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The Reluctant Dom (Suncoast Society #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  8,464 Ratings  ·  1,100 Reviews
Love hurts...if you're lucky.

Kaden knows he's dying, but before he goes, he has one problem he needs to solve - he must ask his oldest friend Seth to take over as his beloved wife's Dom and Master after his death.

Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screw-up and Kaden as the strong and steady one, so his friend's request rocks his world. Now Seth finds himself imm
ebook, 285 pages
Published February 16th 2009 by Lyrical Press, Inc.
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Shelly Hurst I got this from the synopsis on book 1. Hope it helps. "The Suncoast Society series by Tymber Dalton is a BDSM series with different romantic pairings…moreI got this from the synopsis on book 1. Hope it helps. "The Suncoast Society series by Tymber Dalton is a BDSM series with different romantic pairings and follows a group of friends who all frequent the same BDSM club. Most of the books are set in the Sarasota, Florida area. While the books are standalone works that can be read independently of each other, they are best read in order to avoid spoilers."(less)
Cyndi Marie There is no comparison! This book is amazing! The sex is hot, the emotions are raw and you will need tissues!

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Aestas Book Blog
Apr 19, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind who loves deeply emotional stories
Wow. I feel emotionally shellshocked after reading this. This is definitely one of those books that is going to stay with me. Forever.
I sobbed. Not just like a lot of tears, like 100%, full-fledged weeping. Many times. .... But I also laughed.
This book is beautiful. I don't know how else to describe it. It has also totally rearranged my definition of 'kink'.
But also, and very importantly, the point of the book was not the kink. It was the emotional journey that the characters go though. The se
Taryn at My Secret Romance

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I can't even begin to explain how bewildered I am with this book. This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. It brought a smile to my face and tears in my eyes....many times. I have never cried so hard in my life while reading a book. We knew all along what was going to happen, but you can never truly prepare for it. I kept putting the book down because I knew it was coming....and I wasn't ready for it. But who is ever ready for something
Jul 15, 2015 warhawke rated it it was amazing
Type: Standalone Book 4 of The Suncoast Society series
POV: Third Person

Kaden and Seth were lifelong friends. When Kaden found out he was dying, he made one request from Seth that threw his friend’s already messed up life in disarray - to replace him as his wife Leah’s Dom and husband after he died.

Seth not only had to live with the fact that his best friend is dying, he was also thrown into a crash course of the D/s lifestyle and to deal with his conflicting emotions in doing what’s be
Cherise Sinclair
Jul 13, 2009 Cherise Sinclair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance
Awesome book but keep Kleenex at hand
What a moving, emotional book! I have to say it is the most I have ever cried reading a book, yet at the end I had a wonderful, euphoric feeling. What a friendship between the main characters Seth and Kaden, very deep, platonic love almost godly. What a lifestyle, heavy bsdm is definitely not appealing. I could open my mind to read about it, but it was sort of a turn off- not romantic. There was plenty of intimacy though and the love in the relationship of Seth, Kaden, and Leah was so earth ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Stevi rated it it was amazing
OMG OMG love love love this book..... Will be adding it to my collection so I can re-read in the future :)

More then just a BDSM and Erotic book.... This book show us how far a husband will go to protect his wife ( even after death) and how what a TRUE friend will do for you even tho they may not want to or understand it.

Book that will have you laughing out load, crying buckets, and give you goose bumps :)

Sammy Loves Books
Dec 03, 2014 Sammy Loves Books rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sammy by: Erotica Group Trick Challenge
I highly recommend this book to my friends that like touchy-feely heart wrenching, love stories with lots of angst oh and lots of crying.


I however, am not one of those people, so I found this book to be tortuous to read.I have never been so relieved to finish a book. This was a heart wrenching story of Kaden, who had just discovered he had pancreatic cancer and had about a year left to live. Kaden immediately asks Seth, his lifelong best friiend, to not only move in with him, but to mary his wi
This was a very touching, emotional book about friendship, trust, and love. Forever and beyond unconditional love. Love between a man and woman, men and woman, and two men whose friendship has spanned a lifetime.

Leah has had a troubled past and is a self abuser. She is the love of Kaden’s life, and in his desperation to help her he recognizes that if he can control her world and her pain, that this will provide the structure and release that she needs in order to heal and lead a “normal life”.
Mar 05, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older Readers 18+
Shelves: adult, erotica
"I love you, bro." "I love you too. Still not doing you." -Kaden and Seth

Ok, people, don't judge me lol. After reading Fifty I found out I had a passion for Erotica (you can all thank Christian Grey for that!). Anyway, I was just looking for more Erotica, not necessarily anything revolving around BDSM. This book was recommended to me by a friend on Goodreads, and I'm glad she did.

Let me start by saying, I haven't cried like that at a book since I read Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. The Reluctant D
P.A. Lupton
Dec 07, 2011 P.A. Lupton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of BDSM erotica and a good love story.
I had to wait a few hours after finishing this book before I could write this review. I have NEVER in my life cried while reading a book as much as I did during this novel. I really and truly wept.

