#ReviewTour — Saving Sebastian by Luna David (Custos Security #3) w/Excerpt & Giveaway
(Custos Securities #3)
A CATHARSIS NOVEL
Cover: Kellie Dennis @ Book Cover By Design
Gideon McCade—weighed down by memories of his previous life as a Navy SEAL and a CIA agent—has blood on his hands. He turns to his BDSM club, Catharsis, and Dominating submissives to get him through the daily grind of civilian life. Knowing his past is too much to inflict on a life partner, he keeps his connections brief and superficial. When his former life comes back to haunt him, his desire for revenge pulls him back into the shadows, darkening his hopes for a future in the light.
Temporarily sidelining his career as a tattoo artist, Sebastian Phillips works as a composite artist for the local police department. To alleviate the inescapable burden of a congenital medical condition, he immerses himself in his art and seeks the catharsis of submission. But with life weighing heavily on his shoulders and darkness encroaching, he yearns for a contract with a Dominant that sees past the protective barriers he’s erected to the vulnerable submissive within.
When happenstance brings Gideon and Sebastian together, their connection is undeniable. The knowledge that they are both too damaged to form permanent bonds of love causes them to rely on an impersonal contract to fulfil their physical needs. But staying emotionally detached becomes impossible, and breaking their contract seems the only option. Will Gideon’s need for vengeance and Sebastian’s declining health destroy what’s grown between them, or will they help each other find their way back into the light?
His relief fled upon seeing Sexual Intercourse emblazoned across the top of the next page. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but it felt like that.
There were two boxes. The first of which stated: No sexual intercourse will occur between the two parties. The second of which stated: Sexual intercourse will occur between the two parties, and then further outlined possibilities for limits or stipulations regarding said sexual intercourse.
He cleared his throat. Wanting Gideon to know he had no expectations and didn’t assume the man wanted him like that, he spoke up, “We can check the first box, Sir.”
He watched Gideon’s reaction closely and confusion set in when the man didn’t react at all, besides staring at him quietly. He felt like he had to explain himself. “Um, I just mean that I’m not expecting anything. I understand if that’s not what you want from our arrangement.” When Gideon’s eyes narrowed, he realized what he’d omitted. “Sir.”
He looked down at his lap and distracted himself with petting Slap and Tickle, and scratching them behind their ears. He jumped in surprise when Gideon growled out, “Put the kittens on the floor.”
Sebastian’s eyes popped wide and he did as instructed. No sooner were the kittens on the floor than he was yanked down the length of the couch by his ankle until he was lying flat and Gideon was lying on top of him. They were face to face and Sebastian’s heart was racing, his breath coming in pants. Holy fuck, how had Gideon managed that maneuver? And was Sebastian crazy to think that was the hottest thing he’d ever experienced?
Gideon loomed over Sebastian, gently clasping Sebastian’s left leg around the calf and wrapped it around his upper thigh and did the same to Sebastian’s right leg. Sebastian couldn’t help it, he tugged Gideon even closer and crossed his ankles over Gideon’s ass. Heat flared in Gideon’s eyes and Sebastian began to rethink his offer of checking the first box.
Gideon wedged an arm under Sebastian’s back, tugging his shirt up in the process, gripping his neck. They were a hairsbreadth apart, their eyes locked on each other, Gideon’s aquamarine gaze was intense. If Sebastian didn’t get his breathing under control, he was going to pass out.
His mind shut down when Gideon’s hips began a slow undulation.
“What do you feel, boy?” Gideon’s hips rolled into his once again, making Sebastian gasp and grind his own hard cock against Gideon’s. “Answer me.”
“Your cock, Sir.”
“Does it feel good?”
Sebastian’s yes, was more an exhalation than a fully formed answer. He closed his eyes when those magical hips undulated against his again.
“Who’s it hard for?”
Sebastian’s eyes popped open, meeting Gideon’s. Unable to answer, all he could do was gasp in another breath and pray he didn’t embarrass himself by coming in his jeans.
“Who’s it hard for, boy?”
“Say it again. Who’s it hard for, Sebastian?”
“That’s right, you. There is nothing I want more than to sink myself fully into your tight little hole. I want you, every inch of you, Sebastian. Don’t doubt it.”
Sebastian’s eyes rolled back in his head when he heard the growly whisper in his ear. He began to rub up against Gideon faster, unable to stop himself. He used the leverage of his ankles, still locked together at Gideon’s ass, to rub his hard dick against the Dom’s.
“You like that? You gonna come for me, Bastian?”
Dear god, more whispering. He’d never been called Bastian before, but suddenly he never wanted to be called anything but Bastian by the man. Well, that and boy, because that pushed his buttons too.
“That’s it, boy. Take what you need from me. Mmm, goddamn those hips can move.”
Sebastian couldn’t stop the whimper if he tried.
“Can they move that fast while you’re riding my fat cock?”
Jesus, the man would be the death of him.
“We’re gonna find out, aren’t we, boy?”
When he could no longer control his movements, he cried out, “Sir, please?”
Gideon bit down on his earlobe and growled, “Come for your Dom, boy.”
White lights flashed behind his eyelids and the longest orgasm he could ever remember having had him convulsing as volley after volley of cum shot out of his cock into his pants, leaving him limp and panting. His gasping breaths eased, his heart rate slowed, and the orgasm haze had him nearly asleep, the only thing keeping him awake was the weight of his Dom on top of him.
