Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.
Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.
What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.
As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.
Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.
©2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt (P)2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dawn Mayhew on 05-08-18

Wonderful audio, will be buying the book now too!!

I haven't read the book, so this reviews is based on the audio book I listened to. I absolutely loved this story, and Michael Ferraiuolo does a wonderful job of narrating this book, I loved the voice he used for Misha, it was so smooth and very sexy too!!

When Misha and Ryan first meet, it is the total opposite of love, I think they both dislike each other immensely. However, Misha agrees to train Ryan, and then the more time they spend together, it is like they both realise that the other is putting up a front for everyone to see.

Once this barrier is down, the two seem to get along well, and then Misha is showing Ryan a different side that not many people know about.... his dominant side. Ryan has never known anything like this, but you could really tell that Ryan really was a submissive, and this seemed to be the only time that he could relax, and just let everything go that was stressing him.

Misha and Ryan grow closer, but there is one thing that Ryan doesn't believe in, and that is love. You soon find out why this is the reason, and boy will you get the feels for Ryan. He really doesn't seem to know what love means, he only has his very dysfuntional family as a guide.

Is there any way that Misha can break through the barriers that Ryan has erected, and can he prove to Ryan that loves does indeed exist, but not how he knows it? If Misha doesn't get through the barriers, then he will undoubtedly lose the submissive who means to much to him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lily G Blunt on 29-07-18

Superb story and narration

This is an enthralling age-gap romance between a student and a fencing coach with the added benefit of a BDSM dynamic. It’s a slow burn story with Misha and Ryan getting to know each other and working out their relationship on various levels—as student/teacher, lovers, and Dom/sub.

Misha leads Ryan on a journey of discovery. At first Ryan is arrogant, thinking he knows all about fencing. Misha takes him back to square one and teaches him step-by-step how to improve his stance and his technique. He knows how to treat Ryan to draw the best out of him. He also teaches him more about himself and fulfills his personal, sexual, and submission needs as the story progresses. It’s not a one-way relationship. Misha realizes that Ryan could be the perfect submissive for him. And as both men work through various issues and get to know each other they fall in love. It has a wonderfully written storyline with well-developed characters and plenty of steamy scenes, many with kinky or BDSM elements. I’m glad the story is told via both character’s POV as this gives more insight into the two characters.

Michael is one of my favourite narrators and his performance here is outstanding. He perfectly gauges the emotions required for each scene and I love how he creates distinct and consistent voices for each character. I especially enjoyed Misha’s Russian accent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By SassiKassi on 01-08-18

Narration peeve

I loved the story and I really loved Misha and Ryan. It’s a great story and though it ends with a HEA, I would love to continue getting to know them better.
I’ve always liked Michael Ferraiuolo as a narrator and he did a good job with this. The characters voices were all very distinct and he gave Misha a really good Russian accent. My only complaint is that when Misha was “thinking “ his thoughts had no accent. At times, I couldn’t initially tell if a conversation was starting or if he was just in his own head. I’m probably the only one bothered by this. Maybe it’s my OCD. But I think Mischa’s thoughts should have had an accent too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan65 on 27-05-18

What an amazing performance

I loved this audio. I simply loved everything and every minute of it. It was hot as sin, it was perfectly performed, it was so enthralling, and I was completely enraptured from the beginning until the end. This is saying A LOT because 1) I usually do not like age-differences, 2) I usually can take or leave BDSM, and 3) this was a new narrator for me. Lesson learned? Take a chance, step outside your bubble and expand your comfort zone, and give a new-to-you narrator a chance. I am so glad I grabbed this audio. It was everything I loved and it was performed masterfully.

Okay, so now that you know that I loved it. Why? Well, for starters, it has so many nooks and crannies where all the goodness inside people could hide. Especially those who originally come across as arrogant. Both Ryan and Misha (Mikhail) have baggage, Ryan much more than Misha, but together they work through those nooks and crannies together. It didn’t start out that way, but once the “relationship” began, it all slowly worked its way to the surface. Ryan needed Misha as much as Misha needed Ryan. But they have to work hard for it and since this audio is 13 hours long, we get there one step (literally) at a time. Worth every minute.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fencing. I think that was what drew me to the story in the first place. I like sports romances, and I tend to go for the footballer, but fencing is classy and it called to me. I learned a bit, and I found myself fully invested in the lessons Ryan was receiving from Mikhail. Fencing is what brought them together, BDSM and love is what kept them together. Seriously, I am not doing this audio review any just, but trust me, Michael Ferraiuolo does a fabulous job with Misha’s Russian accent, and Ryan’s upper crust college boy attitude and personality. These two were performed so well that I had not one issue with the age gap nor the submission; if anything, it made the story that much better, and definitely that much hotter.

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