Gaining Trust

Kiss of Leather Book 5

by Morticia Knight

Gaining Trust - Morticia Knight - Kiss of Leather
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Chuck isn’t sure what he needs and Master Jordan can’t wait to show him.

Stone’s shy junior investigator, Chuck, can no longer deny his interest in the BDSM lifestyle. The beautiful connections and raw emotions he’s witnessed between so many of the Doms and subs at Kiss of Leather leave him yearning for something he’d never dared hope he could have—unconditional love and care from a man. He isn’t sure if he can take the chance of having a real relationship when he’s not out to his meddling parents yet, but the sexy Master Jordan, Gavin’s friend and the owner of Club Consequence, makes him want to take that chance.

Master Jordan has been biding his time until he can get next to the super-fine Chuck. Gavin warned him that Chuck isn’t in the lifestyle, but there’s something special about him that speaks to Jordan’s heart. When they’re finally alone, the chemistry is off the charts and Jordan can tell it won’t take much to bring Chuck willingly into the world of BDSM.

An unexpected development in the case of Corey’s kidnappers shocks them all, but not as much as what happens with Chuck’s family. Jordan teaches Chuck that secrets hold power over the person keeping them, and that gaining trust can only be achieved through complete honesty.

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Publisher: Pride Publishing
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Age Difference, Class Differences, Criminals & Outlaws, Hurt / Comfort, Interracial Relationship
Word Count: 50583
Setting: Los Angeles
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Jordan glanced sideways at Chuck as he drove them in his 1967 red Mustang convertible. His gramps had always had a thing for American muscle cars, and the one Jordan had hunted high and low for was the exact same model he’d ridden around in with him when he was a kid. But having Chuck on the passenger side of the sporty two-seater was a much bigger thrill than having the sleek pony car.

Down boy.

His fucking tight jeans were still at war with his crotch, and since he’d already decided to go slow with Chuck, there wouldn’t be much in the way of relief anytime soon. It didn’t stop him from teasing them both, however. Jordan played the tips of his fingers across the top of Chuck’s thigh, every now and then trailing them down to his knee then back up again. The tension in Chuck’s body language was strong enough that Jordan worried whether Chuck might pass out from it.


“Sorry there’s no tunes. I wasn’t about to desecrate her by installing a CD player or MP3 port.”

“Oh, I don’t blame you. It’s an incredible vehicle, great model.” Chuck’s voice had a slight tremble to it that came across as excitement rather than fear. He reached up to lightly pet the dash before letting his hand fall over the one Jordan was resting on Chuck’s knee.


Chuck cleared his throat, a nervous tell Jordan had picked up on. “So, where are we going?” Chuck gave a shaky laugh. “Not that I’d really know, anyway. I don’t go out.”

“You’re out now, right?”

“Yeah.” Chuck sounded as if he was in wonder. “And it’s great. Wherever we’re going is fine. I know I’ll enjoy it because I’m with you.”

Aww. “Feeling’s mutual, babe.”

Chuck had brought him more alive than he’d been in a very long time. There hadn’t been anyone special in his life for years, and he hoped to change that situation by getting with Chuck real soon. Even his initial concerns over whether Chuck would be an actual candidate for the lifestyle had dissipated during their brief encounter at dinner. It didn’t mean it was a done deal, just that Jordan was sure that Chuck ached for what Jordan could give him. It was simply a matter of carefully leading him there.

Jordan pulled off the 134 freeway in Glendale then headed down Brand Boulevard toward the sleepier, artsy town of Silver Lake. On occasion, Jordan liked the large, flashy dance clubs in West Hollywood, and of course, he could now patronize his friends’ place, Kiss of Leather. But for the most part, he preferred smaller, low-key joints. Some good music and nice atmosphere, along with his man, were all he needed.

Once they neared Havana Nights, Jordan searched for a place to park as close as he could to the club. It wasn’t the weekend, so he had a slightly better chance of finding a decent spot. As soon as he’d parked, Jordan quickly jumped out to get the door for Chuck. He’d already made it halfway out of the car by the time Jordan had gotten there.

Might as well start some low-key training.

“Oh, that’s all right.” Chuck appeared flustered as he tried to close the door behind him, despite Jordan having his hand on the latch. “I can get this myself.”


Chuck froze. “What?”

“The first thing I want you to know is how much I enjoy taking care of my sub. It gives me pleasure. Can you let me do that for you?” Jordan pressed his body against Chuck’s side. “Let me watch over you?”

“I…” Chuck swallowed noticeably, his breathing rapid. “I mean, isn’t that…aren’t I… isn’t the person who’s the sub supposed to take care of the other person who’s the master?”

Jordan held in a chuckle. Chuck had to know he was being taken seriously, that Jordan respected him. It was certainly the truth, and the last thing he wanted was for Chuck to misinterpret any of his reactions.

“There are many layers to caretaking. Different roles that master and sub can take on. It’s between the two parties and what they agree to.” Jordan brushed back some of Chuck’s hair at his temple. He noted the slight flinch when his fingers made contact with Chuck’s skin. So much work to do. “What you and I agree to.”

“Oh. Okay.” Chuck lowered his eyes then pushed into Jordan’s arms. Jordan’s breathing hitched as he wrapped Chuck in an embrace—the move from Chuck unexpected, but entirely welcome. He held him close, let his cheek rest against the side of Chuck’s head where he’d laid it on Jordan’s shoulder.

