At over six feet, with a body honed in the gym, auto worker Donavan Gregory is used to people assuming he’s a dominant top. Unfortunately, they’re wrong, and Donavan’s desire to explore his submissive side goes unfulfilled.
Smaller and older than Donavan, Doctor Seth Manning might not look like a typical dominant, but when the two men meet at Pride, Donavan realized Seth might be his perfect counterpart. The trouble is, Donavan doesn’t have as much experience with the BDSM world as he’d like. What could an educated, handsome, and confident man like Seth possibly see in someone like him? Seth must convince him that despite the differences on the surface, when it comes to kinky fun and discovery, they’ll fit together just fine.
I think because my taste for BDSM focused stories tends to run on the darker side, I find it hard to equate absolute fluffiness with BDSM. I now can do that with no issue, because it was done absolutely perfectly here!
We follow Seth, a 33 year old doctor who is a well established Dom, and Donovan, a 25 year old factory worker who is currently exploring his submissive side, as they fall in love hard and fast. What drew me into this story was the fact the Donovan is a lot physically larger than Seth. Seth is far from effeminate, just lean and average height, compared to Donovan’s 6'2", 200 lbs. It was hot, but I was pretty disappointed there was no over the knee spanking, that’s always a winner with a big sub.
“People expect a lot from you. Growing up, you were told big boys don’t cry. Because of your size, your friends looked at you as the protector. At work and play, you’re the guy who can handle anything, the go-to guy. You pride yourself on being able to help others, but deep down”— Seth teased his fingers across Donavan’s chest, down to his stomach but ignoring his cock—“ you want to let go. To hand that power of control to someone else. ”
The connection these two feel towards each other is immediate and encapturing, as they fall in love fast and without any issues. Despite the speed of their connection, it didn’t feel like insta-love. Maybe because the chemistry was palpable and based on more than just attraction, or possibly because they didn’t rush the progression of the relationship, and took things one step at a time. Whatever it was, it worked really well.
The BDSM scenes are very very light! There’s one flogging scene, but mostly it's about the dynamic of Dominant and Submissive. Even then, Seth and Donovan don’t want the lifestyle full-time, so they’re equals outside the bedroom, which ends up being the majority of the story.
They did feel more like a versatile couple, one just preferring to bottom more often. There was one particularly hot scene which had me salivating slightly, it was one of my favourite kinks, role-playing!!! Yum yum!
I like my fluff books to have a teeny tiny bit of conflict, preferably from outside the relationship. If they don’t have any, I find the story starts to drag. While this book didn’t feel like a fluff overload, it became dangerously close and it may have been too much if it had gone for much longer.
Highly recommended for people who aren’t too sure about BDSM, but want just a smidge of dominating in the bedroom on top of a sweet love story.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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