Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bound by Leather by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael

Bound by Leather by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael

Bound by Leather is another short story, and once again I find myself disappointed in a book that begins a really good story and then just ends. The character building was going well, the possibilities in the relationship were beginning to come into focus, and there was reason to hope they might have their first real scene soon. And then it was over.

Here's the blurb:

In the world of werewolves, to harbor submissive desires is looked upon with disdain. To be gay and submissive is a double threat. To satisfy his craving, Nathaniel seeks acceptance at a BDSM club...and is quick to receive it.

Master Raphael's interest in the beautiful wolf is quite obvious to the club's clientele, and it isn't long before the two are paired for play. Yet, Raphael isn't known exactly for monogamy. Could Nathaniel turn him into a one-man, or one-wolf, Dominant?

BDSM elements:
  • Bondage and Discipline: 0 of 3
  • Dominance and Submission: This is a dom and a sub, but the story doesn't show us the actual act of submission. The the wish to submit. 1 of 3
  • Sadism and Masochism: None. 0 of 3 
  • Extra Point: Yes
As for the writing elements, the set up for the plot was there, but the story ended before I felt there was a resolution. Pacing was okay. Prose and dialogue were fine. Character development was coming along nicely, and world building was okay.

I don't know how to rate this one. The writing was good, this is a talented writing team. But the story didn't feel finished. It just didn't feel like a good place to end things.

  • Book Rating: Bound by Leather: 6 of 10
  • BDSM Intensity Level: 2 of 10
  • Heat Level: 1 of 5
I liked these characters, and would be interested in a story that tells us how these men work things out.  


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