Book Reviews

Middle Game (Chess Series 2) by Sean Michael at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Menage MMMM / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-October-2015

Book Blurb

Can Jason be with three amazing men and not lose his heart in the process?

Living with and being the playtoy of three men is more rewarding than Jason could have imagined. Bishop, Knight and Rook each have their own way of loving on him. In Bishop he finds a workout partner, friendship, and good solid lovemaking. He isn’t sure what to make of Knight, but the man is a brilliant artist and there are worse things than being Knight’s subject for his latest series of paintings. And the kinky things Knight does to him blow his mind on a regular basis.

It’s Rook who Jason is falling in love with, though. The bright, loving, sexy man has him head over heels and Jason’s beginning to worry that he’s getting himself in way over his head. Can he continue to be with these men without losing his heart?

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.



Book Review

Continuing the chess analogy that started in the first volume, the structure of the second book is very much 'the middle game'. Relationships deepen, lines are drawn, and each of the four men settles in his role. Like in the first book, the characters use sex to bond, communicate, and have fun at the same time. The result is more cover-to-cover sex, with the added ingredient of the game behind the scenes, with each encounter contributing to the growing and changing picture of the whole.


Jason may have been forced into this situation of being the three other men's plaything, but he is certainly enjoying it. They do push him to try new things, but so far there is nothing he hasn't enjoyed. And just as he begins to settle down, and learns that he is safe with them, his emotions get in the way. He has never loved anyone the way he loves Rook, and has not had the experience of someone loving him back. Rather than enjoying the feeling, he begins to worry. He cannot fathom the possibility that Knight and Bishop love him as much as Rook does. For Jason, the conflict just grows as the story progresses.

Rook is as sweet as he has ever been, and he is the focus of Jason's developing deeper emotions. For him, loving more than one man is easy, and I don’t think he can even understand why Jason has trouble believing it is possible.


Knight is as tortured as in the first book, a true artist who lives for intense bouts of creation followed by periods of recuperation. He may not want to appear weak and vulnerable, but, deep down, he needs to let go from time to time. Bishop is there to catch him when he does collapse, and the way Bishop does this results in some extremely hot scenes. Even better, the love between these two men is also clearly visible and that makes their encounters even more enjoyable.


This second volume is a great sequel. The mix of chess and erotica is getting better every time I read one of these books, I loved getting to know the characters in more depth and, now that the scene is set, I hope we are going to see the explosive next stage really soon! If you like sexy men who challenge each other, love to see them interacting physically wherever and whenever the need strikes them, and if you're interested in seeing the chess analogy continue, you will probably like this novella as much as I did.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 122 pages/32719 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-October-2015
Price $4.50 ebook, $10.50 paperback (Vol 1)
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