Review: “No Way Out” by Julie Lynn Hayes

TITLE: No Way Out
AUTHOR: Julie Lynn Hayes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Christine Coffee
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 28, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


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.

Wyatt Findlay was house-sitting when he notices something strange about the odd couple across the street. He has no qualms about inserting himself into an obviously intense situation. He can’t help but be intrigued by the quiet young man that has been washing the same car for hours while an older man looks on. Not one to back down from a confrontation, he taunts the arrogant man while trying gauge if the younger man is in some sort of danger. As soon as Wyatt learns of the grave situation the young man is in, he wants nothing more than to save him. It’s never as easy as it seems.

Wyatt is a struggling artist just waiting for his big break. His mentor sets him up with a place to stay for the summer as a house sitter. He soon becomes suspicious about the men living across the street. When he reaches out to his mentor to find some answers about the mysterious situation, things go from bad to worse. Now he’s on a mission to not only save the young man but he wants the mans heart as well.

Shylor Lind moved into Randy Grants home with his mother when he was a child. After his mother left, Randy is the only family he’s ever known. His life is consumed by the other man. Nothing more than a shiny toy for the older man to use as he sees fit. He hates his life, but he knows he has no way of escaping. Randy owns him. Shylor wants Wyatt to save him, for anyone to save him from his living hell but it’s impossible. No one can win a fight against Randy, and if they tried, Shylor would suffer for the transgression.

I wanted to like this book, and some parts I did. Shylor was the only character that intrigued me. I want to scoop him up and put him in a different book. I understand the conflict of the story. I understand the protagonists, and they were very well thought out. My issues lie with the secondary characters and the climax of the story. This book claimed BDSM, but that is by far an over exaggeration. Nothing in this book qualifies as BDSM. It’s grown men acting as backyard bullies and sexually assaulting a man they know is unwilling but is unable to speak freely due to long-term mental and physical abuse. That is rape. Not BDSM.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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