Title: Chemical Bonds
Author: LM Somerton
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 141 Pages
Categories: Contemporary Romance, BDSM, Erotica
At a Glance: This is a great read if you are after a light, short, but solid romance with a BDSM slant.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Even the best-planned experiment can have unpredictable consequences.
Max Allenby loves his job as a chemist with Armacom, developing new protective materials. He harbours a secret crush for the CEO, the stern and distant Blake Winters, which makes dealing with his harridan of a boss, Dr. Ella Preston, bearable.
Blake Winters is a lifestyle Dom. He spotted Max when he first joined Armacom, but has kept his distance from the talented, young scientist. When his Head of Security, who also happens to be Max’s older brother, tells him about Max’s feelings, Blake decides its time to make the pretty young man his.
Blake proposes a dating experiment to Max. For three hours a night over five nights, Max will give Blake his complete submission. Max is conflicted but decides to take the plunge and get a taste of a lifestyle he secretly craves.
Each date night introduces Max to a new level of submission. He loves every minute but is also conflicted—unable to believe a man like Blake wants him as anything more than a temporary plaything.
Blake understands that experiments do not always turn out as expected. He takes steps to convince Max of his feelings and to reassure him that his submissive streak is a strength, not a weakness.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. This is one of those books that you just don’t analyze too closely—you let the story take you, and enjoy the ride. Actually, I read this book straight through because I was enjoying myself so much. LM Somerton’s tales usually have an alpha male and a submissive counterpoint, and this recipe works really well for her. I always enjoy her books and this one was no exception.
Max Allenby is the consummate nerd. Brilliant and shy, he loves his job working at Armacom as a chemist. Give him base metals any day over human contact; them he understands. Scattered, bemused and wrinkled, he spends his days in the lab, creating. Unbeknownst to Max, though, he has drawn the eye of the CEO of Armacom, Blake Winters.
Blake is a lifestyle Dom and he knows that what Max really needs is a strong hand to help focus his brilliance, and that he is just the man to do it. There is very little angst in this book. There is a smidgen, enough to keep the story interesting, but mostly it is a romance with a BDSM flavor. Max has never been a submissive before, and, frankly, Blake takes it a little too hard too fast, scaring the younger man. But they find their way, and a HEA is firmly ahead for the two of them.
There are some great secondary characters here. I absolutely adored Max’s older brother, Justin, and their appearance keeps the story moving. This is a great read if you are after a light, short, but solid romance with a BDSM slant.
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