I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Thing

Title: I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Thing
Author: Marina Vivancos
Publisher: Self
Release Date: October 22nd, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 421
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Silas meets gorgeous, grumpy-looking Oscar at a bar. He’s never had sex with a guy, and what better place is there to find someone to pop that particular cherry?

He knows what he’s getting with the broad-shouldered, I-can-pummel-you-with-one-look Oscar: getting bent over a hard surface and satisfied until he’s blaspheming. Turns out, though, there’s a lot more to Oscar that meets the eyes. Needs that you’d never guess just by looking at him. Needs that Silas turns out to perfectly meet.

One night turns into two, turns into three, turns into a dozen. It’s just a little friends-with-benefits relationship with a dollop of kink on the side. No feelings involved, right?

Right. Because Silas is just so good at keeping his heart in check.

This is an erotic ~27,000 word novella. Expect plentiful sex scenes with a friends-with-benefits (yeah, right), soft Dom/sub relationship.

Whoa. Can I say HOT?

I was not prepared for this. There was so much raw emotion and I am not sure that I’ve ever read a book that gave me this many feels in such a short story.

Silas meets Oscar at a bar and they immediately fancy each other. Silas has never been with a man and has basically spent all of college in a long distance relationship, so doesn’t have a ton of experience in the romance department.

When an epic night turns into a weekly affair, things start heating up and Silas asks for total trust. Even though this was supposed to be a casual thing, Oscar gives it to him. He gives him everything.

I was so entranced in this story. There were plenty of plot issues. There was basically no actual story, other than the fact that they were trying new things constantly and falling deeper and deeper, but I found that I couldn’t put it down anyway. I have no idea how Oscar made his living, other than attending meetings and reading files, but those things didn’t seem too important here.

This book was pure love and it was hot and definitely worth the read. Let us know what you think!

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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