Published by Riptide Publishing on May 16, 2015
Genres: BD/sm, M/M Erotica, M/M Romance, Second Chance Romance
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Will broke Dusty’s heart their senior year. One unexpected moment of passion between them, and Will freaked out. Not only wasn’t he gay, but he wasn’t kinky either—or so he insisted to Dusty. Their long friendship ended, and Dusty was left with only bittersweet memories of their last movie night together.
Ten years later, out as gay and a Dom, Will auditions for membership at Club Deviant, only to find that he’s been assigned an all-too-familiar submissive. His scene with Dustin feels like fate, and he’s determined to get back what they once had—and more.
Dustin had buried the pain of rejection deep, but playing with Will conjures all his memories of that one electric moment they shared and the friendship it destroyed. He’s built walls around his heart high enough to keep out the Trojan Army, but together, he and Will may find the courage to move beyond their past and face their future together.
Publisher's note: This is a heavily expanded and revised edition of Velvet Memories, previously published in 2011.
Erin: A second chance love story with a BDSM twist? Holy hell, I’m all over that!! V.J. Summers’ hot and erotic Light a Candle was just as good as I’d hoped it would be! Intense chemistry between the two main characters, very well-written (especially the wax-play scenes), and a pace that kept the story moving forward had me totally engaged in this book from start to finish.
I’m always a fan of flashbacks when they’re used correctly and done well, and Summers does a great job using them to show what happened between Will and Dusty ten years ago. I really liked the premise of once best friends now becoming D/s as well as lovers. Such yummy tension there was between Will and Dusty. Once Will sees Dusty again, he vows to make him his while Dusty is adamant in protecting his heart this time around. The dual points of view used throughout the book added even more to the story and the writing was tight and sharp.
I was immediately drawn to both Will and Dusty. When they meet again after ten years, I was instantly rooting for them to find their way back to one another now that Will has embraced both being gay and his kinky side. Dustin was so wary of getting his heart broken again there were a few times I just wanted to yell at him to give Will a chance but when the walls finally come down, oh boy! Talk about sizzling hot and intense! And it wasn’t just the sex, it was the emotional connection these two have that really drew me in.
This is a quick, steamy read and if you’re a fan of BDSM, you definitely need to check this one out.