Papa Knows Best by Jaxx Steele
This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.
Photography teacher Dominick Pappas, called ‘Papa’ by his old friend Ben, is snapping pictures in a cafe one day when he spies the distinguished Professor Bradley Louis, a much older man that Papa is instantly infatuated with. Professor Louis has a reputation for being gruff, but despite Ben’s warnings Papa tries to connect with the older man. He’s rebuffed, but determined, and eventually, after several encounters, Bradley agrees to a date.
Bradley was in a life-long relationship that only ended a few years before when his partner died in a crash. He is doubtful that he will ever find love again, especially with a man twenty years younger, and then there’s another problem. They go out on several dates before Brad finally confesses that he needs not just a lover, but a master.
Papa has some experience as a Dom and takes charge of Brad, showing him that he knows how to dominate. The scene they play out is certainly steamy, but aside from the D/s angle it’s not very kinky. “Papa Knows Best” is a short and sweet romance story. There’s a few more hot sex scenes, but no BDSM and Brad definitely isn’t into TPE. He lets Papa take charge in the bedroom, but outside of that he’s still very much his own man.
Books this short are often under-developed, but for what it is, “Papa Knows Best” is a rather good effort. As with any good story, I wished there was more of it. The younger/older D/s aspect is a little under-played, and we’re not given much insight into how the relationship develops before it’s put to the test when one of Papa’s old lovers shows up. However, that said, the characters are well developed, enough for you to care about them even though the book is too short for you to get emotionally tied up in their story.