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Catalyst (Catalyst #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  327 ratings  ·  78 reviews
After a near-fatal accident, Logan Walker seeks help to control the compulsive blood fetish that almost cost his submissive's life. Help happens to be in the form of an athletic, smart psychologist by the name of Dr. Kasper Bromley. Kasper, though, soon finds himself swept up in the fantasies Logan came to him to control. Reluctantly throwing his ethics to the wind, Kasper...more
ebook, 243 pages
Published February 11th 2011 by Storm Moon Press LLC (first published February 8th 2011)
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Oh, isn’t blood so damn beautiful? That gorgeous crimson that pumps hotly through your veins, makes your cheeks flush and comfortingly, inevitably flows out of cuts, guarantees bruises more colorful than the woods in autumn…and that taste! Which is unlike anything else and best served hot; spicy yet sweet, only slightly syrupy, with a metallic tang.

You don’t share my sentiment? Don’t worry about it. A selection of my friends’ reactions to me reading this book (lol!):

Friend 1: Ewww, really?
Jason Huffman-black
4.5 stars

This review contains spoilers.

This book took BDSM into a more realistic setting than many romance novels. Not all doms are rich and settled, not all submissives are young and twinkish.

It also tells the story of a man who has held himself on a tight rein, a psychologist with a neurosis concerning how others view his life. His sex is vanilla, his life is vanilla...until a patient comes into his office and begins talking about sexual proclivities that are shocking and arousing. Kasper, th...more
Vivian Archer
Blood, pain and perfection--a dangerous mix.
Admit what is needed and accept that.
Fine advice unless it's used for rationalization.

Damn. Intensely mindfucking with the convergence of two individuals whose needs are truly a dangerous mix that needs to be handled properly. A catalyst for an uncontrolled explosion that could destroy them both. Neither Kasper nor Logan are psychotic, but their respective compulsions drive them in ways that make their combination hazardous.

Edge play is dicey at the...more
Recently I've been in the mood for some darker m/m romance and have been reading a lot of BDSM m/m romance books. This one caught my eye because the original idea was a little different to the usual BDSM stuff. The story begins as our hero Logan visits a therapist to try and curb his blood fetish urges. It is so bad for him at the moment that he can barely function without the urge to taste blood, especially during sex or masturbation, during which he self harms to get the rush he needs to get o...more
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
4.5 Stars..I almost gave it a whole star just for the fact that it wasn't the 'norm'.

Logan has decided he needs to see a shrink to try and help him control is blood fetish. Dr. Bromley (Kasper) is just the shrink to help him...or is he?!

I had a hard time putting this one down to do things like feed my family or clean house, lol. This book was really well written, was filled with lots of kink, humiliation and self realization among other things. The blood play isn't what I was expecting and I act...more
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I am at a serious loss on how to write a review for this book. I wanna say some profound stuff and be articulate about it (doubt it). Heads up, you wont find all that here (told you). Catalyst is dirty, sexy, and crazy goodness. I had no expectations when I started this book. My eyes were all over the beautiful cover, and I knew I was going to be reading a BDSM novel. I got so much more than anticipated; Catalyst is a...more
DNFed at 36% and returned for refund. It's not nice to feel you have to force yourself to read something. The two main reasons I didn't like this were: very flowery prose in places and far too much sex description, and nothing much else. I don't know if it would have changed but I lost all interest in this.

I like the cover, though.
Catalyst is a hardcore BDSM story filled with tension and emotion. The characters are flawed, human, and very complex. The BDSM kink featured – in this case blood play – is woven intricately into the story. It’s essential to the characters, their dynamic, their obsessions, and ultimately their failure or success as a couple. The complexity of the men is what elevates the story from being simply a heavy BDSM erotica into an angst filled emotional journey. The writing is somewhat languid but with...more
Emma Sea
I thought this ws an interesting book. I was resistant at first to the idea that one MC was a therapist in a sexual relationship with his client, however, in the overall storyline, this actually worked well, because it's about an MC who finally caves in to his darkest desires, and struggles with acknowledging limits; his inability to draw a line between his professional responsibilities and his sexual wants was just one more example of being out-of-control. I also liked the Dom being working-cla...more
Cole Riann
** 4.75 stars **

Catalyst tells the story of Logan, an accomplished Dom whose cravings for blood have recently crossed the line into negligence to his latest sub, ultimately putting him in the hospital after Logan’s haze of lust at the taste caused him to slip and nick an artery with his sterile razor. The story starts in the office of Dr. Kasper Bromley, a psychiatrist, with a hesitant and slowly building dialogue between patient and practitioner. Logan came for help, finally telling himself tha...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
My Review on The Romance Reviews.

What happens when two people with extreme sexual desires and no limits are paired together? Bad things is what happens. Dangerous situations, visits to the hospital or even death could occur. Fortunately, in CATALYST, there is no death.

