Author: SJD Peterson
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 12/30/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 03/18/2015
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Grant Maxwell, aka Max, wakes to find his coffeepot has died in the night. Not one who can start his day without his favorite brew, he heads to the local coffee shop. Max finds something even more appealing than caffeine in the form of a twenty-six-year-old hottie Aiden James. For the first time in his life, well-established, confident and respected Dom Max finds himself sputtering and unsure in the face of Aiden’s charms.
Aiden lives with three roommates, works a dead-end job, and isn’t sure where his life is heading, that is, until he meets Max. Max introduces him to a foreign yet intriguing lifestyle, and they soon discover they have something more than mutual attraction in common.
A shared kink is one thing, but Aiden’s past vanilla sexual experiences as well as his fear of losing himself in Max may keep Aiden from experiencing his fantasy. Max has an obstacle of his own to overcome. He must somehow figure out how to help Aiden explore his submissive side when, for the first time in his life, he’s head over heels in love.
My View – Story:
I wasn’t actually looking forward to this book on audio as much as I was the other books in the series as I didn’t like how the narrator portrayed Max’s voice in book 2.
I am so glad I gave it a chance! Although there were times when he still sounded a little like a cockney geyser this may have moved up to be my favourite!
Max is a super confident man both in regards to his everyday life and in his role as a Dom. Or he was until his coffee machine broke down and he had to get his morning hit from a nearby coffee shop and ran into Aiden James. Suddenly this super confident man is tongue tied and flushed!
One date leads to two and although Aiden has no idea about a BDSM lifestyle Max believes the gorgeous young man is naturally submissive. When they start talking about things its clear he is right and what is even more amazing is their fantasies and tastes are very similar.
There is no great upheaval in this book or nothing haunting either man from their pasts. Aiden is a little disillusioned with his life after coming from a small town to the big smoke and life not quite working out as expected. He doesn’t enjoy the speed of his new life, is not particularly enamoured with his job and lives in a small cramped apartment with three other housemates. What he does like is the attention from Max and the excitement of what a relationship with the man seems to offer.
I really liked Aiden. I liked his natural curiosity and that he felt comfortable enough, even if he wasn’t always confident, to trust Max and was willing to try new things in his life. It certainly isn’t all just about BDSM. There were a lot of feelings involved from both men and they clearly both wanted much more than just a D/s relationship quite early on. This was new for Max as he wasn’t in the habit of taking on long term subs. Although he wanted Aiden as his sub he also wanted the man as an equal partner, he wanted Aiden to love him.
This is a BDSM story with enough kink and a lot of gentle loving….perfect!
My View – Narration:
Rusty Topsfield actually did a great job on this one. I wasn’t looking forward to Max’s voice as I said before. It wasn’t perfect for me but it was easy to listen to and so much better than expected.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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