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Something in the Way He Needs (Family #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,092 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
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
ebook, 2nd edition, 260 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by The Romance Authors (first published February 24th 2013)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I absolutely, positively, HATED this book.

I don't really consider this a romance book but more of a show-and-tell of what an abusive relationship looks like. This is in no way a healthy relationship. NO WAY.

I'm not talking at ALL about the kink. By the way, this book shouldn't be considered BDSM. There is very little BDSM in this book, barely a spanking scene. Overall, it was fairly vanilla. However, I also think that this book does a disservice to true BDSM books. Asher wasn't a dominant, he
Lisa Henry
I liked this book, I swear. I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to like it, and it's all down to the MC Asher.

I liked Daniel just fine. I liked the supporting cast -- I would have liked to find out if Ollie (view spoiler) But Asher? Just no.

I like a possessive alpha male as much as the next girl. I like a Dom who says "Hands off, he's mine." No arguments. But Asher was not in control. Not of his relationship, and not of his temper. Possessive is f
Rosa, really
Sep 15, 2014 Rosa, really rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore to the nth degree Cardeno fans. Apparently I'm just hardcore.

I love you, Cardeno, but this is not an enjoyable read.

Why? Main character Asher.


He's an asshole.

At one point he borders on being a full on motherfucker.

Let me clear this up....I DON'T LIKE HIM.

Usually I adore the possessive alpha who reluctantly falls in love, but this guy? No. I just can't.

He reminds me of one of those heroes you'd find in romance novels of the 1970s & early 80s. The hero borders on abusive throughout the entire book until the very, very end when he declares his love and
Feb 26, 2013 Mandapanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
3.75 stars. One of Cardeno C's better novels. I was totally along for the ride with these characters. I liked the possessive, domineering Ash and the secretive beautiful Daniel. Ash's previous life as a heartless Dom just disappears as his love and need to care for for Daniel grows. His confusion at this change was totally believable.

Even though Ash is heavily involved in the BDSM lifestyle at the beginning of the novel, this is not a BDSM story. There is only one light spanking scene. However
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧ •°**★Camelot Dreamer❧ •°**★

2.5 Stars

This can not be written by C.Cardone...

Could it?

Cardeno, is my go to writer for sweetness.AND, this is not sweet

Ok, this book is more like ... 2.5 stars...

Gosh, I do not like giving low rating, BUT, I do not really like this book

The Book~

The bottom may be slight spoiler'ish...please beware...

Police captain Asher Penaz’s...what an asshole....

Man ooooh man....

Asher, Asher, Asher....he just boggled my brain...stalker-like, wow, how about just helping the guy up from under the suitcase's
Shirley Frances
It's a funny thing when you think you know what you're going to get when reading a book by one of your favorite authors. I think I've read every book Cardeno C has published and I've always been pleasantly surprised by something - the dialogue, a character's personality, the emotions, a sex scene. They are always sweet, romantic reads that touch my heart and although Something in the Way He Needs was just what I had expected in that regard it was so much more in other ways.

Asher, Asher, Asher.
Trisha Harrington
Normally I am really into the possessive type characters. That is something I love to read in a book, but this... This did not do it as well for me. To an extent I loved the possessiveness, but then it got a bit too extreme at times. I actually loved the book until a certain point and then it turned to, just liking to to it was okay.

I loved some aspects of the story. The idea of the story and the way the characters were woven into everything was really nice. I liked Daniel the best out of the tw
Feb 27, 2013 Gigi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alpha cops! Gotta love 'em, but MC Asher was just a touch too possessive and jealous of anyone who set eyes on his beautiful Sugar, MC Daniel, that I had to knock a star off because it made me that uncomfortable. But other than that, I really, really enjoyed this book! The ending was absolutely perfect and I think I could hear birds signing in the background.

If you like big, bad Dom alpha males, not looking for a lost-soul life partner (but finding one anyway) skinny, clumsy, beautiful, savant b
Dec 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
What happened Cardeno C?? Why would you give an asshole like Asher a HEA?

Asher was controlling, possessive and he was being a dick for most of this book. I was okay with this in the beginning because I was convinced he would redeem himself and be the man Daniel deserved.

