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I never thought I’d have a sexual awakening at 34, but, well…here I am: River Burke, novice deviant and master class neurotic mess. With my laundry list of control issues, submission doesn’t exactly come naturally, but I figure if I can find the right person—someone big, buff, and crazy intimidating—maybe I can learn to let go.

And then in walks Ellison Fitch.

He’s not a

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Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published August 29th 2017
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Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
This was pretty good and extremely well written. River suffers from a multitude of anxieties. His constant inner dialogue bogged down the story a bit. I found that delving too deeply into his issues would trigger quite a few of my own so I ended up skimming a lot of it. The story is told only from his POV and I think if written in dual pov I would've ultimately liked this much more than I did and it would have balanced it out much better. I wanted to know more of what Ellison was thinking and fe ...more
Gigi
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-bdsm, mm-kinky
This one started off HOT and reminded me of Uneven. Rough and sexy sexual gymnastics, but the last half of the book was repetitive and it wasn't enjoyable after that. Disappointed.

2.5 stars, rounded up because of early hot sex scenes.
Chris
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, lgbtq
This was a real journey of self discovery. All from the POV of River, his thoughts, fears and anxieties were shared as he discovered what made him tick. He realized his ideas and misconceptions about BDSM were exactly that, and he slowly stepped into this world with strong support and guidance from Ellison. His connection with Ellison was beautiful and it was great that the author took the time to allow the story to unfold- this was not rushed. Their love was unique and I’m so glad it wasn’t an ...more
Angela
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is entirely in River's point of view and it was just too much being in his head the entire time. I skimmed several bits of his thoughts because they just never end. I think this story would have benefited having Ellison's pov as well. River has a large Longaberger basket full of neuroses that he's struggling with nearly every minute of his life. I'm giving props for the bdsm in this story working around that instead of curing it.

I would have rated it higher if I could have been in El
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AussieMum
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars
This was interesting and gave me a different viewpoint to a BDSM relationship that I hadn't read before, but ultimately I thought it was missing something.

River writes an online fantasy/sci-fi comic and he's copping some flack on social media in regards to power dynamics, etc... of some of his characters. For research, his kinky friend, Mariah, takes him to a BDSM party to expand his horizons and gain some experience in order to help make his comic better (and maybe find his kinky
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B
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audibles
What a splendid narration.
The storie was good but his narration made it perfect,
This is a bdsm storyline . The communication between the MCs was very smart and sexy. The story could have been a bit shorter , low in angst But fun and cute , I love the “short” Dom premises , I actually loved it , He was hot, his voice was very sensual. Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Very enjoyable listening. Image and video hosting by TinyPic
caroline wilson
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for a honest opinion

I loved this book it gripped me from the start which has got me out of a boredom rut where books just haven't been able to interest me at the moment. I loved the characters portrayed in this book from River a curious submissive exploring his way through all the intricacies of BDSM and what works for him as well as how he deals with his little quirks of ocd and his insecurities.
Ellison is also a good character who becomes Rivers Dom, he's
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Sandy
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how good this book is. Absolutely amazing, well-rounded, unique and engaging characters. Not just the two main characters, but every one of the side characters as well.

I love that River's OCD isn't just mentioned as a throw-away feature of the character, but is an integral part of the story. The way he and Ellison navigate dealing with it is both healthy and empowering. The impact it has on his life isn't sugarcoated, but it also doesn't define him.

The D/s dynami
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Nessa
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is being written right after I finished this book, because the feelings I'm experiencing are that intense. This book describes the initial BDSM experience and what could go wrong almost perfectly, at least based on what I've experienced. There are some triggers in this book that are expertly handled and addressed, and I give huge kudos to Casey Cameron for writing such an emotionally charged book. 

