Title: An Unlocked Mind
Series: Secrets Book #2
Author: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
Genre: M/M Romance Light BDSM
Release Date: December 11, 2017 
  
 
 
Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.
The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go….
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review

 

*****

I loved the Collars and Cuffs series and was so sad to see it end.  KC and Parker are amazing writing duo and they just get stronger and stronger.  This book must be my favourite of all the Collars and Cuffs / Secrets series so far.

 

They have a natural talent of building very deep and realistic characters, that grow through out the book.  The characters descriptions are so well described you feel like one of their friends watching them evolve.  We especially get to experience their feelings both happy and devastating sad moments.

Rob in the first Collars and Cuffs book was a mean and selfish guy who thought the world owed him something.   We really did not like the character back then.  But the authors have done a superb job of changing our feelings toward this lonely damaged guy that needs someone to be his rock.

Their world building of the BDSM club and lifestyle has an authentic feel, the details to the clubs description and to the lifestyle is vivid and you feel like your at the club yourself.

 

When I saw the title of the book I wondered if there was any connection to the first Collars and Cuffs book An Unlocked Heart.  And was happy to see there is a connection.   As this book is based around Alex’s brother, who caused all sorts of trouble for Alex.  Trouble that Rob has been regretting ever since.  Having dug himself into a deep hole that he can not climb out off Rob is at a loss with himself.

He still does not understand how Alex found love in a BDSM club.  And when he receives a invitation to attend the opening of Secrets A BDSM club in London.  He needs to escape his dreary life and uses some of his savings to attend the club, in the hope of proving to himself he was right.  

 

But unbeknown to Rob until he enters the club and sees Alex and Leo on stage doing a presentation, he hides in the shadows not wanting Alex to see him.   What he sees, is love care and devotion between the Dom and Sub.  Some thing he craves even though he may not be aware of it.

Vic has been working away from home and gets talked into going to Secrets upon his return home.  He bumps into Rob who has returned to secrets after promising himself not to go ever again.  Rob is very rude to Vic and storms off.

 

Whilst driving home Vic passes Rob walking in the pouring rain and strong wind, He is unable to ignore seeing Rob and turns around and goes back to where Rob is.   He offers Rob his spare room for the night and a promise of a lift to the train station the next morning.

 

What follows is a heart warming and sometimes heart wrenching story of Rob finding himself, learning to trust, to be and to love.  Vic promises Rob he will be his rock with no strings attached. 

 

Vic is a gentle giant, and sees beyond Robs hard image.  He sees loneliness and hurt and yes guilt too.  For some reason he can not leave Rob to suffer alone any longer.

 

Vic helps Rob face his past, to have the courage to try and build bridges and to let his past go and move forward.

 

Their mutual attraction grows slowly, and Vic insists he won’t push Rob, he must come and ask for what he wants.   Eventually they do get together and Rob even attends the club as Vic’s sub.

 

It is not all plain sailing though and Vic is unable to totally change Robs bratty attitude, but that is one of the things Vic secretly does not want to change, even if it goes against the protocol of the lifestyle.

 

I can not put into words how much I love this book and the New cheeky but mature Bratty Rob lol.  If you have read any of the authors previous BDSM books, this one is a must read.   And even if you are new to the series you will still be able to enjoy and follow the story as the authors have cleverly written the book so everyone can enjoy the story and characters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Midnight Cafe Author's Hot Seat Interview
 
 

What other careers do / did you have apart from writing?

 

Parker: I used to be a room service waiter at a four star, four diamond hotel in Milwaukee. I left there after twenty-eight years, and started on a new career path. I thought I would miss it, but really, I don’t. I much prefer being at home and writing.

 

KC: For twenty-three years, I taught French and Spanish – and I don’t miss teaching in the slightest!

 

How did you start writing?

