Tanja reviews ‘The Square Peg (The Square Peg #1) by Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow (Published by Loose ID; August 7,2012)
Why I read this book: I already had the pleasure of reading one book from those authors, which I enjoyed. So I looked for something else from their backlist and stumbled upon this book. What should I say, it was not the last one from them.
Benedict, a successful acccountant, who´s just been dumped for being boring, is surprised and pleased to learn that he´s inherited half ownership in a gay bar from his estranged father, seeing it as a chance to get out of his rut. That´s unitl he meets his new partner, a mouthy, disturbinly hot Brit called Shane, and discovers that the bar´s in the red ans Shane´s not interested in renovations that could drive away their regulars.
When a late-night confrontation turns into the hottest sex either of them has experienced, they realize there´s only one way to fit a square peg into a round hole, but are they solving problems or papering over the cracks? As they explore the new dynamic between them, pushing their limits until Ben´s shocked at where his desire to dominate Shane takes him, the renovations to the bar begin. They´re building something new, something good — but fear and an unexpected act of violence may tear down what they´ve created.
The beginning of this story was great, sucked me right into it. Two men, who couldn´t stand each other from the moment they met, inherited a bar and had to work together. Well Ben wanted to make the best of it, but Shane fought him every step of the way. And me – I loved it!!
They couldn´t agree on anything, should the bar be renovated, which paint were they going to put on the wall,…. The only time they worked well together was in the bedroom. OMG, there the sparks flew, the chemistry between those two was great, in short it was HOT.
Thrown into it was BDSM and I was a happy girl – well almost. Ben and Shane were newbies regarding BDSM. I never had that constellation before, so it was interesting to see, what those two were up to.
I liked the fantasies Ben had, which he told Shane BUT they were never played out. Did not appreciate it – sooo frustrating!! And then, there were two scenes I was uncomfortable with. Not only did Ben slap Shane in the face and over the head but he also didn´t know if Shane would like it. Yes, Shane was smiling or he told Ben afterwards it was ok, but it had a bitter aftertaste for me. For a smart person, Ben was acting dumb – he felt guilty about his needs, which I could understand, but I would had liked it more if he researched about BDSM and talked with Shane beforehand.
But overall I enjoyed the story. You could see how those two had to learn to work together, respect each other and their wishes. And on top it has some interesting secondary characters, two of them are the MC´s of the next book.
8/10 pots of gold