Of Being Yours by Anna Martin ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

16209638Title: Of Being Yours

Author: Anna Martin

Narrator: Brad Langer

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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

Release Date: 01/20/2016

Length: 07 hours 42 minutes

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance

Summary:

It’s been three years since Jesse Ross had to choose between his Master and his girlfriend-three years he’s spent living in a loving relationship with Will, his Dom, and finally being open about his sexuality. To the outside eye, Jesse and Will’s relationship is settled, solid, and romantic: people expect them to settle down, get married, have a family. It takes a car crash to expose the papered-over cracks in their life together.

Traumatized by the crash, Will finds his confidence shattered. After unintentionally causing Jesse pain during the accident, Will finds it impossible to hurt him in the bedroom, and suddenly he has to reassess his ability to be Jesse’s Dom. The emotional and physical deadlock leaves Jesse struggling to hold the pieces of their tattered relationship together. The physical scars may heal with time, but the emotional trauma has left more damage than either man could have anticipated….

Story Review:

Of Being Yours picks up three years after Another Way and the focus is still on Will and Jesse.

For all intents and purposes Jesse and Will are living a near perfect life and have assimilated their D/s relationship alongside their newer status of partners. At the start of the book they have a nice status quo going on but the cracks appear rapidly when they are involved in a car crash. Physically they are both fine and it won’t take them too long to recover from their scrapes and bruises, emotionally they are sucker punched. Will blames himself for the accident and suddenly finds he can no longer inflict any sort of pain on Jesse, just the thought of picking up a flogger makes him ill. For a relationship that started out as strictly D/s before moving onto an intimate relationship that ran alongside it they are suddenly adrift.

It’s sad watching as the intensity and the closeness of their relationship fails. At times it seems as though they are strangers living in the same house and they become adept in avoidance tactics. Will is pulling further and further away and Jesse has no idea how to put the brakes on. I think it took Will walking away, even for a short time, to take them to a place where they could start healing. For the first time in years Jesse was on his own and although he hated it I think he also benefited. Throughout their healing process it becomes clear that they are never going to get back to exactly where they were before the accident and as they open up in their therapy sessions it’s clear that this may not be a bad thing. The accident has changed them irrevocably and their new relationship will reflect that.

Thankfully the author doesn’t suddenly make everything better in the end as that would have done them a disservice. They aren’t perfect but their imperfections are what makes the story feel real. They may get their happy ending but its sometimes clumsy, not always what they want but it is realistic and pulls them back together.

Narration Review:

As with book 1 it took me a little time to get used to Brad Langer’s voice but once I settled into the story I found him an easy and clear narrator.

Links

Of Being Yours 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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