TWO 4 Stars for Expanding Horizons (Love in Germany #2) by Chris McHart #MM #BDSM @chris_mchart @MLRPress

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Title: Expanding Horizons (Love in Germany #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Chris McHeart (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2015 – 14,500 Words

Synopsis

After a year and a half together, Ryan and his Dom Julian are still happy and finally married.

Shortly before Christmas, though, Julian brings something up he’s dreamt of before. He wants to play in public with Ryan. His partner is totally against it and suggests something else. Before they know what happens, they have the biggest fight on their hands.

Instead of getting ready for a second Christmas together, they are angry at each other. They both have to step back, make up their minds and apologize before they spend the holidays being miserable.

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Review

FourStars

This is a continuation from Grenzen, book 1 in this series.  I enjoyed this story just as much as the first book.  The characters were true to themselves and I love how they were able to continue their lives –  teacher and programer but still maintain their BDSM lifestyle.
While I can understand why Ryan was hesitant to reveal his lifestyle to anyone, especially given the previous book and his terrible co-worker, I felt that McHart was almost manipulative in his story telling this time.  I was so angry at Julian for multiple reasons, but most of all, because he was the Dom, I sympathized more with Ryan than Julian.  Maybe that’s wrong, but overall, I felt that the scenes that led up to their fight, the scenes during their fight and even a few scenes after their fight were almost all Julian manipulating Ryan.
Finally, when the conflict has resolved, I felt like even though things turned out OK, Ryan was even more justified in his reluctance.  And, despite everything being fine in the end, it was a lesson learned the hard way for Julian.
The chemistry between the two characters was still sizzling and I really did enjoy the book, even though I kind of rail on Julian.
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FourStarsI really enjoyed this book, not as much as Grenzen (book 1) but then I always seem to hate when a couple is together and they end up fighting. I especially do not like fighting during the holidays. I didn’t agree with Julian pushing his wishes on Ryan. One thing I found out about BDSM is that it is supposed to be consensual. To me this was Julian pushing his wishes onto Ryan. Overall a very good book, the author definitely has a way with words and this was a very easy read.
~Lynn

Excerpt

I stared at my groom, totally speechless. He was really going to do this with me. Or I was going to do it with him. In either case, this was real. We were going to get married. Like, in ten minutes, we’d be a wedded couple. I swallowed against the lump in my throat. When he’d asked me a few months ago, I was all for doing it immediately. But now, as we were waiting for the last guests to arrive, my nerves were getting the better of Ryan was my everything. My soulmate, partner, and sub, and I loved him more than anything.

Spending the rest of my life by his side was my own personal heaven.

He’d moved to Germany for me, leaving behind his life and family in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as the heat. Currently, in the summer, it was okay, but he’d suffer quite a bit when the winter came. It would take a few years until he was used to the cold winters in Nürnberg.

Currently, Ryan was talking to his mother. His parents had flown in from the States to watch their son get married. I’d met them before and really loved them. They were great in-laws, and I knew they were truly happy Ryan had found a partner, even if it was half a world away from them. When we’d planned our wedding, we’d decided against our dads bringing us to the altar, so I was going to meet Ryan in the middle of the rows of chairs, and then we’d walk to the registrar together. This was going to be a simple civil union, since gays were still not allowed to actually marry in Germany, but for me, it was big. To me, it was marriage.

I tried to catch Ryan’s eye. It was time. We had a party scheduled and afterwards, I intended to have my very own celebration with Ryan. He was my sub for a reason, and I wanted to make sure he wouldn’t forget that on this very special day.

I limited our playing to the bedroom, something Ryan was absolutely fine with, but today, upon seeing him in his dark suit, I desired more. It wasn’t the first time I’d closed my eyes and imagined him on his knees, hands bound behind his back, while I showed him off in public. He was so gorgeous, so stunning, in his submission, and the dark suit accentuated it even more. He wore it as well as he wore my marks. I wanted to let the world know this man was mine. He gave his lust, his love to me, and I wanted everyone to see what was between us. This was one of the steps, and wearing a wedding ring highlighted it even more for me, but I wanted the other side, the BDSM side as well. I wasn’t too fond of public play, but with Ryan I found myself entertaining the thought way too often.

I had absolutely no restraint when it came to this man. We’d been together for a year and a half, yet I still wanted him so much. A shiver crawled down my spine. Later, I would put him on his knees and drive him out of his mind. He submitted so beautifully, and seeing him in the suit, and knowing he’d said “yes, I do” would make it even more arousing.

Ryan nodded in my direction. Show time.

He exchanged a few words with his mother, then headed in my direction. I caught his gaze. A smile played around Ryan’s lips. He looked as happy as I was. We’d planned, organized, and scheduled for this day, and now it was finally here. I still couldn’t believe it. In an hour, we’d be married. I resisted the urge to pinch myself, and instead moved forward toward my future husband.

Ryan took my hand, the expression on his face radiant. The simple room in the city hall faded even more against his grin. And I was getting sentimental.

“Ready, my love?” I asked him, even though I knew he was.

“Of course, always.”

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Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

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