NSFW Book Review: Michael by Marilize Roos

Title: Michael

Author: Marilize Roos

Publisher: Marilize Roos

Publication Date: July 18, 2020

Genres: Erotica

Shelves: Female-authored

The first Club Angelus novel from Marilize Roos, Michael was an interesting read that initially had me a little uncertain . . . somewhat unsettled . . . conflicted even as to how I felt about it all, but the more I have thought about it, the more I came to appreciate how realistic and genuine it felt.

The first few chapters were absolutely fantastic, the first time I have ever seen a medical procedure (stitches without anaesthetic) drop a man with no BDSM experience into subspace. With that unique scene, Roos had my attention. That doctor turned out to be an experienced Dominant, a bisexual man who finds himself tempted to cross professional boundaries with this novice masochist and his beautiful wife.

What I found so genuine about this was really three things. First was Dr/Master Michael’s vulnerability, something not often seen explored in a Dominant. He desires this straight man to be his, to submit to him sexually as well as for punishment, and he is hurt time and time again by Tristan’s rejection. Second was Tristan’s conflict between submission and desire, between love for his wife, respect for their Master, and fear of his own hard limits. It would have been all too easy to just have him suddenly declare himself bisexual, but the story makes him earn that self-revelation. Last is Judith’s awkward position between the two men, wanting them both, loving them both, and wanting to bring them together. She is not a selfish cuckoldress or a wanton slut, but a housewife who is navigating a new kind of polyamorous BDSM relationship.

The emotional element of Michael was fantastic, and the power exchange was beautifully done, with as many scenes of bondage and punishment as exhibitionism and voyeurism. Just an altogether lovely, realistic, romantic work of polyamorous power exchange erotica.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ 1/2

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