Gathering Storm was an interesting read for me, and not the type of book I usually pick up.
What I think made the book work for me is how the characters' personalities fit into the storyline, how the storyline blended into the personalities, and how each highlighted the other.
The keystone - for me at least - is Vinnie and his submissive nature. He is attracted to both Charleston and RJ (with a preference for Charleston) not only because they are dominants, but because they don't force that dominance.
Thompson is a good counterpoint to Charleston in that he shows not only the bad side of dominance, but lacks the understanding of the whys behind the submissives willingly choosing someone like Charleston over someone like himself.
Different, but good and I would recommend it to others.
Vinnie Bernardi wants to leave his past as a spoiled rich boy behind and find himself as a proud, gay submissive. He’s set his sights on two possible dominants: Charleston, a graying, sexy, straight-as-an-arrow physical trainer, and RJ, the straight-talking dyke who owns the bar where Vinnie dances. Neither is exactly ideal, but Vinnie is slowly falling apart and needs a top to help him hold it together.
He chooses Charleston, but Vinnie's presence in Charleston’s life stirs up some deadly ghosts from the man’s mysterious past. After years of trying to avoid the real world, Vinnie may find himself pulled back into it—but he might not survive long enough to get what he truly needs: love and a firm hand to shelter it.