Author: Cindy Sutherland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
[xrr rating= 2.5/5]
Narrator: John Anthony Davis
Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.
Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.
When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.
Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under his thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.
As the blurb states, Devon is a professional Dom, a club owner who rescues one of the subs who’s being severely abused by a man other than his Dom. His Dom is nowhere to be found, yet he gave this other man permission to beat Chase—an action normally unheard of in a respectable club. Once Devon finds out, he rescues the young man and learns Chase’s story. Devon is appalled that the boy has been kept isolated and in virtual slavery since he ran away from home at sixteen. Now twenty-three, the beautiful boy captures Devon’s heart.
When Devon finds out the Dom who has held Chase for years is none other than James Kingston, the man assigned to train Devon as a Dom years ago, he’s livid. James does not treat his subs well, as Devon learned firsthand—and his scars prove it. And, even after all these years, James is still out to get and subdue Devon.
The story goes along the lines one might expect from a light and fluffy romance novel. Devon falls in love with Chase and eventually reunites him with his family. James takes out his anger on Devon, after he manages to capture and torture him. Fortunately, James’s plans are foiled. And after an angsty period of self-inflicted separation from his beloved sub, Devon eventually realizes they need each other. But after a long period of separation, is Chase willing to take him back?
I’m not giving further details as I don’t want to give more specific spoilers, however, I feel it would be remiss of me not to cite what I’ve stated above to illustrate that this is a very shallow story and the BDSM is extremely mild—other than the initial beating/torture Chase undergoes at the beginning.
On the whole, I’d likely give this story 3 hearts because it wasn’t bad, just not powerful. However, this is an audio review and the narration was very poor. The narrator pretty much just read the story, often mispronouncing words or using incorrect words. Granted, not having the e-book in front of me, I can’t say for sure if that was the narrator, or if it was the editing, but this is not an ARC and is from a publisher I rarely find errors with, so it should be a clean copy and not contain enough noticeable errors to be annoying. On the plus side, the narrator had a distinctive voice for the sub—very soft, sweet, somewhat feminine—and a bolder voice for Devon. However, overall, most of the other male characters sounded the same so I’m deducting .5 hearts for the narration and giving this 2.5 hearts total. And, I would not recommend this story in audiobook format.
However, if you are new to BDSM stories and are looking for a book with only light BDSM, I’d say this one might be a good one to try—in e-book format.