Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L C Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/28/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
While new couple Tide and Lance spend time deepening their relationship and further introducing Lance to the joys and vagaries of being a sub, established couple Tyrone and Bran discover that they still have a thing or two to learn as well.
A new job finds Bran run off his feet, and a visit to the eye doctor leads to the discovery of a brain tumor. Bran is terrified. He strives to be the perfect sub for his beautiful master and sees the tumor as a personal failing as he tries to handle every last phone call, e-mail, and text that comes in, no matter how early or late. When Tyrone finally finds out about the tumor Bran’s been keeping a secret, he realizes he’s been taking his sub for granted, and he works to rediscover his boy and their relationship. Of course, that’s easier said than done given that Bran’s job is taking up all his time and he would rather pretend the tumor just doesn’t exist than actually deal with it.
It’s going to take all of Tyrone’s prowess as a master to help guide Bran through these troubled waters.
I much preferred this second book in the Iron Eagle Gym series to the first. There is still the copious amounts of hot sex that are the norm for a Sean Michael book but there was more story this time round and I felt like I got to know the characters much more.
The Perfect Sub concentrates on the same four men from book 1. Both couples have settled into their respective relationships of Master and Sub. Lance is still seen as the new boy, he is still unsure of himself, still hides behind his camera and out of the four is the least sure of himself. His Master Tide is very aware of how Lance operates and props him up when needed, pushes him when required and the two are forming a deep bond that works well for them both.
The more established couple of Tyrone and Bran isn’t working so well. Bran has this innate need to be the perfect sub and he loses sight of the fact that that isn’t the person Tyrone fell in love with. He pushes himself to unrealistic expectations and when his health becomes a problem his perfect life starts to crumble. It takes a long time for Bran to be honest with the people in his life that are the most important and it hits Tyrone hard, he believes that he has failed in his role as Master and it causes them to both pause and evaluate their life together.
This is a fun read for the most part with a good dose of kink and a lot of hot sex. I have to admit to being curious about the elusive boss and I wonder whether he will make an appearance at some point in the series.
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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