(Denver Diaries, Book 1)
by Rain Carrington
Release Date: November 7th 2015
Length: 197 pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, BDSM, Ménage/Multiple Partners, Romance
Having everything he needed and wanted in his life for the first time, Brian Lauder was perfectly happy. He had a career that he loved, a home, friends and a submissive that he adored. One he thought he’d held at a big enough distance from to protect his heart. That was all before Morgan stepped back into his house and his life.
Morgan Cherik was everything a man could want. Beautiful, driven and eager to kneel for his Master, but he’d left without a word two years before to follow his dream, leaving Brian to pick up the pieces of a shattered heart.
Now he was back and Brian was torn between wanting to feel that love he’d never been able to shake for Morgan, or punish him and let him go. Then there was Pez, the young college student who had helped him heal. How could Brian let him go?
As Morgan begins to make amends, Brian knows that he cannot get over the other man who’d left his life for Brian’s happiness. Will the memory of Pez come between them, or bring them closer together?
AUTHOR NOTE: This book is part of a serial, the following installments coming out every four to six weeks. They are part of a larger collection I lovingly call the Denver Diaries. Each serial in the Denver Diaries will focus on a new couple or triple, and will play out over the next year or so. I hope you enjoy this first book!
2 Stars for the Book
I gotta tell you, these guys are a huge work in progress and at first glance, there's not much to love. Essentially, this is a story about Brian. Morgan and Pez are secondary characters that revolve around him. That they both look up to Brian and think he's an amazing and uniquely powerful Dom is a little mind boggling because, frankly, the guy's a mess. Sure, he's decisive in the bedroom... usually, but his personal life is a completely different story. He analyzes every decision to death, second guesses himself, vacillates back and fourth, is constantly asking for outside input, even for the smallest of decisions, and actually goes so far as to make life changing relationship decisions on nothing more than his sub's say-so. Brian is reactive, not proactive. He fails to ground his subs so it's not at all surprising that they are out of control.
Morgan is not a likable character. Egotistical and self centered, even his submission is all about him. He says that he regrets the poor decisions he made in the past but doesn't consistently follow up his words with actions. He comes back to Brian, but it seems to be an impulsive action rather than a conscious decision. Morgan wants the rewards yet seems surprised when asked to change his old ways and make sacrifices to earn them.
Pez is the most engaging character by far. My heart breaks for him. He's so devoted to Brian; the Brian I liked initially that is flawed in many ways but takes care of him, and makes love to him as a Dom should. Enter Morgan, and the Brian he has known for years evaporates into a ball of nerves. Left on his own, Pez's world shatters. His story ends quite abruptly and I'm hoping it will be continued in book two.
5 Stars for the Sub-plot!
In addition to the soap-opera-worthy triangle there is a really interesting secondary story that involves Brian's work as a psychologist and the inmates at the women's prison where he works. It's my favorite part of the story and I'd read the second installment in the series for no other reason than to find out what happens to those characters. It's intriguing, thought provoking and unique.
4 Stars for the Author!
I had to remind myself that it happens; authors I enjoy write books that I don't care for every once in awhile. Rain's has a consistent and high quality writing style. I have no complaints in that department, and will continue to buy her books in the future.
Coming November 7th at the introductory price of .99 cents!