Title: What About Now
Author: Grace R. Duncan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Second Chances, BDSM, Phobias
Page Count: 284
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Five years ago, everything went wrong. Braden Kirk and Rafe Jessen’s long-term relationship started unraveling. They stopped talking, fears mounted, then Braden walked in on Rafe and another man, completely misreading the situation. Without giving Rafe a chance to explain, Braden walks out. Out of their home, their relationship, and the game development company they started together in college.
After months of therapy to deal with the attempted rape Braden walked in on, Rafe begins to understand that his dominant tendencies in the bedroom aren’t a bad thing and that Braden’s submission is likely what scared his partner into silence. But Rafe isn’t ready to let go of the man he loves more than life itself. He arranges for himself and Braden to end up on the same charity cruise, knowing Braden won’t let his phobia—terror of vast, deep waters—rule him.
With a plan and twenty-eight days, Rafe is determined to get Braden back, make him see there’s nothing wrong with being submissive, and find a way to get Braden to stay with him when they get home to LA.
****4 Love on the High Seas Stars****
Grace Duncan is a new author to me and I really enjoyed reading about the second chance love story of Braden and Rafe. The writer builds up the background with remembrances of their love while in college, the gaming company they build together and then ultimately the horrible circumstances that lead to Braden fleeing their relationship. Forward 5 years and Braden is coerced into taking a month long cruise by his mother even though he has a fear of deep water. Rafe has never stopped loving Braden and conspires to win a date with Braden for a LGBT fundraiser that is being showcased on the cruise. Rafe has a plan for winning Braden back and as they spend more time together Braden and Rafe rekindle not only their love but their intense sexual chemistry. I did not like how Rafe informed Braden that 5 years ago what he thought of as Rafe cheating on him was actually an attempted rape situation. Over the course of the cruise Rafe and Braden finally communicate about their sexual needs and Rafe introduces Braden to BDSM. This is where things get pretty steamy! I loved some of the characters that are involved and the ending is very romantic. There should be a trigger warning as there are depictions of attempted rape. I will look forward to more from Ms. Duncan!
Review Copy of What About Now provided by the Author, Grace R. Duncan for an honest Review.