Embracing Faith (Embracing, Book 1) by M.A. Innes #Audiobook #DuoReview #LGBT #MMMRomance #Contemporary #BDSM #Daddykink #Asexual

Erryn and Dana review ‘Embracing Faith (Embracing Book 1)’ by M.A. Innes. This book was released by the author on May 24, 2019, and is 205 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kenneth Obi.  It was released on February 11, 2020, and is 6 hrs and 12 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why Dana read this book: I really like the narrator and the blurb sounded very intriguing.

Why Erryn read this book: I enjoy menage books and I enjoy asexual lead characters.


Two’s company and three’s a crowd, right? Not when you’ve got a genius who knows that, sometimes, it takes more than two people to make a family.

Cody’s been waiting years for his sexy former professor to take the leap and ask him out. Unfortunately, Cody’s youthful looks and the fact that Jameson has known him since he was 14 aren’t helping the situation any. When the precocious student finally decides that the slightly reluctant Jameson needs a little push to move him in the right direction, Cody knows just what to do: follow his curiosity.

When Ford is introduced to Cody at Bound & Controlled, he’s interested, but a little wary. Just because the funny little thing says he’s looking for a daddy doesn’t mean Ford is the one for him. Guys are usually hesitant when it comes to getting close to an asexual daddy dom. But the unpredictable Cody seems to think that’s the perfect combination.

A little patience and a bit of research has helped Cody find his Mr. Rights. He’s just not sure what it will take to get his nervous professor and his loving daddy to see that all they really need is each other.

Author’s note: This is a slow-burn romance that has a HFN ending.

Warning: Story Contains: The story contains MMM sexual content, BDSM elements, spankings, and age play.


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Dana’s Review: 

I signed up for this book on Audiobook Boom after reading the blurb. I haven’t read anything from this author yet, so I was glad that I would be experiencing a “new” voice to me. The narrator is one I have listened to many times and really like. May/December romances are a favorite trope of mine, and I also love MMM. The book had all that going for it, and then there was mention of an asexual daddy dom, and I really wanted to know how that would work. Now age play is not a well known kink to me in my reading. I may have read a few stories, but I think they might have dabbled lightly into the kink if this book is any indication. The level of trust between Cody and Ford must have been strong, because there were some things that I never imagined would occur in this kink. I feel like it serves as a test of the author. Can you make someone who might find something strange feel the trust and depth of the characters and scene to find it sweet or beautiful. And I think the author succeeded.

So the kink is just one part of this very interesting, sort-of menage story. Cody is an early twenty something who is a genius. At fourteen, he started working on one of his many college degrees. And the professors at the school seem to count him as a friend, even while being a little protective of him. Jameson is one of those professors. Cody’s crush was evident early on, but there was no way Jameson would have started a relationship with the underage man; not after his experiences as a young gay man.  Even when Cody grew up, it still seemed like it was illicit in Jameson’s mind and as a result Cody began to consider finding someone else. At least someone else who might satisfy his questions about BDSM and age play in particular. Ford is a daddy dom, who wants a relationship, preferably with a sub, but has no interest in sex. Bringing Cody to release is something that makes him happy, but it won’t happen through intercourse. All in all, they are all so very unique, interesting, and wonderful, and I had to discover how it would work for them.

Now the story falls short of a committed relationship between all three of them equally. Cody is in two relationships and the two men he is involved with don’t meet each other until much later. It eases some of the doubt Jameson and Ford have with the permanence of their relationships, and they find a way to bond over their care for Cody. I am very interested to see how this throuple proceeds in the next book in the series.

The kink in this book was not quite what I expected, but I really found the love that grew between Cody and Ford to be beautiful. Jameson had a past that left a deep scar on his heart. It was nice to see him overcome his fears and take a chance with Cody as well. Kenneth Obi narrated this book very well. I am always pleased with his emoting and range of tones. I never got lost wondering who was speaking at a moment. It was a really good book and I definitely recommend it.

Dana’s Rating:

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

Erryn’s Review:

I have enjoyed M.A. Innes books before (as well as stories written under Shaw Montgomery), so I had high hopes for this one.  I love MMM stories, have no problems with BDSM, have read daddy kink, and enjoy age play.  This book brought together all those elements, so I should have really enjoyed it.  I did, for the most part, but it felt a bit uneven.  There are three main characters and each has their own rotating point of view.  Yet somehow I felt Jameson got short changed.  I didn’t connect with him as much as I did Cody and Ford.  I felt like something was missing with him.

My other issue is with Cody himself.  He’s twenty-one, started university in his mid-teens, and has six degrees.  Now, I understand being a savant, but sitting classes and writing papers takes time.  Even if he challenges almost every class, he still needs time to learn material.  I felt his genius stretched credulity a bit and although his naïveté was endearing, it was also a little much.   Sometimes I found him downright annoying.

Okay, after unpacking those issues, I settled into the story.  Ford is an asexual Daddy Dom.  He loves age play, and has a nursery at home.  But all the men he’s encountered want a sexual relationship as well and that doesn’t work for him.  I like when asexual characters are normalized.  There’s nothing wrong with not being interested in sex.  Doesn’t mean someone should be consigned to be alone for the rest of their lives.  Cody encountering Ford on his first foray into a BDSM club was an interesting choice.  Cody has a tendency to run on and ask impertinent questions, and Ford enjoys that.  He’s open and happy to meet someone who is curious and open.  Things quickly progress and Cody heads to Ford’s home for some play.

Cody also has been crushing on a professor on campus.  The professor has, rightly, held the younger man at bay.  There are ethics about these things, right?  But he’s also been intrigued and now that Cody’s older, he’s at least open to having a discussion.  Things progress in that relationship as well, leaving Cody torn between two men who both meet his needs.

It’s the mature Ford who insists the three men meet.  Now, Jameson’s reaction to Cody’s declaration that he needs a daddy was a bit over the top, but I can understand being surprised.  The three men meeting doesn’t occur until well into the book, setting up the next one nicely as this story ends on what can only be termed a HFN.

Kenneth Obi narrated this story and delivered the performance I expected.  He’s consistent in his delivery with the manic Cody and the very chilled Ford.  He also gave Jameson a good voice as well.  There are plenty of cameos of characters from other series and it’s always fun to see them.  If this is your first Innes/Montgomery book, don’t worry, you won’t be lost.  I’m looking forward to the second book and hope it will come to audio shortly.

Erryn’s Rating:

8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars


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I write as Shaw Montgomery and M.A. Innes. Normally I write femdom erotic romance and BDSM erotic romance under the name Shaw Montgomery. M.A. Innes is my alter ego who loves kinkier things like age play and other fun fantasies. I love hearing from readers so please feel free to ask questions or make comments. 

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