Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Sage Marlowe
Series: Sub-Mission #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 190 Pages
Publisher: Me and the Muse Publishing
Release Date: March 5, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When life gets on top, delving into a sub-culture may be just what it takes to keep a sinking relationship afloat. Five years after the bumpy start to their relationship, Noah and Pierce have settled well into their lives as a happy couple. The arrival of a new child should have made their matrimonial bliss complete, but the strain of raising a baby and a teenager, combined with a lot of pressure in their jobs, is beginning to take its toll.
In the midst of what already is a potentially explosive situation, Noah’s younger brother Jonah comes to stay with them, forcing Noah to face the issues he still has regarding his homophobic parents and adding to the emotional pressure he is under.
When Noah starts behaving oddly and Pierce just can’t seem to put his jealousy to rest, the cracks in their relationship become too severe to ignore any longer. They struggle to keep their sinking love afloat but, as Noah craves the comfort a certain sub-culture can offer, Pierce finds himself wondering just how far he is willing to step out of his own comfort zone to save their love.
Review: I really hesitated to read this one. I am not a fan of children in my stories, let alone screaming babies. But, as I already knew these characters from the first book in this series, I really wanted to see where things went. Just about when I was about at my kid/baby quota of tolerance, things turned around, and I’m glad I stuck with it.
It is now five years later, Noah and Pierce have a new baby in their family, which Noah wasn’t completely on board about even though he loves the little guy. The big issue here is that Noah is stressed out to the limit and is having trouble coping with it all. He loves Pierce, but is just at his wit’s end with everything. He’s keeping secrets from Pierce, and given his previous indiscretion, it is making Pierce very suspicious.
Noah turns to Francis for help once again. It takes quite a while for the issues to all come to light, the secret to be let out of the bag and for these guys to be ready to help each other. They aren’t or haven’t really ever been into the “scene,” but Noah finds peace in being flogged. Pierce attempts to provide that for him, and they eventually reach a place where they are both comfortable.
As I said, the beginning of this was a little rough for me, but the second half won me over. The secret keeping and miscommunications almost became too much even for me, but these guys are far from perfect, and the end result is worth it. I definitely recommend reading the previous books in this series, especially book 1 where we are introduced to Noah and Pierce. I’m really looking forward to the next installment.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*