Book Review: Another Way

Another Way

Anna Martin

On the surface, Jesse Ross is an average guy in an average relationship with his college sweetheart, Adele. But what his girlfriend doesn’t know is that he’s having an affair-with a man-and exploring his sexuality in ways she never could imagine. His compartmentalized life suits Jesse just fine, and he has no intention of coming out of the closet either as a bisexual or as a submissive.

However, Jesse takes a tumble when his Master, Will, admits to wanting more, wanting Jesse as his partner, not just his submissive. Suddenly Jesse’s conveniently pieced-together life isn’t quite so comfortable. In the end, Jesse has to lay it all on the line-for his girlfriend, for his lover, and for himself.

I don’t often read BDSM books.  One thing that’s kind of kept me at a distance is that it always seemed (from book blurbs) that the sub went through some traumatic experience and can only relieve the pain through BDSM.  While this is certainly a powerful and compelling storyline, it’s never quite grabbed me.

Then came Another Way.  In this book, Jesse is a sub because… well… he just loves being a sub.  Jesse’s into BDSM cuz he just loves it.

The sex was hot though out the book, escalating nicely (since in erotic romance books, the sex/intimacy has to escalate throughout the book), and the cast of supporting characters were nicely realized.  Another Way was a joy to read; it was a lot of fun.

The only glitch, I felt, in the story was the explanation of one of the scientific theories behind homosexuality, as well as the extended scene of Jesse being responsible and getting tested for STDs.  The scientific talk, I felt, was out of place and took me out of the story.  Martin doesn’t dwell on it, though, and the story quickly moves on.  As for the STD testing… writing in this genre and the related erotica genre myself, I recognize the importance of safe sex and the often romantic implications of getting tested (that you want to be responsible and respectful to your partner, so that you can give yourself fully to him), I felt it was a little drawn out.  Including the scene can and does work, but it could have been shortened.

These minor glitches, though, did not detract from the story at all.  Another Way was a great read.

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