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 relationships 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?
©2009 Mickie B. Ashling (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Though John Solo did a good job with the narration, it took a little longer than usual for me to get into the individual character voices. None of the voices were off-putting, they just required some time to settle in to listening. Once I settled in, I enjoyed his style and tempo.
Scott Gregory is an award-winning Periodontist who is approached about buying into an established San Francisco dental practice. The caveat? He has to hide being gay because of the homophobic current owner. He has one year to get through before he can buy the business. Scott's sure that he can control his needs for a year. He satisfies himself with one night stands and hookups while on vacation away from San Francisco. It's not satisfying, especially because Scott's a pain slut and submissive longing to find a Dom who will hurt him and romance him.
On return from a vacation Scott stops in a bar and ends up hooking up with the hot bartender, Red, who gives him a night neither one forgets. Cut to a couple of days/weeks later (there was some confusion about timelines) and Robin "Red" Kennedy, shows up at the San Francisco dental practice to start work as their new hygienist. How...convenient.
The two decide to pick up where they left off and begin a sexual and romantic journey. Now, I'll admit, I thought this was going to be heavy in the BDSM and I was looking forward to it! It kind of disappointed me. The smexy times were okay, but nothing spectacular.
Basically, the story itself is where I found myself not impressed. I was frustrated by multiple points of view which were often distracting and threw off the flow to the story. I got different POVs from Scott, Scott's friend Susie, Robin, the homophobic Dr. Ron, and Dr. Ron's assistant, Jenna. Each of the separate POVs had side-storylines which I often felt were unnecessary and simply glutted the story. There were continuity issues with timelines for things (for example: one day they have six months before Scott's contract is up and he can buy the business, but the next day it's only three more months). Scott's personality undergoes these weird changes from being very "together" to being a weeping, clingy mess...and then there was the end. Wow. This went from a story with a couple little problems to a full blown telenovela in 2.8 seconds.
It completely shattered the credibility of the story for me.
Then, all the DRAMA is cleared up in minutes.
So, bottom line? The narration is good, but the story didn't really thrill me.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
I am giving this book probably a slightly higher rating than I should. The reason being ... I am not totally sure that it is a story I will be revisiting any time soon.
It was a fun listen. I enjoyed it for what it was - bdsm and all - not too heavy, not too serious. The "tension" with the dentist felt a little forced, but I didn't really care. It felt a lot like brain candy - quick, light, not a lot of substance - enjoyable in small doses. If I could give half stars I'd rank the story as a 3 1/2 and maybe overall as a 3 1/2 too. 3 feels too low so I'm erring on the "high" side.
This book was alright but it seemed as though the author got tired of writing so she just ended the book. It was too good of a story to have such an abrupt ending. I was disappointed.
First off let me just say that the narrator "John Solo" is a gem! I have listened to many of books and read many as well. But he seems to have the voice that will put you "right in the storyline". This story which I wasn't sure I was ready for shed so much light onto subjects that I knew nearly nothing about. The fact that I am an gay man and manage an dental office was beyond uncanny. It seemed to put me right in line of one of the characters, the love that is between one another. And to be informed of some of the "ins & outs" of the BDSM lifestyle was so intriguing to say the least! Now I yearn to know more of this lifestyle, never before have I felt to wanted to be right there in that position! Thank you so much for this entertainment.
Much appreciated - OtterCub
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