 

Parker: When I was a kid (lo these many centuries ago), gay representation in books, movies, and television could be easily summed up in a few columns. We were either jokes, victims, or eternally unhappy. For example: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/jeangreyphoenixfans/bruce-banner-almost-raped-in-ymca-hulk-23-1980-t1464.html shows what happens to Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk) while in the shower at a local YMCA. It disgusted me from the standpoint of the fact these men were going to rape him, but also from the way they talked and acted. I wanted stories that were about people like me. Ones who wanted to be happy, and needed to find that person who completed them. So I started writing the ones with gay teens who, like me, wanted nothing more than to find their happily ever after.

 

KC: I was a Head of Department in a high school, and going through a very bad patch. I got so stressed, I lost half my hair. My doctor said I needed to do something positive and creative, to break the cycle. Well, I’d had an idea for a book for over a year, so I sat down and sketched out thirteen chapters of a novella – because no way was it going to be a novel. Five-and-a-half weeks and 78,000 words later, Learning To Love: Michael & Sean was born.

 

Do you like to read books that are like the ones you write?

 

Parker: Sometimes. It really depends on the book. I do like romance stories where the characters find the one they’ve been looking for, and happy read those. Same with stories about shifters (which are some of my favorites). I’m not keen on a lot of blood or angsty stories, so tend to shy away from them.

 

KC: What he said. I like BDSM / shifters / contemporary, but ALWAYS with a HEA. I do NOT do bittersweet endings.

 

What is the most annoying thing your other half does that distracts you from your writing?

 

Parker: Does breathing count? No, seriously, Paul’s great when I’m writing. He leaves me be, and if I’m in the zone, he’ll make me dinner and serve it to me.

 

KC: He has this annoying habit of coming home early from work, walking into the room where I’m writing, and beginning a conversation. Sometimes I want to yell, ‘HELLO? Writing here!!!

 

How did you become as writing partners?

 

Parker: I read ‘An Unlocked Heart’ and reached out to KC, telling her how much I loved Leo and Alex. It started a friendship that lasts to this day. She was working on Trusting Thomas—which, by the way, made me cry many times—and asked if I would ever consider writing with her. My immediate reply was ‘no’, because I thought my writing was a poor second to hers. That night, while I was at work, I thought of an idea that might be useful for a story. When I got home, I pitched it to KC and from that came ‘Someone to Keep Me’.

 

KC: What he said

 

Why do you choose to write MM books, and do you write MF books too?

 

Parker: I write MM because that’s my life. I can honestly say, I don’t know that I could write an MF book as I don’t have that many women friends that I can draw on for inspiration. (Plus, let’s be honest, I know next to nothing about the female anatomy.)

 

KC: Because I read MM books, loved them, and thought, ‘I want to do that.’ And I am halfway through my first MF right now… not as KC, of course.

 

Is there a MM sub-Genre that you would like to write but you are unsure about doing so?

 

Parker: Definitely not. If a story strikes me, I’m going to do my best to give it a go.

 

KC: I have an idea for a ménage shifter story… A lion, a tiger and a bear (No, really…)

 

Whilst researching BDSM have you found anything that has shocked or surprised you?

 

Parker: How turned on I get looking at the videos? ;)

 

KC: Not really, but then I have friends for whom this is part of their life. I guess nothing really shocks me. Okay, there was the first time I looked up what scat was, but hey, that was a long time ago…

 

We all know 50 shades of grey brought BDSM into the mainstream, but why did you choose to write BDSM books?

Parker: I’ve always been fascinated by BDSM, even before it became popular. It wasn’t until I started writing and met some authors who wrote BDSM (like KC) that I decided to give it a go.

 

KC: *cough* that book got me writing An Unlocked Heart in the first place. I got halfway through FSOG and thought, ‘I can do better than this…’

 

Which couple from Secrets / Collars and cuffs series is your favourite and why?

 

Parker: For me, it’s Scott and Ben. The reasons? Well, first off, they were the boys that brought KC and I together as writing partners. Second, they’re not perfect. Ben had a lot to learn about being a Dom, but the thing of it was, he grew as the series progressed, and so did Scott. It’s what I loved best about the series. No one stayed stagnant. By the end of the series, everyone had grown and changed.

