When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it’s nothing next to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the South?
Then Marcus shows up and offers him a way to continue his art career and help his family. There’s only one hitch — he asks Thomas to spend a week with him in the Berkshires. Thomas knows he should refuse. But he’s never been able to say no to his Master.
Why I bought it:
I can’t honestly remember. All I know is that this is one of the first m/m romances I ever purchased.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ I have seen a couple of reviews and comments by people who have either dismissed or did not finish this book because they were angry at the things Thomas denies or abandons (ie Marcus, his life, his artwork, his sexuality, etc). Yes, he does, but his character develops and grows as the story progresses. To me, Rough Canvas is more about acceptance than it is about denial.
Like~ Thomas and Marcus are complex and flawed characters. Deeply in love with each other, they struggle with their personal issues and circumstances as well as other obstacles to find a way to be together. They sweep the reader along with them on their journey and what more could you want in a book?
Dislike~ This is more of a warning to others than it is one of my own dislikes. This is not a light, fluffy clouds and rainbows read. There are some scenes people will hate because they are confronting and challenging. If this isn’t what you like to read, Rough Canvas isn’t the book for you.
Like~ Joey W Hill is probably one of the best writers of BDSM romance I have ever come across. She understands the lifestyle and all it entails and is able to convey this in an extremely thought provoking way. Her work will make you question any preconceptions you may have about this world.
So, what I think:
I love this story. I have re-read it so many times it’s not funny and never fail to be moved by it.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.