3.5 Stars for Impacted (Bay Area Professionals #1) by Mickie B. Ashling #BDSM #MM @Dreamspinners

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Title: Impacted (Bay Area Professionals #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mickie B. Ashling (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 3, 2009 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

On his way home from vacation, Scott Gregory, a closeted sub, hooks up with the gorgeous Red, a flamboyant dom, for a thrilling one-off at a BDSM bar. They part ways after a satisfying scene… but meet again when Robin Kennedy-Red-arrives at his new job as a dental hygienist and discovers one of his two bosses is Scott. Robin and Scott embark on a journey of exploration into their kinkier sides and discover they’re more than compatible-they’re a perfect match. But keeping employer/employee and Dom/sub separate at the office presents difficulties, and to make matters even more complicated, the owner of the dental practice is an acknowledged homophobe. They fall in love, but Robin chafes at all the secrecy, refusing to live in the shadows. Scott isn’t as brave; he’s desperate to protect his job and his future. Will they be able to find some middle ground… or will their entire relationship fall apart because of fear?

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This story began with a hot encounter between Scott and Robin.  They had instant chemistry and heat.

When Scott moves and signs on at Ron’s practice as an oral surgeon, things kind of begin to move at a strange pace.  You then have Scott’s good friend come to town for a job.  Susie, Scott’s friend, gets her own piece of the story in that there are some parts that are in her point of view, but don’t have anything to do with Scott or Robin.

Then Robin is introduced and he and Scott begin their hidden relationship. You have Robin’s point of view, and there are some really hot scenes, but his character seems just stagnant for me.

Finally, you have another puzzle piece in the Ron surgical snafu and wanting to sell his practice and the mystery that entails, which is left hanging.  There was no resolution for this at all.

I liked the sex and the relationship between Scott and Robin was hot, but otherwise, this story was very truncated and choppy.  Also, there was a very weak resolution to the story.

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Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.

By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world.

Her novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.

Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.

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