Review: “Izzy’s Boy” by Viva Gold

TITLE: Izzy’s Boy
AUTHOR: Viva Gold
SERIES: Woolf Tales
LENGTH: 227 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book


This is the debut MM novel from exciting new author Viva Gold.
Isadore Woolf is a man who knows what he wants in life and most recently that happens to be Adam Cohen. Isadore comes from a steady background with loving and supportive parents and is a good son. He has rejected his father’s wealth in favour of making his own and he has built a successful career in the financial world.
Izzy surrounds himself with people who cater to his needs and never more so than at his ‘club’ where his Dominant side is free to express itself among the many willing subs happy to kneel at his feet. But Isadore has reached the stage where his tastes have matured and refined, and the tall, muscle packed, long haired, quietly spoken Adam Cohen feeds every one of his kinks. Getting this mountain of a man to submit seems impossible but Izzy was never one to back down from a challenge.
Still, it’s not all handcuffs and roses as a sinister plot of revenge against Adam could jeopardise their love and even their lives.
Can Izzy save Adam?
Can Adam be what Izzy needs?
Fierce passion and untamed arrogance drives Isadore to risk everything for a future together.

Izzy’s Boy is the first book in the Woolf Tales series by Viva Gold. Izzy’s Boy is the debut MM novel from this new author and is written using British English. I like to read BDSM books and stories that have a darker spin on things, so I one-clicked after reading the blurb. It sounded like something that I would enjoy reading, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It isn’t a fluffy sweet story. Isadore “Izzy” Woolf has a very intense, possessive, arrogant, and aggressive personality and he does do some questionable things that ride the edge of what you would think an experienced Dom would do. But as the story progresses and Adam Cohen gets more familiar with being a submissive and quits being afraid of the intense chemistry that’s between them, Izzy is able to mellow out a little bit, and they work more like a well-oiled machine. By the end of the book, you can really feel the powerful connection between Dom and sub as they scene.

I liked that Izzy and Adam are both Jewish and British. I don’t know much about Jewish culture or religion, other than what I have seen on TV shows but I liked the thought of Izzy sitting in the synagogue ogling Adam and thinking about the last time that he had seen him and the naughty things that they had done. Izzy isn’t the perfect Jewish son. He likes to make snarky comments that have his parents glare at him and causes Adam to blush when he and his parents are invited over for Friday night dinner. Adam, on the other hand, has impeccable manners and is the perfect Jewish son, and as Izzy notes, he’s a natural submissive.

I loved the size dynamic that’s in this story between Izzy and Adam. Izzy has a slimmer but muscular build and is about six feet tall. Adam is built wide, muscular, and tall at over six and a half feet tall. Adam looks like he should be a Dom but he has a gentle, nurturing soul and is a people pleaser, making him a natural submissive. But all of his past relationships, because of his size, he’s always been put in the role of a top when he wants to be the bottom. Izzy may be on the smaller size, but he prefers his men to be physically bigger and stronger but submissive, and Adam fits that pattern perfectly for Izzy. And Izzy refuses to take no for an answer. He knows that if he can just get Adam to give him a chance that they would be perfect together and he’s sure that Adam is his One.

But it won’t be a bed of roses as Adam is both attracted and repelled by Izzy’s arrogance and Izzy finds Adam’s innocence irresistible and he worries that Adam will break too easily but holding back isn’t an option for him. As they begin to discover how their unusual kink will work for them both, events conspire to destroy their fledgling relationship and perhaps prove fatal for Adam. His ex is on a mission, and it’s up to Izzy to save his Boy.

I did fall in love with Jason, Izzy’s PA extraordinaire and best friend and his identical twin boyfriends, T and G. I really hope that the next book is going to be about their relationship.

I would have given a higher rating, but the book is riddled with wrong grammar tense, quote marks that aren’t placed correctly (might be a formatting issue?), and an incorrect name among other issues. They just kept pulling me out of the story, and I found it a little annoying. I expect it in an ARC book because they usually go through another round of editing before being published, so I don’t hold the errors against them in a review, but I was reading the purchased copy of the book, so these issues should have been caught and removed.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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