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He never knew boundaries could be so sexy.Ross Jenson is looking forward to a little midmorning delight to celebrate making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, but after he spent eight months losing ninety-eight pounds, what his lover gets him is a triple-layer chocolate cake. When Ross refuses to eat it, the newly minted ex leaves the country and dumps him via e-mail, with threeHe never knew boundaries could be so sexy.Ross Jenson is looking forward to a little midmorning delight to celebrate making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, but after he spent eight months losing ninety-eight pounds, what his lover gets him is a triple-layer chocolate cake. When Ross refuses to eat it, the newly minted ex leaves the country and dumps him via e-mail, with three sentences and a link to a chubby chasers web site. A few days later, Ross’s best friend and workout buddy takes him to her favorite club for drinks. Ross is shocked when he realizes it’s a sex club but warms to the idea in record time when a mysterious Japanese man and his silken ropes sweep him off his feet. Ross has never thought of himself as adventurous, but he can’t stop thinking about the man who makes his bones feel like gummy worms.Warnings: this book features a corporate sensitivity trainer with an agenda, an awesome gal-pal, an unconventional sex club, a mysterious Japanese rope artist, and another taste of Portland, Oregon as seen through my twisted mind....

Title : Curious Sustenance
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Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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Curious Sustenance Reviews

  • Wendy Ann
    2019-03-18 10:11

    Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 2 heartsLike the yarn of a favorite sweater that gets snagged on something rough, this story initially delighted me and then began to unravel leaving some dangling threads and holes as it continued. I was lured in by the blurb for the story and more than a little curious to see how things would progress in a rarely used angle of m/m romance novels – a character struggling with weight issues. I loved the kickoff of the book which involved Ross’s Lifetime achievement in Weight Watchers and the support he received from his best gal pal Janet along the way. I even thought that the angst surrounding Ross breaking up with his ex over his ex’s choice of celebration for the weight loss accomplishment was well done (didn’t like that he was such a shallow guy, but that’s a different story). So, now begins the unraveling part. For all intents and purposes, the weight struggle / weight loss issue didn’t remain a core of the story. When Ross decided to confess his secret to Miles (his new lover), the response was “I know. And I don’t see why it should matter. To anyone.” On the one hand, it was a great attitude and I agree. On the other hand, no explanation as to his cryptic “I know”. Huh? I had maybe been hoping that Ross’s newfound love for Shibari (more on that topic…) would have had more connection to his ongoing weight maintenance – maybe a way to diminish cravings or the desire to cheat by way of having something else to create a diversion or focus – but that didn’t happen. Regarding the Shibari itself, I loved that aspect of the book. I didn’t love how it was introduced. Would someone really take a novice to a BDSM club as a surprise much less with absolutely no prior discussion on expectations, protocol, etc.? And what was Janet’s story? Why was she a member of the club? And why didn’t she share this information with Ross before or after bringing him as a guest? And why would she leave Ross alone with a stranger placing him in bondage, without apparent knowledge of even a safe word concept? It remains a mystery. The legal trouble plaguing Miles was also another interesting concept in the story. Once again, it started out great and had me concerned for him … and then fizzled. Was it really necessary for Miles’s attorney to barge into his home at an awkward time to tell him something that wasn’t critical at that moment? And from that, things concluded with a general “it went just like my attorney said it would go” – which was what, exactly? Last we knew, the other party’s deposition had been postponed, again. For something that was portrayed as a lot of angst for Miles, the end result was very unclear (i.e., did it get dropped, did they get sanctions, did they go to lockup, or did they reach settlement?). The other pieces that felt like loose threads in the story included the potential connection between Ross’s best friend Janet and his brother Rune, the whole unrealistic “I want you back” tactic by Ross’s ex, as well as Ross’s relationship with Miles. Regarding Miles and Ross, there was never a reference to them being boyfriends. At one point, Miles had a thought that he might still play with others in the future. Also, the ending was rather abrupt on the heels of some unresolved tension following a play scene between them. So, all in all, what I hoped was going to be a new favorite sweater ended up having too many loose threads to be a good fit for me. It has some good parts on the whole, and I’m sure there will be a good many people who will enjoy it; I just happen to like a little different look and feel in my knitted pieces. (My apologies for the yarn/sweater/knitting references – my only excuse is that it’s cold outside!)

