Not Safe For Work by L.A. Witt
I’m so hooked on M/M smut right now, it’s not even funny. When I started this blog, I only wanted to share my thoughts on all the delicious romance/smut/erotica I read – which is plenty. But I didn’t expect the blog to turn into some kind of literary, gay, spank bank buffet. But here we are. And you’re welcome. 😉
Not Safe For Work is really NSFW. It’s an M/M romance also classified as BDSM. And technically, I suppose it is. But it’s extremely vanilla. The Dom in the story talks a lot, but what is depicted is mostly gentle dominance and submission and sweet sweet lovin’. It’s still a great story though, which I really enjoyed reading, but if you’re looking for actual BDSM, you better keep looking.
The main characters, Jon McNeill and Rick Pierce, are both into kink. Other than that, they don’t appear to have much in common. At least at a first glance. Jon’s a model maker at an architectural firm, two time divorced and the father of three college aged kids. Rick is the CEO of a multi million dollar company and the biggest client of Jon’s firm. Jon and Rick are matched through a hook-up app, Jon being a Dom and Rick being a Sub. They decide to try out a Dom-Sub relationship but to keep the relationship secret, especially at work. They didn’t expect their play to lead to anything serious though. And they definitely didn’t foresee the consequences of their affair being discovered.
I can’t say I’m particularly fond of hardcore BDSM stories. So Not Safe For Work was actually perfect in that sense. But what mainly drew me in and kept me captivated was the very sweet way that Jon’s and Rick’s budding relationship was described. Sure, there’s the Dom-Sub dynamics, but there’s only mild dominance and light bondage. Pain isn’t really a factor and there’s thankfully no degradation. Only mutual attraction and respect. And two men falling for each other. While they also have lots and lots of sex. Hot sex.
The story is told exclusive from Jon’s viewpoint. Which is a bit of a shame since I would have loved to see Rick’s side of things too. The progression of the story and the eventual fall-out from their relationship being outed at work would probably haven’t been as nerve-wrecking with dual POVs though, so it’s all good. And it did get nerve-wrecking. I even had to put my Kindle down a few times to calm myself before I could go on.
Anyway. To summarize. Not Safe For Work is a very well-written story. There’s plenty of shagging and some hot dominance play, but mostly it’s a beautiful love story with a HEA in the end. Another plus was that the MCs are more mature. As in, not in their twenties. Both are a bit over forty, more grounded and real in that sense. I absolutely recommend this read if you like dick, men and love.
I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).