Say Yes by J.R. Gray
Release Date (Ebook & Print): July 24
Note: Say Yes was originally published in an alternative form by Omni Lit Publishing on December 1, 2015.
Length (word count): 35K words, 126 pages
Subgenre: Contemporary M/M BDSM
He tried to be what they wanted.
He tried to deny it.
He tried to be a good Catholic boy…but it’s become too much.
He craves pain, submission.
He’s denied himself far too long, and it’s eating him alive.
Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him.
Charles holds the key to his salvation but James has to Say Yes.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
Kindle eArc reviewed by Robin
James tried to be the good little Catholic boy that his mother wanted. But nothing seemed to be good enough and after his father’s death, his mother told him he’s on his own. When Charles stops by a suit shop late at night, he senses James’ submissive side and craves the potential power exchange. As these two dance around starting a BDSM relationship, will they be brave enough to agree to the terms? Or will the possible risks outweigh the rewards?
“I get off on giving pleasure to what’s mine. I get off on being given trust and control.”
This is a nice and short M/M BDSM story that quickly gets your motor running. James has been disowned by his wealthy mother and is struggling to get through college on his own. Charles has been burnt in his former Dom/sub relationship and isn’t looking for a new one. When these two connect, neither one can get the other out of their mind. James is such a sassy guy. He’s so confident at pushing buttons. It was such a joy to see how Charles would react and convince James to submit. I can’t wait to see how this relationship grows and what was up at the end of the story. Charles has so many surprises up his sleeve and I want to know every little thing!
BDSM books are a guilty little pleasure of mine. But I can’t keep them a secret! I must share them with everyone. J.R. Gray has some great BDSM books and if you love M/M like I do, you should check out all of his stories. I really enjoyed them.
What are other authors saying about Say Yes?
Author Kerry Heavens says: “Yes – to the delicious slow burn which goes head to head with an intense urgency. Yes – to James’ soft vulnerability that meets its match in Charles’ steely determination. Yes – to the forbidden vs the shameless. Yes – to more…I’m saying YES!”
“It’s a good thing I never lose.” He turned away, with astute arrogance which couldn’t be faked. It took years of Upper East Side inbreeding to obtain the level of innate sophistication, above even the level of wealth James had been raised with.
“Maybe this will be the first time,” even as James said the words he wanted to swallow them back.
“I don’t think so.” Charles’s voice was almost sing-songy.
“Cocky dick,” James muttered under his breath, not loud enough for Charles to hear him, or so he thought.
“I think you need a little bit of this dick.” He kept getting further away, and James felt like he was losing him.
“Come back here.”
“Well since you asked so nicely.” He flashed him a wink and stalked in close, like the last twenty minutes hadn’t happened. He lifted a hand and placed it at the base of James’ neck.
“Not here.” James glanced around. No one was looking, but they were still so exposed, which seemed an absurd idea considering where they were, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it—yet.
Yet? Where had that idea come from? James was reeling. He’d never even given in to the temptation of fucking a man, and now he was considering submitting to one in public. He must have lost his damn mind.
Charles fisted a hand in his shirt. “Tell me where?”
The look in his eyes made his knees weak. “Who’s the dominant here?”
Charles tightened his grip on James’ throat. The pressure wasn’t suffocating, but arousing, owning—possessive even. He’d never felt so turned on in his life. The next morning he’d expect to find bruises.
“I want you, and I’m going to have you.” Charles’ voice had dropped so low, James could barely hear it.
When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it’s half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.