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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stefan by Joyee Flynn

Stefan by Joyee Flynn
The Marius Brothers 3
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism, Violence
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

Stefan Marius learned early on that his desire for men was not only frowned upon, but forbidden, so he hid it from everyone until he believed it himself. When his brothers both find male mates and receive the full support of their family, Stefan begins to question what he knows.

Deciding that he needs time away to come to terms with himself, Stefan takes a road trip. Along the way, he checks out the gay scene looking for answers. But Stefan never thought he'd find his mate, Patrick, inside of a gay club. He certainly didn't think he'd find the man chained down to a table performing public sex acts against his will. Stefan could care less that Patrick is trapped in a situation not of his own making or that the sadistic man holding him hostage will want him back. Stefan just knows he has to rescue his mate.

I give Joyee Flynn two were-paws up. With a great cast, plot, and writing style this story gives any reader exactly what they are looking for in an m/m paranormal erotic story.

Patrick has suffered every type of abuse and abandonment imaginable yet he still manages to open his heart to Stefan. He is able to recognize that Stefan is not like the others in his life and genuinely wants to help him. The fact that Patrick is able to put his trust into someone after everything he has been through is commendable. It shows that he has been able to maintain some semblance of hope even when things seem to be at their worst. I also like that he becomes possessive over Stefan because it shows how desperately he needs his knight in shining armor.

Stefan is a sweetie who only wants to help his mate. Even if Patrick does not accept him as a mate, Stefan just wants to know he did everything he could to help Patrick escape his controlling master. This makes it clear to the reader that Stefan has a big and open heart, but after meeting the rest of his family in this story I can see where he gets it from.

The connection between Stefan and Patrick is breathtaking. It is amazing the lengths they go to in order to make each other happy. Not only does their love grow because of this but they are able to embrace who they are as individuals and grow. When reading this story I felt drawn into the relationship and hearts of the characters. I just wanted to yell “group hug” so we could all embrace and just hold on another.

While I do not want to spoil the story I felt that something needed mentioning. There is one particular life changing event that Patrick must face and the results for me were just too funny. I could read that and the following few scenes over and over again and still not be tired of them. They are probably some of the most memorable ones I have ever read and with the amount I read, that says a lot.

I have labeled this story with BDSM and forced seduction. That is because when Stefan finds Patrick he is forced into having sex with men. He has agreed to be used for sex but he still does not like it. These forced sexual acts take place in a BDSM club. So these labels in no way reflect Patrick and Stefan’s relationship.

This story did have a few antagonistic conflicts. We are presented with the club owner who wants his property -- a.k.a. Patrick -- back. Also Patrick is not welcomed with open arms from all of the werewolves in the story. These conflicts helped demonstrate the lengths that Stefan and Patrick go to protect one another. Though I will say I would have loved this story without these additional conflicts, because these two men alone are enough to keep anyone interested.

I have not had the pleasure of reading the previous stories from this series but after falling in love with Stefan and Patrick, as well as Stefan’s family, I plan on picking up both previous stories as well as any future stories and I would suggest to anyone else to do the same.

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