Splage's Reviews > The Reluctant Dom
by Tymber Dalton (Goodreads Author), Lesli Richardson (Goodreads Author)
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The Reluctant Dom did not capture me immediately. It was written from Seth's point of view, I know some people despise first person, it didn't bother me. I felt like I was reading a "B" movie script, the dialog was very corny at the beginning, Seth kept repeating "Kaden's Dying" which was annoying me, the torture/bsdm was uncomfortable. Once I got to about page 75 everything changed, I bought into it and the plot development was so much deeper than the kink.
Seth had been best friends with Kayden since he was a baby. Kayden has the perfect life in Seth's mind, he is a successful attorney, rich, accomplished and has a loving marriage to Leah who Seth adores. Seth on the other hand is unsettled, he had joined the army trying to find himself, has had three unsuccessful marriages to women from hell who had cleaned him out, he is currently living with his brother and going back to college. Leah's life before Kayden was hell, she was abused and unloved throughout her childhood and when Kayden and her met she was abusing herself. Kayden came into their bsdm lifestyle to protect Leah, she felt safe when Kayden mastered her and she was his perfect slave. Then Kayden tells Seth he is dying and he wants him to come live with them and take care of Leah after he is gone. Both Leah and Kayden reveal their lifestyle to Seth who is shocked and doesn't understand how he can inflict pain on Leah. Seth commits to both Leah and Kayden because of his unselfish love for them both, but he struggles everyday to understand how he will go on after Kayden is gone and live his lifestyle. I think that is the theme of this whole story "unselfish love" not bsdm. I felt Kayden was the true hero of this story, he gave so much to both Leah and Seth "unselfishly" he prepared them for the inevitable with his undying love.
I am tearing up just rethinking this book and trying to write this review, that is how touching it was.