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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
When I started reading this book I thought, "how strange, it's a lot less erotica/naughty I was expecting". Fanny Press is not releasing a lot of titles, but the titles it released are indeed more erotica than romance.

At the beginning Vincent and Eric's story appeared to be a friends with benefits theme with a little touch of gay for you: best friends since high school, despite being Eric gay and Vincent straight, they managed to remain friends. Probably since Eric was there for Vincent when he was growing up with an abusive father, probably since Eric, even if in love with his friend, understood that he needed more a friend than a lover. As soon as Vincent was independent, and started to gain emotional stability, again it was not time for Eric to stake his claim, and then Vincent went and found a fiancé, Jenny, and he slowly but steadily led towards a 2.5 kids and suburb home life. It was simple, it was clean, it was what Eric thought Vincent needed after his youth. It was not what Eric needed, with his preferences for the BDSM world and co.

Really Eric was not demanding towards Vincent, there was no hints or regrets for what it could have been, but Vincent turns the table. Given the time to settle down and analyze his feelings, far from his abusive father, Vincent understands that he is in love with Eric. It's a true and pure love, there is nothing of physical at the beginning, what I liked of this story is that Vincent was not having real problem with Jenny, not on a sexual than no-secual level, it was only that Vincent was not in love with Jenny, he was in love with Scott.

What I probably found a little too much convenient is that Vincent, out of the blue, discovered he had an not so veiled interest in BDSM; I found two explanation to that: or Eric, without realizing it, was transmitting by osmosis his interests to Vincent, or he, Eric, growing up with Vincent was the only one who really knew the guy and he taught himself beforehand how to be the man Vincent needed.

In any case my first impression that this was more a romance was confirmed, but the erotica side of the novel did indeed its appearance: the author lulled us with 3 days of blissful cohabitation during which Vincent and Eric knew each other as a lovers other than friends; after that the author plunged them, and the reader with them, into a full-time BDSM experience in an isolated country manor where everything you imagine, and something more, can happen. I'm true, without the lulling and the romance of the first part of the story, some of the experiences Vincent asks to make would have been a little too much for me; I'm not so into the BDSM world, and the author didn't spare anything to the reader (watersports, blood-play, ...), but I think that a true BDSM fan will find the novel well done and described. Me, I prefer the first part, that was a really nice romance, almost a high-school sweetheart story, only developed a little later after the end of their teenager years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
Not everything is flawless in this short M/M BDSM erotic novel.
There are some devices that are simply too convenient (Vincent discovers suddenly he needs BDSM and Eric happens to be a master at it); some psychological transitions are a little too quick and easy. Sometimes the book also reads a bit like the handbook of the perfect Dom.
Moreover I am still convinced that BDSM must stay within the bedchamber (or the playroom, or the dungeon or whatever) and that submission 24/7 to someone else, even someone who loves you, is not healthy.

That said, I still love this book. Finally, after many disappointments, I find an author who is not bent on giving cheap thrills.
There is a story which is believable, there are characters who are alive and real and there is plenty of intriguing sex. Of course it is sort of extreme but it is always sane. The three leads respect and love each other and this is apparent in their interaction, even in their sexual BDSM interaction.
The passionate love story between Vincent and Eric did not harm a bit and adds to the excitement.
Writing is always neat and appropriate. There are no typos (finally!), just a name switch towards the end.

I shall look into the other works by this author hoping they are as good as this (or better: a guy can hope, can't he) and suggest all the amateur wannabes study this book closely and learn their lesson, finally.
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