Shaded Chains

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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Novella (30,000 words)
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Publication date: June 13, 2017
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“Say my fucking name.”

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.

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Having allowed a good few days for the redness on Alex’s tattoo to ease, come Saturday morning, Ross woke on the settee, with his arms wrapped around Alex. Content that he was healing as he should, Ross pulled Alex’s nakedness snugly into him, loving theass-to-groin contact. Last night a quilt had been dragged down from upstairs just before they’d settled down with a movie. Alex was exhausted from the heavy work week, but that wasn’t obvious this morning. From the flicker of flame in the hearth, Alex had already been up at some point to get the fire going. In the distance, the sound of a coffee machine bubbled away, and the fresh smell of coffee beans added to the familiar scent of the fire. Despite Ross not needing it, Alex made sure that the day was started off with fresh coffee and a fried breakfast as the warmth of the fire was taken in.

The alarm hadn’t gone off yet, but he had that feeling that it was due. Ross still had half a morning’s work to get through at the tattoo studio before heading to Edinburgh. Alex wasn’t due in at the psychiatric unit until dinnertime, so for now it was just good to feel Alex against him for as long as possible before work took them both away.

Alex was awake too. He’d been awake for a while now, but both seemed unwilling to disturb the quiet of the morning and the distance it would bring.

Giving a soft sigh, Alex eventually eased around, making sure Ross found his back with how his body came down and blanketed his. A sleep-filled kiss touched Ross’s lips a moment later.

3 reviews for Shaded Chains

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Shaded Chains is rewritten from the short story by Jack L. Pyke, His, penned for the 2014 Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s ‘Love’s Landscapes’ event. In this rebranded release Pyke has added depth to her characters and their relationships, as well as expanded the background of the novella.

    The erotic romance opens with Alex, a caregiver in the psychiatric facility where his lover Ross’ father is a patient, observing an emotional moment between father and son. Alex ponders Ross’ obvious dismay as his father rebuffs his attempts to engage him. He catches a glimpse of Ross’ sorrow at his father’s reaction, and ponders his lover’s self-perceived inadequacies of being able to care for his dad.

    In just a few paragraphs Pyke delves into the complexities of these relationships and sets the stage for the conflicts to come.

    When Ross’ frustration over his dad’s condition manifests itself in his anger over the loss of a special pencil, Alex is left hurt both emotionally and physically. I enjoy the way Pyke uses the treasured pencil as an allegory for the relationship between Ross and his dad and the loss it represents.

    “The boy still wanting to hold his father’s hand but now settling for what his father had held over the years instead. Understanding and contact, just by a different medium, by a missing link that usually sparked good moments to be lived, shared… remembered, not lost.”

    Ross, reeling from his inability to stop his confused father from hurting Alex, feels his failure as Alex’s Dom.

    This, in conjunction with his feelings of helplessness over his father’s decline, cause him to lash out at Alex and start a huge quarrel. As far as Alex is concerned, Ross’ insensitivity requires some serious groveling which Alex is unwilling to allow.

    Ross’ method of ensuring Alex will listen to his apology is absolutely fantastic! I’ll just say it is one of the most creative BDSM scenes I’ve read making this book 100% worth a read just for that alone.

    In comparison to His, I like the extra depth into the backstory of Ross and his father provided in Shaded Chains. Pyke gives greater insight into the reasons for Ross’ feelings, as well as his father’s despair as he realizes his dementia is getting worse. Additionally, elaboration regarding the nuances of Ross and Alex’s relationship helped me gain a greater feel for the intensity of their connection.

    Pyke’s intriguing characters and their dynamics, coupled with the beautiful message “to focus on what matters” created a very meaningful story which I highly recommend.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    From Kimmers at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter

    From the moment I began ‘Shaded Chains’ my emotions were set on edge. In this rewrite of ‘His’, written for the 2014 Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s ‘Love’s Landscapes’ event, Jack L. Pyke shakes things up through a subtle play on established rolls; with well-crafted words and glimpses of time that make your heart ache, and understand perfectly, the loss of what is familiar as well as the loss of control. All of which play into the context of the character of the two men and their story which is about to unfold.

    Jack doesn’t take long to set the tone and identify roles while turning up the heat with a tattoo scene that would set anyone on fire and leave them cringing all in the same breathe. And somehow each Scottish term Ross utters makes the intimacy beautiful to behold. Needle touching skin, touching heart . . . touching soul.

    By using the backdrop of dementia to look through the metaphoric eye of meaning and loss Pyke weaves a tale so full of symbolism it’s hard to escape, and you don’t want to. When it is sweet it pulls at your heartstrings and when it is rough it makes you ache and yearn. I couldn’t imagine Ross and Alex’s story being conveyed any better. Every heat filled conversation of promise is laden with sensuality that displays their connection. A Dom and sub so comfortable in their roles it is voyeuristic to behold.

    She even carries that symbolism into a pencil. A Dom with a desire to nurture, protect and care, holding on to a simple connection that once lost suddenly sets off a chain of events that crush a son, a man, a Dom and spark a despair even he can’t control, causing him to lash out at the one person he loves the most.

    ‘Shaded Chains’ is a reflection of how cruel and stubborn we can be to those we are closest to. When we hurt we want them to hurt. Sometimes even when they are our whole world we will back away and dig the knife due to our own perceived inadequacies or when we need them to apologize we push them away for pride. But for those who’ve invested in each other, spent time building links, they know just what to do to remain chained together.

    In ‘Shaded Chains’’ climax (literally and figuratively) only Jack L. Pyke could master a scene worthy of a Dom knowing his sub so completely. Yet at the same time reflect on the depth of his fear at the loss of trust and how both men’s actions, or lack thereof, got them there. Meanwhile displaying a sub in the midst of an internal fight, giving the ultimate gift of his submission. Her unsurpassed ability to mold the dark with the sweet is something to behold.

    “Holding each other as lovers through the faith found in their D/s relationship.”

    Don’t let the Master of dark tell you she doesn’t do sweet, Jack L. Pyke just packages it up in devilishly, twisted intimacy: “He’d make damn sure he’d fashion the links so none were ever missing.” Every ‘Shaded Chain’ a symbol of love lived.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    From Alpha Book Club…

    Shaded Chains is another wickedly awesome story from Jack L. Pyke that shows you the layers of devotion between a Dom and his sub. This story does not have a lot of background and the reader is tossed into the lives of Alex and Ross as they are already 5 years deep into their relationship. While the story may not be long it is still written in Jack’s signature mind-melting style. I enjoyed watching Ross as he dealt with being a Dom yet not being able to control some things about his submissive. How he cared for him and tended to him each night, no matter what the day had already brought. I loved their unique marking and “collaring” technique – sexy and effective!

    Jack did an excellent job with medical and psych aspects in this book and it added another layer as we watched Ross deal with areas out of his control.

    Overall, A dark wicked treat of a rework on previously written story. Jack L. Pyke never disappoints with her wicked imagination, a pen, and paper!! Of course I recommend it!! Please check out the publishers story page for trigger warnings before you read..

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