Book Reviews

Turning the Tables (Sex Sells 4) by Kim Dare at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-November-2012

Book Blurb

If there’s one thing Lee can’t stand, it’s a submissive pretending to be a dominant. When the man in question is the most stunning submissive he’s ever set eyes on, it’s obvious that something has to be done.

Turning the tables on a man who’s spent years pretending to be someone he’s not isn’t easy. Teaching a man, who spends every day struggling to hold his own against the dominants that surround him, that submission isn’t a weakness, is even harder.

Can Jacob Neilson learn to submit? Would the other owners of SKIN Designs accept it if he did? And, most importantly of all, can Lee hold everything together when it all threatens to fall apart?

Can the man who’s given the other partners hell over playing where they work really risk the future of SKIN Designs over a temp?

Book Review

Similar to the premise of the third book, but with a fascinating twist, this book asks the question what happens when you are ashamed of what you need sexually and are suddenly confronted with the option of finding out what it would be like to give in and discover what it’s like to get what you want? Jacob, out as a gay man but closeted as a sub, has pretended to be a Dom for many years, just so he can fit in with the other Doms who run the company. When he runs into Lee, a man who is years younger than him, his temporary personal assistant, and definitely a Dom, the battle of wills begins. The resulting inner struggle and external expression of Jacob's way out of the closet is hard and about much more than Jacob's sexual needs.

Like anyone hiding in the closet, afraid to be who he is, Jacob is a conflicted character. Worse than trying to hide, he is actively pretending to be someone else. The constant need to think about how he reacts so nobody finds out he is "weak" grates on his nerves and increases his stress almost beyond endurance. His temper tantrums relieve some of the pressure, but they are not the solution. Jacob faces not just needing to be honest with himself, but admitting it to his friends. Since he believes his job depends on being a Dom, this is an extremely hard process.

Lee is a young Dom, but he sees through Jacob's act in a second. He is also very attracted to his temporary boss, and determined to help him be who he was meant to become. His patience is amazing, and his support unwavering. He gives Jacob what he needs first, thinking of himself comes second. Of course, he does hope that helping Jacob find himself will lead to a permanent relationship, but he can't be sure until it happens. He balances on knife's edge, so to speak, and does it beautifully. I think he needs the adrenaline just as much as Jacob!
These two men have to fight for their love, and it makes for a suspenseful, exciting story. As in the other books in this series, the psychological struggle is as intense as what happens in the scenes. If you like stories about men who struggle with who they are and those who help them become true to themselves, and if you enjoy hot BDSM scenes that are as much about submission and the emotions it causes as about the physical activities, you will probably like this novella as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 108 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-November-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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