John is not very happy and distrusting
everyone as he does, John is rarely disappointed. He also has
to be very careful around others, so as not to inadvertently
reveal a secret that could earn him the distrust or disgust
from those around him. When he moves into a shared house, its
owner Charles presents a great bonus to the perfect
situation. Charles does not mind that John is gay, but he is
also very attractive and doesnít take casually the interest
John shows as an invitation to pursue him. As they get to
know one another their attraction grows, but Charles will have
to find a way to overcome Johnís defenses against the world.
Black Leather Rose is the
story of a man who has felt rejection and discrimination when
his BDSM preferences become known. As a result John tends to
be cynical and very wary of establishing close relationships.
I found Charles is witty and charming and John very likeable
in a Murphy Brown sort of way. I was rooting for John to be
able to accept Charlesí offer of a closer relationship from
the beginning. However, I felt short-changed in the solitary
encounter they share because after all the build-up it didnít
really show up in their bedroom play. That said, you will
find Black Leather Rose an entertaining and
amusing book if you enjoy sarcastic and cynical characters.