3.5 and 3 Stars for Boundaries (Imago #1) by Anna Hedley #MM #BDSM @dreamspinners

1.5

Title: Boundaries (Imago #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Anna Hedley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 30, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Ben Dean is afraid and ashamed of his tendencies. But after the end of a disastrous relationship, he decides to explore his outer limits, the part of himself that he’s never dared to examine too closely. The part that’s interested in dominating a willing sub.

Jacob Peers is an accomplished sculptor and lifelong switch. Growing jaded with the incessant issues of macho pretend doms, he needs someone who knows when and where to treat him like a sub. In Ben, he sees the perfect raw material.

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This book was a hard one for me to get through.  There was so much going on.  You have three main characters, who on their own, I really liked, but when you mixed them together, they made this muddy, murky scenario.

At first, I was inclined to really dislike Karl.  He seemed abrupt and annoying.  However, when you learned more about him, I was more easily won over by his attitude and demeanor.  I even really enjoyed the fact that he became this go-between.  I do hope that we get to learn more about him in upcoming stories.

As for Jacob – I found him the most annoying character of them all.  He lacked good communication skills, but claims to be a switch.  Also, he was patient, with the exception for when he wasn’t.  I found his attitude towards Karl to be almost mean at times and for someone who is supposed to be looking after their sub, I felt he did a very poor job.  Then you come to his teaching ability – non-extent.  He just let Ben fumble through and then was upset when things did not go how he wanted.  Finally, you have his control issues, which just pushed me over the edge in to really disliking him.

Ben is learning to be a Dom and hoping to develop a relationship that does not make him feel so lost.  You hear a lot about his previous relationship, Toby and even catch a glimpse of him in this story, but it’s a mish-mash of scenarios and flashbacks – there is really no comprehensive story for Ben.  He’s learning to dominate, fulfill his desires and not be ashamed, but struggling to figure out what that type of relationship looks like, all while developing his business and taking verbal abuse from a co-worker…

All in all, this is probably a book you can skip.  While the BDSM is light, it was very realistic in that you have to learn and take time to develop your skills.

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ThreeStar

While I did like the Dom/ Sub aspect this book and the way Jacob taught Brain how to be a dom.. I am trying to not give away any spoilers because I know everyone feels different about things in book that may be comfortable for one person and not for another. So this review may be very vague sorry I can not think of a way of explaining why I personally had a hard time with aspects of this book without giving away spoilers which is what I do not want to do.
So I liked the teaching part of this book which was Jacob teaching Ben how to be a Dom and some of the BDSM aspect of this also. I was not a fan of Jacob at all and without saying exactly why because that would be a spoiler he was so selfish.  He only took in account  his own feelings and was not welling to have it any other way.  Now Ben  was a good Dom to me at least until the end when he forgoes what he may be comfortable with in a relationship with Jacob so that he could keep him.  That came across as Ben being weak to me for not standing up for himself so I stopped seeing him as a Dom after that.  To each their own and what you are comfortable with in a relationship is up to you but when you come across as having misgivings on how you are going to feel after he does what he more than likely will be doing than it is time to rethink this relationship.
I did get that Jacob cared for Ben  in his own way but I did not feel like he loved him at all. I also got the Ben loved Jacob but at the same time I thought maybe Ben  needed to love himself a little more and not just give in to keep someone. See it is really hard for me to explain why I had a hard time believing a relationship working between these two at all without saying why which is a spoiler so I wont say.  So other then that I did like this book until the end which to be honest sadly ruined this book for me. I did like the authors writing style and the pretense of this story up to a certain point.  So I am sad to say this book was just not for me…
Kara

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Anna Hedley hails from the North East of England, where the climate lends itself to indoor pursuits like writing. She’s self-employed, so splits her time between her business, drinking copious amounts of tea, and writing.

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