Chemical Bonds by L.M. Somerton was a spicy little novella. Max and Blake’s experiment made me wish I was a scientist.
Max was a really interesting character. He’s super smart but also pretty naïve about certain things. Some of my favorite scenes in the book involved the growth of his character. Watching him become more sure of himself and his desires.
Some of the more frustrating scenes also revolved around Max. The way he went back and forth between wanting to submit to Blake and being scared/ashamed of his desires nearly gave me whiplash.
When he actually let go of his inhibitions, the scenes between he and Blake were scorching hot. The care and patience Blake showed for Max was sweet and sensual.
Blake could also be a bit patronizing and Max’s “bitchy” supervisor was an annoying continuation of the poor representation of women in M/M books. Both of which contributed to the lowering of my rating.
I enjoyed Chemical Bonds but it won’t be going onto my reread shelf. Somerton has a knack for writing really hot BDSM scenes, that’s for sure. I just want a little bit more.
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Even the best-planned experiment can have unpredictable consequences.
Max Allenby loves his job as a chemist with Armacom, developing new protective materials. He harbours a secret crush for the CEO, the stern and distant Blake Winters, which makes dealing with his harridan of a boss, Dr. Ella Preston, bearable.
Blake Winters is a lifestyle Dom. He spotted Max when he first joined Armacom, but has kept his distance from the talented, young scientist. When his Head of Security, who also happens to be Max’s older brother, tells him about Max’s feelings, Blake decides its time to make the pretty young man his.
Blake proposes a dating experiment to Max. For three hours a night over five nights, Max will give Blake his complete submission. Max is conflicted but decides to take the plunge and get a taste of a lifestyle he secretly craves.
Each date night introduces Max to a new level of submission. He loves every minute but is also conflicted—unable to believe a man like Blake wants him as anything more than a temporary plaything.
Blake understands that experiments do not always turn out as expected. He takes steps to convince Max of his feelings and to reassure him that his submissive streak is a strength, not a weakness.