Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Jamie Sheridan was furious when he found out that Professor Carson had “words” with his boyfriend Satish Malhotra, in effect warning him off any relationship with him. That lead to an ugly confrontation between them and a final break or so Jamie thought. But Satish thinks that there was something other than head games behind his encounter with the Professor, that maybe he and Jamie had misinterpreted Evander’s actions. Satish realizes that the Professor gives Jamie something that Satish can’t, at least right now. So Satish sets out to do what would have been recently unthinkable, he is going to try to salvage Jamie and Evander’s relationship, even if it means he loses out once and for all.
After a confrontation with his former lover and pupil, Professor Evander Carson realizes the extent of his miscalculations and misunderstanding of the past events in his and Jamie’s relationship. And even though the break up is tearing him apart, Evander is determined to stay away from Jamie, for Jamie’s sake. Nothing prepares him for the sight of Satish at his door or for what Satish offers to him….a possible relationship with Jamie as well as Satish.
But will Jamie be able to trust Evander again? And will a renewed relationship between Jamie and his Professor leave Satish out in the cold?
To the Very Last Inch is a wonderful culmination to a hot, sexy and ultimately very sweet love story. Through five books, Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley have built a relationship between three very different men.
The first character is the wounded James Sheridan, whose drug habits drove him into poor life choices, including whoring himself out for drugs and money. Only through submission can Jamie successfully control his anxiety and need to relapse into his drug habit. The man who taught him control through his submission is the complex Professor Evander Carson. Older, dominant, and in love with Jamie, Evander misunderstood several key elements in their relationship that caused the first break up and threatens to destroy any future they might have. He is also unsure that a relationship with a man his age is something Jamie would want. And finally, the last man to enter into the picture, Satish Malhotra. Satish met Jamie during one of Jamie and Evander’s sexual games where he was an unwitting participant. That initial encounter almost ruined any chances of any type of relationship between Jamie and Satish as Satish viewed the D/s roles with distain and no little anger over what he thought of as physical abuse of Jamie. Three fascinating and complex men, all brought to life and made utterly relatable through four stories leading up to this….the conclusion of The Professor’s Rule and the resolution to all the issues raised in the preceding stories.
One of the aspects of this series I so appreciate is the ability of these authors to let the reader into the mindset of someone who lives or needs to live a D/s lifestyle, people like Jamie and Evander. One, Evander Carson, a dominant or Master. The other, Jamie Sheridan, a submissive. As the authors show us, without that element in his life, Jamie becomes a very different person. Being a submissive fills a hole in Jamie that nothing else can and without it Jamie feels incomplete. As I said before, the character of Satish Malhotra becomes that channel through which the reader can begin to understand what a D/s relationship can entail and what exactly how such a lifestyle can impact and benefit those that live it. The whole bdsm aspect of this story is folded seamlessly into the narrative. It is informative and it is certainly hot!
Belleau and Gormley force these men to face the misunderstandings and challenges that a realistic relationship between all three of them will offer. The manner in which Jamie, Satish and Evander work through their issues feel as real and authentic as all the other elements here. Miscommunications arise, no matter the age of the person involved. And events can be viewed through very different lenses, depending upon perspective and past histories. All that and more is crammed into 56 pages and its wonderful.
Did I wish that we had been given a little more of a glimpse into their lives down the road? Of course, but the little we did see was revealing and totally satisfying. Kudos to the authors for such a wonderful series finale and for the men that we came to love through it all.
Cover art by LC Chase is perfect for this story and the entire series.
Book in The Professor’s Rule series. It helps to read them in order to understand Jamie and all the relationships within.
An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule, #2)
Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #3)
Every Inch of the Way (The Professor’s Rule, #4)
To the Very Last Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #5)