5 & 4 Stars for Brooklyn Bound by Jenna Byrnes – #Menage #BDSM @Totally_Bound

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Title: Brooklyn Bound
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 90 pgs

Synopsis

Tucker and Gabe discover they’re soulmates. If only they can get Gabe’s wife Brooklyn to admit her own true desires.

Tucker Gleason is a junior partner in the prestigious law firm of Dryer, Stokes and Associates. His career is going well—he’s on track to make full partner, having won more cases than any other lawyer in the firm. His love life is another matter. On his own for too long, he gets a much needed jolt when he meets one of the owners of the construction company hired to build the new law firm offices.

Gabe Conner is a happily married man, until he meets Tucker and is reminded of the hot gay relationship he experienced in college. Thinking it was just youthful experimentation, he never mentioned it to his wife. But now that he’s met Tucker and the two men are so drawn to each other, he has no choice but to bring it up.

Brooklyn Conner isn’t as shocked to learn her husband has gay tendencies as she is to find out he’s interested in one of her bosses. She’s a paralegal at Dryer and Stokes, and worries about losing not only her husband but also her job if things fall through with the sexy junior partner. She can’t resist their advances when they both join forces to seduce her, and quickly decides she doesn’t need to. Sex with two men is hot. Until Tucker’s true appetite is revealed, and Brook’s vanilla world is turned upside down.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy and ménage in a polyamorous relationship between two men and a woman.

Publisher’s Note: The stories in this series are linked solely by theme and can be read in any order. This book can be read as a standalone title.

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Review

FiveStars

I found I absolutely loved every moment of this book.  It was written so well it pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down till I was done.  A simple story of two men, Tucker and Gabe, having an instant attraction and making it to include Gabes wife, Brooklyn.

At first I found myself feeling awful for Brooklyn.  One day your husband comes home and says he’s attracted to another man but wants to include her, how do you process that.  But the author handled it in a sensitive way and gave her the perfect story line.  I liked that she didn’t say no right off, but gave it a chance, made for a more interesting story.

I was a little put out, when Tucker started buying them gifts, like he was buying their love, but it did fit in the story perfectly.  Of course there was no lack of hot sex. This was a very good book, I highly recommend it.

Sherry

FourStars

This is a very sweet love story between three people, who aren’t looking for anything at all and just stumble across love. I have to say, the first scene threw me for a loop. It doesn’t really fit with the rest of the story at all. I don’t normally read M/M, and I took this book because it was a menage, but the first scene was just man, man, man (I would use a crasser term, but I’m trying to play nice with this review). As soon as the second scene start, the theme for the overall book and the tone of it started.

My biggest complaint for this novella is that love seemed to be very instantaneous between Gabe and Tucker. Like within the first chapter or two. It didn’t seem very believable to me. The only other issue I had was, in my head at least, I kept yelling at Tucker to go see Brooklyn, mostly because I knew that would solve 95% of the issue she had, and he never did. For someone so forward, it seemed odd and out of character. If she truly was a part of the relationship, then it shouldn’t have bothered him or made him wary.

I did love how there was tension and unease concerning the relationship that was being proposed, but I wish it had been delved into more. Sex doesn’t fix everything, and it seemed at times in this novella that it did. I appreciated, greatly, the discussions about both the polyamorous lifestyle and the BDSM lifestyle, which seemed to be far more in depth than any talk of love and lust. I think this was the main theme of the book, to break some notions that certain individuals have about what polyamory and BDSM “people” look, feel and talk like.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars. More for the point of it than the execution of the plotline. The writing was very well-done with only a few grammatical issues here and there.

~AJ

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Excerpt

“Suck it!”

Tucker Gleason snapped his head to the left upon hearing the command. The speaker was a handsome man with long, flowing black hair and the tightest abs he’d ever seen on someone who was obviously in his forties.And the longest cock. His mouth watered at the sight of the thick shaft with a bulbous purple head.

Two naked men knelt in front of the well-hung Dominant, paying homage to the magnificent stud. Hands cuffed behind their backs, both subservients used mouths and tongues only, enthusiastically working together to give the man what appeared to be one hell of a blow job.

The Master patted each of their heads. “That’s it. Good… So good.” He glanced up and spotted Tucker watching. A mixture of lust and pride shone in his eyes as he smiled. “Care to join us? We’ll always make room for one more.”

Tucker waved and kept walking. “Another time, but thanks.” He passed three men who were vigorously chain-fucking on a burgundy-colored leather sofa, and passed a group of four male bodies, melded into such an odd position that he couldn’t tell what they were doing.

The door on the far wall led into the bar and lounge area of the Rose & Thorn Society, one of the biggest BDSM social clubs in Southern California. Tucker and his former partner Mason had frequented the place in their heyday. Both of them had loved the bawdy, raucous activity. Mason would have taken the long-haired hunk up on his offer in a heartbeat, as long as Tucker had agreed. They’d been adventurous in those days, playing hard and loving well.

Mason had been gone nearly a year, and Tucker hadn’t been back to the club in all that time. At first he hadn’t been interested, and after a while he just hadn’t thought he’d be able to face the people there. Eventually he’d settled into a celibate routine made easier by long hours at work and the occasional hand job in the shower.

Recently, the old urges had returned and Tucker had realized that at thirty, he was too young to live like a monk. He’d updated his ‘clean bill of health’ certificate and had returned to the club, thinking that perhaps a night of not thinking would be just what he needed. But now when it came down to it, he wasn’t ready to hop in the sack with people he didn’t know. The scenarios in the gay-themed room had turned him on, but for some reason he just couldn’t dive back in. It was more difficult being there alone, he decided, but it wasn’t just that. He missed Mason. He missed being in a relationship, waking up with someone, going for coffee and muffins on Sunday or staying in bed all morning and going out for a late lunch.

Being alone sucks.

He didn’t stop for a drink at the bar, just left and climbed into his dark blue Lincoln Navigator, then headed home. Returning to his two bedroom condo didn’t cheer him up much, because as he walked through the spacious living room all he could see was Mason. Photos of the man and shots of them together, grouped in black and silver frames that matched the décor of the room his old lover had fashionably decorated. He’d thought about changing things up, but Mason had had the flair of the duo, and Tucker wouldn’t know where to begin. He had a diploma from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Stanford, but decorating was not his thing. The house looked nice and that was good enough for him, even if it did remind him on a daily basis of what he’d lost.

Standing in front of the fridge, Tucker downed a bottle of cold water then went to plug his cell phone into the charger for the night. A small green light blinked at him, notifying him of a text message. He kept his phone on silent, hating it when people’s cells constantly chirped or buzzed. He’d check his messages in his own time, not when the phone told him to, much to the chagrin of his father, who was also his boss.

He scrolled through a couple of screens and saw that the message was indeed from William Dryer, the man his mother had married when Tucker was two. The only father he’d ever known, and definitely more of a dad than the man who wouldn’t give up legal rights so that Will could adopt him.

Remember our meeting at eight a.m. tomorrow. Don’t be late.

Tucker’s fingers flew over the keyboard of his smartphone.

I’ll be there.

AuthorBio

Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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