Captain Mike Kelley is an intelligence officer in the Army and with recent repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell he finally feels safe enough to be his true self. He meets Will at a gay bar that he is finally brave enough to enter. Will is someone he would like to get to know better so he invites him back home but when Will offers himself up, Mike politely declines. Not liking the hurt look on Will’s face he tries to explain that he wants to get to know him better before starting the physical side of their relationship. Mike has some quirks that he needs to work out with Will before they go any further.
Will really likes to be around Mike so he agrees to the get to know you period but after several months he has started to get antsy. They have only kissed and the lack of physical action is wearing on him. Mike is very perceptive and realizes what is going with Will and tells him that in order for them to have sex, they must be in a relationship, and a relationship is a very different thing for Mike. Mike tells Will he would only be involved in a Domestic Discipline relationship. He gives Will some time to think about what that entails and to do some research.
Domestic Discipline is the practice of a subtle Dominant and submissive type of lifestyle, with the emphasis on the relationship first, then and only then, is spanking as a disciplinary action or punishment discussed.
Will feels this is a relationship he can do and wants to go for it except he has one large concern. He worries that Mike will be deployed again and how he would handle being on his own with Mike gone. Mike is due to leave the service in a couple of months and is pretty sure he won’t be deployed so they both sign on the dotted line and their relationship begins.
Mike is a quirky dude. He has a raging case of OCD so bad that Will questions whether he can live with Mike on a permanent basis. Saturdays are spent cleaning with the laundry being folded at precise angles and creases. Each night the kitchen has to be cleaned and bleached and at one point Mike cannot even go upstairs to have spontaneous sex because there are dirty dishes. He comments that he will lose his erection during sex if he even thinks about the dirty dishes.
After a period of resistance, Will gives in to Mike’s OCD tendencies. He is happy and comfortable with Mike and that is what matters. Two months before the end of Mike’s military career they get married and a short time after that Mike is deployed. Will is beside himself when Mike tells him. With Mike’s encouragement they have started a new business that is due to open right around when Mike is leaving. Now Mike will leave Will to handle school, his business, and a new marriage all by himself, not to mention dealing with one of Will’s old friends that is convinced he just needs her tender loving to not be gay.
Mike and Will struggle to be apart each fighting demons of their own. Will had really settled and become more mature under Mike’s care and now he is left alone to handle everything. Mike hates being so far away and has to sit by while someone else tries to ruin his marriage. Then the unthinkable happens and Mike’s building is attacked and he is injured. Mike and Will will now have to find a way to deal with the consequences of the injury and find out where they will go from there.
Somehow in all of my reading I have never come across a Domestic Discipline relationship and now I want more. I really enjoyed the defining of their relationship, the open and honest discussions they had and reading how Will really seemed to settle in with Mike. This was similar to a BDSM relationship yet different. There is not hardcore spanking or spanking because the more dominant personality wants to, but there is spanking and discipline. It is just done more in the context of the story and almost made better sense than any other BDSM-type book I have read and trust me, I have read a lot.
I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed watching Will struggle with all of Mike’s OCD issues and how love slowly developed between the two men. The story takes place over several years and we are given a long look into their lives. I really like how the chapters are set up too. They were done by a date and title format instead of numbers. It was much better that way because I could track their progress through the months.
Overall, this is a really well done story. Everything really worked for me and I didn’t want to put it down. I was involved and interested in these two fascinating men from the time their story started to the last words. I would really love to have a follow-up book for this couple because they are two very interesting men with a lot of life ahead of them. I wouldn’t mind finding out where that life takes them. Final grade- B+
“Maybe he isn’t really gay? Could be experimenting or pretending?”
“Who-outside of girls in college- in their right mind would pretend to be gay? That’s like pretending to be Jewish. No one is that much of a masochist,” Will scoffed.
“What’s wrong with being Jewish? We have great food.”