  • Debra
    2019-03-04 11:24

    2.5 starsThe book started off fine, but quickly lost it's way. While I did like the characters and really liked the shibari scenes, there were too many plots and secondary characters trying to get in on the action, that I found too many threads of the story went unfinished or underdeveloped, to the point it often left me wondering what happened. I wish the book had been more focused on actually developing the relationship between Ross and Miles because even without really knowing why they were so attracted to each other, I found the two shibari scenes to be quite sexy.

  • Sid
    2019-02-27 09:24

    Review posted on: The Blog of Sid LoveEver since reading “Directing Traffic”, I have been on the lookout for anything new coming out from Descoteaux. I have to admit, I dived into this story just for the sake of getting another taste of the author’s fabulous writing style. This story, though, exceeded all my initial expectations from it.Ross’s life crumbles down after his boyfriend dumps. Why? Well, Ross used to be a chubby male before he joins the Weight Watchers program. So, now that he is all slimmed down after losing unneeded fats on him, Brad wasn’t attracted to him anymore.The first chapter when we are introduced to Ross and Brad, it seems that they have had quite a good, understanding relationship over the years especially since they live together. The scene where Brad comes clean about his feelings, there’s a burst of feelings that we experience through Ross’s POV. It was heartbreaking to see his dreams shattered like that.In an attempt to cheer him up, his best friend Janet takes him to a sex club. He doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to – but he still finds himself roped in into an activity. Literally. A Japanese rope artist who goes with the name of “Shaggy” at the club intrigues Ross and the story kicks off with a cool bang.I wouldn’t classify the acts carried out by both men as pure-bondage kinds because it was too mild. And honestly, that’s the way I like it. And this story isn’t even solely focused on that part. Rather, we get some sensible plots and great romantic moments. Both men have their individual on-going dramas in their lives and they have to survive through them as well as make some time for each other. I have to mention – it was very amusing and interesting to see how fate kept testing their patience. It takes two cancelled dates for them to finally sit down together and have a little get-to-know chat.A couple of scenes though felt meaningless. I couldn’t understand why they had to be there. Also, the ex seems to get away with something gruesome that he does to Ross because after that, he is never brought into scene. To me, it felt like a loose end left behind. The author also breaks the consistency of using Ross’s voice as the story-teller by handing it over to Miles (Shaggy) couple of times. Of course, we get a better picture of things that go on from Miles’ POV too but the sudden change in the middle of the story was a bit distracting.The writing, however, doesn’t disappoint. Charley works her magic in this book again. The characters connect easily because the author seems to understand each of them and presents them accordingly. The parallel storyline of secondary characters – Rune and Janet – was actually entertaining too.

