Book Review : The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

March 12, 2014 Book review 8 ★★★★★

This book was an impulse purchase after I read a glowing review on a CeCe’s blog Steaming Mug of Books.  And I loved it.  It was so emotional, heartfelt and moving which are not words that normally spring to mind when reading an erotic book.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review : The Reluctant Dom by Tymber DaltonThe Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton
Published by Siren-BookStrand on 3 July 2012
Pages: 323
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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?

First Line of The Reluctant Dom:

I made her three promises when we got married, Seth.

My thoughts on The Reluctant Dom:

I feel this book is not just a book about BDSM but instead it’s a book about why people would choose to live this way.  And it actually helped me understood how it works for some people.  The revelation that it wasn’t just about sex was staggering for me as I never thought about it that way.

I still question why Leah couldn’t find other outlets for the emotional pain that she can’t express but who am I to judge.  She found something that works for her and makes her happy and I’m glad that this book opened my mind a little on the subject.  I was creeped out at times, horrified at others but I get it.

I identified most with Seth during the story as he was so sceptical and doubtful to the proposition that Kaden put to him.  Slowly and just as reluctantly I began to understand.  And even if I didn’t 100% buy that this was the only option to keep Leah functioning, I did totally fall for all 3 characters.  Kaden displays the most extreme form of selfless love that I have ever seen and I can’t help but love him.  And all 3 have a dynamic that just works and the chemistry is explosive.

It is of course graphic and explicit and be prepared for blushes if you are easily embarrassed.  Which I am!  My face was on fire but I was loving every moment of it.  I was so engrossed in it that my husband asked me what I was reading but then he misheard the title.  He though I said ‘The Reluctant Dong’ and he started to talk about dongs in the context of the sound bells make!  I showed him the cover just to clarify what the book was really about  :O LOL

I really enjoyed the writing style and the dialogue.  It felt real and very unforced.  Dialogue can make or break a book for me so I love when I find one where it all just feels natural and makes me feel like I’m eavesdropping on a private conversation.  Which this one totally did but I if I ever really heard conversations like these, I’d probably sink through the floor from shock!

Overall a surprise hit for me!  (lol sorry awful pun!, I couldn’t resist).  Yes it’s erotic but more than anything it’s a story about love and how there is more than one way to live your life.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read The Reluctant Dom?

First off, obviously this is an adult read for the over 18s only.  If you are in the mood for an erotic book with good writing and an interesting, well developed back-story then I’d recommend this one to you.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton”

    • trish

      That mix up was so funny!
      Can’t wait to see what you think of this one when you get to it Tonya
      It was so emotional. I was in bits. And understanding about the lifestyle was eye opening.

  1. CeCe

    *happy dance* I am so glad I could introduce you to a great book. I totally agree that this one was a pleasant surprise. Definitely one of those books where I get what all the is fuss about now that I have read it. As for my husband… he saw that I was reading The Reluctant Dom and didn’t even bat a lash, he is so used to my book choices at this point. lol!
    CeCe recently posted…WELCOME TO CECE READS!

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