Compromising Situations by Susan Laine ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

sl-compromisingsituations3141015_0319 Title: Compromising Situations

Author: Susan Laine

Publisher: Siren

Cover Artist: Harris Channing

Rating: 2.0 of 5 Stars


Jared Owens works for a company researching emergent technologies, namely greentech. His boss, Grant Kendrick, seems to have it in for Jared, always on his case, cracking the whip. Jared wants to quit—or fuck Grant to show him who’s boss.

One night, Jared and Grant are leaving the office at the same time when a blackout causes their elevator to stop dead. Trapped in a small space with his office nemesis? Jared believes he’s lady unluck’s favorite punching bag. But during the blackout, Jared learns Grant is more than a tyrannical boss. He’s a Dom who has set his sights on Jared as his sub.

Clashes of power are inevitable when neither man is willing to give in, even though both want the other like crazy. Can these two strong-willed men find a compromise? Or will they find themselves in a compromising situation?

Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰’s View:

I’m confused by what this novella wants to be. There is quite a bit of smut, but there are also information dumps on environmental initiatives and BDSM protocols. I’m no BDSM expert but this reads like what someone with a cursory knowledge of BDSM that was gleaned from popular alpha-hole romance novels thinks it is.

We have Grant, “alpha dominant”, CFO of Manning & Cross and all around douchenozzle. Why is he a douchenozzle to Jared? Mostly a contrived reason which he uses to excuse his treatment of him as something he stepped in. Jared is working crazy stupid hours trying to please his overbearing boss and suffering emotionally and physically because of it, yet he’s somehow, inexplicably attracted to him.

Alrighty. Whatevs. I’m down for enemies to lovers with some kinky, angry sex. It just never materialized.

They strike an odd agreement, have semi-hot sex in an elevator then the next thing you know Jared’s wearing a lace blindfold and some leather cuffs calling Grant “master”? What the… erm… does not compute. Too much happened too quickly with little to no supporting emotionality or growth for me to be able to take that leap with them.

If this had stuck to porn and not tacked on an unbelievable HEA thanks in large part to the magic cock it probably would’ve been more enjoyable for me. I’m much more capable of suspending reality within that context. As it was I found it to be an uninspired and condensed version of any number of popular m/f romance novels with flat characters that I have no connection with.

Unfortunately this didn’t work for me, but perhaps it will work for someone else.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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