Book Reviews

Lincoln's Park (Links in the Chain 1) by Parker Williams at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-October-2018

Book Blurb

Lincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person.


Lincoln found—then lost—love. 


Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man.


Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent?


What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?


Book Review

Much like Noel I truly couldn’t believe that Lincoln could possibly be as good of a person as he first appears. Granted, once I understood his background, the man he fell in love with and lost, and how Lincoln came to be the owner of his diner and the building it sits in, then I could appreciate the hard work he has done to change the behaviors and attitudes he once had. If Lincoln was anything like his brother currently is then I would have despised the “original” Lincoln.

It has been quite a while since Lincoln lost Ev, the only man he has ever loved, and Lincoln has drowned himself in his diner and his employees who are more like family than his own. It has been almost ten years since Lincoln has been to the BDSM club even though he continues to pay his yearly membership fee. Noel has been on his own for the last three years ever since his parents kicked him out for being gay. Luckily for Noel, he stumbled into a wonderful shelter after not too long on the streets, and has managed to get by helping Robert cook meals and care for their residents. Noel can’t believe (or understand) how fast Lincoln is to help him with a job and an apartment. He thought his parents loved him his whole life but they sure were quick to throw him away.

“She speared Lincoln with an intense gaze. “Let me ask you a question: why is it wrong to want something for yourself?”
Because he’d always done for himself. In his family it was “fuck the little guy,” because their only use was as a stepping stone to climb higher, reach farther. Getting to the top was the only goal. Until it wasn’t. One moment, a touching of hands with someone who made Lincoln smile, made him want for things beyond money or power or prestige.”

I loved how slowly Lincoln and Noel’s romance moved, not to mention Lincoln’s patient introduction of BDSM and what a true power exchange is. There were a few times that I wished it had moved just a little faster as I found my attention wandering while reading although that is certainly not the author’s fault and lies more with my own “squirrel-brain”. The secondary characters, especially Katy, are wonderful and definitely brought a lot of emotion and laughs to the overall story.

“We don’t have a lot of free time, true, but when we’re together, we find ways to make every minute count. That’s what’s important to me.” (Noel)

‘Lincoln’s Park’ is book one in a new series and if all of them are as delightful as this one was then I’ll be a happy girl. At the end of the day Lincoln and Noel’s love story is sweet and nice with a few toppy Dom/sub moments but mostly just a tale of two men falling in love. There’s something to be said for finishing a book and just sighing as I relish the love that these two men found – it makes everything else in the world seem to not matter. Thank you, Parker, for a lovely novel and a beautiful romance.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 244 pages/86409 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-October-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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