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Release Day Review: What About Now by Grace R Duncan

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Release Day Review: What About Now by Grace R Duncan

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About the Author
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination.  She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble.  Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States.  She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics.  She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
Publication Date
May 09, 2016
307 pages
Content Warning
reference to attempted rape.
Filed on personal Goodread shelves: 2016 reads, 4 stars reads 2016, Divine Magazine 2016, male/male, romance, BDSM
Five years ago, everything went wrong. Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen’s long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walks out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college.

After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren’t a bad thing and that Braden’s submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn’t ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won’t let his phobia—terror of vast, deep waters—rule him.

With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there’s nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Really good read
(Updated: May 09, 2016)
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

5 years since Braden walked in on Rafe and then out of their life together, he is existing, not living. A month's cruise seems to be just what he needs to finally get over Rafe, and to get over his feel of open water. Rafe never gave up on the hope that he'd get Braden back. The cruise to raise money for the LGBT shelter seemed like the perfect place to corner Braden, and make him listen, at least.

I liked this one, a lot!

Braden and Rafe love each other still, even after all this time and the effect each has on the other man hasn't diminished, if anything, its even stronger than it was. But they need to address two things: what caused Braden to pull away, and what he saw that day.

There follows a beautifully written tale of discovery, of themselves, of each other and of their relationship. Its well written from both men's POV. So we get Braden's reaction to seeing Rafe again. His feelings about what happened and his overwhelming relief when the talk about everything. We get Raf'e determination to stick to his plan, no matter how far Braden pushes his buttons; his love for Braden and his anger at what happens to Braden on the cruise.

It's not overly complicated, nor is it a difficult read, even when Rafe talks about that night.  It does get lovey-dovey reall quickly, with the "I love you's" coming very early on but other than that, a really good read!

4 stars

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