Author: Caraway Carter
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Genre: MM Romance/BDSM
When Taylor Little, who styles himself “Dom Seven,” is unwillingly taken into custody by the Cadre, he is put between a rock and a hard place. Either he will go to jail for his abuses against the local BDSM community, or he will accept retraining from the bottom up, learning to be a slave before he ever lays a flogger on another human being again.
In this tale of redemption, Taylor must face his demons as he learns to accept his status with mouth, mind, and heart.
WARNING: This story contains scenes of sexual intimacy and BDSM.
To be honest, I really struggled with how I felt about this story and how to rate it. The blurb called to me and I was eager to volunteer to review this one. The concept of a community that cares enough to step in when one of their own veers off in a bad direction to try to rehabilitate him was unique and appealing.
It felt like a little bit of a stretch to think the Cadre could pull off the extent of blackmail needed to convince Taylor to willingly (definitely not eagerly) take the path of least resistance. The concept that “it takes a village to raise a child” was the thought that kept coming to mind as the Cadre dealt with Taylor. It did truly take a team to reshape the man, but honestly, he reminded me more of a petulant child. He wasn’t a character that I instantly loved, and even though he did somewhat redeem himself over time, I honestly still didn’t warm up to him despite feeling empathetic to his situation.
It’s true that this is a tale of redemption and that may be plenty satisfying to many readers. It is not, however, a romance story. When the possibility of romance surfaces, the story ended abruptly and left me feeling unhappy on that front.
So, back to a rating; higher rating for writing style and plot; lower rating for character connection and lack of smexy m/m lovin’. Middle of the road it is!