REVIEW: Date In A Pinch by Brigham Vaughn

The Official Description: A sweet geek and an experienced Dom: someone’s about to learn their lesson …

When chemistry teacher Neil Greene gets an unexpected delivery at Pendleton High, he’s mortified when his fellow teacher and crush sees the contents that hint at the adventurous love life he’s dying to explore. Curious but inexperienced, Neil has no idea how to live out his fantasies until the hot lit teacher offers a helping hand.

Alexander Ford likes to be in charge in the bedroom and he’s happy to tutor Neil in all things naughty. But when Neil asks him to pretend to be his date for the Sweetheart’s Game at Pendleton Bay’s Love Fest, Neil may be the one teaching Alexander about love.

Just the facts: M/M relationship, BDSM aspects, colleagues at work

Funny and sweet, with a dash of spice! – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit: I’ve read a lot of Brigham Vaughn’s books… and this one was really enjoyable. First of all, for those of you who might need to know, the main relationship in this book has a BDSM element to it. I found the BDSM was realistic and authentic and I liked the way it was woven into the story. There, that’s out of the way.

Neil Greene is a teacher at Pendleton high. He makes an order online for a book and ends up with a box that has a set of nipple clamps in it. He has the unfortunate timing to be opening the box when colleague Alexander Ford can see it. This sparks a realization between the two of them that they are both interested in each other. As Alexander leaves, he casually says that he’d be glad to help Neil with the nipple clamps.

This beginning was not only tantalizing, but it was also hilarious. I could totally imagine how mortified Neil must have been to get a box by mistake that revealed the very kink he’d always been too afraid to explore.

The plot of this book isn’t complex but it’s smooth, well-written and entertaining. I loved the pace at which Neil and Alexander grew closer to one another. There was no great drama… no angst. Their relationship grew and morphed into something more than what they had agreed to. I really liked how simple and clear Vaughn kept the plot. I felt as though I was just able to focus on the relationship and enjoy the interactions.

This may sound odd, but there’s a part of the book during which Neil and Alexander go to the Pendleton Bay Love Fest. I really enjoyed reading about the date (“We’re not dating!”) Vaughn perfectly captured the feeling of wandering around an outdoor festival and I found myself quite immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes! I loved it.

I’m a fan of Brigham Vaughn’s writing and this book is the perfect read for the month of love!

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) BDSM relationship (not 24/7), discussions about BDSM relationship in the past that didn’t work out.

Links: Goodreads // The Author //


I received an ARC of Date In A Pinch by Brigham Vaughn via Neon Rainbow ARC reviews in exchange for an unbiased review.

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