Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Just the Right Notes
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2017 (second edition)
Elliot is an up-and-coming architect who just opened his own firm—which is a lot more work and pressure than he expected. His partner, Graham, is a respected composer and conductor. They share their love and lives in a beautiful house designed by Elliot, and whenever things get too hard to handle, they retreat to their cabin getaway where Elliot becomes Dom to Graham’s needy little sub.
When things at Elliot’s firm begin to crumble, Graham needs to be the tough one, the one to suggest the cabin and the games they play there, knowing Elliot’s role as Dom will give him strength and that their games will recharge his lover. Together, they keep working to find that precarious balance in their lives—until an accident threatens to change everything. Elliot and Graham’s love faces its greatest challenge yet, and only the resilience they draw from each other can see them through hardship and keep the music in their lives.
I love reading about established couples, who have been together long and have a great, satisfying relationship. Being in a long term relationship myself, I find it very intriguing to see what can happen to a couple like that and how they can overcome any obstacles that happen along the way, so I was really excited to read Just the Right Notes.
Elliot and Graham have a wonderful connection on many levels. They are not only a loving couple but also each other’s playmates in the BDSM scene. They have a cabin where they go whenever they need to get out of their everyday life or simply away from stress and they can play as they please. There’s lots of sexy-time, light BDSM and some fistings. If you are here for lots of sex and detailed bedroom actions this is a good read for you. Their love for each other is obvious and palpable. For me the overuse of ‘I love you’s was a bit too much. It loses its value if it’s said too often in my opinion.
The reader is set in a comfortable mindset for more than half of the story when BAMM… a disaster happens and everything is turning upside down. The obstacle I was waiting for came in spades. The way Graham and Elliot overcomes this unexpected event is very well written. It gives this simple story a twist and shows the strength of this relationship. I really enjoyed how passionate Graham is about his music and how much it means to him in his everyday life. Elliot perfectly completes his partner and I really like the connection between them. However, I would have liked to see more depth here, to know more about these two guys and a little bit more about their past, how they got together and found each other. I found the balance a bit off, for me a bit less sex and more personality would have worked better.
If you enjoy your stories with a loving couple and lots of sex, this will be a great book for you.