Book Reviews

Time Out by Sean Michael

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / BDSM
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 24-September-2021

Book Blurb

Val and Chaz broke up after Chaz safeworded unnecessarily during a scene. Can they find a way to come back together?

A few months ago, Chaz safeworded during a scene, just because he was feeling neglected and bitchy. Val was understandably upset that his sub lied, and the two of them split up. Now it’s months later and Val is miserable to be around, so his friend sends him to cottage country to his private house there to vacation and get over himself. At least, that’s what Val thinks is happening. In reality, Chaz has also been lured to the lake house and is waiting there so they can hopefully get back together.

Despite his shock at finding Chaz at the lake house, Val decides to do a scene. Will it be the last scene they share or will they find a way to move past what happened?

First edition published by Pride Publishing, July 2016.

Book Review

Because I am not in the BDSM lifestyle, I may miss some of the subtle nuances and rules. However, I can certainly understand how devastating to a D/s couple's relationship and trust it would be for a sub to safeword not when he has actually reached his limit, but because he is behaving like a spoiled, petulant boy. That is where Val and Chaz found themselves and which precipitated their breakup. Now, a friend has forced them together in the hopes this will help to resolve their issues.

What develops is an incredibly intense scene with some very sadist and masochistic vibes. Val is determined to get Chaz past his limits and then send his boy away, done with him for good. Don't get me wrong, they are still playing on the safe, sane, and consensual basis, but Val wants to prove he doesn't need Chaz. Except he does, and Chaz needs him, so when they begin to talk before the scene is even done, they both have to learn to listen.

A wonderful story that really emphasizes the importance of communication and trust. Two things that are essential in any relationship, regardless of whether it's in the lifestyle or not.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 51 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-September-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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