Losers, weepers. What a horrid little rhyme. When I was a kid, I hated it. I was (and still am) pathetically absent minded. I lost stuff all the time.
I also have four brothers. Do I need to spell out the scenario for anyone? With a large family, any toy you can call your own is a good toy. 'nuff said.
But what if the loser in question never merited the prize in the first place? Or what if he did, but abused that prize so terribly that he didn't deserve to keep it? Now. Imagine the prize in question is not an object at all, but another human being?
It's different than toys or stuff, because a human being can think for himself. He can decide when enough is enough and he doesn't want to be kept any more. Can't he?
Abuse is a strange and complicated beast. It makes people-- regular, everyday, rational and intelligent people-- think in less than rational and intelligent ways. It makes them stay when they should go. It makes them give up when they should fight. Overcoming abuse, living through it and coming out the other side a whole person again is a road no one should have to travel, but one too many people are forced to take.
And it's what Finder's Keepers is all about. One man who abuses his power over his lovers to extremes, and one who finds the strength and beauty in the abused and tries to save them. But mostly, it's about the abused. The man who helplessly watches himself crumbling to dust under an onslaught of anger and viciousness, reaches for a life-saving hand and holds on. He sees his way out, he takes it. He doesn't do it alone. Yet no one does it for him, either.
Meet Rory, a lonely submissive man looking for someone to help him make sense of his desires; Kane, the man who cannot control his own fear or anger; and Gabe, the Dom who finds Rory and keeps him, safe, protected, while Rory takes the long, painful journey to find himself again.
All his life, Rory Sanders just wanted please the people he loves and always thought he failed, until the day Gabriel Stark rescues him from Kane's abusive hand--and Rory's own misconceptions of what it means to be submissive.
His search for a way into the world that lets him live out his need to serve others has left Rory Sanders estranged from his family and without a lot of friends. When he meets Kane, he thinks his dreams have come true. Those dreams are shattered when he discovers Kane is less interested in his submission than his total subjugation and humiliation. Unable to figure out how to please Kane, Rory is left in a dangerous and humiliating position, bound and helpless in a fetish club where he at last meets people who understand.
Gabriel Stark is not only the private investigator called in to figure out who Kane is and why he has been abusing submissive men, he's also a professional Dom and the man of Rory's dreams come to life. It remains to be seen if Gabe can overcome his own losses and mistakes and be the Dom Rory needs, or if he will let his own past be the ruin of yet another submissive who needs his help. That Rory is physically, emotionally, and intellectually everything Gabe has been looking for only makes Gabe more determined not to get emotionally invested in Rory's recovery.
Keeping Rory safe from Kane might be more than Gabe can manage on his own, and the result of failure could cost the submissive his life.