Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Release Day Review ~ No Way Out by Julie Lynn Hayes

Release Day Review ~ No Way Out by 

Julie Lynn Hayes

Title: No Way Out

Author: Julie Lynn Hayes

Release Date: August 28, 2018
Category: BDSM, Contemporary
Pages: 93

Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt can’t help but notice two men who live just across the street.
They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt.
Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy to be his submissive, dominating him in every way. There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to.
And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul.
The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit

4 Stars

This book was kind of messed up. Don’t get me wrong though…

This book was an interesting read, good overall, and written really well. I am glad to have read it. But, I guess I was just not really expecting it to be as harsh and brash as it was. Some of this book was hard to read since you instantly fall in love with Shy and just want the best for him. But having to hear every horrible thing he goes through to in order to get his HEA is kind of heartbreaking.

There is not really any BDSM in this book. At All. There are also mentions of rape and slavery, one character buying and “owning” the other. There was definitely mentally and physically abusive and controlling behavior talked about (but not really on page) that the character Grant deals out onto Shylor continuously for years before Wyatt enters the picture and tries to bring Shylor out of his shell in order to save him from all the torture and horrible treatment Grant put him through. Grant is not a Dom in any sense of that word, whether he liked to think that of himself or not. He is an abusive jerk who very obviously took advantage of a young boy and kept him trapped in that life for years. I am ashamed at some of the secondary and minor characters in this book who obviously saw a young man being abused (calling it a BDSM D/s relationship) and not doing anything to actually make sure the Sub was okay especially in a club type venue.

But… Anyhow…

Enter Wyatt. He is drawn to Shylor from the minute he sees him. Something in Wyatt just won’t let him get Shy out of his mind, and I am so glad they had that instant connection. Every step Shylor took away from Grant and toward Wyatt seemed like a struggle. I was happy that Shy felt that same pull of chemistry between the two and was able to get out of his shell and mindset to finally get out of the hell he was thrust into. Shylor was adorable and timidly shy and still seemingly innocent even after everything he had gone through in the years of being stuck with Grant. 
I was instantly enamored with Shy and my heart hurt with every horrible action that happened to him. Wyatt had an interesting personality that kept me intrigued as to what he would do next. I didn’t quite know what to think of him, at times he was oblivious to the situations around him, but then he becomes all-knowing as to what he needed to do. But I did like the characters and setting and how this book was laid out. I think if you like some angsty hard to read at times, hurt/comfort books, this will be right up your alley. I am also hoping that we get another book that at least has Wyatt and Shylor as secondary characters so we can see them as they are further along in their relationship since this book didn't really have a concrete ending feel to it. And finally, I hope that Grant disappears into some form of hell never to been seen or heard from again.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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