There are few if any cookie cutter characters here. At first, the reader is lead to believe Sam is closeted and submissive. Then things get changed around and he’s sexually aggressive.
Dev is easier to peg. He’s out and proud and doesn’t see why he should hide who he is, even in a crowd of potential homophobes. He goes astray and gets beaten up for his trouble, but this doesn’t seem to slow him down for long.
The scenes at the bike events were rich with detail, covering all the senses. One got a real taste for what it must be like to attend such a gathering.
The sex was plentiful, but not overwhelming. It varied from furtive mutual blowjobs under canvas, to pretty powerful and erotic power games. Sweet and tender was present, too.
The plot moves swiftly from initial tentative exploration, to violent and hate-filled with a side trip through despair. Thankfully romance is soon back in view. At times I had to hang on tight, but always Hauser steers the plot masterfully through the varied and often unexpected obstacles.
By the end of the ride I was left breathless, but well satisfied.