About Alphabet Soup
by CB Conwy
212 pages / 58900 words
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Andy knows exactly what he needs: scenes hard enough to take him out of
himself. Then he meets CK, and everything is turned upside down. CK is
relaxed and gentle and nothing like what Andy's looking for. Despite that,
or maybe because of it, Andy's still attracted to the stranger.
CK is new to the city and the club, but definitely not to the scene. Andy's
ideas of BDSM are very different from CK's, but there’s still something
about the man that draws CK. Something fascinating and completely
unpredictable. The results can be amazing scenes or complete disasters. Andy
is difficult to get to know, and CK has to work hard to find the reason for
Andy's erratic behavior. CK is nothing if not stubborn, though. He's very
determined to help Andy, and Andy's ready for it, but there's so much Andy's
trying to forget.
Like the conscientious Dom he is, CK guides Andy's recovery, one scene at a
time. Very much against his principles, CK finds himself falling in love
with the man he's trying to help. Now he has to fight not only Andy's past,
but his own conscience as well.
Jane Davitt, author of Drawing Closer and Wild Raspberries, writes:
'Alphabet Soup' by CB Conwy shares its setting with the characters of
Conwy's earlier book, 'A Russian Bear' and it was fun to get a few glimpses
at some familiar faces even though the book is focused on two new ones,
equally as delightful.
CK and his new sub, Andy, are drawn well and I found myself immediately
sympathetic to what they were going through and eager for them to make their
relationship work. CK's concern for his traumatized sub was very easy to
relate to and I wanted to know why Andy was reacting the way he was, too.
The book is a compelling, fast read, full of hot scenes and tender moments.
The secondary characters, especially Andy's friend and boss, Jeff, made a
real impact, and I found myself wanting to read more about Jeff, who was a
sweetheart under the sawdust and swearing.
There is a chapter near the end of the book that really worked for me, when
Andy gets to pass on what he's learned to a newbie sub. I don't want to give
too much away, but it was beautifully done and again, left me curious about
what would happen next to the other people involved in the scene. I like it
when an author creates secondary characters who feel as if they exist even
when they're not with the main characters.
This is a book that really delivers on both the hurt/comfort and romance
fronts, sweet, touching, and spiced with enough heat to make it sizzle.
"So, did I interrupt your plans for tonight?"
The tour of the club was almost over, and they were back in the big room.
Andy cast a quick glance at CK, but there was no innuendo in what he said;
he was just making conversation.
"Not really. There were only the usual suspects when I came here; not really
what I'm looking for tonight." Andy had no interest in a repeat of last
"No? What are you looking for?"
"Someone I can kiss." He had answered before he had a chance to think about
it. CK seemed a little taken aback.
"You're looking for someone to make out with? Isn't it a bit hard to find
vanilla sex here?"
Andy laughed. "I didn't say I wanted vanilla." He stopped and turned toward
CK. "I still want someone to take control, I just don't want to be screaming
my head off while I'm chained to a cross tonight. And sometimes you just
want to be with someone you can kiss while you get your brains fucked out."
CK blinked. Then he smiled, a slow smile that changed his face completely.
Into something very, very hot. Andy found himself transfixed by the look in
his eyes, the only thought left that maybe this guy wasn't so far from
Andy's type after all.
"You're right, sometimes you do. If you feel like it, I'd be more than
willing to kiss you. You did show me around, after all."
Andy forced himself to remember how to talk. "So, you think your skills will
be adequate to make up for the entire, uh..." He checked his watch.
"...twenty minutes, I've spent on you?"
CK laughed. "They just might be." He got serious, and his eyes narrowed a
bit as he inched closer.
Andy swallowed nervously as he was gently pushed backward until his back hit
the wall. Then CK slowly took his hands and lifted them over his head,
nailing him to the wall. The unhurried, deliberate movements went straight
to Andy's dick.
"Was it something like this you had in mind?" CK's gray eyes were fixed on
Andy's. Andy had to clear his voice to answer.
"I think it's just about right."
Before Andy could make any more clever comments, CK bent down until his lips
were so close to Andy's that Andy could feel the heat emanating from them.
It was scorching hot, and so was CK’s warm breath on Andy’s face, feeling
almost like a physical touch. He managed not to move, staring at the
dominant man in front of him, desperately wanting the kiss and obediently
holding himself still. He could hear his own heartbeat in his ears, the
seconds stretching out until he could hardly stand it anymore.
CK tightened the grip around his wrists, and then Andy had to break his
stillness and lean forward, finally tasting those warm lips.
"Good boy." CK only pulled back enough to whisper those words and went right
back in, letting a moist tongue glide over Andy's lower lip. For a moment,
Andy was confused; he had no idea what CK meant. Then his thoughts were lost
in the way CK gently probed his mouth, seemingly intent on driving any
attempt at coherent thought out of him.
CK succeeded so well that when the man pulled back, Andy forgot about his
resolution to hold still, following those lips until the grip around his
wrists forced him to break contact. He made a little, frustrated sound,
panting as he tried to remember what he was doing. CK smiled again, that
slow smile that did something strange to Andy's knees.
"Like that?" CK's voice was low and his eyes intense.
Andy nodded, unable to talk.
"Good." Suddenly, the intensity in CK's face was gone and the big man gently
lowered Andy's arms, letting go of his wrists. CK's hands slid up Andy's
arms and massaged his shoulders. Andy blinked, swaying a tiny bit and trying
to adjust his balance.
"Shh, you're okay."
Andy looked at CK without understanding. Of course he was okay; it was only
a kiss. He felt a little dazed, though, struggling to find the light mood
"I think..." Andy had to clear his voice. "I think that was worth twenty
minutes of my time." It wasn't the smoothest attempt at lightening the mood,
but CK laughed anyway.
"Yeah? Glad to see that I haven't lost my touch." CK turned toward the room
again, keeping one hand on the small of Andy's back. "Let me buy you
something to drink. Then you can let me know if I can help you with the rest
of your plans for tonight." He had a teasing smile on his face as he lead
Andy toward the tables in the bar room.