One of the things I enjoyed about writing Beautiful boy was the chance to explore a contemporary 24/7 D/s relationship. In my Golden Collar books, of course, Teman is a pleasure slave and, thus, lives it all the time. But a story set in medieval times versus contemporary has a very different set of issues.
Mal and Kyle do not live together. As such, the things they can do are more limited. There’s more trust on Mal’s part that Kyle will do as he’s told. Of course, Kyle is submissive and the thought of disappointing Mal… well, he’d rather hang himself by his testicles than disappoint his Master (which, by the way, he would not enjoy, despite being masochistic and liking cock and ball torture).
But when they’re together, having a contemporary character always in the submissive mindset was a new challenge for me. One of the biggest aspects of that came up in editing when we were discussing how Kyle thinks of Mal. The vast majority of the time, he thinks of Mal as “Master” with a few specific exceptions.
Another issue that came up with it was the fact that all of their scenes, all their dates involved BDSM in some way. Because that’s what they were first—Master and boy—and boyfriends second. My editor came to me during the first round and suggested I add a couple of non-BDSM dates to the story. This turned out to be quite difficult because, as a 24/7 relationship, there’s never a time that they’re not at least partially in the mindset. So, I took the opportunity to discuss this, instead.
He swallowed. “Sorry, Master. Mike doesn’t understand our relationship.”
Well, that wasn’t what I expected. “How so? I thought you said he was in the lifestyle?”
Kyle nodded and frowned. “That’s what surprised me about it. But they’re not 24/7, not even close to it, like Cam and Mistress Sammy. And, I mean, I know we aren’t exactly…”
“But we’re close, yeah.”
“Right. But he asked me why we don’t, like, go on a date without doing anything sexual or—” He shrugged a shoulder and glanced around. “—well, without the… dynamic involved.”
I thought that through. “It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it. Maybe explain you work best with that kind of structure? That the rules and discipline help you?”
He looked thoughtful. “That might help. I think he doesn’t realize that part of it. He sees what you get out of it, but not so much what I do.” He nodded. “He’s a little stuck, too, on our pain play, but that I don’t think I can help him with. He’s not a masochist and Jenn isn’t a sadist. It’s really just the D/s and kept strictly in the bedroom for them.”
I pursed my lips. “Yeah, that would make it tough for him to get that aspect of it. I think if you tell him that, it’ll at least give him a better understanding. I could talk to him.”
He smiled at me. “Let me try first, but if not, maybe I’ll get him to talk to you.” He paused and licked his lips. I buried the urge to grin at him trying so hard to keep from biting. “As long as he remembers you belong to me.”
I did grin then. “Even if he wasn’t straight, he’d have no chance baby. He’s not you.”
Kyle blushed a beautiful deep red. “So, uh… how ’bout them Mets….”
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If Kyle can get past his fears, he could see what his beloved Master Mal does: a beautiful boy that deserves his collar–and heart.
Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly-closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.
College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.
But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.
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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.