The Reluctant Dom

Already shocked when his best friend Kaden tells him that he’s dying of pancreatic cancer, Seth finds himself enraged when told that Kaden’s wife, Leah is actually his slave. He and Kaden have interacted frequently and had no idea that his best friend is a Dom.   Not understanding a dominant/submissive relationship, Seth assumes that Kaden has been beating his wife for the past 20 years of their marriage. Angry and frustrated that Seth would make that type of assumption, he invites him over to the house for dinner to observe them together. Kaden plans to share the news of his impending death with Leah before dinner hoping that she’ll understand, but what he really wants is Seth’s support as he plans to give him even more stunning news.
Used to seeing Leah dressed much more sedately, he is floored by her attire for the evening. He can’t help it, but he’s also attracted to his best friend’s wife and sees her in an entirely different light. Determined to see the woman he loves protected once he’s gone, Kaden wants Seth to understand all about Leah, her special needs and how they entered into the BDSM lifestyle. Some of the things Leah has experienced have traumatized her and Kaden has been able to save her by giving her what she needs. Against his better judgment, Seth watches the play and finds himself turned on and confused by what he sees. Trying to figure out how this works, he avidly listens to all Kaden has to tell him about Leah and how he expects him to take over once he’s dead.
I’ve read a lot of BDSM books, but this by far captures the lifestyle so beautifully and realistically. While the subject matter of death is sad in itself, this is ultimately a tale of how a man wants his woman to be cherished once he’s passed on. Kaden wants to ensure Leah’s financial and emotional security and knows she’ll be in good hands with Seth. THE RELUCTANT DOM, not only does Seth has misgivings about entering into this type of relationship; he’s still coping with the news of his best friend’s cancer and potential death.
Fascinated, I’ve always wondered how this type of relationship actually starts, and Ms. Dalton brilliantly uses her characters to help readers figure it all out. Leah is naturally submissive in every way, eager to give her all to those she loves, sexually and emotionally. She wants to cook and provide a nice home. She’s excited about giving her man what he wants in bed. Kaden is dominant, caring and wonderfully in tune with all of Leah’s needs and he wants to ensure that Seth understands that, no matter what. The sexual adventures in the book are erotic, entertaining and steamy; they make sense to the success of this tale. The title of this book is fitting as it directly and vividly correlates with the plot and makes sense in ways I could never have imagined. There’s a connection with each player and the reader will experience a myriad of emotions up until the very end. People are already talking about the intensity of this book and the exceptional writing skill of Tymber Dalton. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a classic!

Book Blurb for The Reluctant Dom

Love hurts...if you're lucky.

Kaden's dying, but before he goes he has one problem to solve--he must ask his oldest and dearest friend, Seth, to take over as Dom and Master to his beloved wife, Leah.

Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screwup and Kaden as the strong and steady one, so his friend's request rocks his world. He also knows there's no way he can refuse Kaden this.

Now Seth finds himself immersed in a role he's far from comfortable with--inflicting physical pain to provide emotional comfort to the woman he's secretly loved for years. Can he deal with his crushing grief over the impending loss of his oldest friend and still learn the skills he must master in time to become The Reluctant Dom?

Note: This book was previously published with another publisher.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 5.00