Silver Cruz may be young, but he knows what he wants: to restore high-end classic cars and have a boy of his own. He’s doing the first one, while also working at a diner to save up to hopefully open his own garage. But Silver doesn’t yet have his boy. Leaving the diner one night, he sees a fancy older man with clear car trouble for his classic car. Silver and Donovan Fonterra don’t get off on the best foot; Donovan certainly has an attitude and misconceptions. Silver sends Donovan on his way, even though Donovan expresses a clear interest.
Donovan’s life is a mess. Though he has plenty of a money and a job at his father’s firm, he’s unfulfilled and unhappy. Though he’s in his forties, he’s still under his father’s heel. Donvan feels he has to do what his father demands in order to keep the peace, and his persona reflects that. But he can’t deny he’s drawn to Silver, and keeps showing up until Silver gives him a chance.
Silver doesn’t play games and he can see what Donovan needs. But Donovan has to accept it, and Silver isn’t going to let the man get away with attitude and half-truths. When Donovan hits a particular rough patch, he runs to Silver for help, even though he’s not sure why. Silver takes care of Donovan and the two begin to explore the attraction between them, as well as have a long conversation about what Silver wants from the relationship.
Donovan is shocked that Silver is a Daddy, and more so that Silver wants Donovan to be his boy. Especially considering how much older Donovan is. But he quickly learns he craves the dominance, control, and caretaking Silver provides. Together, they build a solid relationship, and Donovan examines his own life, his wants, and needs, and finds his true self. With Silver’s guidance, care, and love, Donovan finally begins to thrive.
I’m always a fan of power exchange and caretaking, so this story caught my interest right away. I was particularly interested in the reverse age gap aspect, as we don’t see it very often in this genre. But here, Silver is younger by sixteen years, yet he’s the dominant one. Knight handles it well, with Donovan bringing up how it shouldn’t be that way, and how, at his age, he should have himself together, as well as have known this is what he wanted in life. I loved Silver’s response, as he explained that age doesn’t have as much to do with it as personality, and how Donovan’s situation made it difficult for him to truly understand himself.
Silver was pretty settled, confident, and self-assured throughout this story, but he did have flaws and make mistakes, which humanized him in a wonderful way. Without it, he would have been nothing more than a caricature. Donovan definitely had more growing to do. At first, he was a bit of a contradiction, acting like a jerk, but we could also see his inner turmoil. When he began to let his true self show, he blossomed. And when Silver helped him see how he was using his attitude and persona as a shield, it helped him open up even more.
I really liked both characters, and I liked their dynamic together. Their chemistry sparked from the start and only grew deeper as these guys delved into their relationship. This is a Daddy/boy relationship, but there’s no age play. It is simply Silver assuming the responsibility of Donovan’s care and well-being and establishing rules so that Donovan has boundaries. I really liked the way things developed between them and it felt real and believable for the most part.
The pacing on this story is my one real issue with it. The first half of the book was a bit of a slow burn in that it took a while for these guys to be on the same page. I didn’t have a problem with that until the second half of the book where the pace picked up a considerable amount and things moved quickly. While I did find their relationship believable, it also felt as though Donovan was a bit too accepting of things with not enough questioning. On top of that, the plot moved fast, with different plot points coming to a head and unraveling one right after another. I would have liked to see either fewer “big” things happen, or for more time in between so that each element could have been developed more.
But overall, I really liked this book, especially the characters, and I really enjoyed the dynamic between them. This is not an author I’ve read a lot, but with this book, I’ll definitely be picking up more of Knight’s work. And I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this series, which features a new couple. If you’re a fan of power exchange and hurt/comfort, definitely pick this one up.