After two excellent short story collections ([[ASIN:1887895256 The Ironrod Chronicles]] and [[ASIN:1887895485 The Ironrod Chronicles II]]), Master Alex Ironrod puts forth his first full-length novel of leather fantasy. It fulfills the promise of his storytelling and makes for quite an exciting read. The characters through "Submission" all have the ring of experience around them, like men who have lived their leather.
The two main men here, Paul and Tarquin, revolve around each other and have an intense relationship, forming the core of the novel. But it's more the journey that makes up "Submission's" meat. Both men make the trek to California to unmask their true selves, and fumble through their early relationships with attendant growing pains. (And a few pains inflicted during indiscretions, youthful or otherwise.) Paul, as a college student and young submissive, enters Los Angeles as so many young gay men do, eager, excited and somewhat naive. While Tarquin arrives experienced, brash and brazen, yet still in need of a society of Alpha-men to buttress his natural dominant nature.
Following Tarquin and Paul's journey and maturation makes for a lively read. Master Alex's style is vivid and exciting, offering the kink in a realistic and knowing manner. When the climactic meeting during a large scale leather run takes place, you'll feel the pulsing excitement. Along with Alan Goes' [[ASIN:1887895760 CopSlaves]], Alex Ironrod's "Submission" is one of the hottest homomasculine novels of 2007.
Hurrah!! I knew Alex Ironrod had it in him to write a terrific BDSM Novel, as a followup to his collections of short stories.
SUBMISSION - LEATHER MASTERS and slaves is an exciting and graphic story of two men whose lives and lusts become intertwined in today's Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The heat turns up in the first five pages. Almost every kink and fetish is explored in the tales of Master Tarquin and his eventual slave Paul, as they experience everything from beating and branding to desire and deviants. Not for the faintheated, but a definite must for those into Leather and Dom/sub relationships.