Book Reviews

Opening Moves (Chess Series 1) by Sean Michael at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Menage MMMM / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-October-2015

Book Blurb

Threesome Rook, Knight and Bishop make Jason an offer he can’t refuse. Can the four of them be exactly what they each need? Find out in this Opening Move…

Rook, Knight and Bishop have been searching for a fourth man to join their threesome for quite a while when Knight meets Jason, the life model in the art class he’s auditing. He thinks that Jason is the perfect man for them and his lovers Rook and Bishop quickly agree. The trick will be convincing Jason…


Join these sexy men as they make their Opening Moves.



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

Book Review

Chess and erotica are two totally different things, right? One is all about the strategy and the other is all about the doing. At first glance, mixing the two sounded pretty out there to me. But you know what? In the context of this foursome, each of the three members of the existing threesome struggling for a position in the face of a new member of their household, the analogy actually works.

Make no mistake, this book is pure erotica and cover-to-cover sex. But what kept me interested was watching the game behind the scenes, as each encounter contributed to the picture of the whole. Partly, it was about understanding the complex dynamics of a foursome. And the other part was the jostling for position as Jason, the most recent addition, came to stay with them.

Jason is in an awful situation, his job as personal trainer vanishing as big fitness studios undercut his prices. I didn’t like the way Bishop, Knight, and Rook pulled him into staying with them, and I am still not sure what will become of that. It is definitely a very risky opening gambit, and I look forward to finding out more about its long-term effects. This first book mainly explores Jason’s reactions and his initial encounters with all three men together and apart. He is totally overwhelmed with pleasure now, but I am sure he’ll switch on his brain at some point.

Rook is the sweetest of the three, and the one who convinces Jason to give the arrangement a try. Clearly, Rook has his reasons to vote for a fourth member’s personality, and I hope things work out for him.

Knight is the tortured artist, intense, ex-drug dependent, and in need of a stern hand now and then. Thank God Bishop is there to give him what he needs. Bishop is one of the toppiest tops ever, and I enjoyed how he pulled the strings while not exactly standing on the sidelines.

This first volume is promising in many respects. The mix of chess and erotica worked well for me, the characters came alive and, now that the opening moves have been made, I am looking forward to the next stage of this ‘game’. If you like hot men, love to see them interacting a lot, and think the chess analogy might intrigue you as much as it did me, you might enjoy this novella as much as I did.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 120 pages/33087 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-October-2015
Price $4.50 ebook, $10.50 paperback (Vol 1)
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