Roses and Chains is a part of the 1-800-Dom-help series from Elloras Cave. This is a new author and series for me. The premise of the series is simple: a protagonist is given a plain business card simply embossed with the number they are to call that number whenever they want to partake in something that their bodies are craving for but do not know how to find it on their own. All they need to do is call the number and the answers that they are looking for suddenly appear. Kinda like a kinkier low-tech version of match.com. Roses and Chains is a fun and exciting read that kept me entranced from beginning to end.
As I stated before, this is the first book that I have read by this author but it most certainly will not be the last. I thought her story balanced dark erotic sex scenes with a bit of realistic dialogue and emotion. While it was a short read it managed its time effectively by giving enough detail were you get to know the characters but are not overwhelmed with too much back story that you forget what the actual story is about. The sex scenes were clever and not to heavy on the typical dirty talk and dramatic scenarios that one finds in these stories. I could nitpick about the word “sub” being used overly much but that would be just nitpicking. I cannot really comment on whether or not the dynamic between Daniel, Delia, and Mara is the most accurate in comparison to other stories but it felt that way to me. This is a couple that is just starting to come into their own. Every mistake, awkward moment, weird comment, and cheesy saying felt real. Their frustrations and musings are sincere and somewhat relatable. You really felt that couples love for one another, their confusion over the situation and their acceptance of their new found roles in the relationship was easy to understand. This is a great read for anyone who is looking for something hot and quick to read. I know that I will be looking out for the other books in this series and more from this author.
Take one adorable suburban couple just starting to realize their D/s relationship isn’t quite enough to satisfy. Add one cute and quirky sub who can’t seem to find a Dom to suit her tastes. Place them in a room full of sex toys and candlelight, roses and chains…
And after a few smoking-hot nights of pleasure and exploration, all three just might find what they’re looking for.