Review: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
Series: Suncoast Society (# 4)
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Pages: 318
Source: Book purchased by the reviewer



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?


Review:  If there is one thing author Tymber Dalton could have done differently in writing The Reluctant Dom, it would have been to slap a warning on the front cover that tissues would be required.

Without providing any spoilers, let me say that this was probably one of the most gripping BDSM relationship stories I have ever read. You want to agree with the characters that it is just a whacked out nightmare…and then it hits you that it is real (at least in the context of the story).

If you’ve ever experienced true love, this is definitely one story that will remain with you. There’s laughter, tears and all kinds of emotions in between. It plumbs the depths of friendship, taking loyalty to the very limit.

This is a storyline featuring real BDSM, not the fake Hollywood spankings and black leather. These characters live it, breathe it and even die by a clear set of rules.

This is Tymber Dalton at her finest.