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Another Way

(Another Way #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  960 ratings  ·  143 reviews
On the surface, Jesse Ross is an average guy in an average relationship with his college sweetheart, Adele. But what his girlfriend doesn’t know is that he’s having an affair—with a man—and exploring his sexuality in ways she never could imagine. His compartmentalized life suits Jesse just fine, and he has no intention of coming out of the closet either as a bisexual or as ...more
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Published September 30th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Emma Sea

That was the best m/m BDSM book I've read in . . . forever, I think.

I have four main disappointments with BDSM books in general:

1) The play is far too mild; it's not really BDSM, just a mild bit of fluff. It's not even sugar kink, it's sugar-free, fat-free, flavour-free kink.

2) The sub is emotionally damaged and uses BDSM as therapy: something ends up going horribly wrong and hurt/comfort ensues.

3) The Dom is emotionally damaged and uses BDSM to compensate: something ends up going horribly wrong
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Macky by: Tina
I found this to be a very likeable and enjoyable story that as well as totally embracing all the aspects of kinky sex, play and scenes that happen in a BDSM and a D/s relationship, also turned out to be surprisingly sweet and extremely romantic too. The sex is plentiful and the scenes come thick and fast....I knoooow I said "come thick and fast" get the giggles over! LOL. ... but In between there's also a lot of really sensuous moments where Jesse and Will ( the two main guys ) actually ' make ...more
Feb 16, 2020 marked it as lost-interested  ·  review of another edition
DNF @29%

It was too mechanical for me and he was still with both of them! Not my cup of tea…
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

DNF at 15%. I absolutely CANNOT listen to another second of Brad Langer's awful narration.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good story of a Dom and sub falling in love and transitioning from an arrangement to a relationship. Jesse and Will were both so realistic and each enjoyed the D/s relationship for what they got out of it, as opposed to it being a cure for something deep and dark lurking in their past.

Will falls for Jesse and wants more, although he is aware that Jesse is in a long term relationship. Will, and Jesse's previous Domme, provides Jesse with something he cannot get from his vanilla girlfriend.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jo * Smut-Dickted * by: Geri
This book inspires you to make a list of why you liked it. It's not a gushy kind of like - it's more the slow and steady kind. Here's why I liked it - in list form:

1. Not overly dramatic - these appear to be pretty normal folk. Nobody is damaged, abused, kidnapped, forced or otherwise screwed up.

2. No convenient miscommunications to throw the plot into a frenzy. This book is not the avenue to show how messed up people can get with communication. Certainly there are communication issues here -
Kade Boehme
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok. This was kind of a personal experiment for me. I've seen SO many BDSM novels with such a catchy plot but I'm DEFINITELY a vanilla guy so I wasn't sure I'd be interested in reading about anything else (ok, so a spank never hurt my feelings but I definitely draw the line at flogging and gagging). I actually found the BDSM in this story fascinating and much more intense than the random BDSM that has been snuck into stories I've read (which friends in the D/s lifestyle tell me isn't true BDSM). ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
First, let me say, I love when I find a BDSM novel where no one is only a part of this lifestyle to make up for some past pain. Happy, healthy people are a part of this lifestyle, no matter what most authors want me to think.

Jesse was a great character. I understood why he had made the choices he had. I felt his confusion as something very realistic.

I felt a little sorry for Will at the beginning, but was pleased for him by the end.

Adele was never anything more then a very small part of the
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-bdsm
Ok, so I kept forgetting this was supposed to be set in the US. (not really a bother)
It was a bit repetitive in the sexual encounters.
There were a few places where I wanted to insist on better continuity.
I also froze at the "children" conversations. (because I always do and now I'm too scared to read the sequel)

GREAT story though! I loved the D/s relationship's as they were portrayed here. Loved that while not perfect, Jesse and Will both came to the table as intelligent adults. Their friends
Er, can a BDSM book feel vanilla? Like, I was just so bored here. Maybe because it's more PWP than anything. Maybe I'll reconsider after I've read the sequel.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm

Wow… I loved this book (and the follow up). Anna Martin creates a credible BDSM story that touched me deeply and as far as I remember I read it in one sitting. I was just glued to the pages and couldn’t put the book down. Anna paints such a vivid picture in describing the details surrounding Jesse and Will that I felt like I was right there witnessing every moan, groan, twitch and shiver. Their play-sessions left me breathless and their more tender, emotional moments with one another warmed my
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
As other reviewers have stated, this book is very nice in the way it lets dedicated BDSMers be normal people. They are neither perfect nor significantly screwed up. They are simply people, living their lives the best way they know how.

In some ways this is much like CB Conwy's book, A Russian Bear. Neither "sub" is always submissive, both "doms" care deeply about their subs, and both subs are often significantly into pain. Also, both Conwy and Martin deal with BDSM in a non-sensationalistic,
Jesse was an arse ... Will could have done better ... together they had as much passion as a soggy fire cracker ... oh ... & BTW, ... I loathe infidelity (somehow I missed this in the blurb) ... rant aside, I just didn't like the 'tone' of this book at all ... it is technically well written but I just couldn't gel with the characters at all ... I just wanted Jesse to grow a pair & man up to his true feelings IYKWIM? ... meh
Josephine Myles
Lots of sex in this one, and I know some readers will have problems with the cheating narrator but I thought this aspect was really well handled. The BDSM scenes are clearly written with a good insider's knowledge, and I loved the fact neither Dom nor sub were the stereotypes we so often see in m/m BDSM.
Fani *loves angst*
What I liked:
-Those two talked about their problems, insecurities, fears and made it work
-The writing
-I liked that Will didn't pressure Jesse to label himself as gay or anything else. They were together, their friends knew they were together and that was enough for them and for me. No, scratch that, I didn't 'like' it, I loved it!

