Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Genre: MM Contemporary
Narrator: Ezekiel Robison
Controlled Asher didn’t expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they’ll find what they desperately need in one another.
Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and Spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.
The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, but with all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. If Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.
Review: Asher Penez is a police captain and a Dom who enjoys meeting new subs at a local leather bar, spending a few hours or the whole night with them, and then moving on to the next one. He doesn’t do relationships. He never has a man at his apartment, and he wants nothing to do with permanence—until a cute, nerdy, bumbling guy captures his attention while in Vegas with his close friend and soon-to-be-groom, Oliver Tover. The young guy turns out to be Daniel Tover, Oliver’s half-brother, and he really is a sweetheart. Daniel is a bit of a klutz, and definitely not into the pain scene like Asher is, yet Asher recognizes the submissive in him and sets out to show him what it is to be with a strong Dom.
But Daniel throws a wrench in his plans when he shows Asher what it is to be with someone who cares about him and for him, bringing warmth to both his heart and bed. Asher’s attempts at controlling Daniel’s food intake and clothes wardrobe are met with frustration as free-spirited Daniel is not interested in being changed. And though Daniel decides he likes a light spanking, anything more is quickly off the table. Before Archer knows it, he’s working to make Daniel happy.
But he doesn’t appreciate secrecy and when he thinks Daniel is deceiving him, he gets on his high-and-mighty horse and puts his foot in his mouth. Unreasonably angry when Daniel finally decides to buy new clothes and dress as Asher has asked and then again when he finds out Daniel does indeed have a source of income, Asher blows it big time and crushes both Daniel’s heart and his spirit. All Daniel wanted was to be needed, but when Asher makes it clear that Daniel is just a possession, it’s Asher who’s left devastated when he loses the best thing that ever happened to him. Is there any hope for him? Will Daniel ever forgive him? And more importantly, will Daniel ever return to heal Asher’s now broken spirit?
I enjoyed this first story in the Family series. Though I’ve already read the fourth book, The Half of Us, I was so intrigued by that one that I decided to come back to the beginning and start over with Cardeno C’s sexy, lovable men—especially Asher, who makes a brief appearance at the beginning of book four. I do need to note however, that although Asher defines sexy, lovable he is not—at least not until he gets his head out of his you know what and admits that the way he feels about Daniel is love, not ownership.
The narration was spot-on, with a variety of vocalizations, making it easy to differentiate between characters. In fact, the story was so well-paced, with such a good narration, I found myself turning it on every chance I got. I couldn’t get enough fast enough—like eating a bag of chips—no way to stop once I got started. If you love MM romances featuring alpha men and their sweet, sexy, strong partners, you should like this one.