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Summary

Eric knows what he needs...he just doesn't think anyone else will want it, too.

He's finally reached his breaking point. There's only so many times he can put himself out there and get shot down. After a disastrous first date at a BDSM club, Eric is ready to walk away and push his desires to the furthest reaches of his mind - but then up walks Marcus. But just because the sexy older man is looking for a submissive doesn't mean he's looking to be someone's daddy.

Marcus knows what he wants, and he's spent months getting everything perfect for his boy...now he just needs to find him.

When Marcus sees Eric at Bound & Controlled, he's immediately drawn to the sweet submissive who's desperately trying to hide his devastation. Marcus steps in when he sees the sub's evening going wrong, but he's not sure what the shy submissive is looking for. Just because he wants the boy to need a daddy doesn't mean he's going to get what he hopes for.

As they discover their mutual desires, Marcus is sure that Eric has the strength to go after what he yearns for; he just needs his daddy's help and love to see it.

©2017 M.A. Innes (P)2018 M.A. Innes

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Brilliant story and excellent narration

I really enjoyed this book as m.a.innes has really thought through this story, which is evident by the fact that rather rushing the story she has chosen to tell it over two books. This gives us readers the chance to really see the development of the relationship between Eric and his daddy Marcus.

Kenneth obi has chosen the perfect voices for both characters, and allowed the listener to lean back and listen to a great story. I have listened to this a number of times awaiting the next book in this series.

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A wonderful story of accepting yourself

A great book from M.A. Innes.
This is my first book that delves so fully into the Daddy/Boy relationship.
I definitely enjoyed it and it gave me different aspects to a world that I'm unfamiliar with.
Eric is a silently strong character who has to learn to love and accept what he wants and that someone else will love him just the way he is.
Marcus is someone who desperately wants to find his boy and by some miracle, comes across him at the club he frequents. However, getting Eric to accept them and their wants may be the hardest thing he's worked for.
The characters are well written. The world that they belong to and the friends that are a part of it provide support and companionship in times where it's extremely important.
I love the affection that they show for each other, how quickly it comes about as it seems important for Eric to know that his needs are ok, great even, when it comes to Marcus and their inner circle of friends.
It's only 4 stars for me as I wasn't too keen once we got into the more in depth character aspects once they settled into their Daddy and Boy roles but that's just my own feelings on that.
Kenneth Obi does a wonderful job of narrating this book. I enjoyed his personalisation for each MC, both for their inner monologue and their speech. He conveys feelings very well and drew me into the story of the two characters.
I'd definitely recommend to those who love a bit of Daddy kink, fans of M.A. Innes and fans of Kenneth as it's brilliant work from both of them.
I received a copy of this book and am happily giving a review

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Love it!

I loved both Eric and Marcus and it was adorable watching Eric grow into his little side. I cannot wait for the next book. If you enjoy M/M romance and Ageplay, this is a book for you and Kenneth has done an amazing job with the narration!

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Another amazing audible

I really enjoyed listening to this age play between Marcus (daddie) and Eric. Great watching them grow into their roles. Eric getting more confidence in his role. I have a weakness for this author books. Listening to them brings a lot more depth to the story. If I could give more then 5***** I would.

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A real eye opener for this alternative lifestyle

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love how the author brings to life so,so well, the feelings of each character. By the end of the book l was totally in love with sweet , shy Eric as a "little" .As for Marcus, what a caring and patient and thoughtful "Daddy" he made. Together they worked so hard to support and complement each others needs , while making me squirm and smile throughout.

As with this authors other fetish books, by the end of the story l feel l have complete understanding and sympathy with all the characters.
Loved it.

What other book might you compare Silent Strength to, and why?

I felt the same strength of love and adoration with this authors Flawed Perfection book too.

Have you listened to any of Kenneth Obi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Kenneth Obi, and l thought his take on both the characters voices was really enjoyable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story made me laugh out loud several times . The reluctance of Eric to actually bring his fantasies out of his head and in to life was so cute and funny. On the other hand his homophobic family and bad high school memories were very heart breaking to read.

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  • Book Babe
  • 24-07-18

It's good to know your hard limits

Brutally honest review: I had to use my safe word and tap out on this one part way through. Here's the thing, I am completely aware that MA Innes books are taboo, boundary-pushing kink stories. I was curious enough (and a big fan of the Shaw Montgomery books) to give this one a try. Unfortunately I discovered that age play may just be a bit too much for me, and particularly when listening to it, because the story just feels so much more immediate and visceral when it's being narrated. I think it was a very compassionate story, told with care and respect. Kenneth Obi did a great narration. In spite of the fact that I couldn't finish it, I'm still happy to give it a good rating. Sometimes it's just good to test your own personal boundaries and perfectly okay to admit when something just isn't for you. If taboo romance and age play are your thing, definitely check this out.

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  • Shannon
  • 17-03-18

Another amazing book

Once again an amazing book loved every aspect. Fell in love with Eric and Marcus. Listening to Kenneth Obi's narration brought the story to life (love his breathy voice when he uses it in all the right spots). Can's wait to see where M.A. takes us in the second one.

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  • Vanessa
  • 15-03-18

Sweet adventure into self acceptance

Silent Strength is a sweet adventure into self acceptance. The narrator does well with the shy innocence of Eric and the gentle strength of Marcus. The exploration of Eric coming to accept his own wishes for a Daddy and Marcus’ ability to be just that and his guidance to help Eric voice his wants was a joy to listen to. Even those not a fan of age play will enjoy the beginnings of a story of self acceptance and growth.