  • Sara Testarossa
    2019-02-17 15:21

    Definitely a solid four star read. Curious Sustenance was the first Charley Descouteaux story I have read, and made me want to read more by her. This is a well-written, sexy, sweet story that was fun to read. When I finished I was a bit sad that it was over already, as it was a very quick read and I wanted more of the characters!The setup was great. I really loved Janet and Ross' initial scene at the WeightWatchers meeting and felt for Ross during the cake incident described in the blurb. His ex should remain that way, for multiple reasons that I won't give away. Needless to say, the ex is a very easy to hate antagonist.The peek into the local kink club (referred to in the book as a sex club) was interesting, and for the most part, I like how the author portrayed the local scene (as someone who knows quite a bit about kink and kink scenes, I appreciate when it's realistically written). I enjoyed the characterization of Ross and Miles, and how things developed between them. Very well written and sweet and sexy. Especially sexy. I loved the shibari. Unf. Shibari is beautiful and hot.Ross and Miles dealing with a traumatic experience on Ross' part together earns Miles my respect. He is definitely a good guy. Again, not spoiling the specific incident. But I loved that part of the book.The ending of the story made me very happy!Now for the constructive criticism. I already said I loved this book, and I did. But, here's what I feel could have been slightly better, to bring this up to a 5 star in my mind (minor spoilers hidden):I felt like (view spoiler)[the lack of pre-negotiation before the first encounter between Ross and Miles (hide spoiler)] was unrealistic from a kink scene standpoint. Especially when at a later time, (view spoiler)[there is more negotiation and discussion of risk involved in shibari (hide spoiler)]. I was uncomfortable with the fact that (view spoiler)[Miles tied Ross without more negotiation than just establishing safewords. (hide spoiler)] Usually people set up limits and boundaries before even a simple rope scene, as well as a discussion of any injuries or places to avoid touching/tying that the rigger should know about. This is a personal nitpick, as I'm very familiar with kink and my local kink scene. There are fleeting mentions here and there about food after the opening scenes, and I am left wondering about the state of Ross' dealing with food and whether he will be able to keep eating healthy and keep his weight stable. He is obviously an emotional eater and I wish this had been explored in a bit more detail. Again, this is a personal nitpick because I am in recovery for eating disorders, so it's relevant to my interests.Finally, I know this is a short book, but I feel that some aspects, like (view spoiler)[the whole situation with the lawsuit, and a side relationship between two other characters (hide spoiler)], could have been developed a bit more to make for a richer story. Maybe I'm greedy and just wanted the book to be a full length novel, but I think it could have helped. All in all, this was a lovely book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good romance with a touch of kink.

  • Mia Kerick
    2019-02-20 10:09

    What is sustenance? The title of Charley Descoteaux's novel intrigued me from the moment I heard it.Is the sustenance she is referring to the food we eat?Is it the work we do that keeps us fed and sheltered?Is it the love that fulfills our hearts?Or is it something more elusive?I suppose those questions would be more easily answered if Descoteaux specified whether she was referring to physical, intellectual, or emotional sustenance. But In Curious Sustenance, the lines between these categories are blurred in the most artistic of ways.Ross meets Miles as he is in the throws of self-interrogation in regards to what he needs to sustain himself. Is it food, friendship, love, or a certain feeling of submission that he can only achieve when he gives up his need to figure this all out? Maybe it is a curious blend of all of the above... Along with these questions, Curious Sustenance deals with many concepts that I have long found fascinating. Descoteaux explores Ross's relationship with food, friends, family, and his emotional commitment to a lover. Further, I find the point-of-view switch that occurs a fair distance into the novel, when the reader is fully convinced he knows the author's plan, quite riveting. The author's creative fusion of ways that love can be demonstrated in the bedroom, the kitchen, and the playroom truly speak to me.Curious Sustenance helped me to realize that sometimes the very "ties that bind us" are the ones that also nourish us.Highly recommended.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-03-06 13:30

    Lucky's review: Ross has made an incredible achievement. When people make the comment, “He’s not half the man he used to be”, Ross takes it as a complete compliment. He’s lost a lot of weight, something he’s damned proud of. How does his ‘loving partner’ celebrate? By getting him a big, gooey cake. Ross’s favorite, in fact. When Ross refuses to eat it, the erstwhile ‘loving partner’ leaves, telling him to look up the word fetish and that he’d send an e-mail telling him of their future. Or lack thereof.Ross leaves the place they’ve shared and is taken in by his best friend and weight loss buddy. She takes him to a club where he meets a man into Shibari (Bondage with ropes) who gives Ross the most incredible feelings ever. He’s smitten with the man, but when the scene is over, he’s nowhere to be found.As luck would have it, they run into each other again and talk, forming a friendship. But the mysterious ‘Shaggy’ has something going on in his life that could ruin any chances he and Ross have to be together. Also, the reappearance of someone from Ross’s past throws yet another wrench into the works.I had heard of Shibari before this, but this would be the first book I’ve read where one of the main characters practiced it. I have to admit, it’s rather intriguing. I look forward to finding out more about this technique and hope that Shaggy and Ross will make another appearance at some point in the future.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-03-05 09:25