Been waiting for this.

Reviews:Ali on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I loved this story just as much as I have with all of the others in this series. Chuck and Jordan have been dancing around each other for the last couple books, so it was great to see them finally get their own story. It’s great to see Chuck’s trust building in Jordan when he has to deal with his combative family dynamic.

We got a quick look at Josh and David working to fix their relationship problems from the previous book, but leaves a little mystery for the future with the possibility of an additional owner for the club that gives the opportunity for more characters to come into play in future books. The rest of the book was on Chuck and Jordan’s budding relationship. Once they got going they moved pretty fast, but they had a lot of build up that had been in the background in the previous books, so they weren’t just jumping in.

They mystery of Corey’s previous dom continues throughout this book and brings in some new twists that may play a bigger role in later books. I look forward to reading more in this series while they solve the mystery, but also to see more of all the wonderful characters in this series.

The cover art is great and follows the pattern for the series.

Jennifer on The Novel Approach Reviews wrote:

Since Chuck was first introduced to the series several books ago, I have been dying to read his story. There is something about the young, shy private investigator that really speaks to the reader. He draws the attention of others as well, including Jordan, the owner of Club Consequence and friend of the Kiss of Leather crew. Fans of the series will finally get to see his story!

The primary purpose of this book is to introduce Chuck and Jordan, and let them tell their story. While there are still some events going on in the background that advance the storyline of the series, unlike with the other books, it is minimal. Instead, we get to see what Chuck’s family is like, and we learn more about Jordan and what he is looking for in a partner.

If you haven’t read any of the other books, I do not recommend starting with this one, as what is advanced in the plot of the series is important information. However, this novel was excellent in portraying a young man just coming to terms with his submissive nature. I enjoyed seeing Chuck bloom under Jordan’s Mastery. The two of them grow together to discover what it is they really enjoy. Their passion is palpable as they get to know each other on the page. From their first cancelled date to their first time actually meeting up, and then going back to Jordan’s house, their relationship follows a course different from the others.

The author does a great job in creating characters that not only complement each other, but are distinct from the others. While Jordan has some characteristics that are similar to the other Doms in the series, he is still unique. Considering this is the fifth book in the Kiss of Leather series, the fact that each character still has his own voice speaks to the skill of Morticia Knight.

Fans of the Kiss of Leather series will enjoy this latest installment. If you are new to the series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, as each one builds from the next. I look forward to the next book in the series! There are so many narrative threads that need a resolution.

Tams on TTC Books & More wrote:

The men of Kiss of Leather have been through so much while trying to get the club up and running. They've come together to help Corey heal mentally, physically and emotionally after being under the hand of man that didn't deserve to consider himself a Master. Marshall wound up in the middle of a confrontation when Corey's former abuser kidnapped them both. Derek protects and loves Corey, Stone protects and loves Marshall, even if Marshall drives him insane on a good day. Consumed and preoccupied with the building, then the opening and everything else going on around him, Josh almost lost David. The reason I'm recapping the first four books in this series is because it's a must to have read them before you can begin Chuck and Jordan's story. Everything is entwined along the way, groundwork laid, lives tangled together. So you have to start at the beginning to appreciate the stories.

Chuck is Stone's lead investigator at the PI firm he owns, he and Jordan met while Chuck and Stone were investigating the worthless piece of shit that used to call himself Corey's master. These two have been dancing around each other for a while now. Chuck is curious about the lifestyle to say the least and very much attracted to Jordan. He's hesitant though. Jordan is a man that generally gets what he wants, and what he wants now is Chuck. He is infinitely patient and bides his time knowing that Chuck is worth wooing, worth getting to know, worth making him feel safe, comfortable and certain that what he wants is to be with Jordan, lifestyle kinks and all. Life and circumstance seem bound and determined to keep them at arms length though. Chuck has never been able to be open with his family about his sexuality. On top of that they are in the middle of some strange developments in the case against Corey's abuser that only put additional strain on everyone involved. Can Jordan convince Chuck that they are good together, that he can protect him, can he gain Chuck's trust?

I'll be the first to say, I don't dig BDSM, probably because I don't understand the concept. This series is the exception to that statement. Knight does an amazing job of explaining the ins and outs and whys to the reader. She also brings these beautifully flawed, three dimensional characters to life in such a way, you feel like you know them and can really understand them. I've been watching Chuck and Jordan's waltz through the last few books and I was waiting on their story with bated breath. I love how infinitely patient Jordan is, how he basically worships Chuck and seems to know what he's thinking and what he needs sometimes before Chuck realizes. Jordan has a base need to be in control, but he's not a control freak. Chuck has a base need to be wanted, loved for who he is regardless and... well, needed. When they finally come together it's almost like lightening strikes and fuses them together. There's no going back now, not that either of them would want to. Oh, I also really like the way Knight wrote Chuck's struggle with his families opinion of him, which sucks by the way, and how Jordan's love gives him the strength to deal with them, finally.

Definitely a must read series, but start at the beginning if you've not read any of the books yet. It's diverse, challenging, passionate and intense and well worth the read.

About the Author

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little hearts desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share—her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to have several books on bestseller lists along with titles receiving recognition in the Rainbow Book Awards, Divine Magazine and Love Romance Café.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the North Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men, she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

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