With an alcoholic mother and a sister to help care for, Liam Cavanagh has had more responsibility than he can handle for a long time. Now that his sister is getting ready for college, Liam is exploring finding someone to meet his own needs. He puts a profile up on The Boys Club app, looking for a Daddy who is interested in a relationship. However, the only match that seems even remotely like a good fit turns out to be from a guy who lives 600 miles away. Liam figures things could never work between he and Cash Moreau, but Cash’s current boy convinces Liam to give it a chance. After weeks learning about Cash from Tommy (who placed the profile on Cash’s behalf), Liam takes a leap of faith and shows up on Cash’s doorstep eager to be his new boy.
Cash was never in love with Tommy and the two parted on good terms. But he is shocked when Liam shows up, claiming he is meant to be his boy. Cash has no idea what is going on, and his first instinct is to push Liam away. But the more he thinks on it, the more he realizes it could be good between them. Of course, Cash knows it can’t work out long term; Liam is new to being a boy and Cash is way too old for him. But he and Liam agree to a trial period together, and Cash keeps Liam at a safe distance so as not to risk the boy expecting more than Cash can give.
Yet despite Cash’s attempts at distance, both men are falling hard for one another. However, Liam can’t understand why Cash won’t let him in, why he won’t give their relationshp a real chance to be something. He knows he can’t continue to be with Cash if Cash can never truly love him and realizes he may be better off alone. Now Cash must figure out if he can open himself up to a real relationship with Liam or he risks losing the man he has grown to love.
I was drawn to Let Me In by the unique set up to the story, along with the age gap and the daddy kink. The way these guys get together is a bit crazy, yes, with Liam showing up on Cash’s door, but David actually makes it work much better than you might think. The story starts with us getting to know Liam, seeing his interactions with Cash’s outgoing boy, Tommy, and learning more about the life he would have with Cash. It is a nice way to really give a foundation to the relationship before the guys even get together. It also serves to really highlight the contrast between Liam, who is ready to be all in with this relationship, and Cash, who is holding back. It is sometimes hard to watch as we see Liam hurt by Cash’s distance, but the conflict here is nicely done and I liked the way this issue resolves in plenty of time for us to see these guys rebuilding a solid connection and really establishing their relationship. So many stories seem to put the conflict so late in the game that it all comes together in a rush at the end, without a chance to really see how things improve. So I liked the way this story is structured in terms of Cash and Liam developing things between them. I do think the family conflict at the end felt a little abrupt, as this issue had been back burnered for most of the story. It all felt a bit too pat and Cash throwing money at every problem makes things a little too easy. But overall, I enjoyed the pacing and the structure here.
This story focuses on daddy kink, though things aren’t super intense here in terms of Daddy/boy play (in part I think because Cash is keeping Liam at a distance). Cash definitely takes on a care taking role for Liam (again, almost every issue is solved by his enormous bank account) and they have a nice dynamic between them. It carries over to the bedroom as well, but again it isn’t too intense in that regard. There is one scene, however, where the guys role play a stepfather/stepson scenario, that has more of an intense kink element. But generally, the daddy kink here is mostly portrayed through the nurturing role Cash plays and some mild discipline and domination.
One thing that I had some trouble with here is David’s overuse of pronouns. There were places that paragraphs would go on and on without using anything but pronouns. Some of those cases are when one character is acting alone and we are in his POV, so it wasn’t confusing as much as really repetitive. But there were many situations where the person acting or speaking was unclear. In some cases, “he” would mean one character and then the next paragraph it would mean the other, with no real indication of changing the person acting. It was problematic enough that it started to pull me out of the story. David also uses “the boy” a LOT in the story to describe Liam. I don’t mean Cash calling him “boy” or using the word in terms of the Daddy/boy dynamic, but as an epithet replacing Liam’s name or a pronoun. Again, it just became so repetitive, sometimes being used many times in the same paragraph. So think maybe some better editing could have cleaned that up a bit.
Despite some small issues, however, I really enjoyed this book and the set up for the series is definitely capturing my interest. We meet some of Cash and Liam’s friends and they seem too have some stories to tell, so I am eager to read on. So if you are looking for an age gap story with some daddy kink and an unusual set up, consider giving Let Me In a try.