As the minutes ticked by, he grew embarrassed, not wanting to open his eyes and face the man that had just brought him more pleasure than he’d had in longer than he cared to admit without even touching his dick. He didn’t even know why he was feeling so self-conscious, or rather, didn’t want to admit it was because he’d come so quickly and in his own jeans. For fuck’s sake.
“Open your eyes.”
When he did, his Dom’s eyes were crinkled at the sides, his smile one of contentment and satisfaction. “Thank you, Sir.”
His blush bloomed fast and he cast his eyes down to Gideon’s lips. Lips that lowered and took his before he even had time to take a breath. Before he could contemplate that this was their first kiss, it was over, like it had never been. He glanced up into Gideon’s eyes again and smiled, shyly.
“Can…can I return the favor, Sir?”
Gideon slowly extricated himself from the grip of Sebastian’s legs and sat down on the couch by his feet, facing him. Pulling both of Sebastian’s feet onto his lap. “No, we still have a few things to discuss.”
I’ve been anticipating Gideon’s story for a while only getting small pieces of him throughout the first two books and—no matter how small—they left me intrigued with the mysterious, brooding, dominating male.
We see, now, why those moments make sense and to be exposed inside his world was not only heartbreaking but gut-wrenching as we witness the destructing years that make up Gideon. We witness his soul being decimated—piece by piece—after losing team members that he vows to make amends for.
These events are no small consequence on a man like Gideon, a man who, at his core, is to protect and nurture and provide safety and stability.
Sebastian is the polar opposite of Gideon but no less strong. He is possibly one of the bravest and strongest characters I’ve read and to keep a tissue in my hand for moments of his self-reflection, not understanding his worth, or his easy acceptance of what life handed him, came in handy when tears would be pouring unaware.
Sebastian and Gideon come together unexpectedly, however, the connection is felt immediately. Sebastian craves a dominant with a firm hand to pass over control and give him peace and clarity. Gideon longs for a submissive who will kneel with grace and freely give in to his demands.
They fit perfectly in all aspects of the dom/sub relationship even when Gideon assures Sebastian upfront that he is not relationship material, he will never give in to those needs, be that type of man for him—AND—Sebastian, with his history, knows he couldn’t be what Gideon needs or wants anyway…readily agrees.
However, as weeks turn into months, under contract, Gideon realizes the first of many mistakes he made with Sebastian. He thought he was the one that wouldn’t want more, wouldn’t want a more serious relationship away from the club—their contract—but as they spend as much time as possible together it’s Sebastian that seems to be pulling away and Gideon looking for ways to get through to his boy and pull him closer in order to keep him.
Secrets and miscommunication battle to tear the two apart but Sebastian not only gained Gideon these past few months he gained friends and family who won’t let him down and in his hour of need, they are there for him when he needs them most.
Saving Sebastian is long but powerful and a heartfelt journey of finding strength and support in places you didn’t know you had. Both, Sebastian and Gideon have built walls that must come down in order to let those closest to them inside and help with the struggle they face.
This can be read as a standalone but it’s so much better having read the first two books and understanding the back story that leads up to this and knowing the characters that play a huge part in helping these two amazing men find their happily ever after.
Luna David really captured the essence of BDSM, she didn’t shy away from the hard parts of Gideon’s life that made him who he is, and she took us through Sebastian’s medical condition with care and understanding giving the reader an inside look that wasn’t overdone or boring.
Saving Sebastian will be one of my favorite reads this year and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves BDSM with a beautiful romance plus action packed suspense running parallel in the background.
There's also a wonderful cast of supporting characters that help to bring Gideon and Sebastian together but even more than that they make up a well rounded and beautiful family that will go to any lengths for those they love. A beautiful story of love, life, and happiness.
* I was provided a copy through the promoter in exchange for an honest review *
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Once upon a time… deep in the shadows of the infamous BDSM club Catharsis, Luna David, future Authoress Extraordinaire, dreamed of crafting epic gay romance novels to the chorus of whips, chains, and riding crops.
Working for the man by day, and playing caped crusader by night, she fell in love with a superhero whose alter-ego was a mild-mannered financial analyst. With the combined strength of their Evasion Superpowers, they’re able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and escape the horrifying drudgery of peopling and adulting as often as humanly possible.
Luna fiercely devotes herself to her amazing family and friends, drinks coffee like the life-giving ambrosia that it is, and reads gay romance novels voraciously. And while watching a movie and cuddling is still the perfect date night for her and her superhero hubby, her favorite moments are when he makes her laugh until she cries and can’t help but fall in love with him over and over again.
Life for the superhero duo seemed perfect until the birth of twins threw their world into delightful and exhausting chaos, proving perfection always has room for improvement. Leaving big business behind, The Adorables became her full-time job. But eventually Luna realized it was the perfect time to follow her dreams, so she hung up her cape, donned her rainbow slippers and Wonder Woman pajamas, and dove into her fictional world. When not saving her little monsters from themselves or overseeing the Dungeon, Luna slays fictitious evildoers between the pages of her manuscripts.
Her books feature strong dominant males and the men they would die protecting. With love, her hero, and their monsters in her corner, Luna spends her free time writing sweet and kinky, sensual and erotic gay romance. Love has no gender and no boundaries—and Luna loves nothing more than giving her heroes the same HEA she’s been lucky enough to enjoy every day.