Title: Fitting In
Author: Silvia Violet
Publishing Date: February 21, 2013
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 4 blissful hearts
Two cops walk into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waits for the punch line, because no way in hell are these ridiculously hot men real cops. They’re straight out of a cop-fetish fantasy. But he quickly learns that Jack and Gray are the real deal, and they want him in the worst way.
What starts as a night of hot, three-way sex becomes a lot more. The two cops fulfill Mason’s submissive fantasies, but they also meet a more basic need, comfort. They want to take care of Mason, to offer him unconditional friendship, but their concern for him unnerves Mason more than even the kinkiest sex.
To find happiness with his new partners, Mason must change his belief that love is as much a fantasy as a pair of gorgeous, handcuff-wielding cops landing in his bed.
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I am always careful when picking out self published authors – especially if it is authors I have no prior knowledge of. When it comes to self publishing it will either turn out to be really good or truly bad in the most sucky and tacky way possible. Therefore I usually go for authors from publishing houses, which have an established and good reputation among the circles of M/M. I can be more sure of a wonderful editing and a captivating cover most of the time.
While Fitting In‘s cover does not spark my interest in the least – it has the kitchy slightly amateour feeling over it, which has a tendency to make me shudder in the worst way possible – the description makes up for it. As I am a sucker for threesomes, BDSM and uniforms, I decided to give it a shot. Luckily, Smashwords allows you to have a 10% preview of the story as well, so you can get a feeling for it and if you wish to read it.
Needless to say those 10% did capture my interest enough for me to take the shaky step and purchase this story.
I have yet to regret it.
Silvia Violet manages to create an intense story about an already established couple of two gay cops, who face the harassment coming out on the force world create, yet struggles with having to hide their relationship most of the day. In comes Mason, bartender who wants to be a chemist, partly disowned by his family and having already been burned once by an established couple.
However, the temptation that is Gray and Jack turns out to be too much for even him to resist and it does not take long for them to fall into bed with each other and exploring their kinks.
What makes this story work so well as it does is the believable characters created; they are all three down to Earth and face the same problems as a ‘real’ person would in their situations. Things are not dealt with quickly and there is no insta-love among them. Quite the opposite, as Mason especially fights his feelings without being the whiner about it, most characters turn out to be.
All in all, it is a true and contemporary tale, which would have worked well without the BDSM element, however having it being integrated in the plot as it is, makes it more sincere.
Fitting In is definitely a good read and a book well worth its price. It is not an outstanding book or a new mile in the genre, however it creates an intense story with true characters with depth.