An Academic Dilemma by Alix Bekins

An Academic DilemmaAn Academic Dilemma by Alix Bekins

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Art history student Rodrigo is in the middle of a busy semester when he literally runs into a sexy librarian. He and Ian discover they have more in common than just instant attraction and friendship; there’s a kinky element to their affair they both enjoy. But Rodrigo is also drawn to Professor Daniel Sullivan, and he just can’t shake the desire he feels for the older man. The end of the term reveals a few surprising secrets about both objects of Rodrigo’s desires, and while he’s thrilled by the games of trust and passion with Ian, it’s fantasies of Daniel dominating him that are setting Rodrigo on fire. Reprint: This novella was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Matters.

So what did I think?

This was a relatively short story with some light dominance/submission and an eventual menage (m/m/m) scenario.

I actually enjoyed the character buildup, getting some insight into Rodrigo as we watched him develop a relationship with Ian, the librarian while lusting over Professor Sullivan, the man he is research assistant for.

The scenario was rather interesting as most of the book was taken up with Rodrigo’s encounters with Ian and it was only towards the very end that the third was introduced into the relationship. Of course, who this person is was totally obvious and predictable, but it was still nicely done.

I thought Rodrigo’s acceptance of Ian stepping out on his partner (no matter that the partner agreed), slightly strange, particularly as his relationship with Ian went beyond just the sex and included them spending lots of time together, very much like boyfriends. I would have expected an element of jealousy from Rodrigo as his heart become further involved.

The ending actually left me wanting a little more. It provides just a taste of the three men together and leaves so much more to be explored.

4 Stars

For more information on Alix Bekins and her books, visit her website.

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