Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 99 Pages
Category: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
At a Glance: From the beginning of this series I have enjoyed getting to know these men.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Find out how it all began for Peter and Christian.
Before Toby met Damon, Peter and Christian found each other on the internet.
Still in the army, Christian was inexperienced in not only BDSM, but sex altogether. Still, he has yearnings and furtively explores them in online chatrooms.
Luckily for Christian, seasoned Dom Peter recognizes Christian’s lack of experience and a kindred spirit in the man, and they take their conversations to text messages and Skype calls.
After Christian’s last deployment and only a few months before his discharge, he takes leave and visits Peter so the two men can see if they are as compatible in person as they seem to be online.
This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Review: Ok, so even though this is book six in the series, it is a flashback to when Peter and Christian meet and the beginning of their relationship. I totally enjoyed going back to the beginning for them and learning how they came to be Dom and sub, and the nuances of their relationship. From the beginning of this series I have enjoyed getting to know these men, so learning how they came to fall in love completes a journey for them, and for us as readers, that has been a pleasure to take.
Peter is such a straightforward personality. He works in absolutes more often than not, and he was concrete right from the get-go that Christian would be his. The premise of their love story has its foundations in online dating where the two found each other in an online forum for BDSM relationships. Peter comes across posts from a shy Sergeant who obviously needs tutoring in the lifestyle and a deeper understanding of what it all means. Posts turn into emails, which turn into Skyping, which turn into agreeing to spend Christian’s next ten day leave together to explore whether their relationship can be the more both men are looking for. This book is those ten days—and what a ten days they are!
Christian has been in the military a long time, he has done multiple tours of duty and suffers from PTSD. He longs to let go and let someone else carry the burden, but he just isn’t wired that way, and being submissive to Peter is something that elates him and scares him all at the same time. Peter is an experienced Dom when they meet, but Christian has never done anything remotely close to BDSM before, so the learning curve is a steep one with these two. Christian is leaving the military in three months so these 10 days are a test run to see if things will work between them.
“I’m not used to this,” he moaned, and the admission made him ashamed.
“I know. I’m going to make sure when you leave you are used to it. That you’ve enjoyed ten days of kissing and touching and fucking and coming. You’re going to be sore in places you never dreamed of, stretched in ways you can’t even imagine. It’s going to be amazing.” Peter held his gaze, so serious. “I’m going to change your life.”
That was what Christian was afraid of.
This book is not really a stand-alone book, none of the books in this series are. They build on each other and likewise, knowing the future of this relationship helps to understand a lot of Peter’s actions and the way Christian reacts to them. Read the series to get the whole story arc. Tasting is about the budding relationship between two men who are looking for a home, a safe place to land with someone who loves them unconditionally. This series brings together a lot of Sean Michael’s favorite go to themes – strong Doms who look at the world with a little humor, strong military subs who are beautiful in their final submission and living the lifestyle 24/7. Do I think the actual story could have used a little more meat around it’s bones? Yes, but I am still looking forward to the next installment—which I really hope there is one! I recommend this book, but more importantly, I recommend this series!
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