What I didn't like:
-Too many detailed BDSM scenes, and half of them didn't add anything to the story. To be frank, I started skimming through them after a while
Ula'ndi Hart
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 2.5

Dear Anna Martin. I know I’m ridiculously late for getting on the bandwagon, but I would like to say that I’m officially ON IT now.

So fellow readers and dear friends. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed this one. BDSM is a very difficult genre in my opinion, simply because there are a great many aspects and sides to it. And everyone has their own little something they think makes it special or kinky or what ever your personal “thing”
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, gfy
I've read a good amount of m/m BDSM; some of it has been utter shit, some ok-but-I-won't-bother-rereading-or-even-remembering-tomorrow, some really good. Thus far only two have hit 5 star level; Another Way is one of those two.

This kept popping up on recommendation lists, but I kept saying "no thanks" because I really hate the idea of love triangles (stopped watching soap operas for a reason...), and I'm not fond of girlie bits in my m/m. The blurb indicates both, but I was pleasantly surprised
So this was all kinds of wonderful and I want to kick myself for having it in TBR pile for so long. The book synopsis pretty much tells you what the book is about and it is that and yet so much more. Our POV is from Jesse who has been in a long term, live-in relationship with his girlfriend Adele (5 years!) and yet he goes to a Dom, Will, for sessions in order to satisfy his BDSM needs as a sub. Adele seems to be at best willfully oblivious or uncaring of what he does during his visits to Will ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Laura
Full Review at Oh My Shelves Blog.

I am sorry to say that I found this one a tad boring. I enjoyed the author’s other work more Tattoos & Teacups and Summer Son much more than this one.
Jesse Ross wasn’t being fulfilled in a relationship with his girlfriend Adele so he went looking for that something extra. He found a Dom but when she started a new family, she couldn’t continue with Jesse. bdsm photo: BDSM tiedup.jpg

Jesse found Will, who was more than happy to enter an arrangement with Jesse. During the course of
I found this book through reading An Unlocked Heart and since I loved that book I thought I would give this a try, and I am glad I did.

This book was amazing and I thought it is going to be full of angst but it didn't, this one has little to no angst at all instead it was sweet, romantic , passionate, intimate, steamy, Kinky, sexy and a very beautiful read.

I Loved Will and Jesse, their chemistry, realtionship and connection both as lovers and dom/sub were wonderful, I liked they way they handled
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although he's in a relationship with a steady girlfriend, Jesse Ross goes to another in order to have his most secret needs met. Jesse is a submissive and has been seeing his male Dominant for close to two years unbeknownst to anyone in his life. He harbors guilt, knowing he's doing this behind his girlfriend back, but he could never ask her to perform the kind of acts he receives from his Dom, Will Anderson. Things change when both men develop feelings for one another. Jesse must come to grips ...more
Jacq ~
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very hot love story OMG I love the Smexy + chemistry sigh...A very well written book.

❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
I could not get into this one~It DOES have rave reviews but, thumbs up from alot of people~ but,the writing syle is not working for me~
4.5 stars!
Scorching hot, lovely yet realistic characters and a refeshing storyline within its genre.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
1st read Nov 2011
re read Sept 2017

one that does actually stand up to the eating I have it 6 years ago
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

Note: the rating on this story was definitely negatively affected by the narration by Brad Langer.

Jesse Ross has been in a relationship with his college sweetheart, Adele, for about five years. According to Jesse, what they have in no way impacts his D/s relationship with his Dom, Will, in the same way that it wasn’t impacted by his first Domme, Laura.

And yet, it does.
3.25 Stars

Jesse has been Will's sub for the past 8 months. He has had long time girlfriend at home, but what he feels for her doesn't compare to his feelings for Will. Will, has fallen in love with his sub, and after a night of finally being able to express some of his feelings, asks Jesse to make a change and start a relationship with him.

I'm a bit all over the board when it comes to this story. I think if I were just getting into the BDSM genre, this would have been an excellent place to
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Infidelity is devastating to all parties involved, but when someone feels as if they are forced to surprise a part of themselves, it can sometimes surface at any moment.

Jesse’s fiancé does not know that he has been hiding a dark secret about himself for years. To deny his need to be dominated would be to deny a part of himself, but Jesse knows that Adel would never understand this desire, especially if she knew that it was a man who
Caroline Brand

Will and Jesse have an established relationship at the start of this book – of sorts.

Jesse doesn’t see himself as gay, in fact he has a bit of problem even thinking about it, he does however see himself as a submissive and Will is the Dom he sees a couple of times a week. Their relationship is sexual, in fact they have a lot of sex built into their scenes, and as we meet them at the start of this story there appears to be a lot of grey areas between them.

Will is
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle, m-m, bdsm, arc
How many of us compartmentalize our lives? Perhaps you have a work persona that is different from the person you are at home? Or, what your friends see is markedly different than what your family sees? This concept interested me when it came to Jesse, mainly because he would have just strolled along with his life in these small, little boxes if it wasn't for what Will asked for. How do you deal when separate parts of your life don't just merge, they implode with incendiary unrest?

Jesse lives
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh

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