Say Yes, by J.R. Gray
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Charles holds the key to salvation, but James has to say yes.
James failed. 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.
All James has to do is say one little word.
This story has two of my favorite tropes in Romance novels: ridiculous levels of sexual tension, and characters who know just how to push each other’s buttons.
James is a young man who knows exactly what he wants. Charles is the man who can give it to him. But James isn’t ready to take that step yet, and he’s going to make Charles work for what they both want.
“… the flirting was intoxicating.”
This is, hands down, one of my favorite plots to read: relationships built on verbal sparring and lots of sass. James and Charles can feel the attraction between them from the moment they meet, and they quickly realize that their needs are very compatible.
But of course, things aren’t that easy. Charles is looking for a one-night stand… and James isn’t that easy.
“What can I help you with, Sir?”
“I think you know what that word does to me.”
“Which word?” James smirked and side stepped him, brushing a hand over his shirt to smooth out imaginary wrinkles.
“He needed the yes.”
This book is listed as BDSM, but I think it fits better under the description J.R. uses on his website: Suspense lightly sprinkled with kink. Or, rather, it has elements of BDSM, but it’s a novella that only touches lightly on the power play and focuses more on the delicious tension.
That said, the power games that Charles and James play are seriously delightful! Charles pushes and pushes, and James resists, driving Charles crazy by teasing him, prolonging the game until he can’t help but give in. And while Charles knows that James wants him, he’s going to make James say the word.
A short but very sexy novel by an author who writes incredibly hot characters! And while the sexual tension is off the charts, there’s relatively little actual sex, which means there’s more room for character and relationship building.
I do wish there had been more focus on James’ religious background, and that his mother had been expanded on as a character, because I think that would have caused some excellent drama. But the story was still excellent, and I would love to see more about James and Charles someday!