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Release Day Review: Settling Down by Nicole Forcine
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Little Earthquakes (Book 2)
About the Author
Nicole Forcine was born a strange child and former Georgia peach. When she was younger, she was never far from a composition book, a pen in hand, and way too many people in her head (she’s even been known to talk back to them). When two or more of them talk loud enough to overshadow the rest, a story is born. After years of writing and storing her tales in those books, she had a revelation: man, there are a lot of dudes kissing in these stories.
Her stories include themes of creating families of choice, how love can come in all forms and supersede all boundaries, and the joys and sorrows of earning a happily-ever-after.
Currently, she resides in Minneapolis with one of the most laid-back men in history and his even more laid-back cat. When she’s not writing (ha!), she’s saving the world/galaxy/humanity as we know it in the world of video games and general geekiness and opening other people’s mail for a living.
July 27, 2016
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
It’s been six months since Tim and Jae got together, and they’re giving Domestic Discipline an honest try. But when conflicting events conspire to interrupt their life, Tim starts to fray at the edges. He’s doing his best to handle everything, but he still struggles with unaddressed issues, both past and present. And seeing Tim trying to hold it together is breaking Jae’s heart.
There has to be a breaking point, and when it arrives, it’s Jae’s turn to take the reins, to provide them both with what they truly need.
Tim and Jae – Part Two
Settling Down starts some months after Shaken Up, and while it’s great to see how the two met, Settling Down can certainly be read as a standalone, as the relationship is only barely begun at the end of Shaken Up. In the interim, the two have established a domestic discipline relationship that works well for them.
Tim has a number of quirks that need regular tending, and his need of a Head of Household (HOH) is abundant. Not a sub in the traditional sense, being a Taken in Hand (TIH) provides him with the boundaries necessary to maintain a sense of calm and purpose.
When Tim’s dad and Jae’s parents both come to town on the same week, the week prior to the Leather Ball, an event that Tim’s business is sponsoring, the chaos hits Tim hard. Then he finds out that the Dom that put him in the hospital is also attending, and Tim goes off the deep end. With Jae occupied with his parents, can he be the HOH that his overwrought TIH needs?
I enjoyed this story. The fact that it picks up six months later means that the reader misses out on the actual settling into the relationship, something that I was sad to discover. The plot is fairly straightforward, and the care and devotion that Jae and Tim have for each other shines through. Tim’s need for order and discipline are written respectfully, and although there is very little in the way of intimate scenes, what is there demonstrates the pair’s adoration of each other.
I would have liked more of the build into the pairing at the beginning or further development of the relationship on the tail end. They still feel somewhat as strangers to me, since I couldn’t really connect into the construct. However, I still enjoyed the story, and I’m rating it at 3.5 stars.
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