The Reluctant Dom is a tricky book to categorize. Is it BDSM? Yes, but not the typical story you’ll read in this genre. The hero is truly a reluctant Dom. Being a master is not something he craves or has ever desired for himself. He falls into the lifestyle by accident as a way to help his wife cope wi
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 21, 2011 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Over 18
Shelves: favorites
With tears in my eyes there is no way I can write this review now. An amazing book! Will write something soon.

My review

I feel numb after reading this book. I freely admit I am an emotional sap. I’m the kind of girl that can cry over the right commercial. But it’s been a while since a book has made me feel this way. Still I continue to reflect over these characters. I rarely re-read entire books. But I find myself considering re-reading this one and I’ve only just put it down.

In simple terms, th
Shayla Black
Oct 04, 2011 Shayla Black rated it it was amazing
A tear-jerker that's totally worth every second and every tissue. Loved it!
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
May 08, 2011 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: into BDSM
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Dee
DAMN YOU MS. DALTON! Oh my word I cried throughout this book. I have been extremely reluctant in reading this book because of the mixed reviews, despite my love of most of her books.

The detractors of this book had warned me of Leah's questionable mental health problems which are medicated by the BDSM lifestyle. I am not fond of this type of presentation either because those not in the lifestyle may take this as an example of how BDSM people are all mentally unstable. The beginning of the story
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 01, 2012 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
I've just finished this book and I'm clutching my chest.

This was such an emotional read. I cried many times through it and it really did touch me deep.

I'm not a real fan of a lot of BDSM books to be honest but this book is so much more than that.

In this book the relationship between Seth, Leah and Kaden is explored and it is done so well that you really feel the deep love and emotion these three go through.

They share a deep bond and knowing throughout the book that Kaden was dying had me readin
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
3 3/4 Stars. I can't won't give it 4 stars due to my frustration with Leah...... and the fact that I'm completely stubborn. God, I feel like the Reluctant Reviewer....... Sh*t this one's a toughie. How does one review without giving too much away???

This is a story of a PERFECT husband Kaden, GOD
his stupid ass emotionally broken wife Leah, and his best friend Seth. Kaden is dying <---You're going see this line A LOT. If you are anything like myself, it's going to annoy the HELL out of you. I
RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca
May 29, 2013 RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca rated it it was amazing
..5++++++ I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!!! .

For the last few hours I have been trying to fine coherent words to express how I feel. My emotions are raw and all over the place right now that I cannot stop sobbing as I write this review. This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. This story is not only about BDSM. But about friendship, love, passion, loss and most importantly unconditional love. Kaden who is dying of cancer ask is oldest and best friend Seth to take over is beloved wif
D. E.
Jul 07, 2010 D. E. rated it did not like it
I've been putting off doing a review of this book. I really don't like slamming a book, but I am really sort of horrified by the concept that the characters in this book are portrayed as being "normal" lifestylers. I know people in the lifestyle. I know people who have grown up in horrific situations that left them traumatized. I've worked with abused children and teens. They get counseling and medication when needed.

To use BDSM as a "treatment" for Leah's extensive, crippling neuroses is simpl
Monique ~ Sinfully
May 17, 2012 Monique ~ Sinfully rated it it was amazing
Less than five stars for this book would be a travesty!!!

Normally if I love a book, I will plough on at full speed until finished, no matter the hour!!!

However this book was different.

I found I had to walk away from it. Not sure if it was guilt for feeling like a voyeur of their emotional and heart rendering relationship, I certainly became emotionally involved to the point where I was pondering the situation through out my day, or more than likely because I was trying to postpone the inevitab
Dec 16, 2014 TORI rated it really liked it
4 "Still Not Doing You" Stars

This was an surprisingly good read. Of course I thought it would be good, that's why I read it. But the plot was not what I had in my head. I wasn't prepared for the emotions I'd feel for these characters or the depth of the story.

Seth and Kayen have been best friend pretty much all their lives. Their deep bond has stayed strong throughout the years. But this last test of their friendship will be the hardest by far.

Kayden and his wife Leah have a unique relationship
Mar 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Ok, I'm gonna edit this now over calmed down. 3.5....I'm a little disappointed if I'm honest. I really thought I was going to love this one.

Kaden has cancer and is dying, he is trying to convince his best friend Seth to 'take over' his role as husband/dom for his wife Leah. Kaden and Leah both love Seth and although Seth is uncomfortable with BDSM he pushes himself out of his comfort zones for them as he wants to fulfill Kaden's wishes, he has always loved Leah so he is also constantly battling
Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog
I am sobbing my heart out...I want to give this book 10 stars and more!!!

This book has every human emotion in it that makes for a fantastic read. It has LOVE, Passion, Hope, Sorrow & Courage.

It was extremely beautiful; so well written!!