This intense BDSM book focused on the S/M side and specifically blood play is not for the uninitiated. I felt mixed about this book because it is yet another book where it shows people in the lifestyle as mentally unstable. This ru...more
Lexi Ander
This hit several different areas of emotion for me. I wasn't sure that I was going to like it because it is hard for me to find an uptight psychologist sexy. I did struggle a little in the beginning for a couple of reasons. First Logan is seeing a psychologist (Kasper) because he has a blood fetish that he believes is out of control. I did grit my teeth a time or too through Logan's appointments. Second because I am totally green when it comes to blood fetish. BUT the fetish isn't really what th...more
This was a very intense read, unputdownable for a big part of it. The blood play evened out a bit in the end, but never the BDSm theme, so the faint at heart among you beware! This isn't for everyone, neither for the BDSM nor for the heavy psychological exploration that occurs as Logan and Kasper slowly come to know each other, and equally slowly come to realize that there's no need to be afraid or ashamed of who or what either of them is. Happiness and fulfillment comes in may colors, and their...more
I really liked this read. Both characters end up fighting a lot of demons and I found myself really feeling for these two characters.

Logan is trying to control his addition to blood play and that's something I couldn't really relate to (not my kink) but I think the author does a good job of explaining where it came from and how it developed into something that has taken him over in a pretty savage way.

Kasper is trying to help him and does so many great and caring things for Logan to help him ge...more
Dee Wy
Darkly delicious. A story of love and addiction and how the former can master the latter. Really liked & enjoyed the story.
I`m so glad,that I don`t have their problems!
S.J.D. Peterson
First let me say, this was a very well written story and although the content of the story wasn't for me, I was very much impressed with the talent of these two authors. When I put in my request for the pick it for me, I did say hard limits didn't freak me out. That being said, I didn't know my limits and now I do know one of them, okay two of them. First the blood fetish in this book was unlike the sexy vampire needing it for sustenance, taking from a lover so they could continue to exists. Cut...more
3.5 stars This is not for the light reader. And although it definitely pushed my comfort zone, I did enjoy this book. The first half slowly develops Kasper and Logan's relationship as patient and doctor, and than as lovers. This progression feels subtle and natural and I was never bored. Then the story takes an interesting twist. What began as Logan seeking help for an out of control fetish, turns into a downward spiral for Kasper. They switch roles in who is the mature, responsible one, but the...more
Really liked some parts of it and really disliked others

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- A blood fetish is one of those things that I simply can’t wrap my mind around, yet I found myself wondering whether it was doing Logan more harm or good to attend therapy to get rid of his compulsion. That’s a sign of good writing, I think: to make me identify so much with a character whose desires are so very different than mine.
- There’s a lot of se...more
I'll say right up front that if you're expecting some kind of fluffy "light bondage and gentle flogging" puff piece, just keep walking. This ain't it. This book is dark. It is heavy. And it isn't for everyone.

This book is an excellent depiction of the darker side of the BDSM scene for gay men. The sex is there, sure, and it's hot as hell, but there's more to the story than just that. It delves into the mental and psychological aspects of submission and masochism, and deals honestly and harshly w...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
At times uncomfortable, this is really more an exploration of addiction than BDSM. It so happens the addiction takes shape within BDSM - which provides an additional punch to it. The two main characters were very well drawn, complete and complex and flawed. Oh so very flawed. Struggling - in a way that you don't expect when you start. This first starts as Logan's story but it soon ends up Kasper's...and his tale is even more the compelling for it since you've glimpsed what can be. Very emotional...more
3.5 stars.

Definitely delved into some of the more deep-seated desires that exist for some people. The blood fetish aspect didn't really disturb me at all (to each their own, I say).

What ended up disturbing me and getting me going the most (thinking and feeling NOOOOOOO...HELL NOOOO...don't go there man, snap the fuck out of it already!!) was the lovely Doc becoming so damn hellbent on being this perfect, be-all end-all submissive partner for the patient he is supposed to be treating for the blo...more
Damn, that's it, just damn! This book was one roller coaster ride of pain, want, need, lust and more pain. It was so different than most books about BDSM with the wealthy dom and the younger, smaller sub. I don't have the right words, but if BDSM in books is something you enjoy, then this book would be a really, really great addition to your bookshelf.
3.5 stars

Well-written although not always an easy read. The blood fetish was a bit ick for me at times and for some readers the BDSM towards the end may be too much. Their relationship goes from doctor/patient to Dom/sub and the ramifications for them are both good and bad. Overall a somewhat dark story but a good read nevertheless.
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Reviewed by: Connie
Genre: M/M BDSM
Rated: 5 hearts

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Crazy take on a modern day vampire. Blood fetish and play isn't my thing.
Veronica / Miss V
Sep 01, 2012 Veronica / Miss V marked it as sorry-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
BSMS-Hardcore, this story would give me nightmares for weeks :(
Just could not finish, maybe some day ill pick it back up.
Sep 29, 2012 Beck marked it as probably-not  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, bdsm
Blood play so probably too hard core for me.
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