Title ~ Man Candy
Author ~ Samantha Cayto
Publisher ~ Totally Bound Publishing
Published ~ 16th April 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM
War photographer Brent faces the challenge of a lifetime when the younger Alex offers up his virginity and his submission.
As a war photographer, Brent is used to facing bullets, bombs, and bad guys. As an experienced Dom, he’s the master of the bedroom. Recovering from an injury, he plans a quiet summer on the coast of Maine. Those plans blow up when he spots the adorable stripper who captured his attention during a night of club hopping. The allure of the younger man scares him like nothing else.
Alex, a twenty-one-year-old college student and part-time stripper, is deep in the closet. He’s afraid to come out to his family yet is still dependent on them. Only one more summer to go working in the family candy shop and he’ll be free to live openly as a gay man. The sight of Brent sends him into a near panic—his two lives are about to collide. Despite his fear of being outed, he can’t deny the overwhelming attraction of the older, dominant man. But will he be able to let Brent take charge of his body and show him the ropes as he so desires?
Samantha Cayto is a brand new find for me. An author who also writes m/f erotica, and I have to say I’m liking her m/m books and writing style in general. I discovered Ms Cayto in passing, when I spotted an upcoming new release of hers, with a blurb that really spoke to me so I requested it to review ASAP. A darker, Sci Fi slave-fic I'll be reviewing—(watch this space!)—that I absolutely loved!
At the end of the story there was an excerpt of Man Candy that grabbed me, so I just had to go buy the book to finish it off!
The story features Brent, a jaded, thirty something war photographer who is recovering from an injury sustained during his last assignment, and 'Danny,' real name Alex; a gorgeous young stripper he first encounters dancing at a club, where one of his friends has taken him as a means to take his mind off his recent trauma. They have a hot 'moment' of sorts but as far a Brent is concerned, it’s just a one off meeting, so he leaves thinking it’s the last time he'll see the tempting young minx. A week later he encounters Danny/Alex again, working at his families candy store in Maine where he's staying while he recuperates, and of course the attraction that sparked at the club rears its head again and the story kicks off.
Brent is an experienced Dom but hasn't had time for a regular submissive in his life because of his dangerous, time consuming career, so when Alex comes into his life it's hard not to give in to the temptation of the sexy young guy, who shows signs of being a natural submissive...something that of course calls to his dominance. However, Alex is only twenty one and even though he strips to help himself through college, and he's fooled around a bit, he's actually a virgin and until he’s finished school is still dependent on his parents who have no idea that he's gay.
Alex is desperately attracted to the older man he wants to finally take his virginity, and when they do give in to their physical attraction, finds himself happily exploring the submissive side that Brent brings out in him during their heated sexual encounters. His new lover is all man, but he's also a caring Dom who takes time to gently coach him through the BDSM play they indulge in; gaining his trust immediately, but with Alex being deeply closeted, and Brent worrying about his next assignment and the age difference between them, a relationship beyond a bit of secretive sex isn't really a feasible option. Or is it?
I’m a sexual tension girl and Samantha Cayto kept a palpable feeling of ST throughout the book, which started in the opening chapter and kept going through to the finish, leaving me very satisfied on that front.
It's not a story that brings anything particularly new to the table but it's written in an easy, laid back way that I inhaled in one sitting because I really liked what I was reading. The D/s scenes are lightweight but steamy, with a nice touch of kink, consisting mainly of a little bondage, some lighter breath play and spanking, and has a sweetness to it that adds an emotional connection to their scenes together. So even if BDSM isn’t normally your thing, I don’t think it would be a problem.
I enjoyed this so much I went off and bought a couple more of her m/m contemporary's, requested another slave story to review for the blog, and will certainly be on the lookout for more releases from Ms Cayto in the future! Just one thing…the guys on the cover don’t bear any resemblance to the characters I pictured in my head…just saying… but a very enjoyable read nonetheless!
Connect With The Author
Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.
She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don’t understand why they can’t read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New England Chapter and credits RWA, NEC and the wonderful friends she’s made there with helping her become a published author.