An Unlocked Heart
Collars and Cuffs #1
by K.C. Wells (Author), Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
LISTENING TIME: 10 hrs 4 mins
Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo hasn't been living--merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester's gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can't keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo's gaze, but that's like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.
Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he's drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who's been eating in his area nearly every night.
Leo won't let Alex's hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo's bedroom...and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized and never wanted anyone to see.
An Unlocked Heart audio book is a great listen. Alex and Leo's personalities rise from the storytelling, with the focus being on their development as a couple as they individually work through their own issues. Leo is just coming out of his funk after his sub died years ago when he meets Alex. As they flirt, readers also get to meet other secondary characters I'm sure we'll see in future books.
The two men are exactly what the other needs. Leo is established in the BDSM community and his experience allows him to be patient with newbie Alex. The gentleness in their interaction was sweet... and also hot. The slow evolution of their relationship feels authentic and by the end, I was satisfied with the journey.
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This audio book was given to us by the publisher. Many thanks.