Author: Michaela Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Micah Ellis is an affluent businessman, comfortable in his life and work, as long as nothing happens to shake up his routine. Which is exactly what one Devon Mallory does, with his bright blue eyes and dirty skin and the forceful personality that’s everything Micah desperately needs but is too afraid to ask for.
Micah and Devon enter into a Dom/sub relationship and navigate the world of BDSM and Micah’s crippling insecurities as they gradually fall in love. But Micah’s past is coming back to haunt him, and they must face it together—and that means learning acceptance and discovering that they both deserve love their way and on their own merits.
The cover for this book seems to be drawing out some curious comments, and contrary to the conclusions that many seem to be settling on, I actually like the cover. It’s definitely different than what we typically see on an m/m romance cover, but that’s part of the appeal for me. Not only do I have a strong affinity for some of the gentle sea life, but once I read the book, the deeper meaning of the cover image became apparent and evokes some strong memories of segments of the book whenever I look at it.
MC Micah is a hot mess in this book. He has issues that could definitely benefit from getting some professional help, but instead, along comes MC Devon. Micah sincerely can’t help being a prick extraordinaire at times when his anxiety, germophobia, and self-esteem issues crash in around him. Unfortunately, that happens during the first encounter with Devon and they get off on the wrong foot.
I loved Devon to pieces. He’s the type of guy that anyone (and I literally mean anyone) would be lucky to have as a boyfriend. The fact that he “got” Micah – seemed to be able to figure out some of what transpired inside his head – and was completely selfless in his willingness to help and to overlook some of the crap that got flung back at him made him a hero in my book.
The sex scenes were seriously hot – smokin’. The creepy ex kept showing up like a bad penny and I didn’t like the fact that Micah was a bit clueless about it and unable (most of the time) to get out from under that sick manipulation. And the one thing I really didn’t like was the breakup. It was ugly when it happened and it was gut wrenchingly long, but I can also appreciate that it was probably very necessary in order to give Micah a chance to get a grip on and like himself before he could be in a healthy relationship.
This book pretty much had me in its grasp from the very first page and I didn’t put it down until I was finished. Despite having a few very small issues, there were many more memorable aspects of the story that will fondly stick with me. I definitely enjoyed it!