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.
This book is part of the "Suncoast Society" series, which also includes the following books:
©2012 Siren-BookStrand (P)2014 Tymber Dalton
Addicted to any type of Romance/Erotica audio books.
This book is so much more than the title or cover makes it seem! I have read & listened to it about 5 times and I "UGLY CRY" every time. The characters are real, the subject is real and the way they handle what life has dealt is amazing! I love that this is erotica with all the fun sexy scenes but also it has such an incredible story too. This book was written so well, I honestly can not think of one thing I would have like to have been any different than it was. You can not improve on perfection! I was a little worried when I got the audiobook, I thought the wrong narrator would break my heart but that was not ever a thought once I started it, Pepper Laramie gave this story just a little extra edge that I didn't know was possible! 10 stars as far as I'm concerned!
I can't read as fast as I would like and love books so audio seemed like the best way to go. I knew this book was a box of tissues so I wanted to get the full affect by hearing the words instead of reading them.
I don't think I come across a book that would be a good comparison but I would put the Rescue Me series by Kallypso Masters with similarities but I haven't come across a story that put a character into a position that he didn't want and deal with losing a dear friend.
I loved all the characters. I think she did a wonderful job. I notice with some narrators have trouble doing male and female voices. Pepper did a fabulous job. If I had to choose, I would go with Kaden.
I don't have the time to listen to any book at one sitting due to life but I listened to the book going to and from work and I didn't want to get out of the car when I arrived at my destination.
Run out and get your copy. Hearing the words written by Tymber is 10 times better and more emotional. I didn't get to have my ugly cry cause I was driving but I definitely would try to listen to this again. Such a beautiful story.
BDSM isn't even a genre I like but THIS BOOK...
I came across a passionate discussion of Tymber Dalton's "The Reluctant Dom" -- where several listeners shared that they weren't big fans of BDSM, but this book was the golden exception. It even made them all - ALL OF THEM - cry.
Now. I love a book that can wring all the emotions from me.
That's a rare thing.
I was still wary. I sort of hate books featuring dominance/submission. No doubt just like in real life I'm sure this can be done well, but most the depictions in most books just aren't to my personal tastes. And some depictions are downright off-putting for me. But after the glowing reviews from others that sounded a lot like my kind of reader-style, I listened to the Audible Audio Sample.
And then I freaking bought the book.
There were parts that had me laughing. Cheering. Cringing. And yes. Crying. Like, ugly tears crying. And worse, it wasn't just at the climax of the story; just like in life, when you are watching someone go through this, it's a hard, sad road. Frick's sake, I haven't cried like that in awhile. This book should come with a trigger warning; I lost my friend to pancreas cancer and I had to stop listening in parts and (impatiently!) wait until I was alone to get back to it because I Could. Not. Stop. Tears. You wouldn't think a "smutty book" as one person dubbed this, would have that effect. You'd be so wrong.
I wish all books were this good. I'm not sure if my heart could take it, but it was actually kind of therapeutic as much as it was distressing. And we haven't even gotten to the romance! This IS a romance book. This is an erotic romance book. THAT'S GREAT TOO - Tymber Dalton is one heck of a storyteller. I find myself thinking sometimes that if you cut out the meat of the story, could this and this scene still be an interesting read? In the case of the Reluctant Dom, that's a big heck yes.
Narration: Pepper Laramie did a WONDERFUL job - her voice carried the emotion so well. I am not sure how she got through some of these scenes --- I was sniffling and wiping at my eyes (while trying to work and maintain a professional appearance, mind you) and thinking, "If I had to read this out loud it'd sound like one of the muppets with a plugged nose about now..." I love to look through a narrator's other books to see if I can find new stories and I wish you could look at a book and, well, judge it by its cover. It doesn't look like her other narrations would suit me although this one surprised me so?? Now I need an award system that goes something like "Good book, Great book, and I'd-Listen-To-This-Again & I-balled-my-eyes-out". Guess which two I'd award to Reluctant Dom?
I went looking to see if a secondary character, Tony, had his own story, because I wanted to keep going. I couldn't find that he did; maybe he'll get his own book someday. I'd listen to it!
Since chapter 1, the story was about a married couple adding a best friend in the mix. then you get into the story about why and the last few chapters, I cried and was so overwhelmed with how the story let me to a sad path it took at one point, I loved every minute of it [the story had me up and down the whole time]. I knew the sad part was coming [Did I mention I cried?]. I dont think if I read it that it would be so....just wow. Well worth the credit I paid.
How Emotional the charaters felt and made me feel.
Unsure. but what a great job on this one !
yes, Usually I work at home and listen while I work. This one I had to stop and wait [I could not see my computer screen when working, I was tearing up so much].
I'm a cheerleader for authors, narrators and audiobooks I love! All things Romance, Horror and Sci Fi
Yeah the title put me off, but I listened to excerpt and was intrigued. I'm really surprised how good the writing and the narration was. There were parts where I rolled my eyes, but likewise there were parts that almost brought a tear to my eye. Yeah there is sex and a lot of it, but again considering that it is erotica, it is tastefully done, that being said, if the idea of a menage makes you squimish move on. Thumbs up on using your credit on this one!
Soooo not what I expected! But this was surely one of the best books I've ever read/listened to. Im extremely impressed with the depth and truth portrayed by Dalton. This must have taken a lot of research. Most DS books are not true pictures of the lifestyle, but this one had it all. Just... WOW.
I am a retired teacher who now Homeschool my 4 children. I read or listen to books as my escape and to get some "me" time.
I have never, not once cried like I did with this book. Don't let that keep you from this unconditional love story. You will see true friendship in its purest form. Love that's given in its freest gift. I wanted to know these characters.
I laughed and cried throughout this book. Narrator was terrific and the story was amazing. It was nice to read a BDSM type book that was not only about sex, yet had great steamy sex in it !
Read/Listen, Review and Recommend!
I can’t even this book, it will break your heart and put it back together just in a different way.
I am no stranger to Tymber’s work and this is probably my second favorite book I have ever read/ listened by her. This was the first Audio book by her and I loved it.
You will need tissue this story between Kaden, Seth, and Leah is powerful and heartbreaking.
What would you do if your best friend in the entire world told you he was dying and he need you to fill his shoes so to speak for his wife because her needs are unique?
Not only do you fall in love with Kaden, Leah but you fall in love with Kaden, Seth and Seth, Leah but you also fall in love with the 3 of them as a couple. It’s a beautiful story of love and loss and finding love again.
Usually I say quotes I love but I am going to say quotes I loved to hated because they were just too powerful.
Feeling the struggle Seth goes through in this book breaks my heart. I know Leah and Kaden are going through a tough time too. But Seth for me it was more so that he had to come to terms with the end game, and change his life and way of thinking all at the same time.
Ok quotes I loved yes I have some!
“I’m still not doing you .” - Seth
“Still not doing you buddy.” – Kaden
“Basic Carpentry in the afternoon, and Sadomasochism 101 in the evening.” - Seth
And this one even if it makes me teary
“It’s going to rip half my soul out. If you weren't here for me, I would fucking give up and die the minute he quit breathing.” -Leah
Also I loved the narration. It was perfect makes you feel apart of the book. I wouldn't chance a thing.
"The Reluctant Dom An amazing heartfelt story"
I love this story and have it on both Kindle and Audible,, but get the tissues ready.
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