Author: Cecil Wilde
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
After years of thinking about it, Hunter’s finally taking the plunge into BDSM by going to the partner-matching service, Playmates. He’s not sure what he wants, but his answers and interview get him matched with Milo, an experienced Dom whose lack of interest in S&M makes him unsuitable for many, but perfect for Hunter—even if he’s never slept with a man before. Their sessions make Hunter realize that this is exactly what he’s always needed, but when his ex—the one who got away—comes back on the scene, Hunter finds himself faced with an impossible decision. Will he go back to her or take a chance on the man who might just be his perfect match?
So I am torn on how to approach this one. There were many things I liked about this story and a few things that I felt were missing. Overall, this one ended as a middle of the road read but a good start to a new series.
So what did I like about this story. I enjoyed the unique look into the BDSM life. Now for many of you who are in the lifestyle or read about it often, you will probably read this and laugh at me for saying it is a unique look into BDSM. But you need to understand my history to see why I say this. I have no experience with BDSM in my real life and I have only recently started reading books that include this topic. So far, my experience with BDSM has been limited to extremely HOT encounters between established players and BDSM that was being used to “fix” someone broken. In all cases, I have never been exposed to the way in a which a new partnership is created between strangers where one player is being brought into the life with no experience. So for me, this book was a great thing. I got to see the rules being established, the mentality being set, the way a good Dom needs to be aware of EVERYTHING so that the new relationship can be pleasurable for both parties. For me, this was different than anything I have read.
Not knowing anything about BDSM itself, I cannot tell you if the facts are correct, so I chose to focus on the personal aspect of the partnership. I enjoyed seeing the reactions as each new experience was introduced. The apprehension, the rationalization, the acceptance. I enjoyed seeing the way the men learned about each other and that they sought to bring forth the best in the other. I liked that through their play, they actually helped bolster the other person’s confidence yet this was not an instant fix to everything that was wrong in their daily lives. I liked that for this couple, there was more involved than just sex. And in the end, they have the potential to be a great couple inside and outside the BDSM scene.
That brings me to the things I did not like about this story. There was no history or build up so when these men declared their love, I felt like I was missing something. The author hinted at issues for both men, but never really explored them. The reader was mostly left to fill in the gaps, and at times, I could not do so in such a way as to justify the character’s actions. I also felt that this story was rushed. There was a good bit of time setting up the BDSM partnership, but the emotional development outside the playroom was displayed almost as a side thought when the plot called for it. I never really understood the connection between these men outside of the bedroom. I believe that this story would have worked better for me if the author had increased the word count and spent more time creating well defined and well developed characters. Then the rest may have fallen into place.
I think this was a good start to this series. It set the stage for the type of world and the premise of the BDSM matching site. There were really no other characters introduced, but in this instance it was not really needed. The central theme of the matching service is more than enough for the reader to understand that these couples will most likely not be connected throughout the series. So while I think these particular men needed more to their story, the series is still interesting to me and I will most likely pick up the next installment.
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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