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If you could sum up Of Being Yours in three words, what would they be?
Lots of potential. I am very much an aficionado of BDSM books and am a member of the lifestyle, so I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic. That being said, I have mixed feelings on this book as a whole. This book starts off with a whiz bang, but fairly quickly devolves into muddy waters. A beautiful submission scene occurs in chapter one (see the excerpt on Dreamspinner Press) that I thought was going to demonstrate the direction of the book. That did not occur. Rather, there was instead such a heavy focus placed repeatedly on a secondary set of characters so as to completely pull the attention off of Will and Jesse in several spots.
Would you recommend Of Being Yours to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes. Ms. Martin’s writing style is quite nice, and her ability to write D/s scenes is beautiful. Will and Jesse’s love and affection for one another is crystal clear in the beginning of the book, but a traumatic event alters the course of their lives and leaves the heretofore solid and secure Dom floundering. PTSD is clear in the aftermath and not at all unexpected, but (and I’m trying to do this without giving away the plot), Will’s ability to step into the Dom mindset/role for another character while emphatically denying the same to his own long-term sub is confusing at best. Having spent three years topping the submissive Jesse, there is no reason for Will to suddenly withdraw all of the emotional support that he has consistently provided up to now and leave his supposedly beloved boyfriend/sub in a tailspin. References in the book to Will’s ability to simply assume the mantle and subs fall in line contradict the author’s direction for the character.The character development is fairly stagnant through most of the book, but then picks up again toward the end. The plot is choppy because of the secondary characters’ subplot, so that affects the flow of the main story. I did very much appreciate, however, that the ending was done with such care and didn’t rush to an “everything’s perfect” conclusion. It showed a depth of character to allow Will and Jesse to remain flawed individuals still working toward their forever happiness. Therefore, while I’m not entirely happy with this particular book, I still enjoyed it enough that I rate it at 3.5 stars, and I am certainly willing to try her other work. Audio file was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review through Divine Magazine.
Which character – as performed by Brad Langer – was your favorite?
Jesse - Brad Langer is an excellent narrator, and once I became accustomed to his voice and inflection, I was able to sit back and enjoy his reading.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The most poignant moment for me was when Jesse realized that his collar had been cut off following the accident, and when he panicked, Will giving Jesse that instant support by circling Jesse's wrist to keep the connection and allow Jesse to breathe more easily. It spoke to the care and dedication the man and the Dom had for the man and the sub.