“Switched” is an imaginative, intriguing and entertaining story. Two twins are switched. Not their bodies, but their souls – the part that makes them who they are. One twin is a submissive, the other a dominate. But this story is so much more than just the conflict and confusion because of their switched sexual roles; it’s also about discovering inner strengths and overcoming stubborn misconceptions.
Gus and Sebastian are a committed couple – registered and legally recognized by their government. Gus is the dominate partner and a rough, blue-collar type of man with a strong personality. He’s quite possessive and proud of his partner, especially when they’re out in public. Sebastian is his submissive lover, sensual and loving with a compassionate personality. These two are very much in love and comfortable with each other, their roles well established and their bond solid.
Jacob and Walter are also an established couple. Jacob is a strong and solid man. He’s also very stubborn and opinionated. Jacob’s lovingly devoted to his partner, understanding and patient. Walter is the submissive, compulsive and dependent on his lover, needing Jacob for stability and focus. Walt’s a mess actually and his small, baby steps of growth is one of the best parts of the story.
It was intriguing how the men coped after the switch. The subs adjusted well, despite missing their partners. They bonded as friends, beautifully supporting each other. Walt suffered the most throughout the ordeal, giving Sebastian a chance to be strong and dependable. Walt desperately clings to Sebastian, needing someone to center him. Sebastian finds an inner strength he never knew he had, to offer that “ground” to Walt. There’s an amusing scene where the subs were trying to decide who slept on which side of the bed, both of them claiming they slept “under” their partners. When realizing they both couldn’t be on the bottom – they just curled up around each other. They compromised like good little boys.
The Doms with all their growling and stubborn attitudes were having a difficult adjustment – not just with each other, but also because of the separation from their lovers. Their protective natures were endearing and a delight. Gus is quite the caveman, he gives no quarter to Jacob. Jacob’s very stubborn, not willing to bend one bit to Gus’s dominating will. There’s a part in the story where they decide to play a board game to avoid the complications of their sexual roles. But instead they further complicated things by deciding to play for sexual favors. *rolls eyes* Talk about one track minds.
I had a hard time putting this down. The interplay between the characters and their contrasting personalities was fascinating and very well written. The characters were well developed, their intimate scenes plentiful and explicit – but defining their characters. I’ve always thought characterization was one of Sean’s strong points, and I feel this book showcases that talent well.
As far as the BDSM scenes go, we’re dealing with established couples, so the trust and limits are well established. There is one scene between Gus and Jacob, which was a little intense. Gus knew what Sebastian’s body needed, even though Jacob’s mind resisted. My favorite part is after the twins are switched back, the story continues as we explore the characters through their changed attitudes and their newly forged friendship.
I really liked this story and would love to see more of these guys. Highly recommended.
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