 

KC: I will ALWAYS love Alex and Leo, but then there’s Thomas and Peter, Alan and Dorian, Darren and JJ, and -  ARRRRRGGGGHHHH! Don’t make me choose!

 

Why did you decide to end Collars and cuffs series and start a new bdsm series.?

 

Parker: We wanted to go out on top, so to speak. We didn’t want to be one of those series that gets bogged down in backstory, and people would have to read every book just to know what’s going on. We thought eight was a nice number to stop at, and then we could start fresh.

 

KC: What he said

 

I noticed that the title of the latest Secrets book “Unlocked Mind” is very similar to the first C&C book “An Unlocked heart, is there a reason behind this or is it just coincidence?

 

Parker: I am SO glad you asked! Yes, there is a reason. In ‘An Unlocked Mind’ we met Alex, who was being blackmailed by his no account, awful, rotten brother, Rob. He was universally despised, but… See, the thing is, I saw a possibility for Rob’s redemption. I could see beneath the surface for him. I asked KC about a story for him, but she didn’t have anything planned. When the Collars & Cuffs series drew to a close, and we were going to have Eli and Jarod jump to London, she mentioned the fact that we could do a story for Rob, and I was all over that.

 

What is your favourite season of the year and why?

 

Parker: I love autumn. The crisp, cool air, the fact it’s not too hot you can’t have your windows open, the way your dogs enjoy jumping into the leaves like maniacs. All those add up to the perfect season.

 

KC: SUMMER. Writing by the sea. Walking by the sea. Blue skies that I can see from my window. Fragrant flowers

 

Christmas is just around the corner What is your favourite memory of Christmas?

 

Parker: My favorite memory would be Paul’s and my Christmas after we adopted Cat (yeah, we weren’t real original with the names), and Cat took exception to the dangling, glow-in-the-dark icicles that hung from the tree, and proceeded to pull them off, then went after the tinsel. It was a mess, but it was funnier than heck.

 

KC: The year I out-sneakied the hubby and bought him a CD player, which I hid with the neighbours next door. His face Christmas morning…

 

How do you celebrate Christmas and what is your favourite part of Christmas?

 

Parker: We don’t celebrate the holidays. I’ll talk to my mom, wish her a happy holiday, but that’s about the extent of it. For the most part, Paul works all of them, so I sit at home and write or watch TV or sleep.

 

KC: As soon as December hits, I’m the one asking if we can watch my Christmas DVDs. LOL.

On the day, I get up first, and start making stock from the turkey giblets. By the time hubby gets up, the house if filled with the tantalizing smell. Breakfast and presents, then phone calls to his dad and my parents. We used to eat our main meal in the evening, but in recent years, that’s moved to around 2-3. It’s a joint effort, and the hubby likes helping me prepare parmesan baked parsnips. Then? On the couch for TV and a glass of wine…

 

What is your favourite take out / eat out food?

 

Parker: Oh, I love pizza. When KC was in town, we took her to Ian’s Pizza, where they have several varieties of vegan pizzas. Paul and I love them.

 

KC: I love Chinese and Indian. Pizza. Fish and chips.

 

If you won, the lottery what would be the first thing you would buy?

 

Parker: If it was a large amount of money, I’d buy a bigger house somewhere out in the country. That way, when KC comes to visit, she can be distracted by our country squirrels. ;)

 

KC: Take off the roof from our house, put a new one back on with a steeper pitch, and build a writing room up there, with a view over the hills to the sea…. (It’s out there somewhere)

 

Who was your first celebrity crush?

