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.
Wow. I feel emotionally shellshocked after reading this. This is definitely one of those books that is going to stay with me. Forever.
I sobbed. Not just like a lot of tears, like 100%, full-fledged weeping. Many times. …. But I also laughed.
This book is beautiful. I don’t know how else to describe it. It has also totally rearranged my definition of ‘kink’.
But also, and very importantly, the point of the book was not the kink. It was the emotional journey that the characters go though. The sex isn’t the focus of the story, its part of what conveys the story.
This is a love story. Its a story of unconditional and immeasurable love. All kinds of love.
I’m very much of a “hero meets heroine and they live happily ever after, no other partners ever” kind of reader. But for some reason, the 3-way relationship that developed in this book didn’t set off any of my ‘alarm bells’. With the way it was presented it, I totally accepted it with all my heart.
The only thing that still got to me was the ‘Master/slave’ thing. I don’t mind the Master thing even, or the sub thing, but I personally just don’t like the word ‘slave’. But again, with the way the book was written and with the way the story was presented, I was able to accept it.
And I really liked the explanation of the title. I was wrong about what I thought it meant. I won’t spoil it for you, but I really liked how it was explained.
I highly recommend this book is you are looking for a book that will make you FEEL.
I’ve never read anything like it. And I can’t stop thinking about it.
I don’t know what else to say… except that this book should come with a box of kleenex.
PS: If you are not already somewhat familiar with the BDSM world, I’d say that reading the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James is a must BEFORE this… It will help ease you in so that when you read this, it’s less about the culture shock of the world, and more about the love story. Just my opinion 🙂
EDIT: I’m writing this about 3 weeks after having read the book and I just wanted to say that I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. I’ve read many books after (although it took me several days before I could even contemplate reading another) and still, I can’t stop thinking about this one. I think Kaden has definitely made my list of fav book male characters. His strength is so haunting.
**** Guys, please don’t judge it based on it’s awful cover shown on Amazon. Seriously. The cover I have at the top of this review was the original one this book was published under and it fits this book so much better.