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Worth the Risk

Giving Consent

by Kate Hawthorne

Worth the Risk - Kate Hawthorne - Giving Consent
Part of the Giving Consent series:
  • Worth the Risk
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99
ISBN: 1718157436
Pages: 298
Audiobook: $ 17.49
Paperback: $ 12.99
ISBN: 1718157436
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 298

At eighteen, Landon Miller was sure about two things--he was a submissive and he was going to be with Gregory Douglas for the rest of his life. That was until parents and school got in the way, and he found himself in New York, thousands of miles from the man who had learned how to take him in hand. Feeling abandoned by the personhe’d come to rely on, Landon has no choice but to set his sights on a new and lonely future.

Years later, behind the bar at Rapture, the BDSM club he’s built on a foundation of disillusioned dreams and broken bricks, Landon finds himself face to face with his favorite memory and greatest regret—Gregory.

Seeing his first love again is the only inspiration Gregory needs to commit himself to forging his way toward the future he always envisioned…one with Landon yielding and bending to his command. Determined to recapture the magic of their first love, Gregory works to right the wrongs of their past so they can move on together.

Battling through the resentment from their youth, Landon is unexpectedly called back to New York, and Gregory can’t help but fear the past is repeating itself. Fighting familiar feelings of helplessness, he makes the decision to give Landon what he needs, even if that means not chasing after the man he adores…again. Gregory can only hope when Landon returns, he won’t throw away the love they’ve fought and risked everything for.

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Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Bad Breakup, Second Chances
Word Count: 78000
Setting: Los Angeles
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

“I don’t owe you anything,” Landon mumbled, finally finding the willpower to force his eyes open. He startled, not expecting Gregory’s face to be as close as it was. Hurt played across Gregory’s eyes again as he studied Landon’s face. 

“I know,” Gregory confirmed with a solemn nod. His thumb made slow circles around the front of Landon’s hip and it relaxed him, reminding him of the repetitive motions Verity used to calm him down when he got worked up. A small part of him resented that Gregory was able to do the same—after all this time, after he’d abandoned Landon the way he had. 

“But I’ll ask anyway,” Gregory added on, flexing his hands around Landon’s hips. “Would you ever kneel for me again?”


Landon’s eyelids fluttered closed and he rolled his eyes trying to stay his tears. His emotions warred with each other, anger battling against lust against comfort against unadulterated, pent-up rage.

He opened his eyes and hoped the dim amber light of the alcove didn’t reflect off his unshed tears. He managed to angle a sharp look at Gregory without crying.

“You kneel.” Landon shoved Gregory’s hands off of his waist and nearly doubled over in anguish when Gregory held his hands out, palms up, and dropped to his knees at Landon’s feet.

Landon stared down at Gregory’s bowed head and watched as a tear escaped and landed in the mess of Gregory’s hair. If he felt it, he made no indication. In fact, he made no move at all. 


About the Author

Born and raised in Southern California, Kate Hawthorne woke up one day and realized she had stories worth sharing. Now existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate writes stories about complicated men in love that are sometimes dirty, but always sweet. She enjoys crafting hard-fought and well deserved happy endings with just the right amount of angst and kink.

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