 

Parker: Hm. Probably Burt Ward (Robin). I loved him in those tiny green trunks. Rumor has it, Burt was incredibly endowed. In fact, this is part of his bio:

It was so big that when Ward tried to stuff "the Beast in the Bat trunks" (one of Ward's many nicknames for his penis) into those skimpy green shorts, studio execs were fielding complaints from the National Legion of Decency, who were offended by Robin's bulge. The costume designers futilely tried to hide the protrusion using various restraints and even layering Robin's green underwear. When all that failed, the studio sent him to a less than reputable doctor who prescribed a course of mystery pills that would supposedly "shrink" the Boy Wonder's wonder. Luckily, Ward stopped taking them before any bodily damage was done. He is emphatically clear on this point.

 

KC: David Cassidy. Sigh….

 

Favourite Book and why?

 

Parker: I love Mary Calmes and devour all of her books. Also, Mighty Casey by Willa Okati is my go-to book when I need a sweet read. KC has a new one coming out called ‘BFF’. I think this is probably my favorite by her, and can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to read it.

 

KC: sigh. Nope. Sorry. WAYYYYYYY too many to choose from.

 

Favourite Song and why?

 

Parker: I don’t really have a favorite song. My tastes vary greatly.

 

KC: What he said

 

Favourite movie and why?

 

Parker: I LOVE How to Train Your Dragon. Cried so many times.

KC: See above for response to Favourite Book. Ditto.

 

Can you tell us a little about the main characters of your latest book?  How did you develop them into fully fledge characters?

 

Parker: Happy to oblige! For those who read An Unlocked Heart, the first book in the Collars & Cuffs series, Rob is Alex’s brother. In An Unlocked Heart, he’s conniving, manipulative, and pretty full of himself. When he spots Leo and Alex kissing, he tries to blackmail Alex into buying him a new laptop. Things go downhill from there, as Leo is questioned by police after reports that Leo has been abusing Alex. This leads to Alex moving out of his parent’s home and in with Leo. But that doesn’t end Rob’s story. Nope, not by a longshot. J Fast forward several years, and we come to the opening night of Secrets. Rob gets an invite in the mail, and decides to go. He’s sickened by what he sees there, but it gets worse when someone familiar takes the stage…

Vic is a Dom at Secrets. He’s been a member of the club for years, and until recently, he’s only played. He was at work when the opening night occurred, so it’s a few months before he has a chance to go. When he finally does show up, he is rammed into by a certain young man who has attitude for miles. And the two of them definitely do not hit it off. His mood ruined, Vic decides to go home. When he opens the door to leave, he finds it’s storming out. As he is driving home, he spies a lone figure making his way against the harsh weather. Everything tells him to keep driving, but Vic stops and opens his window…

 

If you could choose any celebrity to play the two main characters who would they be?

 

Parker: For me, Chris Sullivan (Benny from Stranger Things) would be a good Vic. And Jeremy Irvine would be a good Rob.

 

    

 

 

 

Do you have any work in progress that is currently being written, if so tell us a little about the book?

 

Parker: KC and I are currently working on ‘Threepeat’, book three in the Secrets series. It will be the first ménage tale for the two of us as co-authors (and my first ever.)  It tells the tale of Sam and Aaron (who appears briefly in book one, Before You Break) who had their submissive come to them and ask to be let out of his contract. The two men are devastated, and losing Seb takes a toll on their relationship. They fight to get back to where they were, first as friends, then as Doms, but they know they’re not complete without their third person.

 

Into their lives comes Tim, a young, homeless man that Aaron rescues from a street corner where he passes out due to illness. He takes him home and he and Sam begin to help him get better. Sam doesn’t want them to get attached, but they do. In an effort to keep Tim from going back out onto the streets, they offer him a job working for them. Tim accepts, and everything seems to be going well.

 

Until the day Tim finds a copy of the contract between the three men and realizes he actually has a chance to be part of their family, if only he’s brave enough to take it.

 

KC: and when I’m not working on that, there’s my MF… and the next Dreamspun Desires story, and….

 

Thank you to Both K.C. Wells and Parker Williams, for being good sports and answering our questions.

 
 
K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.
 
She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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