Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review: My Two Doms by G.G. Royale

My Two Doms by GG Royale

My Two Doms is the story of a woman who falls in love with two men. When they find out, she uses emotional blackmail to force them to like each other and get along with each other enough for her to "keep" both of them. The kicker here is that the men are Doms and the woman a submissive. Do you see the problem?

I don't know any Doms who would have gone along with this. I know some who may have been talked into it if approached in a different way... but none who would allow for the emotional blackmail approach.

I realize that when not in a scene they were all equals and Haley had every right to "fuss" at Gregory and Jason as she did (even if she came off whiny at times, another annoyance). However, most Doms, by definition, tend to have control issues. And they tend to balk when someone tries to control them, especially if they feel they are being put into a corner. 

Here's the blurb:

Haley has been seeing two very different doms, and they both made her happy in their own way. Gregory...older, calm, and willing to show her off. And Jason, a possessive and fiery younger man.

When the two men finally meet up, Haley realizes she doesn’t want each man on separate nights anymore; she wants both of them together! But the two doms are so different -- and so often at each other’s throat -- that she doubts she can have what she desires. Will a surprise weekend together help the men bond or just cause more conflict?

There were a lot of reasons the story didn't work for me. First off, I didn't really like Haley all that much. She seemed... shallow. She didn't know either man very well, so how could she have known she loved them so much? And to expect an environmentalist to get along with someone who works for an oil company? She should have known ahead of time that was a huge stumbling block, but didn't even realize it until the men started asking where the other worked.

BDSM elements:
  • Bondage and Discipline: Bondage is creatively done and fairly well described. No real punishment scenes, just quick discipline, mostly. 2 of 3
  • Dominance and Submission: Yes and no. Within the scenes she is mostly submissive, but still plotting even during a scene. 1 of 3
  • Sadism and Masochism: Yes, and it is well done and fairly accurately described. 2 of 3. 
  • Extra Point: No
As for the writing elements, the plot didn't work for me, as I couldn't suspend belief enough. Pacing was fine, prose and dialogue were well done, character development was also fairly well done (even though I didn't like the main character very much).
  • Book Rating: My Two Doms: 6 of 10
  • BDSM Intensity Level: 5 of 10
  • Heat Level: 3 of 5
I enjoyed the BDSM scenes within My Two Doms, and felt that the author did a fine job with the mechanics of writing. However, the characters and plot just didn't work for me.

As an explanation for the labels I've used, which may seem contradictory to the story explanations: There is no action between the two male Doms, they both focus exclusively on the female submissive. Also, while kitty and pony play are both talked about, there is no actual kitty or pony play, so I didn't label it as such.


  1. Thanks for your feedback. After the fact, I definitely feel that I tried to tackle too many issues in such a short book. I hope you will still consider checking out some of my other titles.

  2. As I said, the writing and character development were well done, and the scenes were also nicely done. It's just that the story and plot didn't work for me.