Yogi and the Bear by Nix Knox is about two men exploring the world of BDSM for the first time in a safe, sane, and consensual way. Combine one submissive teddy bear and one dominant yogi and you have a very interesting dynamic! I received one copy of this book at no charge through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links.
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Yogi and the Bear by Nix Knox
Title: Yogi and the Bear
Author: Nik Knox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (expected April 21st 2015)
Format/Length: ebook, 315 pages
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, BDSM
Heat Rating: 4
Star Rating: 4
You can connect with the author at Nix Knox’s website or on Twitter.
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 realizes 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.
In Yogi and the Bear, Ryan and Nik meet under rather unusual circumstances. When Ryan decides to try out yoga for relief from his chronic pain he heads over to the New Age Center for a yoga class. Nik, a yoga instructor there, just happens to end up in the bathroom at the same time as Ryan…right when the power goes out. Their sexy little bathroom encounter leaves the both craving more, despite Nik’s inexperience in the dating game. An unexpected turn of events has Nik moving in as Ryan’s roommate but they soon realize that the heat between them can’t be ignored. And when they finally give in to that heat, they realize that they both have a bit of a kinky side they really want to explore.
I really loved Ryan’s character in Yogi and the Bear..he was gentle, honest and open with Nik about his feelings. Having come from a Mormon background I was happy to see that he had completely accepted his sexuality despite his parent’s repeated attempts at converting him. I enjoyed his confidence with his sexuality but also with the fact that he wanted to be tied up. His reasoning was ‘If I enjoy it and it feels good, lets do it’. It was a refreshing way to look at things.
Nik, however, was much more conflicted. Having come from a horrible family situation and running away from home at 16, he had issues he had to deal with. Without giving away too much….lets just say I saw the train wreck that was happening as soon as his dominant persona reared it’s head. And I admit that I found his constant need to ask “WHY” he felt like that very annoying. While it was annoying to read sometimes, it did portray his confusion and lack of confidence which is what I’m sure the author was aiming for.
There is a lot of sex in Yogi and the Bear…but not necessarily ACTUAL sex. There is plenty of that, too, but there is a whole bunch of TALKING about sex. While this is a vital part of a successful BDSM relationship, I think it got hammered home a bit too much. It was very well written…I just would have like to see less of it. I think a subplot outside of their relationship (besides the issues Ryan had with his sister) would have helped balance out the story.
Overall, I think that Yogi and the Bear was a good book and it especially showed the need for honest and open communication in a BDSM relationship.