Friday, 28 June 2013

Book Review: His Roommate's Pleasure by Lana McGregor

Review copy via Netgalley courtesy of the publisher
His Roommate's Pleasure
by Lana McGregor

M/M Contemporary/Erotica/BDSM
Carina Press

30,000 words
4 Stars


Blurb:

It started with an accidental click…but where will it end?

Desperate to turn in a paper, Adam borrows his roommate's computer and mistakenly opens a folder that contains Josh's collection of porn. Adam had no idea that his jock roommate was gay—and into leashes, paddles and domination. And Adam, an inexperienced virgin who's only ever kissed one guy, is surprised to find himself curious about submitting…

Josh can't believe that his roommate discovered his spank bank—and he can't believe that Adam is so turned on by the thought of giving up control to someone. Taking a chance, he offers to look through the photos with Adam…and maybe try acting some of them out.

Night after night, the boys delve into their darkest fantasies of domination and submission. And as lust and experimentation grow into the promise of something deeper, Adam must decide if he's brave enough to tell Josh how he feels.

Review:

Adam's hand-me-down laptop finally gave up the ghost just as he urgently needs to turn in a paper for his college class and since his roommate is out, he decides to borrow Josh's computer to send his paper. He gets more than he bargained for when he accidentally clicks on a folder and is faced with lots of pictures of men in various submissive poses, along with bondage and spanking.

Josh returns and Adam is caught red-handed so to speak. "You tripped and fell onto my porn folder?" What started out as an embarrassing moment, soon turns into the two young men discovering each other and what they like sexually. They become friends with benefits, but soon realise they want something deeper. But how are they going to do that when Josh is still so deep in the closet that no one else even knows he's gay?

I like BDSM stories where they are done well. I'm still a bit wary after reading one where the Dom refused to pay attention to the sub's safe word and almost killed him. That is not a problem here. This is a BDSM story done right. Both of them agree to their limits and even when they are in a scene, Josh still takes time to make sure Adam is okay with things before they proceed any further. Some of the things Josh says and does in another context might seem horrible and humiliating, but here's the point - Adam loves it. He's not being made to do something he doesn't like. Josh is only dominating him because Adam allows him to. It's amazing how many stories get that wrong.

The love scenes are very hot and despite being sexy and kinky, they are tender too. Adam loves being called Josh's 'good boy' and Josh makes sure to say it a lot.

I loved the progression from two friends who have sex to something deeper and more emotional. It's not really a complaint, more of an observation, but during some of the love scenes, the author uses the words 'he' and 'him' a lot rather than the characters' names so it's a little confusing at times as to who is doing what to whom.

It's a short, easy read, the writing flows really well but I didn't get some of the urgency in the scenes where Adam was desperate to come, but Josh made him wait. A few exclamation marks wouldn't have gone amiss there to help the urgency along.

But all in all a very satisfying, hot and romantic story.

Reviewed by Annette Gisby


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