A new friend recommended that I expand my MM horizons to include Lou Harper's books and I was NOT disappointed by my first exposure to this author. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by her!
I loved both characters; the contrast between Sam's bad-boy-makes-good and Jay's troubled-and-slutty-youth-with-a-vulnerable-core really worked for me. I completely bought into the development of their relationship and dug the May-December element to the story. I am such a slut for the age gap trope! *grins*
While I found the BDSM elements to the story hot and well-written, something about those scenes also made me want to giggle while reading them. I can't put my finger on exactly
what incited my giggly response, but I think it might been that the style of writing was pretty sweet and light - perhaps too
sweet and light for a story with this type of kink. There was no darker motivations, no working out of issues through kink. Sam and Jay just liked what they liked (and I liked reading about it!). But sometimes it felt like the literary equivalent of a kid playing dress up. I don't mean this in a derogatory way in the least - I really liked the style of this story and I know a LOT of friends that feel the same way. I just know that I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend Last Stop
to friends of mine that don't particularly like hardcore BDSM stories.
Also... High five to Ms. Harper for the shout out to Heidi Cullinan's Special Delivery