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Bound for the Holidays (Gay BDSM Holiday Romance) by Brynn Paulin

by Brynn Paulin

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A very enjoyable story about two very different men who are attracted to each other, but need the 'intervention' of a blizzard to start really connecting. Their personal attraction is strong enough to make them forget the workplace situation for a while (they are, after all, colleagues), and that can work short-term and in a Christmas setting. If they end up going for the longer term, they'll need to do some untangling if they want a viable relationship. But that is not the topic of this story. The fun and initial physical encounters are very much at the forefront here.

Socially inept geek Brennan has been wanting well-liked salesman Rory for a while, but, being who he is, has never dared imagine more. He cannot even imagine Rory taking and interest. And when he does? Brennan has no idea how to respond beyond the physical that is. His body knows exactly what to do, but like with any geek, his mind is actually the more interesting and challenging seduction and conquest to make.

Rory has waited forever to make his move, but he also knows the timing has to be right or Brennan will run. Or refuse to believe Rory that he is serious about wanting more. Both of those options are not acceptable for Rory, so he works hard at making their encounter work. He is the more dominant of the two, so taking the lead is natural – at least once he is sure that Brennan is on the same page.

If you enjoy short, hot reads with a vague Christmas theme, if you like reading about a man discovering his inner (bedroom) submissive, and if you'd like to find out how to creatively use a string of twinkle lights, you will probably like this short story.

NOTE: This book was provided by Resplendence Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 19, 2017 |
A Hearts On Fire Review

Brynn Paulin's Bound for the Holidays" is a M/M short featuring co-workers finally getting to requite their 'unrequited' crushes. This book is definitely a read that can be finished in a few hours, if that.

Brennan Myers, a nerdy (though there weren't any examples of his nerdy ways) artistic gay man is travelling back with his other co-workers from a tradeshow for a RPG company on a bus during a snowstorm. who'd want to be stuck miles away from home in the pre-Christmas season with their co-workers?

Well, Brennan would. And so would his co-worker, Rory Mills, all-around popular salesman and Brennan's crush. And the story is great up until this point. The author has Rory move seats to sit next to Brennan and we get to read Brennan's internal reacions, I'm thinking this is going to be a solid winner.

But then Rory starts breathing in Brennan's ear with no warning and then the smut happens a few pages into the story. Here's an example a few pages into chapter 1:

“You like this?” Rory asked as he worked Brennan’s cock. “I can feel you do. Have you any idea how long I’ve waited to touch you? Your hot little body and brilliant mind drive me mad. Thank God, I finally got my chance. I couldn’t take much more.”

“I’m not little,” he protested as he pushed into Rory’s hand. He might be smaller than Rory, but he was hardly petite or effeminate.

And then the corniness and cheesiness is included. The story changes into a smut fest way too soon.

Cue the bad porno music.

I grimaced my way through the story after this.

While lightness in MM stories can also be appreciated, this story lacked the potential it could have been. I think the first offense was going to smut so quickly. It had a lot of elements I like, insecure main characters crushing on a more secure character, office romance, light BDSM (very light, let's say BDSM drizzle) but the cliche dialogue and lukewarm chemistry presented left me wanting more depth instead of tinsel sex play (May I add it was a creative use of Christmas items including the Christmas lights binding.)

But in the long run the elements I liked did not save the presentation of this story. It fell flat more than soared.

It was okay but the author has a few interesting ideas. -- TWO & A HALF STARS" ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
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