The Pirate’s Cove by Michelle King

The Pirate’s Cove by Michelle King
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Jamie loves Morgan and he has for years. He just couldn’t tell anyone about it. Now he’s finally free, and he wants to tell everyone. Starting with Morgan. But what if Morgan doesn’t want to commit? After all, he’s been keeping Morgan his dirty secret for years.

Morgan DJs at The Pirate’s Cove on the weekends. It’s the perfect place to meet up with his lover. At least…so Jamie hopes.

It’s been three years since James met Captain Morgan at the Pirate’s Cove Bar and Grill. But after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, James decided it was time for him to reach out and grab the future he really wanted. Now he had the same rights as a straight man, James no longer feared losing his job — and more importantly, his kids — simply because there was a certain man he wanted to spend a lifetime together with. Can James and Morgan finally make a future for themselves, together?

I found this to be a really emotional, highly charged short story. There’s a whole bunch of chemistry between James and Morgan, but for so long now they’ve both had too much baggage and outside issues both holding them back and keeping them apart. I loved seeing them finally come together and discover what the future can hold for them both.

It was a little disconcerting to find a typo on the front cover (the title reads: The Pirates’s Cove) and while for me personally I found this funny and not off putting, I know a number of readers who are sticklers for such things and would be immediately turned off by this to the point of not purchasing the title for the editing error. The rest of the story seemed well edited and I didn’t find anything else, but as a first impression the cover art is often an important point to note as it’s often what will sway a reader to purchase – or not – a book.

Readers should be aware that most of the last quarter of the book followed the fall-out of Jamie’s coming out to his soon to be ex-wife, Natalie. I was a little surprised at how much detail this part of the plot was given, as it was distinctly non-romantic. Personally, I felt it lessened not just the sexiness of the earlier part of the story, but also for me it acted rather like a wet-blanket. In a non-romance book I’d have been very interested in this aspect of the plot and it was certainly well written. I just had to personally question whether it was mood-enhancing in an erotic romance book and found for myself, it really soured the enjoyment I received from the rest of the story.

The relationship between James and Morgan though was the highlight of the whole story for me. I loved how for most of the story the delicious chemistry sizzled between them, the tension and doubts they each had – making them so very human, realistic and relatable to me. I loved watching them come together and cheered them on every step of the way. The sex was smoking hot and while Morgan and Jamie did have some dominant/submissive aspects to their relationship it didn’t read to me as a classic BDSM style relationship – at least not at this stage. If the author wrote a sequel I’d be interested to see if more of these BDSM elements entered their relationship as they both got to know each other better and built a life together.

A quick and good read.

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