THREE 3.5 Stars for Bended Family (The Briar Rose #3) by Sean Michael #BDSM #MM @seanmichael09

blendedfamily1400

Title: Blended Family (The Briar Rose #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2015 – 36,000 Words

Synopsis

Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.

Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.

Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.

Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?

Add to GoodReads

Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This book had potential but fell flat for me. The overuse of the words love, lovey, baby and Master were a real turn off for me. Best friends Peter and Max want to blend their two families because they used to be together and miss each other but the are both in love with their Doms, Devon and Swan, who also happen to be best friends. The four go to a bed and breakfast type place to seek help from Matt and Adam who run the place. There is tons of sex, lots and lots of mushy talk. Hardly any angst and really I felt at times I might have been missing or needing some back story. Max does have some issues but I think they needed to be discussed more to fully understand. It was a fast read with hot sex but not much substance.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

Who knew there were BDSM retreats where couples and groups can relax, have sex, eat good food and get some relationship counselling at the same time?  This is an unusual, almost clinical approach to romance writing.  And I’m still not completely sure I’d even call it a romance.  

Two doms and their subs spend a week together attempting to merge as a foursome.  Between kinky scenes and dispassionate board-room style negotiations, there is actually very little romance here.  Lots of sex, lots of insights into the world of BDSM, some playful moments, but little actual romance.  

I always bristle a little when grown men are referred to as boys by their Doms.  In this case, Max reads like an actual boy.  He sulks, he tantrums, he is addicted to his gadgets and he is incredibly needy.  I didn’t warm to him at all until late in the book when the author explains his past in more detail.  In contrast, Peter – an architect – doesn’t feel like a boy at all.  He is self-composed, empathetic and very much an adult.  I struggled to believe in the friendship between him and Max.  

Similarly, for the first half of the book, I kept getting cross with Swan for infantilising Max.  Calling a grown man “baby boy” and issuing minute by minute commands?  I just didn’t find it sexy.  But Max’s back story explains Swan’s behaviour to some extent.  

I may have struggled with some aspects of the story, but I can’t deny that the sex scenes were smokin’ hot! Four men in a bed were bound to be sexy, but some of these scenes are unbelievably steamy.   

So… the sex is hot.  The story is unusual and interesting, if a little calculated and clinical  The characters?  They worked best for me when they were naked with their mouths well occupied.

Sarah

ThreeandHalfStars

This was an overall pleasant read.  However, I was only offered this story and so I felt a bit lost – like I was thrown in to the middle of a story.

Matt and Adam seemed to be afterthoughts in this book.  They were thrown in here and there, but did not really play a large role in the story, other than to have their facility being used.

Then you have the two couples: Peter and Devon, Max and Swan.  Both couples were strange in their own way, but together they were a much stronger unit.  They were pretty hot together, with good chemistry, but their relationship was kind of strange.  You had all of this talk about being a family, but the book consisted a lot of the sexual chemistry and relationship rather than the substance.

There was a lot of self doubt in this story, which I found slightly annoying.

I think I would have enjoyed this story more had I met the characters before.

AvidReader

Excerpt

Matt filled out all the paperwork and double-checked his e-mail, making sure that he was on top of everything. The truth was that he was thinking about everything but the guests they were expecting today.

They’d had couples’ stays overlap before, and once there had been three couples all wanting to learn rope bondage. That had been fun — day after day of demonstrations and checking the Doms’ work.

This was different, though.

Today they had two couples coming in who were friends and had decided they wanted to try playing together, perhaps becoming a foursome. Without ruining their friendship. That was the trick.

They were coming for over a week to work with him and Adam.

Matt wasn’t sure what to say to them. This didn’t seem like a BDSM situation, but a marriage counseling one. Adam had been sure they could help them, though, and he trusted his sub completely. That didn’t mean it was going to be easy.

BuyTheBook
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

AuthorBio

Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

SocialLinks

Facebook
Twitter
Author’s Website
Author’s GoodReads Page

Leave a Comment

Filed under 3.5 Stars, Angie, AvidReader, M/M, New Release, Review, Sarah

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.