Book Reviews

Liam (Love at the Haven 4) by Stella Shaw

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Rent Boys/Escorts/Porn Stars / Romance / BDSM
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-July-2021

Book Blurb

The brawny Dom and the beautiful Diva—and the secrets they keep

A personal trainer and part-time escort, Liam is burly, bossy, and perfectly cast as the resident Dom at the Haven Hotel. And if anything falls outside that box—like the lacy lingerie he keeps hidden in his gym bag—that’s easily ignored, right?

Felix’s career as a successful model means being at the beck and call of anyone who requires him. He’s expected to be satisfied with glamour, money, and subservience. No one would ever believe his secret desire to take control.

When Liam agrees to show the outrageously pretty and delicate Felix around Liam’s infamous Room 8, neither one expects the disobedient desire that sparks between two such opposite men. Felix is looking for a lover who’ll let him call the shots, whereas Liam is fighting the desire to submit. Their passion and power could make for a kinky role reversal.

They just have to surrender to their deepest needs.


Book Review

“Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.” ~ Paul Tournier


On the surface, Liam appears to have everything in his life under control, particularly with the clients he entertains as an escort at the Haven. For the men who desire to be dominated, Liam is their man. But when Liam meets the beautiful, slender Felix, the last thing he expects is that Felix wants Liam to become the subservient one.


Felix enjoys the lifestyle that his modeling career affords him, but he is sick of feeling like a commodity instead of a person. Also, he is tired of being told what to do and when to do it. Felix longs to control at least one part of his life but isn’t sure how to go about it. So when his best friend tells him about the Haven, he makes an appointment. Felix is unsure what he is looking for, but when Felix meets Liam, dressed in a harness and leather pants, he has found it.


Liam thinks Felix is beautiful and loves the idea of getting his hands on that lithe body. However, it concerns him that Felix may be too fragile for the rough treatment he dishes out to his regular clients. Liam is uncertain that he and Felix are a good fit. So he double-checks with Felix to ensure that this is what he wants. The first meeting is an introductory session in which the client and escort get to know each other, show what services they offer, and determine their wants. Then, Liam watches as Felix looks over the equipment and toys while wondering what the man is thinking. Felix ignores most of the paraphernalia until he picks up a pair of handcuffs. Although Liam is still considering that Felix may not be into what he does, he starts a lecture about how it is not for everyone and that everything in that room is by mutual consent. Felix assures him he understands the conditions right before he slaps the handcuffs on Liam.


When Felix handcuffs Liam, he is as shocked as Liam that he can take control like this, but Felix knows that this fulfills a desire he hasn’t even been able to admit to himself. Whether Liam will allow their role reversal is a different matter, but if Liam’s reaction to being dominated is any clue, then the answer is yes. The session concludes with a spectacular blow job with Liam still handcuffed, kneeling before Felix. They both know that this will not be their last session.


Liam and Felix are exceptional characters who, although I do not understand the dynamics of their relationship, admired their strength and determination to adjust their separate lives to form a life together. Thanks, Stella, for another passionate story from the Haven series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 149 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-June-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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