But the scene in the BDSM club (which happened in the last 20 pages, why???)??? (view spoiler)
Feb 26, 2013 Sunny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, bdsm
I loved Daniel, and Ash's attraction to Daniel was sweet, until Ash was revealed to be an overreacting selfish jerk. For a Dom, he lost control too many times and that scene in the club was so over the top awful I couldn't believe it. It was a horrible set up for that moment of angst filled self realization. It didn't help that "sugar" as a pet name is one of my pet peeves and Ash uses it a lot.
New favourite author. Excellent m/m bdsm novel, unputdownable: read this into the night through to the end. Hardass Dom and police captain Asher becomes a victim of his own jealousy when he falls for the beautiful, clutsy Daniel.
'Okay, so Asher could understand how their current positions might look like they were cuddling to the untrained eye, but in reality, they were just suffering from postorgasmic melted-bone syndrome.'
2.5, maybe? I'm conflicted about this one.

The good: As with most Cardeno C. books, this was an enjoyable reading experience. I'm usually not fond of instalove, but this author writes it in a way that I find comforting.

The OK: Daniel has a touch of the Jory. Maybe I'm jaded, but I feel like I've read far too many of these too-clumsy-to-function-but-everybody-loves-him characters lately.

The bad: Possessive, irrationally jealous behavior like Asher's would have sent up major red flags in an m/f rom
Just read Strong Enough the second book in The Family series and absolutely loved it so was excited to go straight to this one which is actually the first and I'm very happy to say I loved this one as well. A touch more angsty I would add because the main character Ash is a bit of a complex chappy. He's a Dom who goes to leather bars to satisfy his needs but he doesn't do long term attachments and he's a police captain who likes order in his life so when he meets free spirited, slightly clutzy D ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it
>4.5 Sweet & Steamy Stars!!

Cardeno C. is one of my favorite authors. Her books always contain a perfect mix of spicy and sweet, and the heat level is always just perfect for me. Her stories are always interesting, sometimes poignant, but never fail to contain a ton of heart so I absolutely love reading them. This book is the first in a series but can be read as a standalone. Asher is a dominant cop but this story just touches on BDSM themes, nothing too heavy here. Asher meets a younger m
Feb 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, mm-series
2.5 stars. This book didn't work for me. I just didn’t like Ash from the beginning. The way he started following Daniel in Vegas was very stalker-like. If this were a BSDM romance, I wouldn’t have read it because Ash was very impatient, insecure, quick to anger and didn’t communicate well for someone who is supposedly a Dom. Although Daniel liked the possessiveness and felt Ash wouldn’t have hurt him, I didn’t feel comfortable reading it. His actions and behavior at the club at the end of were h ...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Absolutely loved this one. Two completely flawed characters doing what flawed characters do - flawing about like the rest of us mere mortals. Enjoyed how Asher evolved and, truly, became the person who could meet the needs of his partner. My first Cardeno C book and it will most definitely not be my last. Great length to really dig into the story, wonderful flow of words, interesting things happening. Not much more you can ask than that!
Apr 07, 2013 Syfy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, i-cried

I'm not shelving this as BDSM, but it is one of the best stories involving BDSM I've ever read.

Ash is such a shitty ass I really did cry, but if there ever was a man who could handle falling in love with an ass, it's Danny.

Serena Yates
Oct 16, 2015 Serena Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, bdsm-and-d-s
This book is an interesting look at what happens when a "total Dom" meets a "man who likes to be manhandled" outside the dungeon (so to speak) and notices, even likes the man before they can get physical. The situation results in one of the more unusual D/s stories I have read, because much of the character development is actually about putting the need to dominate (and the need to submit) into perspective. Rather than being the centerpiece of attraction and the main theme, it becomes part of ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
Asher Penaz is not really so likeable. He is kind of arrogant, definitely controlling and not at all the hearts and flowers kind. He doesn't do relationships at all, just sex in which he is in control. He likes things just as they are and has no apologies to make to any one about this. It is his life after all and he likes it just like that!

Of course this all changes. One weekend in Vegas to celebrate the coming nuptials of his friend Oliver and ta da!!! Cracks appear in the indomitable wall of
UPDATE: March 23, 2016
I thought I would re-read it. Don't ask what possessed me, because - BIG MISTAKE.
Re-rating it 1 star.

