Middle Game, part two in the Chess Series by Sean Michael, is a continuation from book one in settling the relationship between the four men Jason, Bishop, Knight and Rook. The only difference between book number one and two is that it gets more intense and real in book two. This doesn’t make book two any less lovely or steamingly hot. I’d even go so far to say that part two is even better because of the intensity. Something Sean michael is great at creating, sexual tension mixed with some good ‘ol fashioned love.
To write series isn’t something all authors are capable of doing, least of all not this kind of series since in my opinion a lot of erotic/kinky books becomes all about sex, and fucking, and there's little to no story mixed in with the steamy scenes. I think Sean Michael is at his best as a writer when he comes back over and over again in a series where he can come back and bring you to the depth of the characters and their story. When he can show you all those small things that makes each individual character special and what brings him together with that special someone, and foremost where you as a reader get to find out why things are the way you are the back story gets developed over time and things are revealed in bits and pieces.
In Middle Game, Jason finds himself in a dilemma where he is falling in love with Rook. The two of them have been a thing, had a special bond since book one, where Rook is there is Jason. Rook is the reason Jason takes the huge leap in involving himself with three people, especially three men at all. Rook is the glue that keeps them all together, Jason will show to be the silent dependent strength, Bishop the law and order making sure everyone are happy and settled and Knight is the spice that keeps them all alive and alert and the reason they all stay.
In book two there’s also a lot of commotion going on with Knight and especially between Bishop and Knight settling their relationship and what’s to be of it while Jason is there. Knight is terrified that if he show himself as the bottom he actually is, but only for his two men and especially Bishop, he’s scared Jason won’t find him attractive or somehow judge him and push him away, he's scared his two lovers won't need him any longer, now when Jason is there. He has it set in his head to be attractive and fierce he has to be a top only. But no one does.
There are three major events in this book one going down between all of them but with Bishop and Knight in focus. It’s in a game of truth and dare where they try to share some intense love with Jason and he freaks and Knight becomes the player instead. But Jason still refuses and backs out. Then there is the piercer that comes for the impromptu piercing party that Bishop throws for all his boys, and then there is the part where Jason breaks up with his men and it is heart crushing. Sean Michael has Rooks reaction down like whoa, expect tears people, and you feel for Jason to the point where you think your own heart is going to break because of how absolutely devastated he is and hopeless he feels because he is in love with Rook but thinks he's just a boy toy for a year.
Middle Game is an emotional rollercoaster without being too much and still has a lot of fun and naughty segments. It leaves you wanting more and thanking your lucky star there’s a third to go grab right away.
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