Masters & Boyd by S.J.D. Peterson
Carrick Masters and Edward Boyd have already found true love—it’s the happy ever after that’s eluding them. Between Carrick’s job as an orthopedic surgeon and Ed’s career as a defense attorney, they have hardly any time to spend together, and what time they do have seems to be poisoned by resentment. Carrick and Ed know they need to refocus to make their marriage work, but they seriously need more than a spicy once-a-week date night to get them back on track.
This was a story originally done from a photo and a prompt in the Goodreads M/M Romance group. The author has done a wonderful job within a short story format. This is about and established couple and how their very happy marriage crumbles under real world pressures. When the two men hit a point of their marriage almost breaking under the strain, they resolve to fix it. The story itself chronicles their relationship for about 2 years.
Carrick is a surgeon and his husband, Ed, a lawyer. They are both very successful but busy. They notice that their relationship is becoming all work with the occasional night of sex. They are losing touch with each other and the small things that mean so much to the relationship. They finally take time to fix their marriage. In the course of doing so they stumble across the fact that Ed likes to be spanked and Carrick likes to be in control during sex. They start to explore this difference in their love life and find it something they both enjoy.
I thought the writer did a good job with the plot. The whole of the story was pretty much a flash back which contains flash backs. That sounds confusing but the writer manages to make it very smooth and with no confusion as to what is happening. The believability of a relationship “hitting the rocks” like this makes the story interesting. How do they change where they are headed? And how did this vanilla couple put these kinks into their love life?
The characters are simple but easy to sympathize with. They are made believable by how they are letting just the little stuff intrude and tear them apart. I will say that I really didn’t connect with them though. I think it is a bit of the nature of a short that it is very difficult to create a character that connects to the readers. In this case I just didn’t have enough emotion devoted to the story to connect with the characters.
This is a sweet little story and good read. I would recommend it to anyone.
Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, Light BDSM, M/M Romance, Novella, S.J.D. Peterson, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.