I’ve Been Careless with a Delicate Thing, Marina Vivancos
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Gay Erotica
Tags: Some Kink/BDSM-Light, Romance Undertones/Erotic Overtones, Interracial
Length: 108 Pages
Reviewer: Kazza K
Purchase At: amazon.com
Silas meets gorgeous, grumpy-looking Oscar at a bar. He’s never had sex with a guy, and what better place is there to find someone to pop that particular cherry?
He knows what he’s getting with the broad-shouldered, I-can-pummel-you-with-one-look Oscar: getting bent over a hard surface and satisfied until he’s blaspheming. Turns out, though, there’s a lot more to Oscar that meets the eyes. Needs that you’d never guess just by looking at him. Needs that Silas turns out to perfectly meet.
One night turns into two, turns into three, turns into a dozen. It’s just a little friends-with-benefits relationship with a dollop of kink on the side. No feelings involved, right?
Right. Because Silas is just so good at keeping his heart in check.
This is an erotic ~27,000 word novella. Expect plentiful sex scenes with a friends-with-benefits (yeah, right), soft Dom/sub relationship.
**COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY NSFW REVIEW**
I’ve discovered I rather like Marina Vivancos as a writer. She has an unusual and interesting style of writing, one with an emotional current even when writing what is essentially a piece of erotica, as is the case with this book.
I’ve Been Careless with a Delicate Thing started with a personal disconnect for me. It was like there was an expectation to know these two guys who dance at a bar and end up in bed together. The sex is instantaneous and you don’t get to know the men personally but I just felt like I should have known them.
Oscar takes the inexperienced-with-men Silas home and handles him with some care and concern the first time they fuck. It’s kind of at odds with how Oscar comes across. For the majority of the book Oscar is not freely communicative. Honestly, he’s pretty damn surly. Silas, on the other hand, is open and likes to chat when he can. He doesn’t push too hard with Oscar because he’s relatively happy to allow Oscar to dictate emotional terms.
So, after the first hook-up, they settle into a fuck-buddy relationship which ends up lasting for months. Oscar will text come over and Silas is happy to oblige. The sex is good, so why not? However a shift occurs in who tops and how often. The person who is smaller and inexperienced, that being Silas, starts to look at what he can provide Oscar in bed, what he can explore with him, how much he can push the sex , what they’ll both derive from their ongoing liaisons. If he’s right in his observations it can be a sexual (and maybe more) win-win. It is slightly on the BDSM side of sex but really not by much. I’d call it kink more than BDSM.
There is nothing new in this book, the stereotypical “top” is the one who actually prefers to bottom, be spanked, have orgasm denial and some edging in his sex, with the occasional pushing of his boundaries by the less experienced and smaller man.
“People just normally want me to fuck them,” he said. “Well, yeah, with your”—he made a vague gesture to Oscar’s everything—“but not me. I really want to fuck you. If you’re okay with that.”
As much as he’s letting go and enjoying what’s happening, it doesn’t particularly fit within the personal framework Oscar has of himself in the bedroom. This causes a lot of the surly, strong silent type attitude which Silas chips away at. Marina Vivancos does try for an aware and safe sexual erotica piece. Having said that it’s still straight-up erotica with no real ability, given the word count combined with the amount of sex-to-story ratio, to be an especially developed romance. Yet the author still delivers a happy ending, albeit quite quickly. That’s nice but if you go foot-to-the-floor erotic, which the author does in this novella, then you don’t really need to have a happy ending. I guess I’m not fussed either way but others may be. If you like your erotica with a happy ending, all the puns intended, then this novella delivers.
There is a lot of sex in this story, it’s well written, creative, and if you’re in the mood, it’s definitely hot as Hades.
There is no real world, these guys exist in a bedroom and Oscar’s apartment. They fuck and they get to know one another a bit more as they do. It’s erotica so I’ve got no complaints about any world building.
The novella is told purely from Silas’ POV. I do believe at least some chapters from Oscar’s would have added some extra depth.
For those who like a slower burn, that doesn’t happen. This story is slow-burn-arse-about-face as far as the men’s feelings and connection is concerned. It is minutely explored just a bit more at the back end of the book. There isn’t much of it though, it’s more sex, but just enough to leave you thinking they’re a chance of making a good go of it if you’re interested.
Basically, this novella is an erotic fuck-buddies story with a touch a of connection, a dash of feelings, but not fleshed out fully. But, you know, it is what it is.
In This Iron Ground was a fantastic book, very different, and this was an interesting back-up second book for me, and, hey, Marina Vivancos can certainly write down and dirty with the best of them. 3.5 Stars!