Bryce (Bound and Controlled Book 4) by Shaw Montgomery #LGBT #Audiobook #Review #BDSM #NewRelease #MMM #ContemporaryRomance #Triad #Menage

Erryn reviews ‘Bryce (Bound and Controlled Book 4)’ by Shaw Montgomery. This book was released by the author on September 16, 2017, and is 129 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kenneth Obi.  It was released on May 24, 2018, and is 4 hrs and 19 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book:  I’ve listened to all of them and leapt on this one.  Sexy men?  Triad?  BDSM?  Must listen!


He’d watched them for so long it probably counted as stalking.

Bryce was confident when it came to work and his family, but hesitant when it involved relationships. He’d found subs that he pulled to him and Doms that could make his knees weak for a scene or two, but no one that tugged at his heart or who could understand what it was like to be both a Dom and a sub – until he’d seen Troy and Oliver.

They’d watched him for so long they decided to keep him.

Bryce hovered around them like a moth drawn to a flame. He circled and watched but never came closer, never approached them. Troy and Oliver were tired of waiting. They knew they needed a third to make them complete, and they knew they needed Bryce. But was he ready? They didn’t want a one-night stand or a casual fling. They wanted everything with the confused switch who’d caught their eye and possibly their hearts.

Story Contains: M/M/m sexual content, spanking, 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 listened to 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:

Life as a switch can be challenging.  I know several and they speak a lot about ‘hats’.  Which ‘hat’ are they wearing that day?  There is a different headspace for each role, and it can be delicate. Add polyamory to the mix, and it can create a chaotic mind.

Shaw Montgomery’s character, Bryce, is battling that chaos.  In binary BDSM relationships, unless both partners are switches, each partner usually has an assigned and negotiated role.  I have seen couples evolve over the years and even reverse these roles, but usually each person, who is being true to himself, chooses and enjoys their role.

Bryce has fought with this dichotomy his entire life.  He is a take-charge guy at work, having to stand up to his brothers who are also his business partners. In the BDSM club he attends, he has been observing a couple with growing hunger.  The opening scene of the book is the aftercare of the submissive Oliver by his Dominant Troy.  Troy has just been using sounds on Oliver. (I’ll leave it up to you whether or not you’re going to investigate sounding if you’re not already familiar with it.)  Troy is holding Oliver, who is still flying.  Bryce is watching, as unobtrusively as possible, but his longing is plain to Troy, who invites the outsider to join the embrace.  Whether in an actual scene or in aftercare, only those explicitly invited to join are allowed to enter that sacred space.  Bryce understands the monumental nature of this invitation and he treasures the physical and emotional contact with the two men.

This story is told from each of the three men’s point-of-view, so, as a listener, I was able to see the relationship from the perspective of each member of the triad as they manoeuvre their way through this.  Troy and Oliver have known for a long time that they want a third.  But until they met Bryce, the structure of that new relationship wasn’t clear.  As Oliver points out, you can’t just custom-order a switch or pick one up at the supermarket.  That Bryce is a switch works for this trio.  But Bryce still has difficulty.  Sure, he enjoys topping or co-topping Oliver with Troy.  And he loves being one of Troy’s two ‘boys’, bottoming and submitting to the Dominant man, but he finds it difficult to change headspace.

Add his meddling mother and bossy brothers to the mix and it’s almost too much for the private man.  At one point, he’s ready to lose it.  Also, he’s a respected businessman in a conservative industry.  How would it look if he’s dating (and eventually loving) two men?

Sometimes it takes a pair to convince a switch that his true self is welcome.  And, speaking of true selves – Carter, Grant’s submissive, is becoming increasingly comfortable in his own skin, including wearing make-up and effeminate clothes.  Wyatt and Garrett are preparing to take their relationship to the next level.

This book is the perfect end to the stories of the four brothers who are all gay and all into BDSM.  And who all get their happy ending.

Kenneth Obi’s narration of the series has been enjoyable.  It can be a challenge to create and maintain nine distinct male voices, but he’s done a commendable job.  These are fun, light and entertaining listens.

 

Erryn’s Rating:

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