Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM BDSM
Don’t judge a book by its cover….
At over six feet, with a body honed in the gym, auto worker Donavan Gregory is used to people assuming he’s a dominant top. Unfortunately, they’re wrong, and Donavan’s desire to explore his submissive side goes unfulfilled.
Smaller and older than Donavan, Doctor Seth Manning might not look like a typical dominant, but when the two men meet at Pride, Donavan realized Seth might be his perfect counterpart. The trouble is, Donavan doesn’t have as much experience with the BDSM world as he’d like. What could an educated, handsome, and confident man like Seth possibly see in someone like him? Seth must convince him that despite the differences on the surface, when it comes to kinky fun and discovery, they’ll fit together just fine
On the whole, I really enjoyed this story. For me, there’s something about a tall, muscular man who is a submissive that just hits the spot. Add to that, a shorter, more slender man, with a strong, dominant personality, and the two can create some pretty combustible sparks.
In a nutshell, that’s what we get here. It’s a love story—right from the beginning—and though there are BDSM club visits and scenes, the focus seems to be more on the love quickly developing between the two men than it is on the D/s relationship—unlike the way it is with many other stories in this theme. Seth is the Dom, no doubt about that, yet he’s not into leather (thank you!) and he sometimes likes to be versatile (thank you again!). The author explores their personalities and shows the mesh, the ying and yang of how well they suit each other despite the outward appearances and preconceived notions. The doctor and the factory worker. Can that possibly work? Yes, it can, and that’s what happens here.
The cast of characters includes a very prominent role for Donavan’s friend Cain, and a lesser role for Seth’s cousin Tristan, both of whom seem to be getting set up for their own future story, despite the fact that Cain loves “tatas” and declares he’s not interested in playing for Donavan’s (and Tristan’s) team. I really enjoyed Cain, who was supportive of Donavan’s relationship with Seth right from the start. He was also funny and fun-loving, carefree, and just the kind of guy I’d love to have for a BFF if I could choose him.
The downside of the story? I kept waiting for the breakup, or the parents who weren’t supportive, or some other outside level of angst, but it never came. It was almost too perfect, too sweet, too good to be true. Again, I sure wouldn’t mind that in real life. But in books? Not so much. As much as I sometimes dread reaching the 70 to 80% point in a book because I know the axe is about to fall, I felt disappointed that it didn’t happen in this one. Instead, the ending—from 80% on—was where we met an endless parade of new characters, an obvious attempt to set the stage for the next book(s). I am interested in seeing where this series goes, but now I’m a bit worried. Time will tell.
In the meantime, if you like BDSM, or have wanted to try out a mild BDSM book, and you love a lot of romance in your MM stories, this one is a good one to pick up.