    Curious Sustenance was one of those really fun books to read. It is sweet and charming with a bit of sensuality. I rated it moderate but all the sex is pretty much off the page, though it is very sensual and loving. This is just a great story and though it does center around Shibari ( a type of bondage)it isn’t overly explicit. I absolutely loved the story. I loved Ross. He really is a fabulous character and I give him props for going through with weightwatchers. I hated his ex, such a jerk. Miles is also hot and sexy. Who wouldn’t fall for him. The story has a decent plot and I loved the interaction of all the characters. I feel there is a little bit of everything in this story. I will say I wish the ending had been just a bit more conclusive but I was pleased. If you like have wanted to read a story with a bit of bondage but not wanting a lot of explicitness, Shibari and this book is a perfect place to start.I highly recommend this to anyone that likes a good sweet romance, that is fast pace, holds your attention, if you like BDSM, Shibari, weightwatchers, tight friendships, close family relationships, and some sensual mansex! I received a free copy for an honest review from MMgoodbookreviews

  • Dianne Hartsock
    2019-03-16 08:30

    I don't know very much about the art of Shibari but the use of it in this story is interesting and sensual. I like the characters, especially Miles, and hope to see them again sometime in the future.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-10 14:23

    I was really excited to read this after reading the blurb. Unfortunately, the whole weight loss plotline got lost in a sea of other unfinished or easily pushed aside plot points.

  • Debbie Benson
    2019-03-01 12:08

    Ross is celebrating his weight loss but his boyfriend wants him chubby instead and surprises him with a decadent chocolate cake. When Ross doesn't want to get chubby again, he is dumped and told to move out. Ross moves in with his best friend, Janet. Janet takes him to her exclusive sex club where he meets Miles. Miles is a shibari master who steals his interest and later heart the first time they meet. Miles and Ross are well suited to each other.

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-03-20 15:23

    3.5 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewThis was my first book by this author. The blurb was intriguing and I love reading new authors so why not? I think ultimately this book started off very promising and just didn’t live up to it in the end. I’m a little sad I didn’t love it. It was good. I wouldn’t categorize this as bondage. More of a rope kink. If you were really trying to make a case for bondage one guy was in charge while the MCs were doing a scene. I do love a bossy man! ;)Ross has lost a ton of weight. He’s so proud of himself. His jerk boyfriend is not. He’s what’s known as a chubby chaser and likes his men plump. Nothing wrong with that but it’s not what Ross wants. His boyfriend basically gives him the ultimatum to gain the wait back or he’s out. Ross doesn’t give in thank goodness. He moves out and into his best friend Piper’s house. Though he eventually realizes it was better to know who the man he’d been with really was, it still takes some time to crawl out of his funk. One night Piper suggests they go out. Ross never expected her to take him to a sex club. Which is understandable because as I’ve said in another review, that’s NOT the kind of thing you should spring on a person. Ross is a little uncomfortable but then he sees Miles. Miles also sees him and doesn’t know Ross is a newbie. So he suggests a scene and a smitten Ross agrees. What Miles is into is Shabari which is a rope kink. I’m sure there’s more to it than that but I’m also a novice. It was pretty sexy. The author did a great job of portraying all the sensations that Ross is feeling during the scene. When it’s over Ross loses sight of Miles. Also, something that seems weird to me. Normally there’s a certain amount of care involved afterward, right? I could be wrong.Anyway, they come in contact a few more times outside of the club. Usually short or awkward meetings but there is something there that gives Ross hope. Ross wants to make a connection with Miles but doesn’t know if it’s wanted or what the protocol outside the club. He just knows he wants to see Miles again. You know something is haunting Mile’s but it’s not a POV change half way through the book that you find out. The switch confused me initially because I had to reread but it did help me understand Miles better. Until this point I kept wondering what Mile’s was hiding. Mile’s character was a little dry at times though. Such a sexy zen guy with a rope kink should have excited me but his character never really did. I actually preferred Ross. I did enjoy the teasing moments waiting on them getting it together.There were a few scenes I don’t really know why they were in the book. I kept waiting for them to come into play later but they never really did. The ex’s assault and Piper’s close call happened and that was it. I thought the worry that Mile’s had weighing on his shoulders seemed heavy and real. I loved Ross and Piper together. Oh, and the brother! All of them on page gave the book a nice humorous element. Oh and I really enjoyed the side love story. I would like to read more about them.Overall I had a lot of hope for this book. From the beginning I was intrigued but it seemed to fizzle a little towards the end. I will check out more books from this author.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-03-15 14:03

