Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Only Way to Live (The Mechanics of Love #1) by M.A. Innes

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Flirting with his friend’s father was supposed to be just fun and games for Derek, but what happens when teasing leads to unexpected questions and some surprising curiosity?

Derek has known the unflappable Sean for years and nothing ever gets a reaction out of the attractive older man. Nothing, that is, until Derek senses some unexpected curiosity from the man he always thought was straight. But who better than an adventurous switch to help Sean explore his wild side?

Sean knows better than to take Derek’s teasing seriously. There’s a reason he’s always called the impetuous younger man “the pest.” But when Derek’s playful banter leads to some interesting reactions, Sean has to decide what’s more important…hiding behind what he’s always assumed or finally getting to discover who he really was all along.

62k words

Story Contains: M/m sexual content, playful use of the term Daddy, BDSM elements, spanking, a mischievous switch, a fun adult toy store, and a man who always thought he was straight.

Author’s Note: There is no age play in this book, although Derek loves to drive Sean crazy about their age difference

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Only Way to Live is a delicious best friend's father romance mixed with some spicy BDSM. This MA Innes book is absolutely tender and exquisite.

The story of Derek and Sean, these two have a long, interesting past that includes a whole lot of shameless flirting. Derek's long been after Sean, the father of his friend Ethan.

I just love the dynamics in this story. Derek's a switch who works to wear down the older man, working for him to see what they can have together. Sean is not easy to win over, as he struggles with the age difference, which I enjoy a lot. 

Their story is fantastic, with great chemistry and fun changes in their long time friendship. Their story includes some hot scenes, including some luscious first times. It's refreshing the way that the younger man is able to introduce his older love interest to the world of BDSM. 

Derek, oh Derek. He's delightful as can be, full of spark, sass, and a dominant side. I love, love, love the way his switch aspect is illustrated. As for Sean, some of my favorite scenes are the awkward ones, as Derek pushes Sean into new situations. 

The secondary characters are fabulous, adding a nice dose of humor to the tale. Jules, oh how I love Jules and his little side. Just being friends, Derek completely understands Jules, supports Jules, and looks out for him. And wow, Sean's scenes with Jules are absolutely beautiful. Dear god, I love Jules, and these moments make me love Sean even more. 

The sex shop is awesome, including some hot moments and cameos of past characters. Seriously, I love the cameos! 

The writing is perfect, with a tone and voice I find soothing. The author excels in combining romance, steam, and character growth. Written in dual pov, the reader easily slips into the minds of both men, gaining fantastic insight into their feelings. As much as one might love a lot of hot sex in their books, it's the emotions involved with this one that makes it so damn fantastic. 

The Only Way to Love is a great read. It's a warm, comfy read that will also leave you fanning yourself often. It's truly a beautiful read, full of a heart-warming romance, mixed with plenty of steam and humor. I highly recommend this MA Innes read!

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