Title: The Reluctant Dom
Author: Tymber Dalton
Series: Suncoast Society #4
Published by Siren Publishing
Published: July 3, 2012
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Love hurts…if you’re lucky.
Kaden knows he’s dying, but before he goes, he has one problem he needs to solve – he must ask his oldest friend Seth to take over as his beloved wife’s Dom and Master after his death.
Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screw-up and Kaden as the strong and steady one, so his friend’s request rocks his world. Now Seth finds himself immersed in a role he’s far from comfortable with: inflicting pain to provide emotional comfort for the woman he’s secretly loved for years. Can he deal with his crushing grief and learn the skills he must master in time to become THE RELUCTANT DOM?
Warning: m/f/m menage, anal sex/play/toys, BDSM, bondage, D/s relationship, and the lesser-known “normality” of the world of BDSM.
Disclaimer: This review was previously posted on Lunar Haven Reviews & Designs
This book was not something I normally read, but I thought I would give it a try. And boy, I am glad I did. This book was not only filled with steamy scenes, but also scenes that really brought tears to my eyes. I ended up crying a few times. Seth finds out that his best friend, Kaden is dying of cancer, which in itself makes for a tragic story. Kaden asks Seth to take over the role of Leah’s (Kaden’s wife) Master. At first Seth is a little off put by Kaden’s request, but eventually he agrees to take part in their BDSM lifestyle. Throughout the book Seth realizes that he was always in love with Leah, and Kaden has always known that. Leah also returns Seth’s feelings and Kaden is alright with that and actually pushes their relationship forward, well knowing that he will not be around forever.
The Reluctant Dom is a great, quick read and it’s very easy to keep moving forward with. I just sat there, reading for hours until I finished the book. It’s a book about a beautiful relationship, not just between Seth and Leah, but also between Seth and Kaden. They are the best of friends who are both willing to share the love of their lives. It just made me sad to think of how close they were and what a tragic thing they had to both go through.
Although this book had BDSM scenes, they’re really mellow and more for vanilla readers. It is a mature book and I would not recommend if for young teen readers because there is some harsh language and plenty of mature content.
Tymber Dalton is the wild-child alter-ego pen name for writer Lesli Richardson. She lives in southwest Florida with her author husband Jon Dalton (aka “The World’s Best Husband™”) and too many animals. The two-time EPIC award winner is the author of over 100 books, and is active in the BDSM lifestyle she frequently writes about.
When she’s not writing or out shooting skeet or playing DnD with friends, she can be found doing line edits or reading or thinking up something else to write. You can drop her a line through her website/blog and keep abreast of the latest news, views, snarkage, and general ramblings she feels like posting when the mood strikes her.
(Also published writing as Macy Largo, and Tessa Monroe.)
I like to write my stories around the characters. I don’t “plot” my stories, I “pants” them. My characters are rarely perfect (and the perfect ones are usually first fodder for the bad nasties anyway). I like real characters, no matter how “fantastic” the story, that you can relate to and yet still escape with for a while. This means they’ll have warts and all.