After finishing my lit degree, I completely stopped reading.  I had lost the ability to read for pleasure.  But in early 2013 I discovered reading could be social.  And in the autumn of 2013 I discovered MM romances and that reading could be downright HOT.  I haven't stopped reading since!


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The Boy Who Belonged

The Boy Who Belonged - Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock 4.5 Stars.

I have put off this review a bit because I really don’t know where to begin. So, I will just jump in.

I didn't really get a good feel for Derek in [b:The Good Boy|17608095|The Good Boy (Boy, #1)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363102343s/17608095.jpg|24566771]. He became a lot more human to me in this book. Usually in books with a D/s theme the Dom is successful and at least acts like he is always in control not only of his sub but of himself, he is all knowing when it comes to the needs of his sub and often covering up some childhood pain of his own. That is not the case here. Derek is a normal guy with a normal job and unfulfilled dreams. He occasionally struggles with how needy Lane can be and doesn’t always handle it perfectly. He has a great family who accepts him, who he is, his lifestyle choices. His family loves Lane just as much. He is a real person.

Lane is just as fantastic here as he was in [b:The Good Boy|17608095|The Good Boy (Boy, #1)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363102343s/17608095.jpg|24566771] and [b:The Naughty Boy|17878369|The Naughty Boy (Boy, #1.5)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367511835s/17878369.jpg|25035807]. He begins to develop real friendships, confronts his mother, realizes that he is broken but refuses to accept that he is permanently damaged.

Laura (Lane’s mother) added so much to the story and is one of my favorite antagonists of all times. She is cold and manipulative and knows just how to push Lane’s buttons, how to play on his self doubt and his need to be loved. She added just the right amount of tension to the story. She needed to be slapped. Hard.

I appreciated the fact that [b:The Good Boy|17608095|The Good Boy (Boy, #1)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363102343s/17608095.jpg|24566771] didn’t end in a cliffhanger or in a place where you feel that you didn’t get the whole story. At the same time, this sequel didn’t feel forced, like the author was trying to get more out of a storyline that was already used up. In fact, although this book ends in a good place and another installment is not needed, I could see a book 3 working well. There is still so much more that could be told about what happens with Lane’s family, how it affects his relationship with Derek, how Lane continues to heal.

As a bonus I learned about sounding in this book. It was an excellent scene and an element of M/M BDSM that I had never read about before.

BTW, if you have read this book but haven't yet read Brin's story [b:The Naughty Boy|17878369|The Naughty Boy (Boy, #1.5)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367511835s/17878369.jpg|25035807], go read it now. It is okay to read [b:The Naughty Boy|17878369|The Naughty Boy (Boy, #1.5)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367511835s/17878369.jpg|25035807] after [b:The Boy Who Belonged|18715391|The Boy Who Belonged (Boy, #2)|Lisa Henry|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1382938181s/18715391.jpg|26578143] and it is definitely a great addition to this series that should not be missed.

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