Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 90 Pages
At a Glance: Constant suffered from just a bit too much action in the bedroom, and not enough interaction between the two men outside that venue.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: He demands his submissive’s body and soul…but can he accept his sub’s heart?
Roddy Green never planned to fall in love and certainly not with his Dom, but every time he goes into Darkness, a fetish club, he falls for Vegas all over again. Being in love isn’t the same as being loved in return. Vegas is there to do a job—not to build a romance. But what if the main constant in Roddy’s life is also the one person he can’t live without?
Andrew Vegas knows his job. He’s a Dom. But there is more than one side to him and he’s tired of keeping the other parts of him hidden. One man makes him feel safe and comfortable enough to open up—his pet, Roddy. But will Roddy, the producer of a local news broadcast, want to be with a man with secrets?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to light knifeplay.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains characters who also appear in Permanent.
Review: Roddy has been going to the BDSM club Darkness for two years. During that time he has been submissive to only one Dom, Master Vegas. However, recently the television network Roddy works for has undergone a transition in staff, making Roddy’s job much harder. His cub reporters and anchors are slow, unpolished and make Roddy’s job a stress-filled living-hell. When he finally gets an opportunity to return to Darkness and Vegas, he finds his Dom pursuing him for more than just play. In fact, Roddy has secretly been attracted to Vegas for quite a while, and now that the man seems to be returning his interest, the only question that remains is can the two men make a go of it beyond the BDSM scene? Can they both trust the other with their private lives in the real world?
Constant, by Megan Slayer, delves into the BDSM lifestyle that lives both in the club scene and in private. While this author writes a rather realistic portrayal of two men tentatively making their way from scene playing to love and partnership, the path taken was laced with an incredible amount of sex, given this was a novella and under 100 pages of text. I truly appreciated the moments where we saw both Roddy and Andrew Vegas grapple with being right for each other—good enough for each other. For Andrew, it was his dual role of community center coach/counselor warring with his paid status as a Dom for hire at a local club. His worries stemmed from the idea that were his darker side to come to the light, it may, in some way, affect Roddy’s position in the news arena.
Roddy, on the other hand, had little worries regarding his job, but dwelled more heavily on the idea that he was too nerdy, too common to attract the likes of such a handsome and well liked Dominant such as Vegas. When we caught glimpses of both characters’ inner turmoil, they seemed more real and more vulnerable. The story moved along and the plot developed. I felt like I was getting to really understand what motivated the actions of each man.
However, interspersed with these moments was way too much sex that did little more than make the storyline stutter and sometimes halt altogether. I understood the need to establish their D/s relationship, but one or two scenes would have been enough. I needed to see this love develop—perhaps read more of the backstory of how these two got to where they were. Instead, there was a lot of sex interspersed with some really thought provoking inner dialogue. I really wished for more substance and less sex.
Constant suffered from just a bit too much action in the bedroom, and not enough interaction between the two men outside that venue. However, it is apparent that Megan Slayer can write realistic and interesting characters, and that alone will bring me back to check out more of this author’s writing.