Impacted by Mickie B Ashling ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

6677838Title: Impacted

Author: Mickie B Ashling

Narrator: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Mara McKennen

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/30/2015

Length: 06 hours 18 minutes

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance

Summary:

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene… but meet again when Robin Kennedy-Red-arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott. Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they’re more than compatible-they’re a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe. They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to live in the shadows. Scott isn’t as brave; he’s desperate to protect his job and his future. Will they be able to find some middle ground… or will their entire relationship fall apart because of fear?

Story Review:

Impacted is the first in the Bay Area Professionals series and introduces us to a lot of new characters. For me this would have worked better and been a little easier to understand if we had not also had all their POV’s as it does become difficult to follow at times.

On his drive home from a vacation Scott Gregory stops off at a bar and meets a man that gives him the best sexual experience of his life. Instant attraction, matching needs and explosive orgasms leave Scott thinking ‘if only’ and the other man, Robin Kennedy aka Red, wanting a second night.

Scott Gregory is a gay man and a closeted submissive. He is also a sought after dental surgeon who has recently landed a dream job with the opportunity to buy the dental surgery from its current owner after 12 months. The problem with this ‘dream’ is the current owner of the practice is certifiably crazy and a raging homophobe so for the next few months Scott is living very much in the closet.

Weeks later Scott comes face to face with Red when he starts working at the same dental practice as a hygienist. The attraction is still there, in fact it seems to have increased tenfold, and the two start seeing each other immediately in secret and enter into a D/s relationship. Things move very quickly but it works as they live with the stress of keeping everything about themselves out of the public eye and away from their boss.

Scott’s old friend Susie also joins the practice and although I liked her well enough I didn’t want her point of view or life problems as part of the story. They are a bit like the three musketeers as Scott and Red introduce her to the lifestyle in the hopes she can find someone that lasts longer than a couple of dates.

Scott comes across as clingy and needy, not helped by his childhood experiences, but Red seems to be good for him and able to give him what he needs. A twist in the story, a heated argument and a pissed off Dom opens Scott’s eyes to what is important in life. A quick make up and a very abrupt ending leaves you needing to read book 2 immediately.

Narration Review:

John Solo was a new narrator for me and although it wasn’t perfect he did a pretty decent job. He had a lot of voices to cover and each one sounded individual.

Links

Impacted on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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