Title: Of Being Yours (Another Way #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Anna Martin (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 1, 2012 – 230 pgs
It’s been three years since Jesse Ross had to choose between his Master and his girlfriend-three years he’s spent living in a loving relationship with Will, his Dom, and finally being open about his sexuality. To the outside eye, Jesse and Will’s relationship is settled, solid, and romantic: people expect them to settle down, get married, have a family. It takes a car crash to expose the papered-over cracks in their life together.
Traumatized by the crash, Will finds his confidence shattered. After unintentionally causing Jesse pain during the accident, Will finds it impossible to hurt him in the bedroom, and suddenly he has to reassess his ability to be Jesse’s Dom. The emotional and physical deadlock leaves Jesse struggling to hold the pieces of their tattered relationship together. The physical scars may heal with time, but the emotional trauma has left more damage than either man could have anticipated….
Triggers: Car crash, polyrelationship mentioned
Let me start this by saying that I did not read the previous book in this series. I never felt that I needed more of an explanation of who the characters are.
This was an interesting read. There were 2 relationships within this story. The one between the main characters, Will and Jesse and then you had a poly-relationship between Jesse’s old Domme – Laura, Maddie and Steven.
I must admit that I wasn’t sure why there were two relationships in this story. I don’t know if they really complimented each other that much.
The relationship between Jesse and Will is in jeopardy – Will and Jesse struggle with what their relationship was, will become and is. And, while I can understand the struggle that both Jesse and Will go through, I found this story to be kind of repetitive. They had a few hot scenes, but even their chemistry was not great throughout due to the conflict that they were experiencing.
There were a lot of moving pieces in this story and I think that somehow, the romance between Jesse and Will was lost. In the end, I think that Martin kindof came back to their story, but in the middle, the story was really about the poly-relationship between Laura, Maddie and Steven.
Maybe if I had read the previous story, I might have enjoyed this more, but really, this was just a ho-hum story for me.
I didn’t read the first book, so I might have been missing some back story but I could understand what was going on without feeling “lost”. However, I couldn’t connect with these characters. There was a lot of jumps in time. They would be going thru something and then it would say “several weeks later”, just made me disconnect with the story and characters even more. With these two being into BDSM and having been in it for a long time I just couldn’t understand the lack of communication on both Jesse and Will’s part, open communication is a must and there wasn’t much of that. Besides not being able to connect with the characters I just thought the book was a bunch of filler. The accident that is mentioned in the blurb of the book doesn’t happen until the 40%-50% into the book and then the author just brushes over the recovery of each character. Others will probably enjoy this book, especially if they liked the first book but it wasn’t for me and I will probably pass on the next book that is set six years into the future.
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.