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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Screen Shots 4: Submissive by Willa Okati

Screen Shots 4: Submissive by Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (60 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

Skyler, a new recruit to, has one mission in mind: to get Thom, the cool, collected lead cameraman, naked and sweaty between the sheets. Skyler's used to getting what he wants. So is Thom.

Skyler does know that Thom used to work on the other side of the camera. What he doesn't know is that Thom specialized in training submissives. If you ask Thom, what Skyler needs is a damn good spanking. If Skyler doesn't watch out, he's in for a lesson on how to mind his manners.

Lucky Skyler -- that's exactly what he gets.

Behind the scenes director Thom is nicknamed “The Priest” until newcomer Skyler pushes all the right buttons. Thom gives Skyler a chance to back away before pouncing on the sexy, pouty boy. Once Sklyer submits to Thom’s intense training, both men have the potential to win. This fourth installment of the popular Screen Shots series once again brings the men back to as their relationships on and off screen heat up and intermingle. Although Thom has always held himself apart from the men, now he can’t stop taking what he wants from Skyler.

Although I really enjoy this series of books, I wonder how many there will be as each successive book is fun, flirty, and enjoyable but seems to lack an emotional connection between the men. The various match-ups between actors are interesting and hot, but often light without a lot of emotion and meaning behind the pairing.

Here the pouty Skyler decides he wants Thom but Thom makes him wait with cryptic comments, dropped conversations, and hushed murmurs. There is an inherent secrecy around Thom that makes no sense considering his one big secret, he likes to dominate, is already exposed at the very beginning. Skyler not only wants to be dominated but is eager for it. I couldn't understand why all the warnings, concern and drama is set up but then goes nowhere.

Although the sex between the men is hot--scorching hot, as always in this series--it feels empty and routine. This book highlights the difference between men messing around and the romance of a committed relationship. Once Skyler and Thom have gotten together, Thom decides he now wants to have sex with all the other members of the company. Why he wants to do this makes no real sense and seems to exist to further this ideal that casual sex amongst male friends is an ideal to strive for. All throughout the series, this has been a weak point for me, as the concept and reasoning has never been fully and completely explained. Thus throwing this in yet again with men who haven’t been at all interested in such before a relationship and only now--once they've supposedly found love--want to have casual sex with their friends, just doesn’t make sense.

On the positive side though, the characters from before all make appearances and even Katherine, the token female, adds her comments to the bunch. The sex is hot, frequent and well-written and has a touch of BDSM but nothing too intense or overt, even as Thom is described as a very intense dominator. The light tone to the series is continued here and the concentration on the sex in its various combinations keeps the story moving quick and easy.

The author is a talented writer, but I’m hoping for a bit more romance and committment and a little less bed-hopping in the next installment. The lack of solid romantic connections amidst all the sex has this feeling less and less like real romance among young, hot porn stars and more like a group of friends messing around with each other. Even so, fans of the series will want to continue with this offering for the scorching hot sex and fun characters. Pick up a copy and see what you think.

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