Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2.5 out of 5
This book was long, convoluted and required a score card to keep up with the characters. And the ending is more bittersweet than HEA. There is very little BDSM, but there is some menage action, lots of m/m sex, and way too much meaningless sex.
The story starts with Rob, a young man who has been fighting cancer his whole life. He doesn’t do long term relationships because he knows he may not be around long term. He does, however, maintain a lifelong friendship with Jack and they both remain friends with Suzanne. Suzanne has a relationship with Blake, but eventually gives him up. Blake then hooks up with Rob, who finally allows himself to develop a real relationship. The two decide they want a baby and bring in a surrogate mother, who ends up becoming a third in their relationship. I won’t spoil the ending by saying any more, except to say it felt rushed and has been done better by Tymber Dalton in The Reluctant Dom.
My other complaint with the book is that the sex scenes are rushed, and, until Rob and Blake get together, there is very little emotional connection between the participants. Rob comes across as shallow and a user, while Blake is obsessive. In addition, the time frame is disjointed, broken up into uneven segments that range from three days to five years.
While the author shows promise of being a good story teller, this book wasn’t one I would keep on my shelves.
Reviewed by Karen