This novella is by Sue Brown, of course I wanted to read it…
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
A Novella in Frankie’s Series
Ed Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with—especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work.
Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.
Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
I think Ed and Marchant could almost be my favourite Sue Brown characters of late. Ed is so unlikeable in the initial pages and I wondered how he could be in a romance, but everyone has their reasons for their behaviour and poor Ed has such sad reasons I just wanted to hug him. Happily he bumps into Marchant who, after dumping Cola over him at a supermarket, becomes an adorable saviour. He sees Ed for who he really is. He gently breaks down his barriers and builds him up stronger and happy for the first time in his life.
Their story is wonderful and the characters are not stereotypical muscle bound hunks. This is a story relating to BDSM, but it is the gentlest and one of the most intelligent BDSM stories you will ever read. This is not the Dom who takes the broken virgin and whips him into submission, literally. The cover for this story is gorgeous and suits the story perfectly. This is a genuine romance. So many stories are tagged ‘m/m romance’ and romantic they are not. The dancing aspect had me nearly weeping especially when Ed remembers his ‘paso doble’…
The passage below reminded me why I like Sue Brown’s writing so much…
Ed had to gird his loins to step over the threshold of the club. “Girding one’s loins” was a phrase that had always made Ed blush, but in this instance, it was very appropriate. Ed’s loins were primed and willing, even if his brain was not so cooperative.
So if I enjoyed this story so much why not a 5*? Well because I would have enjoyed it that bit more had it been novel length. Now there are many reasons why a story is a novella instead of a novel, and not all of them are in the author’s power to change. The reason I felt it should have been a novel was that a lot of the progression through Ed and Marchant’s relationship is skipped through. End of one chapter they were at the beginning stages of their relationship, next page new chapter… six months on. Plus, I wanted to know about Ed making friends with Maisie and how Marchant helped Ed overcome his underlying issues…Ed’s job and more about Marchant’s club.
Now it maybe, as this is in a series of novellas, I will find the answers in the following books…but I like immediate gratification and would have preferred a lovely long novel. Of course the fact that I am dying to know all these details about the character’s future is also indicative of how much I loved this novella.
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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