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  • Lisa
  • 15-03-18

a sweet age play romance

I love Eric and Marcus so much. It was sweet watching Marcus help Eric grow more confident. The Narrator did a great job giving voices to the characters.

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  • Starr
  • 14-03-18

Great book

Loved the way I got captured into who each character was. I can't wait until the next installment.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 17-08-18

Daddy Kink

Your kink is not my kink.

And vice versa.

This is the third M.A. Innes audiobook I’ve listened to and I really enjoyed it. I have read a number of ‘daddy kink’ books recently, but this one, like M.A. Innes’ ‘Secrets in the Dark’, definitely pushes the boundaries of taboo. Not that is anything wrong with the urges and desires Eric and Marcus have – because there isn’t. That being said, not everyone is comfortable with a grown man wearing a diaper, sucking on a binkie, and napping in a crib.

I vividly remember watching an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigations” in 2005, titled ‘King Baby’. The murder victim was a man who fell off a balcony to the pavement below and died.

Wearing only a diaper.

While some viewers were, I am certain, wigged out, I was fascinated. Why would a grown man, a Las Vegas Casino mogul, want to be infantilized and put into a baby’s room? Now, that guy had a ‘mother’ who breastfed him. That was icky to me.

It’s been almost 20 years and as I’ve been exposed to more and more of the BDSM lifestyle, the concept of middles and littles has solidified in my mind as normal. Healthy.

Eric is a little. Or he thinks he wants to be. His research has been mostly online because he perceives a lone single male going into a toy store might draw some attention. And he has a point. Lone men are often watched carefully when they are around children. Many have no ill intentions, but they aren’t given the benefit of the doubt.

So Eric surfs the net, trying to find out why he has the desire for someone to take care of him. He has family issues – who doesn’t – but is need for a caregiver comes from deep within him. He has a decent life, a job, a loving aunt, and a cool best friend, but that’s not enough.

Marcus is a bit on the young side to be considering retirement, but the satisfaction he derives from being a police officer has been tempered by his driving need to connect with someone. To bond with them.

At Bound and Controlled, a gay BDSM club in D.C., he’s hanging out with the owner of the club one night when Eric walks in.

Even if the younger man wasn’t wearing an identifying bandanna, Marcus’ “Dom” senses would have been on high alert. He rescues Eric from a potentially disastrous situation, then has to sit back and wait to see if the sexy sub will come back.

Eric knows he’s attracted to his saviour, but he’s not convinced there is a man out there compatible with him, let alone a gorgeous man like Marcus. Because, honestly, if a man wants to be a daddy, he can just have a baby, right?

Slowly, inexorably, the men are drawn together and what I loved about the book is that it is a very slow process. As it should be. Daddy/boy relationships – as with most others in BDSM – need to be carefully negotiated. Parameters, and more importantly, boundaries, need to be explored and discussed.

There are moments of hesitation, of course. Eric has spent most of his life putting himself down because everyone else is just going to do it anyway, so why not save them the trouble? Marcus takes GREAT exception to this habit and knows the exact punishment to mete out so Eric never puts himself down again.

A bond.

Isn’t that what most people are seeking?

A connection?

A touch?

A bond.

Even if it’s not romantic, most of us need a connection with others and I love that Eric develops friendships with other Daddy/little couples.

Kenneth Obi is quickly becoming one of my favourite narrators. Appropriately, Marcus has a deep and authoritative voice. What I appreciated was that Eric’s voice wasn’t too high and whiny. Being a ‘boy’ doesn’t preclude still being a man and Obi’s performance solidifies that.

Your kink might not be my kink, but I would be tempted to yield control if someone like Marcus came into my life. Just like some readers would love to wrap Eric in their arms and protect him.

As Eric says to Marcus: “You make me see everything differently. Even myself.”

And Marcus replies, “I just make you see the strength that was already there to begin with.”

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  • Trio
  • 29-05-18

Very Well Done, Great Story, Wonderful Narrator

Oh holy hot damn, that was amazing!!! Gah, I was so in the mood for some age-play and this just worked 100% of the time.

Those were two fantastic characters and they worked so well together - I completely fell in love with them. I can't wait to see how their relationship goes in Quiet Strength.

Also, I did the audio version of Silent Strength and truly enjoyed the performance by Kenneth Obi. It took a bit of adjustment on my part because of the way he used a different voice for the narrator vs. each of the main characters. In the end I really liked it because I never had to wonder if the character was speaking aloud or thinking in his head. He also completely pulls off the huge difference in these two guys' personalities. Very well done.

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  • Kristy M.
  • 11-05-18

Loved it.

This book was freaking amazing to listen to. The narrator brought so much life to each character. The narrator really made me feel like the characters were talking to me and telling me their story.

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 14-04-18

Eric's new Daddy

I was excited to listen to this audiobook, since I have previously read and enjoyed the e-book. I was not disappointed. This sweet romance makes the age play kink romantic and sweet, and Eric and Marcus are brought to life wonderfully by the narrator. I can't wait for the sequel to be released on audio!

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  • Jennie
  • 03-04-18

Narrator was perfect

Eric meets Marcus at a BDSM/kink club after a meet up between Eric and another Dom goes wrong & Marcus steps in to help. Eric knows he wants an age play relationship but is unsure of how to find himself a Daddy. He joins the club in the hope to find what he needs. Eric is so shy, insecure and a little lost. When Marcus talks about his interest in age play Eric is intrigued but wary.

I really enjoyed watching them get to know each other.

The narrator was perfect in bringing these men to life. I felt that he captured the essence of Eric & Marcus perfectly. I look forward to hearing the audio of book 2.

A great audio book I would happily recommend.