A Stella Release Day Review: Settling Down (Little Earthquakes #2) by Nicole Forcine

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RATING  3,5 out of 5 stars

Settling DownIt’s been six months since Tim and Jae got together, and they’re giving Domestic Discipline an honest try. But when conflicting events conspire to interrupt their life, Tim starts to fray at the edges. He’s doing his best to handle everything, but he still struggles with unaddressed issues, both past and present. And seeing Tim trying to hold it together is breaking Jae’s heart.

There has to be a breaking point, and when it arrives, it’s Jae’s turn to take the reins, to provide them both with what they truly need.

I was waiting for Settling Down by Nicole Forcine since I read Shaken Up last year. This second installament is a nice short, well written and a pleasure to read. But to me it wasn’t so engaging as the first one.

Tim and Jae are still settling down (never a title was more appropriate), they are not living together yet, but the domestic discipline is working fine for them. Then the dom who badly hurt Tim in the past is in their town and Jae’s parents are coming to visit them the same week Tim’s dad is there. There is a lot on their plates at the moment. Can they find a little time for themselves?

As I said there are some secondary characters and new situations and they were well dealt, althought the book is just a novellas. Problem is they took too much space from the MCs’ relationship. I wanted more of Tim and Jae together. I would have loved to have just a couple of scenes where the domestic discipline was addressed, seeing how it worked, how they related to each other. I pretty much got nothing and I was disappointed. I missed all the hotness I recalled from Shaken Up, I simply missed Tim and Jae.

That said I still hope to have more about this couple in the future, they have more to tell us and I’m ready to read it.

The cover art by AngstyG follows the style of the first book. I like it.

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Book Details:

ebook, 97 pages
Publication Date July 27th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634773241 (ISBN13: 9781634773249)
Edition Language English
Series Little Earthquakes #2

A Stella Review: Shaken Up by Nicole Forcine

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Rating 4 stars out of 5

Shaken Up coverTim Myers is the flamboyant and overly fastidious owner of the adult shop Little Earthquakes. In his spare time, he moonlights as a sub for his friend’s BDSM classes, and while he’d love to find a Dom to cater to his domestic servitude kink, he’s wary of exposing his body and his heart. When Jae Seong comes into Tim’s shop and asks him for help with a wax play demo, Tim is turned off by the idea. Jae is nothing if not persistent, though. He’s a skilled Dom and soon finds out why Tim is so protective of his body, his neck, and his heart. Over a series of play dates, the two grow close, and it dawns on Tim that he might be looking at a match made for collaring.

The blurb tells you pretty much everything about Shaken Up. There is nothing special in the plot but I liked it a lot and for being so short I loved that the MCs are well defined.

Jae wants Tim from the first time he saw him being spanked during a demo with another master. He wants this beautiful sub like nothing else he’s ever wanted. Tim is in domestic discipline, he just wants someone to care for, to help with clothes and things like that. He is intrigued by Jae but he has been hurt really bad in the past, he has the scars on his face to remind him why. So it’s really hard for him to open up again, especially put his body in someone else’s hands. Jae is amazing, caring and most of all is able to understand and stop all Tim’s fears. When things will go bad during their first scene together, Tim will learn that Jae is the one worth lowering the walls that protect him.

One more thing I liked are the second characters, they have a huge part in the story. David and Reggie are partners and the only two doms Tim can play with and do some demos. He trusts them with his life. They are fiercely protective of him and are totally convinced Jae is the right one for the young sub. I really would like to know more about them, they deserve a book of their own.

I really appreciate the author’s choice to focus the story on the start of Tim and Jae relationship so that it leaves so much more to be developed into a second book. Being so short it was the right way to not overwhelm and confuse us.  At the same time it didn’t help us to understand what was real and in depth about the “domestic discipline” aspect, because at the end all we read about is the wax scenes and nothing else. This is the only little criticism I have about Shaken Up and it’s one more reason to hope for more about these characters.

Really well done! I can’t wait to read more by this author.

Cover art by AngstyG. I love this cover. It’s endearing and different from all the covers I’m used to see. I like the colors and every little detail, the font, the chair and I can totally see Jae as the man in the suit sitting on it with the candle in hand. It’s perfect cause it fits the story.

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Book Details:
Published February 25th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
ebook, 74 pages
ISBN13 9781632164995
Edition language English