Monday 5 March 2012

A Review for The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

Posted by Jess
Published Date: February 16th, 2009
Finished Date: March 2nd, 2012
Source: Recommended
Format: Kindle
Pages: Unknown 

The Blurb from Goodreads: 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?

The Review: "I love you, bro." "I love you too. Still not doing you." -Kaden and Seth

Ok, people, don't judge me lol. No-one knew I was reading this (unless you have me on Goodreads). This was part of my secret stash of Erotica that I have on kindle lol. 

After reading Fifty I found out I had a passion for Erotica (you can all thank Christian Grey for that!). Anyway, I was just looking for more Erotica, not necessarily anything revolving around BDSM. This book was recommended to me by a friend on Goodreads, and I'm glad she did.

Let me start by saying, I haven't cried like that at a book since I read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. The Reluctant Dom is an extremely emotional book, that focuses on 3 people coming to terms with the fact that one of them is dying of cancer.  

It's Kaden that is dying, and he asks his best friend, Seth to become his wife's new husband and Dom after he passes. Kaden completely struck me from the moment I started reading. I felt for him. Seth was a complete sweetheart, listening to what his friend has to say, and not judging him in anyway. He later agrees to let Kaden train him in the art of BDSM and lets him move in with him and his wife Leah.

Don't be deceived by the the cover or the title of this book. It deals with a lot more than the lifestyle of BSDM. The Reluctant Dom, deals with BDSM as more than just a lifestyle, it deals with it being the help that these three people need. I know that may seem weird, but it's really hard to explain without giving much away, you'll just have to read it to see for yourself.

I pretty much fell in love with this story, it touches your heart completely and it was Seth's inner turmoil and his guilt over his friend that begins to break you apart. It was his moments of crying himself to sleep, or crying in the shower at remembering that his best friend is dying that begins to get to you. And it's Seths' selflessness to give up the life he knew to help his best friend make the transition from old Dom to new Dom easier for his wife, Leah. Leah is a very complicated character, she relies on the pain from BDSM to deal with her inner emotions of having a traumatic childhood. And Seth has been in love with Leah from the day he met her, Kaden knows this, and so knows that Seth is perfect for the job. He sees that Seth will be able to look after Leah, in more ways than one. Giving her what she needs to help her survive once Kaden passes.

Tymber Dalton, managed to create a story surrounding a personal tragedy and entwining a lifestyle that you would never associate with said tragedy. It's a wonderful story, and it truly moves you to tears, I believe I read through wet eyes for the last half of the book. You know what's coming and you're waiting for it, but nothing can prepare you for when that moment comes, it was slow to build and the descriptions of Kaden's decline in health and his jaundice that started me. I went completely over the edge! Nothing can prepare you for Kaden's end. Nothing at all. It's extremely emotional and heartfelt. You'd be cold hearted if you didn't cry. 

I do recommend this book. However I recommend you read Fifty Shades of Grey first, as that will ease you into the BDSM lifestyle. This book is extremely powerful and centres around personal tragedy and sacrifice. 

Also, this book is for older readers, it does have a  lot of graphic sex in it, including male/female/male ménage. So please, please...only read this if you are 18+. 

Other than that, it's a wonderful story, and I don't regret reading this at all. However you will need to at least read some fluffy YA after all the emotion, heart ache and crying.

On a high note; here's a line that had me roaring with laughter:

“In a fit of Christmas spirit, Kaden had equipped her with a red and green holiday collar, complete with several jingle bells. Their own little pornographic elf.” -Seth


Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books said...

I think I have to read this now.

Thanks for the great review!

Book Passion for Life said...

I want to read this now! Awesome review Jess ~ Donna

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

I hope to get started on Fifty Shades of Grey soon. I'll see how that one goes... ;) I'll keep this book in mind if I want to explore more books. Great review, Jess. :)

Book Passion for Life said...

Glad you like the review, ladies. It's a great book, you'll have to let me know how you like it. ~Jess

Alexa said...

I have been recommended this one as well. I haven't read Fifty yet but I first started reading heavier romance and erotica back when I was 16 so I have been in love with this genre for some time. I'm going to have to give this one a shot because some erotica is just filled with sex scenes strung together but this one sounds like it goes beyond that, that it has a great storyline.

Thanks for the great review, after all this one you are the one that finally convinced me to give this a shot. :)

Lesley said...

I'll need to add this to my TBR although I'll need to make sure I have tonnes of hankies as it sounds like a bit of a weepy:)

Tee said...

I am dying to read this book but it is not available on the Kindle or Nook and to buy the book is like 54.00. I will have to ask around to see if other people are having the same trouble I am getting this book. Did you read Domme by Default great book!

Starr K said...

Do you have any idea where else i can get a copy of this book? Amazon has it for 390.98 and 999.99 (way too much for a book in my opinion).

Becky Johnson said...

Thank you so much for the review. I've finally just finished the first book of Fifty Shades and was wondering what else was out there.

DonnasReviews said...

Hey Becky, Have you tried Sylvia Day "Bared To You" or any books Elle Aycart? 

Emily Sorby said...

I have just finished reading it and my heart is hurting. I have NEVER been so consumed by a book emotionally as I have been by this.

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