Some Kind of Stranger by Katrina Strauss

Blue Ruin, Book 1

Loose Id


ISBN: 978-1-59632-609-5

Reviewed by Ley



His need for sexual dominance leads Derek Graves down a path littered with discarded lovers.  He searches in vain for a lover who will be submissive but yet strong enough to handle his need to administer pain as well as give pleasure.  With his fantasies unfulfilled his life has became a vicious circle until he finds himself drugged and forced against his will onto the receiving end of sexual torture.  Bruised and scarred physically and mentally Derek sets out to find the man who did this to him and extract his revenge.  His old haunt Blue Ruin proves successful in him not only finding his attacker, but he also finds Blue.

Homeless and working as a waiter at the Blue Ruin, Shane ‘Blue’ McGowan’s life changes drastically when Derek saves him from his would be attacker and brings the drugged young man to his home.  Blue turns out to be the willing submissive Derek has been searching for and so much more. 

Some Kind of Stranger was a good, well-written story.  Derek is a sexual deviant who finds he can dish it out, but he can’t take it, but in his defense what was done to him was above and beyond anything he would have done to another person.  It took me a while to warm up to him, but the more he was with Blue the more he became someone I liked.  I liked Blue from the start, he’s a sweet character with a quick wit.  I think he’s a lot stronger than what he gave himself credit for, he endured some tough times at the hands of classmates and he overcame them with his dignity intact.  Derek and Blue healed each other by being what the other needed.  Blue allowed Derek to act out his sexual fantasies by being the submissive participant.  He was strong enough to be submissive yet equal in the way he got what he wanted as well.  Derek was Blue’s safe haven, the person Blue was able to be himself with and show his vulnerability knowing that Derek would comfort him and make it all better.  With the drama and suspense surrounding Derek’s attacker and Blue’s relationship with his father, Some Kind of Stranger is well worth reading.


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