Book Title: Served with a Twist
Author: Jet Lupin
Release Date: December 28, 2019
Genre/s: Sci-Fi D/s M/M Romance
Trope/s: Clash of Backgrounds, Opposites attract, Man in Peril, Meet My Dysfunctional Family, Size Difference
Themes: Kink, light BDSM, light D/s themes, collaring
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 74 000 words
It is a standalone story.
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The pretty ones were always trouble…
Cut Jones knows Samson from his work, but not really. He knows he’s got money, that he likes his whiskey sours extra sweet, but that’s where his knowledge ends. Samson’s come into the bar every few days for a year but has hardly said more than five words at a time, but Cut didn’t mind. Samson was out of his league. So imagine his surprise when Samson asks for his help with a very personal issue.
The pressures of owning his own company and the expectations of his father had Samson Ba walking a razor’s edge. It was only a matter of time before he tried to find a release, but when he does it’s in the worst way. And he’s found by the last person he wanted to see him this way. But things aren’t all bad. Cut offers to help him relieve his stress, and Samson’s sure he’s just being nice, but some opportunities are too good to pass up.
About the Author
Stories longing to have words put to them were in Jet’s heart from an early age. Jet enjoys exploring the connections and similarities between people whether they be shifters, vampires, or aliens, rendering the unknowable very knowable indeed.
Jet’s days are spent toiling away at a keyboard, slumped over a pen and paper hunting for those words, or playing around on twitter with a partner, and two rambunctious cats for company in the temperamental North Eastern US.
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Just the facts: M/M relationship with D/s elements, science fiction, nonbinary characters.
A dip into the world of a D/s relationship … with some family intrigue. – Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: This was an interesting read for me. Cut has been working at a nightclub under the dome for a while. For all that time he’s been watching one of the customers. He doesn’t know much about him, but he likes what he sees. Just about the time that Cut seems to think that nothing is going to happen, he runs across the same customer in an alley in what looks like a sexual assault.
It isn’t a sexual assault… it’s a sexual encounter that got a bit out of hand. Cut senses something in the man he sees in the alley that night…. something that he may be able to help with. It was a little unclear what the full extent of the offer might be…but it’s clearly sexual.
Eventually, the customer… Samson… approaches Cut and it becomes clear that they are both interested in each other. They enter into a tentative agreement to meet up – which means they are going to enter into a D/s partnership casually.
From the research I’ve done, I would say that this isn’t a terribly accurate representation of a D/s relationship, but then again that is a community of folks that lives a variety of lifestyles. Cut is unfamiliar with the world of dominance and submission when he realizes that is what Samson is looking for. He reads some books… and consults a friend and then begins a relationship.
It seemed a bit of a reach for me that someone could read a couple of books about BDSM and feel that they were educated enough to enter into an agreement with someone… but I suppose it’s not completely inconceivable. Wondering about whether this was a truly healthy D/s relationship did distract me a bit from the plot though.
A large part of this novel is about trust. There is the fragile trust that develops between Samson and Cut. There is the utter lack of trust that exists in Samson’s family… his wealthy father and playboy brother seem willing to do anything to bring Samson in line. I was curious how Samson manages to put so much of his trust in Cut so quickly after they become personally acquainted. It would have been interesting if that had been explored further.
There are some very interesting thoughts brought into the novel that I would have liked to have seen the author explore even more. There is talk about extensive genetic engineering and while Samson reveals his insecurities about being engineered himself, I felt as though it was mostly unexplored territory. I was left with more questions about the process and what it would be like to grow up knowing that your genetic structure had been chosen for you.
There is a bit of subplot going on. As Samson and Cut become closer, it seems to rub Samson’s father the wrong way. I’m not entirely clear on why they were so against him, although it seemed to be primarily because he came from a different class. People have certainly made harsher judgments based on less than that.
This was a pleasant read. It was nice to get to know the main characters but I couldn’t help feeling that there was so much more I didn’t get to read about.
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) scene that could be considered sexual assault (not rape… scene goes “too far”), physical assault, bullying, threats, family discord.
I received an ARC of Served With A Twist by Jet lupin via Gay Book Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.
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