Guest Review: The Other Man (Starting Over #2) by Matthew J. Metzger

He’s never minded the other men—except for this one.

Aled’s jealous, and he doesn’t like it.

He’s always had an open relationship with Gabriel and it was working fine—until he saw those messages from Michael. Now Aled can’t get the tone out of his head, and the nagging feeling that Gabriel deserves better than a man like that.

But Gabriel only gives Aled control during their games and is wary of giving too much to a dominant boyfriend with a distinct sadistic streak. Outside the bedroom, Aled has to tread much more carefully if he wants to keep what they have.

Can he persuade Gabriel to part ways with the creepiest man Aled’s ever met, or will the dominant have to learn when to submit?

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Okay, so I must preface this review by saying I adore Matthew’s writing. His crafting of totally relatable imperfect human beings is breathtakingly powerful, and funny, and clever.

However, I found this story really hard to get into. I think that has much more to do with the fact that I have zero experience with open or poly relationships than to do with Matthew’s writing or story line. I found it hard to empathise with the protagonists, but I still cared about them and was invested in the development of their relationship.

The dialogue is often so achingly realistic that I did get swept along and was super engaged the happy ending for the guys. The story is so gritty yet at some times funny, it was a huge development arc, particularly for Aled.
I heartily recommend it!

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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