This is the second book in the Good Boy series and should not be read as a standalone. This story picks up a few months down the road from when the first book ended. Derrick and Lane are still living together and they are doing well. Derek is still running his photography business and Lane is still working at the restaurant and going to school. Lane is breaking out of his shell and starting to open up to those around him. It's almost Christmas and they are happy.
All that comes to a crashing halt when Lane's mother contacts him wanting not only visits from him but his help. Any progress Lane has made comes to a screeching halt. Derek struggles with not only his anger at Lane's mom but his own frustrations with Lane. Derek's starting to wonder if he will always have to be the strong one and if Lane will ever be there for him like that.
The rest of the story focuses on these two trying to work through these issues and see if they can hold their relationship together. Of course with these two working things through included some BDSM acts that I had to Google. I like how this author works the BDSM practices into her characters stories but in this one I really couldn't stop screaming at Lane that it wasn't enough. He needs to go to some good counseling. I swear if he doesn't get some professional help in the next book the social worker in me is going to have a heart attack.
At the end of the day though (or should I say at the end of the book) I still love these two. I enjoy their story, I enjoy their struggles and I enjoy their filthy mouthed parrot.
Twenty-one-year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents' ponzi scheme, he's settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.
Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister's foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels--a relationship that Lane's mother insists he should be ashamed of.
As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?