Monday, August 12, 2019

Book Review: SIR by N.R. Walker

by N.R. Walker


A BDSM-lite MMM story

Founded over four hundred years ago, Sanctus Infinitus Redemptio is a private and very elite society where dominance and submission are revered. Steeped in tradition and excellence, every Dominant and every submissive, and their pairing, are selected with great care.

When Hunter Vargo is brought into the Sanctus, his need for strict dominance sees him paired with the wrong Master. But only a short time later, mistreated and his trust broken, he’s recalled, his collar removed. The Grand Master knows it will take a special kind of Dominant to restore the sub’s faith and trust.

Sig Bruckner’s world is perfect. He has a great job, he has high standing within the Sanctus, and he has Levin, the very best submissive. When he’s asked to take on a second sub, a young man with issues and a rule not to touch him, Sig’s world is turned upside down.

When his dominance, his patience, and self-control are tested, and when Sig’s relationships with both subs are pushed past his limits, everything begins to unravel. Yet Sig knows every good Dom learns from their subs, and he’s no exception. He might not be able to fix everything on his own, but perhaps the three of them together can.

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Carra's Review

NR Walker dips her toes into something new here with Sir.  Touted as BDSM-lite, I’d probably call it “sweet, emotional relationship BDSM”.  Yes, there can be such a thing when you have a Dom/Master who is made happy by making his sub(s) happy by bringing them pleasure—which may or may not involve pain depending on the person—and not by the sadism/masochism side of things.  I actually found this type of relationship quite appealing.

This story is heavily dependent on the relationship dynamics of the men involved.  Sig and Levin’s existing D/s relationship is strong, caring, and solid.  Introducing someone new, someone whose past is beyond far less than ideal and whose trust has been damaged repeatedly…it’s a test of Sig and Levin’s bond, and leads them to discover exactly how secure they are together.  

Not only that, but they see their capacity for more once Hunter joins them.  My heart was aching for Hunter’s character with what he’s been through, and for the mixed messages he still seems to be getting from his situation.  The attachment that quickly forms between the three men is very much based on emotion, as well as how easily they all can give each other what they need.

Though both Hunter and Levin are in their 20s, the way they speak, their action, and the constant use of the word “boy” made them come across as much younger to me.  Yes, I am well aware of the use of the term “boy” in these types of relationships is common, it was just that combined with the way their characters were presented in other aspects that made them seem a lot younger.

Given the BDSM aspect, you’d expect this story to have its fair share of sex scenes, which it does.  Those scenes emphasize Sig’s need to deliver his subs pleasure—even when delivering punishment—and they also show how much both Levin and Hunter crave that pleasure.  

It’s not all about pleasure though, and there are a few places where they are all tested in one way or another, and those moments serve to develop the relationships between Sig and Levin, Sig and Hunter, and Levin and Hunter, as well as the three of them together.

Sir wound up being a solid 4.5-star read for me.  I’m crossing my fingers that the author will consider writing another book along these lines—particularly after Sig’s scene with his former Master, Colton, when the topic of love comes up, and Colton’s reaction to something Sig points out to him.  I can always hope!  And as you may have guessed given the subject matter, this story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

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