Taming Emilio by Brina Brady :: REVIEW
Title: Taming Emilio
Series: Buried Secrets bk 2
Author: Brina Brady
Publisher: Self Published
Published: 3 July 2019
Cover Design: Brina Brady
Length: 389 Pages
Keywords : MM,BDSM, Protection, Romance, Family, Crime, Gang, Secrets,
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Emilio Escobar hasn’t always made the right life choices, but to be fearing for his life at eighteen is not what he deserves. Physically battered and emotionally abused, he flees to his cousin, Rafe, head of the Gay Protector Society.
Rafe’s friend and co-owner of the society, Kaden Donagan, is interested in becoming Emilio’s protector, but it comes with a price. Emilio is never to break the security rules and has to accept Kaden’s decisions at all times, or his punishment will be harsh. Emilio is more than happy to accept Kaden’s conditions. Kaden is everything he wants in a protector.
Unfortunately, misunderstandings, lies, and shortcomings on both their parts threaten to take away the one thing Emilio and Kaden each need more than anything else: each other.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains mild BDSM elements including restraints, blindfolds, and spanking. Taming Emilio is book 2 in the Buried Secrets Series, or it can be read as a stand-alone book with no cliffhanger.
Emilio has nowhere
to run after suffering a painful and humiliating attack from one of his
tricks. So, he calls his uncle Rafe who
runs a gay protection agency for young men on the run from big crime
He is picked up from his hiding
place by James one of Rafe’s protectors.
James is the first person to show any care to Emilio apart from his
Uncle. So, he throws himself at James, and
when James refuses, Emilio feels rejected.
This happens again before he
finds his protector in Kaden. We watch
as both characters try to build a relationship that is deeper than protector
Emilio is vulnerable and naïve,
and initially clashes with Keden’s domineering and stubborn character. Brina has done an excellent job in
portraying their fiery start to their relationship.
Kaden too has issues though and
all comes to a head when he feels out of the loop and falls out with Rafe and
takes Emilio away from their group of five couples, to get some breathing space.
Kaden does slowly show Emilio
that he is worth something, and that he wants him as his lover and submissive.
I love Emilio’s character as he
is not the usual plaint perfect submissive, but a fiery imperfect sub that
sometimes needs a good spanking to ground him, especially when things are going
wrong. And Kaden is the perfect Dom for
him, even if he is a little overprotective and jealous at times.
As with the first book Buried
secrets, the is darkness and danger around every corner (turn of the page),
which makes you want to read just one more page before bed.
If there is one complaint I
have about the series, it is the little suggestions that there is something
sinister about Mateo’s girlfriend and possibly Mateo himself?
I am loving this series and
would love to see a few more books in the series, and maybe’s find out what is
sinister about Mateo’s girlfriend as a side plot. So fingers crossed.
“Emilio, this is your night to shine. Remember to be yourself at the party and one of the men will claim you. That doesn’t mean for you to entertain all the protectors. This is not your old job, so behave yourself when you work the bar. I’m going to park the car, and then I’ll join the party.”
“I promise I’ll be on my best behavior and I won’t embarrass you.”
“Please leave James alone.”
“James will be at the party? I thought you said James picked Dante from the second group?” Emilio’s pulse quickened as he thought about James being at the party. For some reason, he needed James’s validation and attention.
“Yes, but he likes to come to all the parties and play with the new ones.”
“What about me? I’m a new one.” Emilio grinned at Rafe.
“What about you?”
“What if James wants to play with me, are you going to stop him?” Emilio glared at his cousin.
“The purpose of this party tonight is for you to secure your own protector. You’d be wasting your time with James because he’s taken, but I won’t stop him or you. Do what you think is right with James. Remember that he’ll be in our group. If you do anything with him, how will you feel about Dante, or how will he feel about you when you have your own protector?”
“I don’t know Dante, but I hope that means you won’t interfere.”
I am from Huntington Beach, Ca. I taught various subjects at a Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California for 27 years. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history, Secondary Social Science Credential and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Reading and Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. I also enrolled in some creative writing classes at UCLA. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.