- File Size: 2360 KB
- Print Length: 108 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I2OO0QA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Settling Down (Little Earthquakes Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Tim has a number of quirks that need regular tending, and his need of a Head of Household (HOH) is abundant. Not a sub in the traditional sense, being a Taken in Hand (TIH) provides him with the boundaries necessary to maintain a sense of calm and purpose.
When Tim’s dad and Jae’s parents both come to town on the same week, the week prior to the Leather Ball, an event that Tim’s business is sponsoring, the chaos hits Tim hard. Then he finds out that the Dom that put him in the hospital is also attending, and Tim goes off the deep end. With Jae occupied with his parents, can he be the HOH that his overwrought TIH needs?
I enjoyed this story. The fact that it picks up six months later means that the reader misses out on the actual settling into the relationship, something that I was sad to discover. The plot is fairly straightforward, and the care and devotion that Jae and Tim have for each other shines through. Tim’s need for order and discipline are written respectfully, and although there is very little in the way of intimate scenes, what is there demonstrates the pair’s adoration of each other.
I would have liked more of the build into the pairing at the beginning or further development of the relationship on the tail end. They still feel somewhat as strangers to me, since I couldn’t really connect into the construct. However, I still enjoyed the story, and I’m rating it at 3.5 stars.
ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review by Divine Magazine.
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**
This is an interesting short story about a couple who are into the BDSM lifestyle. I loved how the author managed to open my eyes to elements of the BDSM lifestyle that I hadn’t read about particularly before, and more importantly showed me in the context of Jae and Tim’s loving relationship not only how it could work, but explained a lot of Jae and Tim’s needs and thought process behind it. Better yet, it didn’t come across to me as info-dumping or like a how-to manual. By showing me Jae and Tim’s perspectives and explaining what they needed and received from their version of the lifestyle I could not only discover their need and love for each other, but also learned a lot about BDSM in a manner that I haven’t found from other books.
I also really enjoyed how the author balanced Jae and Tim’s lifestyle with such understandable, real-life type of problems. The first serious parental visit for the new couple, worries about when the right time to move in properly together might be, hellish ex-boyfriends and how to juggle work crisis’ with quiet together time. Jae and Tim, while heavily into the lifestyle, were also completely relatable to my mind with the sort of concerns and problems that every couple have. Sprinkle in some laughter and a healthy dose of chemistry and this story ticked a lot of the happy boxes for me.
I found this to be a fun and emotional short story, full of laughter, interesting tidbits about the BDSM lifestyle and wonderful characters. A great read.
originally posted at long and short reviews