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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Review: A Collision with Reality

Series Title: In Like Flynn
Story title: Collision with Realty
Author: Storm Duffy
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Length: Short – 7,100
Genre: BDSM themed, contemporary, bisexual


Flynn’s new boss is so hot he can’t wait to get home to tell the chatroom how much he wants Dom’s cock down his throat. By Friday, he’s shared quite a few thoughts on what he’d like his boss to do to him. But he’s not as anonymous as he thinks, and Dom’s intent on disciplining him for breaching company policy on social networking. Dom gives him a choice of put up or shut up: he can play out the fantasy in real life, or he can walk out of the office without a word to HR as long as he never talks that way about Dom again. Flynn chooses “put up”—but he’s forgotten about one of the things he said he wouldn’t mind doing.


 A Collision with Reality has great promise.  The concept for the story was brilliant. Even though it’s a really short tale, I found myself laughing out loud sometimes, which is a good thing. BDSM isn’t generally my thing, but I have researched the topic for a couple of years now because I was curious. In stories, I don’t mind it as long as the participants are adults and go into it willingly. I would gladly read a book with some raunchy sexy mixed with BDSM—after all, a good book is a good book.

 So I was looking for BDSM when I started reading this story. Even though this is book one of a series, I really didn’t get a good feel for the characters.

The story seemed all about Flynn and there was very little in the way of Dom.  Reading that the story was BDSM themed I expected Dom to be this, dominant force that makes Flynn fight to keep control—I expected him to teach Flynn a rather sexy lesson or two. I didn’t get that. 

The first impression I had of Dom through Flynn’s eyes was amazing.  But as the story wound down, Dom lost his dom.  He didn’t exhibit much control of the situation and at times I thought he was detached from the whole situation.   I wanted Dom to take charge, to gently remind Flynn of his current position then use it and Flynn’s willingness to “put up” and make Flynn do some seriously naughty (in that sexy all manlove kind of way) things to Dom's very delectable body.

My biggest problem with the story is the BDSM. While I don’t write BDSM, I have friends who both write and live it. Over the years I’ve spoken to them in length on the subject, visited a few um—establishments that caters to the community and I’m lost as to where it plays a part in this story.  I feel Collision with Reality is more of an erotica with some kink—but perhaps this is just a gateway to the other stories.

A Collision with Realty is a good little read, if you ignore the BDSM label you will enjoy it.  They say first impressions are everything, right? Perhaps Dom needed to put a much more controlled foot forward. Still, I'll be checking out the other stories in the series to see the progression of these men.

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