Title: Room at the Top
Authors: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M/M, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: Could Liam be a love connection for Jay and Austin or just a pipe dream?
Austin and Jay want a Dom in their lives, but not a third person in their bed. When their Dom moves away, replacing him turns out to be trickier than they’d thought and the two of them are getting desperate. Enter Liam, a friend of their former Dom, deliciously sexy and stern, ready to spank them into shape — and he’s straight.
It’s all going so well, but can Liam separate his growing attraction to his two young subs from what they do during their sessions? And can Austin and Jay handle the discovery that Liam means more to them than he was ever supposed to?
With Austin’s younger sister April ready to do anything she can to make life difficult for the three men, is it going to be possible for Austin and Jay to prove to Liam that there’s room in their life — and their bed — for him?
M/M/M is a trope in gay fiction/romance that we seem to be seeing a lot more of lately. I’m not complaining, just making an observation. 🙂 I love M/M/M, but most of these threesomes don’t have any semblance of longevity because one protagonist is usually not really part of the relationship but an add-on. This book might change my opinion.
Jay and Austin knew that they would have a difficult time replacing their previous Dom Patrick, when he moved away but they didn’t realize how many frogs they would have to kiss before the handsome prince arrived. They longed for a new Master who would understand what they were looking for and give them what they needed. Patrick suggested that if they expanded their search criteria he could recommend his friend Liam as a possibility. There was just one problem – Liam was straight. While it was a novel idea Jay and Austin didn’t see how this would work since they would be naked during the scenes, but they were desperate enough to try anything.
When they met there was an instant connection, and although Liam had never handled two submissives at the same time he was up for the challenge. Their first session was pretty intense and each participant came away feeling that there was potential for a long lasting D/s relationship. Jay’s and Austin’s trigger was pain and Liam gave them everything they desired. There was no sex because they didn’t want a third which was fine with Liam, initially. Each Friday night they met for a scene and the afterglow sustained them until the following Friday, but it wasn’t long before Jay and Austin realized that they needed more time with Liam and wanted an emotional and sexual connection with him. Liam was also feeling the threads of attraction for the pair.
Jay’s and Austin’s feelings for each other were so strong that at times it eclipsed everything else and I wondered how Liam would ever fit into such a close, loving relationship. Liam was 40, divorced, 15 years older, and had never experienced sexual feelings for another man (other than a brief incident when he was a teenager). He gradually changed from the cold, controlling Dom to someone who had tender feelings for his subs and eventually acknowledged that he was bisexual. I think that his age and experience were an advantage in the evolution of the threesome from D/s to lovers which seemed realistic because it was so gradual.
April, Austin’s sister, was horrible but I thought that most of her problems were a consequence of her upbringing as her family indulged her and gave her everything she demanded throughout her childhood and teens. In the process they created a monster, a scheming, selfish bitch who cared for no one. The only people who saw through her and told her where to get off were Liam and Jay. Austin talked a good game but appeared to have no balls or spine where his sister was concerned and let her walk all over him, but while April did create some dissension among the MCs she wasn’t important enough to cause a lasting rift.
The one aspect of the book that disappointed me was Liam’s reliance on paddles, whips, plugs and various bondage accoutrements. Jay and Austin got off on pain but I expected Liam’s routine to vary from giving his subs the extreme physical pain they needed, to engaging their brains and emotions during the sessions in order to make their highs more intense. I’ve always been impressed with Doms who didn’t depend solely on props and I thought that adding variety to the scenes would have made the book more interesting.
The BDSM here is pretty heavy duty and there’s lots of sex, so if you don’t enjoy this you may want to give Room at the Top a pass, even with wonderful MCs like Jay and Austin who were so much in love that their characters sparkled throughout the book. Liam was no slouch either because he had a very strong personality and provided the balance that his subs craved.
Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow did a good job in the book and I really loved Jay and Austin. The writing was crisp and flowed well, the protagonists came alive on the page and they made you believe they could have a future together.
If you’re looking for three dimensional characters and lots of D/s action I would definitely recommend Room at the Top.