Review written for MM Good Book Reviews
Whoa there Nelly! This relatively short read surprised the heck out of me with its beginning. If it wasn’t the most forward and shocking way to introduce your main characters. I liked it! Unfortunately there is where all enjoyment ends.
First let’s get to the bdsm element I expected to see. Both title and blurb give you that impression; however there was a complete lack of any bdsm-related scene in this book. It couldn’t be more vanilla if it tried to. We expected to see a Dom claiming a submissive with whom he’d eventually fall for and turn this relationship into something more… Instead we got a Dom who makes a move on a person who has no relation with kink or any D/s scenes, doesn’t even know what a submissive really is, and jumps into agreeing to sign a “contract” with a man he just met and only dated/had sex with once. All the while he has no comprehension of what a contract as this man’s sub would entail. I mean literally Gavin mentions a contract signing to a person who has no idea what entails to be a sub, and Sebastian doesn’t bat an eye at that. No reaction! Simply continues the conversation… Hmmm! Now why do I not like this?
We also get the expectation of a threesome between Gavin, Sebastian, and Carissa. It’s there in the subtext and Riss is a constant in Sebastian and Gavin’s mind. However, beside a masturbation scene, we see nothing from Riss. Just her presence and I suppose the next book will feature her and the boys as they try to get her in their setup.
As for the erotic part of this “erotica” I’m afraid it totally failed to touch me. The scenes between the two men were simple enough, but they lacked sensuality, intensity, and connection in every sense. It was a bland narration that had me cringing most of the time with the insensible dialogues between them, the visuals that crashed and burned, and the fact that the erotic was overcome by hasty feelings of love. There was no actual space for deeper emotions here, yet they made an appearance and overwhelmed a text that was already a bit ludicrous to begin with. In addition, the only part I felt had a nice description that allowed for some hot visual and imagination, was the end scene when Riss and Gavin finally meet and I got a proper glimpse at what Gavin really looks like, because up until that point all I had of him was tall, dark, and handsome with long black hair.
Bottom end, I did not like this book. It failed to capture me or make me feel any other emotion beside disbelief.