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Release Day Review: Chemical Bonds by L.M. Somerton

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Release Day Review: Chemical Bonds by L.M. Somerton

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About the Author
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
Publication Date
May 17, 2016
Read the excerpt at Pride Publishing
Even the best-planned experiment can have unpredictable consequences.

Max Allenby loves his job as a chemist with Armacom, developing new protective materials. He harbours a secret crush for the CEO, the stern and distant Blake Winters, which makes dealing with his harridan of a boss, Dr. Ella Preston, bearable.

Blake Winters is a lifestyle Dom. He spotted Max when he first joined Armacom, but has kept his distance from the talented, young scientist. When his Head of Security, who also happens to be Max’s older brother, tells him about Max’s feelings, Blake decides its time to make the pretty young man his.

Blake proposes a dating experiment to Max. For three hours a night over five nights, Max will give Blake his complete
submission. Max is conflicted but decides to take the plunge and get a taste of a lifestyle he secretly craves.

Each date night introduces Max to a new level of submission. He loves every minute but is also conflicted—unable to believe a man like Blake wants him as anything more than a temporary plaything.

Blake understands that experiments do not always turn out as expected. He takes steps to convince Max of his feelings and to reassure him that his submissive streak is a strength, not a weakness.

Editor reviews

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Hit and Miss
This was a curious mix of emotions for me.  Max is a shy and retiring scientist, and Blake is a very dominant personality.  They have a thing for each other, but neither has acted on it – in years.  This, to me, is the antithesis of a dominant, but okay, I can buy it for purposes of finishing the book.
When the two do finally meet, Max is portrayed as a rather bumbling, unable to take care of himself sort of fool, and Blake scoops him up (occasionally literally) and tucks him under his wing, as it were.  From there, it was insta-love and near-instant submission mode for Max who, up to this point, doesn’t have much in the way of experience.  This bothered me somewhat.  Why would a Dom who has waited so long to claim this sub suddenly immersing him in all manner of BDSM situations without really taking the time to explain things and get to know the man?
The plot was okay, and the pacing was good.  The character development was, in my opinion, sorely lacking, which detracted from the overall satisfaction of the book.  The sexy times are decidedly hot.  Ms. Somerton knows her way around erotica, for sure!  The peripheral characters are few, and the sole female is portrayed rather stereotypically as the evil one, but I can deal with that.  The scenes involving her downfall were written very nicely, and it wrapped up the book in a nice, neat bow.  This is a relatively short read, so it was a good afternoon splurge.  I’m rating this at 3.5 stars, rounding down for sites that don’t accept halves.  It’s an okay read, and I will certainly be open to other works by this author.  Keep in mind, please, that this is just my opinion, and you may adore this book, so use your own judgment!

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