Yogi and the Bear by Nix Knox
M/m BDSM romance
I really looked forward to reading this book, and it didn't let me down. Yogi and the Bear is a amazing cocktail of laugh out loud funny moments, love, romance and a big shot of deliciously kinky sex. Nix Knox wove a wonderful tale of two guys discovering their love of each other and of bondage, whilst also working their way through past traumas and the effect they had on their lives and personalities.
If the fall is inevitable, might as well enjoy the tumble.Months after a scaffolding accident leaves him in chronic agony, construction worker Ryan Powell has exhausted all that Western medicine has to offer. He’s willing to try anything, even yoga, to get some relief.He expected to feel out of place at the New Age Center, but he never expected a power outage bathroom encounter to magically erase his pain. When he discovers the man with the magic hands is his drop-dead-sexy yoga teacher, Ryan decides that there might just be something to this metaphysical thing, after all.Yogi Niklas Baumgartner has found it remarkably easy to keep his shiny vow of chastity untarnished—until now. Still, a bathroom hand job doesn’t really count as sex, right? But his footing on the no-nooky wagon slips when he realises the big, blond bear at the back of the class is his man in the dark.Their unlikely attraction brings out sides of themselves they never knew lurked beneath the surface, sides it takes courage to accept. But when trust is broken, repairing the damage might just tear them apart.
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Ryan has to be one of my all time favourite characters - loyal, funny, loving and protective with a potty mouth all wrapped up in a gorgeous hunky package. He is a big, blond, fun loving bear. It took me a little longer to fall in love with Nik. He is such a complex character, with lots of issues, but he is so well written. Nik has his insecure, shy side but Ryan brings out the dominant, possessive side of him. This confuses Nik and he even refers to the other side of his character as a different person with a different name! He certainly has alot of problems that he needs to work through, but his journey makes a great read. It's refreshing to have two unique, well-drawn characters - often in BDSM themed books they are cookie cutter characters who are instantly forgettable.
Nik and Ryan don't start off well with their forays into bondage - they ignore some essential advice they are given and something goes wrong. These scenes are a little uncomfortable as you can tell it's all going to go pear-shaped - I just wanted to shout at them and tell them to stop and talk! This story really hammers home the 'safe, sane and consenual' message of BDSM, and proves that you really need to communicate to make these type of relationships work.
This is a very moving book and at times it had me in tears. It's emotional, with some real angst, but it's balanced out with some very funny moments (I loved the 'accidental porn' scene!). An honest and totally believable tale where you really wanted the relationship to succeed.
Yogi and the Bear is a terrific read, I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys m/m romances. It definitely deserves 5 stars, it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. This was the first Nix Knox book I've read, but it won't be the last!
I received an ARC free of charge for the purposes of an honest review.