One Dom To Love by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl
Narrated by Christian Fox
Adult Contemporary, Doesn’t really stand alone. BDSM.
I grabbed One Dom To Love by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella Pearl because the three authors would all be at a book signing I went to. I have read Shayla before, and I know she could write hot. Plus, I really like Christian Fox as a narrator, so I listened on the way up to the signing. It’s been a while since I read a good BDSM book, so I was excited for this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it the way I wanted to.
From the cover and blurb, I expected some hot menage scenes. There was none of that. It was a MAJOR love triangle. Raine has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman (‘Hammer’), for years. He owns a BDSM club, and rescued Raine and took her in when she was 15. But she is all grown up now and wants to be seen as a woman. And she wants Macen. Macen is in love with her as well but refuses to act on it. He keeps all other men away from her, yet he won’t be with her either
“Then stop holding her to you when she tries to leave.”
“It’s not that simple. Every time she walks into the room, I come to life. Every time she leaves, I fucking fall apart. I’m not trying to hurt her.”
Macen’s best friend and fellow Dom, Liam (with a sexy Irish accent) can see how much he loves her, and doesn’t understand why he tortures himself and doesn’t claim her, so he decides to push him into action and sets up a scene with Raine himself. What he didn’t expect was to fall for her.
“You and I will spend some time together, just the two of us, until we share an understanding. Do you hear me, Raine? I was as clear as I could be yesterday when I told you that you were mine and I would not share you with another.”
To me, Hammer was a pussy and I didn’t see any Dom-like qualities. But Liam, he’s a good Dom. The problem? Raine still loves Hammer, even though he plays this push/pull game with her. But boy, Liam can light a fire in her!
Every kiss between them was fireworks and rocket launchers. God, he felt incredible. Hot, muscled, persuasive, determined. He kissed like a god. With one seductive whisper, he could distract her utterly. One touch, and she felt her defenses crumbling. But those lips could capture her soul. Yes, she loved Hammer, but…Liam set her on fire.
I can’t quite put it into words, but this book didn’t really make me fall in love with it. It felt a little traditional and old fashioned, kind of like one of those “bodice ripper” novels (they even used the word ‘turgid’ twice). After 4 hours of just not getting into it, I actually put it aside and listened to another book. I thought maybe I just wasn’t in the mood, but the other book really captured me fast. Once I came back to this, I enjoyed the second half a bit more than the first, until it kind of had a cliffy end!
- Very well written and you have no clue who wrote what.
- Great narration.
- Hot sex.
- I liked Liam and his Irish accent was to die for.
- The writing seemed a bit old fashioned (TURGID???? Really?).
- Major love triangle and you don’t know who to root for.
- Moved slow at the beginning but picked up at the end.
- Thought it was a menage and it isn’t.
- The sex was pretty vanilla for a book that is billed as BDSM.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 stars, 4.25 Heat, 5 Narration
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