Review of Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Grif's Toy (Tease and Denial, #1)Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Had I seen this book a year or two ago I would have run away screaming, thinking “not even, if you paid me!” And yet, here I sit rating it 4.5 stars.

This is not a book for everyone. There is hard core humiliation kink in here, but it is done within the realms of a very loving relationsship, and even if you don’t understand it, it works!

Grif is in junior high when he realises that he is a lot less endowed than the average male, a fact that obviously distresses him greatly and means he consigns himself to a lonely life. After all, he is gay and gay men like big dicks, right? So, nobody is ever going to want him.

The book jumps in time, and we actually start out at the end – so to speak – where Grif is happy with his loving boyfriend. The time jumps are clearly marked, but some of them happen at different times in the same year and can be a bit confusing, but overall they worked well for me. That the author slowly build Grif up like a puzzle.

We follow Grif through early puberty, college and adulthood and get to witness the two great love affairs of his life: Tate and Wes.

Tate is his first love, his straight college roommate, who ends up being the one to introduce Grif to his sexuality, besides him being straight. There is no question that the two love each other, even if it is a very different love than the one Grif later shares with Wes.

I enjoyed the story immensely and I cannot wait to know more about Wes in the next book.

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