What I liked: Daniel, though he is so perfect, been everywhere, done everything, he cannot possibly be a real person, still he is adorable and I enjoyed reading about him.

Spoilers below:

What I didn't like:
- drunk law-enforcement pushovers,
- "great and awesome" doms who use subs to get themselves off and if the sub gets off too then, whaddayaknow, good for him,
- uncontrolla
Feb 26, 2013 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, bdsm-kink
I have mixed feelings about this book. As expected from the author's previous works, it was a mostly pleasant read. The attraction was instant and the living together arrangement felt rushed, but these aspects did not bother me to a significant extent. Things were developing smoothly until the plot's climax, which I thoroughly disliked.

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Will Parkinson
Feb 09, 2013 Will Parkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't your daddy's Cardeno!

Asher is a Dom who has temporary subs, but has never kept them for more than a night. Then this clumsy young man stumbles into his life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately Asher is going to make a lot of mistakes. Will he be able to give Daniel what he needs or will he lose it all?
NO. NONONONONONONO!! I mean! Asher simply hands Daniel over to another Dom?? Without even ASKING HIM?? WTF??? I could have thrown my Kindle across the room at that point. What a ...(Expletive deleted) moron. He doesn't deserve ANYONE.. and then Daniel meekly goes back to him afterwards??

Thank you to the Unicorns for inviting me along to party with them.

I have a lot to say about this story. You can read my full review by clicking the button below....

Crissy Morris
You know when you turn the page of a book only to realize you just read the last page, but you wanted it to keep going because you loved the characters and their relationship and the story so much? That is this book for me.

So just a few notes on how much I loved this particular book, and why. It’s pretty well known in certain circles that I am a huge fan of this Cardeno C., and as such I feel I can make this next statement with a certainty. Something in the Way He Needs is a different kind of b
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
5 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Asher loves being in control, he loves having the power of being in charge; it suits him well in his job as a police captain and in his personal life as a Dom. But Asher doesn’t understand the overwhelming need and attraction he has to the bumbling, lighthearted Daniel who has no structure and no direction in life. Daniel lives his life flitting from one job to another, one city to the next and loves it, but in
Nov 30, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, sweet
This was the first book I have read by this author. I found it sweet, charming and simple. This was a light read I needed after my last book. I loved the characters and the little bit of angst. Asher is a police captain and a Dom, spending the weekend in Vegas with his best buddy to celebrate upcoming wedding. He watches a cute, often clumsy guy in the hotel lobby and is compelled to follow him. Ash is immediately attracted and fascinated by this guy and can’t really figure out why.

Now Ash I fou
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***2.5 Stars***

The premise of this book had potential, but I found that the characters really got in the way of the story.

First, we have Asher. He's a cop, a heartless Dom and an overall jackass to all those he encounters.

He's never been in a real relationship, nor has he ever wanted one. Asher likes and craves control, order and obedience. All of his sexual proclivities are satisfied at his favorite leather club where men fall at his feet and beg to be used by him. He whips them, canes them,
Chris Jeffreys
Another reviewer has written that this is not your usual Cardeno C. novel, and I have to agree with that. But, unfortunately, that is not a good thing -- in fact, it is a very, very bad thing. "Something in the Way He Needs" is far from the noteworthy level of Cardeno C.'s other books, and I was extremely disappointed by its content. Normally, Cardeno C. has a flare for knowing how to write a real romance -- to make the reader feel everything that star-crossed lovers are feeling. That simply ...more
Denise H.
May 09, 2016 Denise H. rated it it was amazing
*** This story was unusual for Cardeno C., but we still got our super sexy times, and commitment in the end. ***
Police Captain, Asher, is large, muscled, bald and captivating.

He thinks he's a Dom, but the reality comes later. A planned wedding, a mix up, and a chance meeting change everything.

Sweet, smart, pliable, Daniel, is a functional savant,

here to see his brother, when he meets Asher. Daniel is brilliant, writes music, plays instruments, sings, is a 3rd degree black belt, plus worked
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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the ...more
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“Do you know what that’s like?” Asher choked out, forcing himself to keep his feelings in check. “To be with someone who shines so brightly he’s all you can see? That’s how I feel when I’m with your brother. To me he’s… everything.” 6 likes
“You gave me a home. First time I ever had that. Only person I want it with. Please don’t take it away from me.” 6 likes
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