Jonathan and Brandon pick up their story within minutes of the completion of the previous book. Jonathan is determined to not make the same mistakes with Brandon. Consequently, he opens a line of communication. It’s a bit like a third degree, but they are talking. Also, instead of just continual punishments, Brandon’s training is more carrot and stick than before. If carrots were cocks and sticks were canes, of course.
After a somewhat traumatic meeting of Jonathan’s friends, he and Brandon take a trip to Big Sur. It’s a fantastic experience for Brandon, who falls in love with the architecture of the house in addition to the coast. They fall into a rhythm and continue to make progress in terms of trust. Brandon does manual labours around the property in addition to translating documents in Chinese. Eventually, they plan for Jonathan’s annual business trip to China.
After weeks of minimal contact due to trip preparations Brandon and Jonathan finally leave for China. After an almost disastrous gift of a collar was settled. For the first time in months Brandon feeds himself and almost can’t make himself do it, but it’s mooncakes. Mooncakes! After some acting out on the plane, they finally make it to their hotel and settle in for some punishment, dinner, cuddling, and finally sex. The trip is busy but good until the end when the shit hits the fan as they learn about an intrepid paparazzo who managed to snap their picture their first night in the hotel. Brandon freaks out and refuses to speak to Jonathan....
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