Book Title: Grif’s Toy
Author: Joseph Lance Tonley
Genre: MM romance with BDSM elements
Word count: 303 pages
Level of sexiness: high
Part of a series: yes, there’s a sequel called Wes’ Denial
Amazon Link: you can find Grif’s Toy here
Grif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?
What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving, wealthy roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.
Both men force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.
I needed a chapter or two, three to get settled into this book, mainly because of the time jumps. The story is told both in the present and in the past, and it took me a while to find my footing in both timelines. Once I did, I was hooked.
This is not your run-of-the-mill MM romance, not even within the BSDM variety. This is high level humiliation kink, and if that’s even remotely not your thing, skip it. If that’s up your alley, you’re in for a treat.
First of all, this is very much a romance. The love between Grif and Wes is at the very core of this book, followed by Grif’s previous relationship with a man called Tate. The latter completely changed his life, so it’s necessary that we, as readers, know more about this to understand Grif better. Once we do, his relationship with Wes and the choices they make together make total sense.
I’ve read a bunch of humiliation kink books, and too often these focus more on the kink than on the romance. That can make the humiliation part feel cruel, but that’s absolutely not the case here. It’s clear that Grif and Wes love each other, and it’s equally clear what they both get out of this.
Grif’s struggle with his size (or rather, lack thereof) is beautifully detailed. We follow his mental journey where he comes to both love and hate it, and how Wes uses this in their humiliation play.
What I absolutely loved was that outside of their play, Grif is very much Wes’ equal, if not more. This reinforces our feeling as readers that he really wants to humiliation play, that he chooses it.
At the end of Grif’s Toy (which is a really clever title by the way, as you’ll find out), Wes is still very much a mystery to us—an issue that’s solved in the sequel to Grif’s Toy, called Wes’ Denial.
Highly, highly recommended.