Look at him, just braced up against that wall, waiting for his whipping like a good boy. He's nervous, but he's not gonna run. And I'll tell you why beneath the jump.
Ben, you see, lives in the world of Belonging (home of Anchored, Where He Belongs, and Counterpunch.) His mother's just died. She's left him a heap of debt, a house in pre-foreclosure, and custody of his two little sisters. He has to quit college and find a job, fast, before social services takes his sisters away from him and the bank repossesses their home.
But what's a boy to do with no skills and no college education? He thinks about conscripting himself into slavery to pay off the debts and the house so his sisters will have a future, but with no one to watch them, they'd go into foster care. Kids only get three years in the system; if they don't age out or get adopted, they simply turn into government property.
So selling himself isn't even an option, at least not really. But oh, Helpful Social Worker, what's this suggestion you have? You know a place where Ben can earn some serious cash? Of course he won't tell anyone you told him. And of course he'll go. Whatever it is, he'll do it.
Turns out it's a rather hardcore BDSM club. No, they don't want to buy Ben, they just want to use him as a bottom-for-hire. After all, anyone can dominate a slave; where's the fun in that? The real thrills are in dominating a freeman.
Oh how Ben hates it. Hates the submission, the humiliation, the pain. Hates worst of all pretending that he doesn't hate it, because for a thousand bucks a night, he'd damn well better keep his clients happy. And hey, it's keeping the creditors off his back and his sisters in his care, so it's gotta be worth it, right?
And then along comes Grayson, a mysterious older client who sees right through Ben's facade. Yet he keeps coming back and back and back again, until one day he just invites Ben home. Will Ben go with him? Well, you'll have to read the book to see how that all turns out.
Might be a little while though. I still have to write it. :-p
So, tell me. Which would you rather see first? Ben and Grayson's story? Or Daniel and Carl getting their HEA at last? I'll write both eventually, but one should release in February, and the other probably not until the fall of 2012.
(Also if anyone knows who this model is or if he's done other work--especially stock photos--PLMK. I very much want him on the cover of Ben's book.)