Review: Life Under New Management by Jane Davitt

March 23, 2015 Review 0

Review: Life Under New Management by Jane Davitt

Working for a perfectionist like strict, sexy-as-hell Ethan isn’t easy. Falling in love with him? No problem at all.

Taking a bar job in an exclusive hotel is a stopgap for Andy. He’s an actor and his big break is coming soon—he knows it. His hot new boss Ethan is strict, demanding and totally off-limits but Andy can’t stop thinking about him.

When Andy learns of Ethan’s need to be in control of his partner—in bed and out of it—he’s stunned by the intensity of his reaction. He wants Ethan guiding him, bringing order to his chaotic life. And he sees that Ethan needs him too, though they can’t be open about their feelings.

Ethan deals out deliciously perverse consequences for misbehaving, but when it comes to incentives, he knows just what to offer to have Andy on his knees begging for more.

But some secrets can’t stay that way for long. And when difficult choices arise, for once Andy can’t turn to Ethan for guidance. This time, he’s on his own.

Title: Life Under New Management
Author: Jane Davitt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Closing the Loop, Gambling on Love
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: March 6, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Male Male Romance
Pages: 253
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: five-flames
Bailey Bradford

Do you know there is an entire series (up to four books now) of the Five Star Hotel Stories?  Each takes place in a different part of the world (I read the one in Istanbul the other day) with different characters.  The only thing linking them is the awesome five star hotel featured in each story. It is kind of fun.

Life Under New Management takes place in Vancouver Canada.  Love that part of the world.  One of my favorites, truth be told.  Part of the amazing Pacific Northwest.  So, yes, I loved the visit there.  The Mountains and the water.  Lovely combination. The Hotel?  I still need that Billionaire stud to take me there.  *sigh*

The story.  Andy is an actor. An out of work actor.  He needs a job fast or he is going to be a homeless out of work actor.  He figures tending bar would be good.  Just how hard is it anyway?  Ethan is about to clue him in on that.

Ethan is a perfectionist.  There is a right way of doing things and that is his way.  If there was an easier way, he would know about it, and since he doesn’t, do it his way.  Ethan is very much about control.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  He knows what he wants and what he likes, and he really sees no need to compromise.  He isn’t sure about Andy.  It is obvious he knows nothing about bar-tending, but is he teachable?

I liked these characters.  Even Andy, as messed up and disorganized as he was in the beginning was a sweet guy, although he did learn things about himself.    For that matter, so did Ethan, and as controlling and demanding as he was, he too was a sweet guy and surprisingly likable.  The dynamics between these two guys was incendiary.  *fanning self*

I found it quite interesting that Ethan was not a dom, but he wanted control.  Andy was not a sub, but he would to knee to Ethan.  Talk about blurred lines.  BTW – if you have issue with hardcore sadomasochism, pass on this book.  Ethan may not be a dom, but he found out he liked sadism.  Andy may not be a sub, but he is totally a masochist.  Some definite hot and heavy action here.  I liked the push and pull between them.  It left one wondering if they would ever find any common ground.

The ending was okay, but I found it unsatisfying.  I had too many unanswered questions.  I feel like a sequel is needed, or maybe at least an epilogue.  Yes, they are together, but . . . Maybe the author plans to revisit this couple in another story.

If you like hot and heavy sadomasochistic m/m romance in luxurious surroundings, than you may like this.  The characters were well rounded and endearing.  The story was good and well-paced.  It held my interest throughout.  I just thought it needed a better ending.  My humble opinion.

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