Title: His Roommate's Pleasure
Author: Lana McGregor
Format: egalley edition
Pub. Date: July 1st 2013
Source: Netgalley and Carina Press
Three and a half stars, rounded up.
Adam's computer has seen better days. He's painfully reminded of this as it spazzes right before a paper is due. He's not really friends with his roommate, Josh, but they don't hate each other either... So it makes perfect sense to use his computer, if only for a moment. He accidentally finds some pictures.... Pornographic pictures between men, in BDSM scenes. Josh catches Adam on his computer, and so begins an exploration of kinks, limits, and emotions between two college roomies.
This is a short, easy to follow M/M erotic read that follows two young men on a journey to discover who they are and what they enjoy in the bedroom.
+I really liked the emotions represented in this book. There's obviously lust and attraction, but there's so much more. Each character feels shame, fear, uncertainty, doubt. This is the first erotic story that I've read in which both main characters are relatively unfamiliar with the kinks that they show interest in. It added a level of depth to an otherwise simple read.
+The sex scenes were vulgar but well written, and took up a considerable portion of this book. So, if you're looking for steam and heat, this novella definitely has you covered. Sex also incorporates paddles, collars, leashes, and verbal degradation. Yum.
-The one thing I'm really not too big a fan of is the description of the photos in question. It got a bit boring and redundant. I understand why it was described in such detail, but those scenes ran a bit long and lost a bit of my interest.
Overall, this is a great exploratory book. I recommend it to people who haven't read much about BDSM, since I feel those people will relate the strongest to the characters. This book involves sex, BDSM, and homosexuality, so if any of those themes bother you, this might not be up your alley.
Thank you to Netgalley and Carina Press for my copy.