Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Release Day Review: Not Safe for Work by L.A. Witt

Title ~ Not Safe for Work

Author ~ L.A. Witt

Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing

Published ~ 15 December 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM



They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.

Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.

The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.

But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.

Warning: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.


Debra’s Review

Jon, who is bi-sexual and is sharing a house with his ex-wife Karen (and thankfully she is a lovely character and they have a great relationship) is working himself like mad to keep his promise to put their three kids through college and help Karen get back on her feet after a nasty divorce. His job as an architectural modeler is almost now an obsolete position, being taken over by 3D modeling and computers. While he doesn’t love the workplace, he keeps quiet, works plenty of overtime and toes the line. Rick is incredibly wealthy and his firm’s most important client. In fact, without his business it is likely that the company wouldn’t have survived. When they discover their shared kink on the Leathr app during a business meeting, they jump at the chance to hook up. While Rick dominates in the work setting, he needs to submit and he is just the type of submissive Jon is looking for.

I loved that the two MC’s were in the forties and acted like the adults they were. They both have pasts, they both know what they want and need and they talk about it, although there were a few points during the D/s scenes where I thought they talked about it a bit too much. In addition, Rick’s extreme wealth may seem like it would be a sticking point, but between the two of them, it never really enters into their relationship in an intrusive way until outsiders interfere.

While there are several kinks explored, including bondage, sensory and hot wax play and an actual sex machine, I would still characterize the BDSM in the book as on the lighter side. The scenes were hot, but not too intense and we never do get Rick’s POV, just his outward reactions. Jon is an intuitive Dom and their dynamics were a bit different than other stories I’ve read, so I did find it a bit odd in the beginning that he initially held back in the D/s play, but it really didn’t impact the story too much for me as their vanilla sex scenes worked very well.

For the most part there is open and honest communication between the two. Jon is very in tune with Rick’s needs and his state of mind during scenes, they have great chemistry and they appear to get along outside of bed or the dungeon as well, so much so that I did feel they were a perfect match. I understood Jon’s need to hold off for a few days on telling Rick what was going on in the office, but I was a bit taken by surprise that they would break things off rather than continue to brainstorm the matter or think on it for a few days. I could understand both their points of view and why the situation seemed like a no-win for Jon. I loved how it all worked out though and Jon’s realization of what was really important to him and what his pride could and could not take.

There were times where the story dragged a bit for me, much of that was the times where Jon was at work. I really liked both of the characters and their relationship, but I would have loved a bit of Rick’s POV as well. I have to say I could have done with a few less sex scenes and a little more of them interacting at work or even with Jon’s family, who he is working so hard to support. I did like the epilogue, where we finally do get to see Jon and Rick do just that. Overall I enjoyed this story and would recommend it for those who like their men grown up, honest and very sexy with a healthy side of kink.


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