3.5 Stars for Room 1024 by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae #BDSM #MM #Erotic @erincmcrae @racheline_m

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Title: Room 1024
Author Name: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Publication Date & Length: April 8, 2015 – 13,000 Words

Synopsis

When Cameron takes his submissive boyfriend Noah to a gay men’s leather convention in San Francisco, Cam expects to spend the week exploring their relationship and experimenting with non-monogamy. What he doesn’t expect is to run into his own former dom, Lou, in an embarrassingly public reunion.

While Noah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play with the former international leather title-holder, Cam is more wary. He and Lou have unfinished business. A four-way encounter with Lou and his sub Stephen could be great fun—or it could show Noah that Cameron can never quite be the dom he wants and needs.

As Cameron and Noah work through the uncertainties in their relationship, Noah is offered everything he ever wanted, in a completely different way than he ever expected, leading all four men to discover that sometimes the only way forward is to revisit the past.

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Review

 ThreeandHalfStarsWhile I enjoyed this story, I felt a little lost throughout the story. It seemed to be about Lou and Cameron, however, Noah and Stephen were also thrown in there to create a dynamic that had potential, but didn’t follow through.I really liked the relationship between Noah and Stephen. I thought that Stephen had a great outlook and helped for Noah to see what he was missing – what Cam was giving him.The relationship between Lou and Cameron was just confusing for me. I understood that they had unfinished business, but it seemed like they were still unfinished even throughout the story – all the way to the end.

I’m not sure what the authors were trying to convey. I think that the characters were able to appreciate each other more in the end, but we really only know about Cam and Noah. Lou and Stephen are left out in the end, which was strange also.

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Excerpt

Between dinner and dessert—which is clearly going to be all about dessert wine because Lou loves a ritual, whether of a meal or of a certain sort of sex—Lou walks his fingers across the table toward Noah, stops just short of touching him, and says, “So what do you like?”

Lou glances at Cameron to make sure it’s all right he’s asked, only after the fact, and Cameron gives a little nod. Among other things, he’s curious how Noah, who agitated for this trip and is constantly saying he wants them to be more a part of the community, will take the reality of it.

Noah glances around and blushes slightly at the impending necessity of mentioning spanking and flogging and CBT in public. Cameron finds it completely endearing. It also reveals, while Lou smirks over them all, just what it takes to turn Stephen into a chatterbox: comparing notes.

Eventually, Lou runs a finger around the rim of his wine glass and says, “Well then, we should all play together tomorrow.”

AuthorBio

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry—Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)—all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Love’s Labour 1), about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (May 2015). They also  have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

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