As a reader it took me through one of the most intensely emotional, painful, heart breaking and torturous journeys I have ever experienced. I can't even adequately describe just how amazing this book is and how emotionally exhausted I am from reading it.

Red Phoenix
Jul 11, 2012 Red Phoenix rated it really liked it
This is an emotional book. If you are not down with that, it may turn you off. I was attracted to it like a moth to the flame. It hurt to read it and the situation brought back many difficult memories, but I made it through and am glad for the experience.

Seth is the best! Love that man. Kaden is great, but a little too perfect (he needed a flaw to make him seem real). Leah is one hurting unit. I did not identify with her, but was glad to see her grow into her own.

It is easy to tell that the auth
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Aug 21, 2013 Crazy for Books (Stephanie) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Crazy for Books (Stephanie) by: RomanceBookVixen

I have to say that this was one of the most difficult books I've ever read. I thought I was emotional reading Losing Hope. I teared up a little while reading that book. This book, had me doing the ugly cry with sound effects. All I can say is... WOW!


I had wanted to read this book for some time. But just never got around to it. All I can say is that I didn't know Ménage could be so deep, as one of my goodreads buddy's pointed out t
Oct 07, 2012 Ana rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I finished this book yesterday and spent the entire day trying to come to terms with my feelings about it. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I was unable to think past the tragic parts and actually say what is it that I liked/didn't like in the book. Things are clearer now, but forgive me if I don't manage to explain myself completely.

Seth and Kaden have been best friends their entire lives. So when Kaden asks for a favor, Seth immediately accepts, until he actually hears what Kaden i
Sibylla Matilde
Sep 30, 2012 Sibylla Matilde rated it it was amazing
Need to process this.... holy hell....

OK.... slept on it and pondered it. I loved this story. Sadder than hell, but also way hot and funny. I LOVED SETH! Adding him to my book boyfriend list... I loved the way the story was told from his POV and his reactions to BDSM... to finding out that his best friends were into it and the turmoil he had with what was being asked. I loved the unrequited love, and I loved the deep and strong friendship. I cried like a baby when Kaden passed and the beauty of
Mar 09, 2011 Zeek rated it did not like it
Shelves: smut, romantica, dnf
I dont even know what to rate this. It was a dnf for me. Not because it wasnt good but because I dont understand it. I can't fathom how bdsm can "fix" someone with such major issues as what the heroine had. Then have her moving into a relationship with another man because her husband was dying and she *needs* bdsm to survive?? how do you even grieve?- I dont know, it was too hard. So I quit.
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Aug 27, 2014 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ rated it really liked it
Solid 4.75 Stars

So I loved this one.. You're probably wondering why I didn't give a full 5 stars then.. Well.. here's the thing... It's so weird. Cos although I have this very strong, emotional connection with one of our heroes, Seth, I still can't physically place what this man looks like. The reason why, is cos the author never gave me a foundation to work with in this regard. My mind's eye is completely blank in regards to Seth. She gives vague descriptions early on, concerning the other two
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

I LOVED THIS BOOK. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! I feel like I can't make any justice on my review because words can not express what I felt reading this piece of perfection.

My buddy Candace told me to read it and I was as reluctant as Seth when Kade asked him to join them. Well, let's start...

Kaden & Leah have been married for a long time and Seth is Kade's best friend. The thing is Kade is dying, he's got cancer and he knows he is going to die so he convinces Seth to take care of Leah once he is
Dicey Grenor
Jun 14, 2012 Dicey Grenor rated it it was amazing
Final thoughts: After reading a few more books since I finished The Reluctant Dom, I'm ready to give my final review on it. I wondered if I'd still feel the same way after some time had passed. The answer is YES. I LOVED it and this is why: it hit on several cylinders for me. It's sexy. Thought-provoking. Emotional. Different. And written well. I was engaged from the first to last page. What more could one ask for? Even though much of it was predictable, I couldn't wait to read what would happen ...more
Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 19, 2013 Chris- Bookaddict rated it it was amazing
Wow , I am emotionally drained from this book , this was way beyond 5 stars for me more like a 10 no doubt . I was not expecting the ride I was just on and let me tell you I cried like a blubbering idiot , to the point I had to stop reading for 10 mins to pull myself back together . this book made me feel like I lost a Best friend ... And that sucked , but I LOVED this book so much. It was full of Love, Courage, sorrow,friendship and BDSM. it will definitely be added to my read again list . It ...more
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Tymber Dalton is the wild-child alter-ego pen name for writer Lesli Richardson. She lives in southwest Florida with her author husband Jon Dalton (aka “The World’s Best Husband”) and too many animals. The two-time EPIC award winner is the author of over 100 books, and is active in the BDSM lifestyle she frequently writes about.

When she’s not writing or out shooting skeet or playing DnD with friend
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Suncoast Society (1 - 10 of 42 books)
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  • Cardinal's Rule (Suncoast Society, #2)
  • Domme by Default (Suncoast Society, #3)
  • The Denim Dom (Suncoast Society, #5)
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