Chemical Bonds by LM Somerton ~ Book Review by Caroline

29762202Title: Chemical Bonds

Author: LM Somerton

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/17/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance

Blurb:

Even the best-planned experiment can have unpredictable consequences.

Max Allenby loves his job as a chemist with Armacom, developing new protective materials. He harbours a secret crush for the CEO, the stern and distant Blake Winters, which makes dealing with his harridan of a boss, Dr. Ella Preston, bearable.

Blake Winters is a lifestyle Dom. He spotted Max when he first joined Armacom, but has kept his distance from the talented, young scientist. When his Head of Security, who also happens to be Max’s older brother, tells him about Max’s feelings, Blake decides its time to make the pretty young man his.

Blake proposes a dating experiment to Max. For three hours a night over five nights, Max will give Blake his complete submission. Max is conflicted but decides to take the plunge and get a taste of a lifestyle he secretly craves.

Each date night introduces Max to a new level of submission. He loves every minute but is also conflicted—unable to believe a man like Blake wants him as anything more than a temporary plaything.

Blake understands that experiments do not always turn out as expected. He takes steps to convince Max of his feelings and to reassure him that his submissive streak is a strength, not a weakness.

My View:

When Max and Blake actually get together it seems rather quick but in fact it comes after a couple of years of watching each other and neither being brave enough to make a move.

Blake is the stern, very alpha Dom who owns the company and who has had a soft spot for his employee Max since he first laid eyes on him. For all his ‘go get what he wants’ qualities he is stumped on how to approach Max who he suspects is submissive and believes would be his ideal partner. Running him off the road on his bike and a quiet word is Max’s brothers ear seems to do the trick though and the challenge is on.

Max was a sweetheart from the start – a bit ditzy but totally lovable. Mid-twenties, total nerd, bullied by his line manager but protected by his brother and needed his best friend to take him underwear shopping. He is totally inexperienced with relationships, men and sex and it leaves him shaking in his boots when Blake propositions him.

They are hot together, they are cute together and they fall into a relationship extremely quickly given that Max has zero experience with men never mind BDSM. Blake is patient but strict with him but it’s not all plain sailing as Max has a lot of self-doubt. There is a side line story of Max being bullied at work by the nasty Ms Preston and I liked the outcome of that one at the board meeting.

This was a lot fun with two characters who were very easy to like and had a sparkling chemistry together.

Links

Chemical Bonds on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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