    This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews.3.5 starsThis story grabbed my attention from the blurb, as I loved the idea of a character dealing with weight loss and body issues. It is so rare to find a character in gay romance who isn’t either a chiseled god with washboard abs, or perhaps a skinny (but adorable) twink. So to have a main character who struggled with weight and continues to face challenges with eating was a really interesting twist and something I enjoyed. I also think rope bondage can be so beautiful, so I was really excited to read a story with that as a key element. However, while I enjoyed aspects of this story, I also felt like so much was left only partly developed and explored, leaving me feeling somewhat unsatisfied at the end.Read Jay's review in its entirety here.

  • Shelby P
    2019-03-12 08:17

    SPOILERS AHEADI was intrigued when I read the blurb featuring a gay man dealing with weight issues and had to read it right away. Well things started to go downhill really fast like an Olympic skier. First it was kinda stupid when Ross' boyfriend Brad dumps him once he finally achieved Lifetime Membership in Weight Watchers because Brad is secretly a chubby chaser. If you're into fat men why support his efforts to lose weight? Brad just ups and leaves and dumps Ross because he wouldn't eat a slice of chocolate cake. Then we have Ross' best friend Janet who I guess is into sex clubs and takes Ross to one where he performs in a scene and cums on himself. Yeah I'm gonna let a stranger tie me up in ropes in public when I've never done shit like that before. By 20% I knew this book would suck and suck big time. I couldn't skim fast enough so I could then delete this shit from my Kindle.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-03-09 08:30

    Have you ever had one of those days where it starts off fantastic and then all hell breaks loose? Well, Ross is having one of those days. After making Lifetime with Weight Watchers, his boyfriend welcomes him home with a yummy looking chocolate cake. After refusing to take a bite of the concoction, Brad, the boyfriend and future douche bag, gives Ross an ultimatum. Either eat the cake and gain the weight back, or move out! Seems Brad likes his men chubby.See the entire 3.5 star at The Novel Approach:

  • Kat
    2019-03-13 09:28

    I liked the idea of the book and I enjoyed reading it until the shibari part happened...Taking someone to a BDSM club when the person has no knowledge about the lifestyle, basic rules, safewords etc and then leave him with a strange who puts him into bonadage without discussing safewords, boundaries, health isses beforehand... no, that doesn't work at all. Something like that is grossly negligent and highly dangerous... it made me furious while reading and is the reason for this really low rating.

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2019-02-25 14:15

    Reviewed by: WendyGenre: M/M Contemporary2 HeartsSee Review Here: Hearts On Fire ReviewsFacebook link:

  • Mandi
    2019-03-11 11:02

    This started off great for me but then sort of fizzled out by the end.

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    2019-03-11 11:27

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  • Sara
    2019-02-21 16:23

    kindle edition.