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Thursday, January 07, 2021

~ Can You See Me? ~


Author: Romilly King
Title: Can You See Me?
Series: The Outreach 1 (in the Delphic Agency universe)
Pages: 138
Release date: 2021 January 7
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Rating: ★★★★✡


Josh needs a Dom. Mal needs an education. Could this be mutually beneficial?

This is The Outreach, where the kink curious can have their desires analysed, their cravings explained, and if they are lucky, find the right kind of someone to meet their needs.

It’s brand new and causing waves, politically and socially. Some see it as a green light for deviancy, for others it’s their last chance to understand why they want the things they want.


When my boss sent me on this assignment I thought I was writing a fluff piece, a sly little dig at the newest psychobabble trend to hitch itself to the “discover yourself” gravy train. I was wrong. It seems these guys actually know what they are talking about, and what they are saying is resonating inside me on a primal level. It’s making me feel all kinds of stupid about how I've played in the past, and all kinds of fascinated for how to scene in the future. I'm revising this story, and I'm going to learn everything The Outreach has to offer.


I’m not doing so great. I’ve not been doing great for a long time. It’s easy to blame it on my service, to be that PTSD veteran, but it’s more than that. There is this need inside me that I never explored and then the trauma denied me the freedom to even consider it. I don't know if this Outreach thing can help me, but with their science and their skills they can tell me the kind of man I could have been, the kind of love I could have had, and there is some comfort in that. I might be too old and too damaged to ever truly experience my desires, but I want to know, just for myself, just for the record, which way I am tilted.

Two very different men, two very different reasons to be where they are, but The Outreach will bring them together and help them see themselves and each other.

Can You See Me? is the first book in the Outreach Series, set in the same universe as Romilly King's acclaimed Delphic Agency Series of gay romance novels - It brings back favourite characters from Delphic and is a slow burn romance with realistic kink exploration, themes of hurt and comfort, a dom who thought he knew it all, and a damaged sub who is too ashamed to kneel. There will be a happy ever after.

My review: 

"Primal sexuality is split into primal hunters and primal prey. You have all the markers for pray. You want to be hunted, you want to be caught, you want to be owned."


I am so excited and happy to be back in the Delphic universe - this new, Outreach series is looking really good and I can't wait to read more. 

Mal and Josh story was mostly an intro to this new series, so the romance/erotica was a bit in the background, but I didn't mind it because I enjoyed reading the book. 

Both characters were interesting, but Josh was my ultimate favorite, I could connect with him and his PTSD was so well written and so emotional, that side of the story was the best. 

"I know I have a voice kink, I want orders delivered firmly, no screaming, just deep certainity - someone who I can trust to lead me because a massive downside of no exploring is no experience. So I want a teacher, someone with experience who can say what they want me to do. I need a man with clarity."

I liked that other characters from the Delphic series were there and played this much role in this book, it was really good to be back with them again and to see them after their HEA - I always love a bit sneek peak into others life; and if we're talking about peeking into others life... oh well! The voyeour kink, man, I looooved it! One of my favorite kink and it was so well written.

I loved the connection between Mal and Josh, loved the age gap and the virgin theme too. Josh was an adorable one, I really liked him. 

"Twinks are like J├Ągerbombs, they're what you start with when you are young and horny and don't know any better."

I enjoyed reading this book, but because it wasn't romance enough for me - I couldn't see that connection between Mal and Josh, I haven't see them fall in love - it's only a 4 star for me. And I really can't wait to read more - we're talking about Romilly King, so give me all the books!!!

My favorite quote from the book is this, because this tells so much about a BDSM relationship and why it's unique:  

"I want to break him so I can put him back together and have him understand his worth."

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