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Safe House

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Safe House by M. King is a 40-page contemporary gay romance that you might enjoy if you like BDSM-themed erotica. You’ll get a sense of risk and the forbidden as you submerge yourself in the worries of frustrated architect Simon who can’t perform sexually with new boyfriend Frazer because he’s trying so hard to suppress his craving for sexual submission.

Simon fears that Frazer will reject him for being a pervert. However, he is about to lose Frazer anyway if he doesn’t explain why he’s grown so cold and withdrawn. He knows this, and the dilemma is causing him terrible stress. He’s falling in love with Frazer but still doesn’t know him well enough to predict his reactions. The best part of Safe House is how it illuminates the risk of revealing your true nature to someone new whom you hope will take a chance on you.

The story starts with Simon leaving Frazer’s place after failing to have sex, and returning home to console himself with BDSM porn videos. He invites Frazer over the next night for a full confession, which takes a lot of courage.

On page 15: Simon feels an urge to attack Frazer ” because he was so fucking composed. They were evenly matched in strength and build but he suspected – aside from the whole it being completely wrong thing – Frazer could easily take him down. [to be] pinned beneath that body, roughly punished the way he deserved – needed – to be, had Simon’s concentration shot to pieces and his head spinning.”

You might think this is only a set-up for gratuitous sex, and we do get a detailed sex scene. But Simon and especially Frazer have real personality. Simon’s need for submission is hardwired into his brain. He also cares so much for Frazer that he tries to suppress his true nature rather than risk rejection.

Meanwhile, Frazer progresses from stunned incomprehension to a wholehearted attempt to keep an open mind. Finally he becomes cautiously willing to try a scenario. Safe House comes together on that fascinating moment of risky discovery.

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