Settling Down by Nicole Forcine

Settling Down by Nicole Forcine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

It’s been six months since Tim and Jae got together, and they’re giving Domestic Discipline an honest try. But when conflicting events conspire to interrupt their life, Tim starts to fray at the edges. He’s doing his best to handle everything, but he still struggles with unaddressed issues, both past and present. And seeing Tim trying to hold it together is breaking Jae’s heart.

There has to be a breaking point, and when it arrives, it’s Jae’s turn to take the reins, to provide them both with what they truly need.

Jae and Tim have been together a while and are trying to settle into Domestic Discipline together. While the fantasy of living a hard-core BDSM lifestyle together suited them both perfectly, these things never go as easily to plan as one could hope. Can they manage to settle down together?

This is an interesting short story about a couple who are into the BDSM lifestyle. I loved how the author managed to open my eyes to elements of the BDSM lifestyle that I hadn’t read about particularly before, and more importantly showed me in the context of Jae and Tim’s loving relationship not only how it could work, but explained a lot of Jae and Tim’s needs and thought process behind it. Better yet, it didn’t come across to me as info-dumping or like a how-to manual. By showing me Jae and Tim’s perspectives and explaining what they needed and received from their version of the lifestyle I could not only discover their need and love for each other, but also learned a lot about BDSM in a manner that I haven’t found from other books.

I also really enjoyed how the author balanced Jae and Tim’s lifestyle with such understandable, real-life type of problems. The first serious parental visit for the new couple, worries about when the right time to move in properly together might be, hellish ex-boyfriends and how to juggle work crisis’ with quiet together time. Jae and Tim, while heavily into the lifestyle, were also completely relatable to my mind with the sort of concerns and problems that every couple have. Sprinkle in some laughter and a healthy dose of chemistry and this story ticked a lot of the happy boxes for me.

I found this to be a fun and emotional short story, full of laughter, interesting tidbits about the BDSM lifestyle and wonderful characters. A great read.

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