5), I finally tell Chuck and Jordan’s story. Chuck is the shy private investigator who only ever got to see the inside of a dungeon in the first place because he was working undercover to help find who is behind Corey’s kidnapping. Once he personally witnesses the care and affection between the Doms and subs, it sparks a need in him. Would it be possible for him to have that type of love with another man, even though his family would turn him away for many different reasons if they were to find out?
The men from Kiss of Leather are more than just a group of friends or playmates. They’re a family who watch out for each other and are there unconditionally when any of them needs help. Chuck is a very loyal guy and wants to do the right thing. Even if he doesn’t agree with his family, they’re tied by blood, right? Shouldn’t he go along with them no matter what? Eventually, Chuck has to make a choice and that pull from our blood relatives is very difficult to ignore. But more important than who we share DNA with, is making the decision to do what is right and to stand up for those we love.
💕Gaining Trust By Morticia Knight
Book 5 in the Kiss of Leather series
Chuck isn’t sure what he needs and Master Jordan can’t wait to show him.
Stone’s shy junior investigator, Chuck, can no longer deny his interest in the BDSM lifestyle. The beautiful connections and raw emotions he’s witnessed between so many of the Doms and subs at Kiss of Leather leave him yearning for something he’d never dared hope he could have—unconditional love and care from a man. He isn’t sure if he can take the chance of having a real relationship when he’s not out to his meddling parents yet, but the sexy Master Jordan, Gavin’s friend and the owner of Club Consequence, makes him want to take that chance.
Master Jordan has been biding his time until he can get next to the super-fine Chuck. Gavin warned him that Chuck isn’t in the lifestyle, but there’s something special about him that speaks to Jordan’s heart. When they’re finally alone, the chemistry is off the charts and Jordan can tell it won’t take much to bring Chuck willingly into the world of BDSM.
An unexpected development in the case of Corey’s kidnappers shocks them all, but not as much as what happens with Chuck’s family. Jordan teaches Chuck that secrets hold power over the person keeping them, and that gaining trust can only be achieved through complete honesty.
Reader Advisory: This book contains one scene with racist and homophobic characters.
Buy Link for Gaining Trust: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/gaining-trust
💕 Meet Morticia Knight
Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.
If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.
Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.