Brent (Bound and Controlled Book 2) by Shaw Montgomery #LGBT #Audiobook #DuoReview #BDSM #NewRelease #MMRomance #Contemporary #Spotlight

Erryn and Melissa review ‘Brent (Bound and Controlled Book 1)’ by Shaw Montgomery. This book was released by the author on July 15, 2017, and is 124 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kenneth Obi.  It was released on January 9, 2018, and is 3 hrs and 56 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: 

Erryn: I love BDSM books and have been eyeing this series for a while.

Melissa: The blurb really got my attention and it already had some high reviews.  Since this is a new to me author and narrator, I took a chance.


 

Brent had fallen for the one Dom he couldn’t have.

Brent’s legendary bad luck when it came to men was undeniable. If there was a wanna-be Dom in a hundred miles, he found them. But even he couldn’t have predicted what would happen next. Mixed signals and too much time off won’t make it any better, or will it? 

Calen had fallen for the one sub he couldn’t have.

Calen knew most considered him the seen-them-and-leave-them type of Dom, but how could he stay when he knew they wouldn’t understand? When you’re a Dom who doesn’t match up to stereotypes, can you ever find the right submissive?

This 38,000-word story contains M/m sexual content and BDSM elements. The Bound & Controlled series follows four brothers who are each involved in the BDSM lifestyle in some way as they look for love. Each book features a different brother, but the books are best heard in order. The books are not taboo in nature.

Book 1: Garrett

Book 2: Brent

Book 3: Grant

Book 4: Bryce

 


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Erryn’s Review:

I listened to the first book in the series, ‘Garrett’, then moved right on to ‘Brent’, and I’m so glad I did.  These books are stand-alones, but you do get more enjoyment from listening to them in order.

Brent is one of 4 brothers who are all gay and all into the BDSM lifestyle in one capacity or another.  Brent’s problem is that he’s a submissive: he derives pleasure from serving a Master.  That sounds fine until he actually gets up the courage to approach a Dom.  Brent is big, tall, and could easily be mistaken for a Dominant.  He’s managed to date every ‘dick’ Dom for 100 miles and has pretty much given up.  Then, one night at the BDSM club he attends with his brothers, he has a life-altering experience.  Yes, he was supposedly ‘pretending’ to be Calen’s submissive but it felt…perfect.

Problem?  Calen works in the office of the insurance company Brent owns with his 3 brothers.  Also, Brent’s happy that his brother Garrett has found a submissive and Brenda wants Wyatt, Garrett’s submissive, to feel like part of the family, but it just reinforces that Brent’s alone.

Until his brother sends him home for a week so he can have an attitude adjustment.

The timing is interesting because when Calan shows up hungover the same Monday morning, Garrett also orders him to take the week off to get himself together.

Once the men realize they are both banished from the office, they decide there are worse ways to spend the week than together.

It doesn’t take long for the two men to reconnect on a level beyond friendship.  But in order to have a true Master/submissive relationship, they will have to risk their friendship and open themselves completely.  Calen, for his part, has reasons to be insecure.  His preferences, in the BDSM community, make some people question his legitimacy as a Dom.

I, of course, call BS.  Calen should be able to express his preferences sexually in a way that is comfortable for him.  Stereotypes and preconceptions have no place in life, let alone in BDSM.

In the end, and Brent are perfect for each other because Brent is as indignant as I am about Calen’s rejection by some previous men he was involved with.

I loved that the relationship was a slow burn with lots of eating and laughter.  When things do get hot, it is perfect.

Kenneth Obi narrated the book and each time I listen to him, I enjoy him more and more.  His portrayal of Brent is spot-on.  Brent has a deep voice, and a calm demeanor.  Calen is deliberative as well and that came across.  Kenneth carries Wyatt’s southern accent as well as providing a good interpretation of Wyatt’s friend Carter.  That’s good, because I suspect Carter is going to get involved with one of the two single brothers.  Personally, I can’t wait.

Erryn’s Rating:

9/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

 

Melissa’s Review:

I listened to book 1 (Garrett) as well and I did enjoy that one more than Brent, but part of that is because I didn’t feel like I got the chance to really know Brent and Calen. Overall the story was nice and entertaining and it was good to see more of the brothers, especially Garrett and his new sub Wyatt. 😉 It’s clear the author is leading us to the rest of the brothers who have their own stories, and I am okay with that. When the next story is introduced in the current story, sometimes it’s not carried off well, because it ignores the current characters. Personally I found it hilarious when Bryce is being “grilled” by his brother about his clients. It’s obvious he has feelings for the Dom and Sub pair, but he appears to be fighting it. I would LOVE the chance to read their story.

As for Brent and Caleb, their relationship started off weird to me because we don’t get to fully experience their history on page. I would have preferred it if their scene history had been shown in real time and not in flash backs, and I would also have preferred it when they did come together in present time that there hadn’t been so many games between them. They’ve known each other a long time and certainly should have had a sense already of who they were (in and out of the scene), but they kind of did a dance as if to be getting to know them in this new context.

Kenneth Obi is the narrator for books 1 & 2 and overall I enjoyed his narration, particularly Wyatt’s. 😉 Since the same narrator did do both books, it was a little hard to differentiate between Garrett and Brent. They both had deep voices and maybe I didn’t notice in Garrett’s book, but Brent’s voice didn’t come across as a natural tenor. It felt forced and it really took me out of the story.

Melissa’s Rating:

6/10 Points of Gold (60% Recommended) – Compares to 3/5 Stars

 

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Shaw Montgomery loves reading, traveling, and family. While not necessarily in that order, they all rank pretty close. Shaw has lived all over the United States and even Germany. While the coast of North Carolina is a favorite place Shaw currently lives in the Western United States. Current wish list places to travel to are Australia, Italy, and Scotland. 

When Shaw wants to write about things that are a little more taboo (or sometimes a lot more taboo), Shaw writes under the name M.A. Innes. If you like M/m content that is sweet and naughty check out Shaw’s other books. 

Shaw reads an eclectic mix of genres; everything from Mystery and Sci-Fi Space Westerns, to traditional Romance and all kinds of Erotica. Currently the stories in Shaw’s head are femdom romance but there are some M/M and Sci-Fi/Fantasy that can’t wait to come out as well.

Note – there is a prequel of the series, found for $1.00 on Amazon: The Owners

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