I honestly didn't know what this book was about before reading it. I've read so many ot
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Becky
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, and I'm not a regular reader of BDSM. The first quarter was good, the middle half dragged a bit for me as it felt a bit repetitive of River wanting to try something, it not working as he thought/wanted, doing another, then another... although if you read a lot of BDSM will probably hook you in more than it did me, but the last quarter was simply sublime. I was definitely more interested in River and Ellison more than the copious amount of sex, and I was a little unsure of how the ...more
Amber
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Truth By His Hand by Casey Cameron. I loved Ellison and River. River's an artist with a comic strip. But he keeps getting flack from his readers about some of the BDSM elements and situations that he has his characters in and how it doesn't accurately portray the real BDSM lifestyle. To get a better idea of the BDSM lifestyle and to more accurately write his comic and also to appease his own curiosity and desires, he goes to a speed kink dating event to find a Dom. He's played around wit ...more
Allison
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ku
This starts out exceptionally slow, and I almost quit more than once, but I'm really glad I didn't. I can see how River's insecurities might make someone shy away from this because they are many, varied, and pretty all-encompassing, but that was what I loved about the book. There's never any judgment on him, and Ellison is endlessly patient and supportive. I couldn't do what he does, but he is beautiful in his relationship with River and I loved him for that. The secondary characters are also wo ...more
AyoDollFace
I received this book in advance for an honest review.

This was a well written book with minor editing errors.

This is a story about a man taking a trip on the wild side of the BDSM world. A sub lookin for the right Dom to show him what he craves for personal as well as professional research.

The chemistry between these two was great but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had dual POV's. I've never been a fan of single POV's, it makes me feel like I'm missing a huge part of the book when I d
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Ed Davis
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, I loved this book. I really should have hated it because River was such a crazy nut case. I usually hate neurotic characters like him. It’s funny because I was a special ed teacher and I was a complete champion for my students. Anyway, there was something about River that made me love him. Ellison was the perfect dom. I have to admit this book made me cry. A good kind of cry.

I’m going to check out other books by Casey Cameron.
Mimi
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Did not finish

2.75 stars

This book just wasn't for me. I really tried to push through but just couldn't. I like the BDSM genre and can push through some of the rougher (storylines) but not this one. I did like River's cute banter. He made me laugh.
Pendragonish
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, fave-author
Yay a new favorite author! I loved feeling as if I were engaged with a realistic version of a BDSM community . There is a special place in my heart for the sex nerd approach to the lifestyle, being one myself.
One of my major pet peeves about BDSM romances, is that the vast majority of writers in the genre have zero clue about how to write submissive characters. They often get the doms wrong as well, but disregarding the 'romance hero accoutrement' (huge, hot and hunky with billions of dollars a
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Erryn Barratt
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Realistic BDSM Portrayal and Emotional Ride (audiobook review)

This review is a long time coming and I’m still not convinced I’m up to the task.  My instinct is to write more of an academic paper, but that’s not why I’m here.  My job is to tell you all the things I loved (and didn’t) about the book so you can make an informed decision about whether this is a book you might want to listen to.  So, here goes.

I have listened to this book twice and could easily, in a heartbeat, listen to it again and
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Megan
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author after a few attempts to sign up for ARCs prior to this one. I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. Not because of the author's voice, but rather because BDSM is something that I don't read very often due to the fact that I just don't care for this particular element of personality and/or sexuality. The synopsis, however, was intriguing because there was something so innocent and interesting about River's self-discovery. That there was almost a p ...more
Amber
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Hearts

Wow, I really liked this story. I’m really surprised because several reviews mentioned a lot of internal dialogue and that usually bothers me so much. I don’t know. There was something so endearing about River. He is neurotic and does fuss and worry but it was sweet and I liked it. The story was also really funny and I wasn’t expecting that either. The characters; their kink, interactions, relationships, and just overall comfort with each other I really enjoyed.

River Burke is on a kink
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Tanja
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Casey Cameron at their best. Another wonderful story by this talented author’s hand.
It is more than a love story, it is more than a BDSM story. It is a story about self-discovery. Beautifully written with a flowing and smooth writing style that had me riveted from the very start. I couldn’t put the book down. Although it is over 400 pages, every page is worth reading.
I loved the slow-burn journey of River and Ellison. River is a thirty-four-year old webcomic artist with a lot of anxiety
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Pati
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I find myself in a position that I've never been in before. Receiving an advanced reader copy that I am truly insulted by.

In the beginning, when we're inside the one MCs thoughts, I was enjoying it. His thought process was adorable. Even his first conversation with the other MC was good. Sadly however it totally derailed for me quickly after that during one conversation while shopping with his female friend. I'm now left with the impression that neither MC is gay... from a few comments. I'm rea
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L. Layale
I think this was a very good title. Truth By His Hand IS a BDSM story featuring to male characters - River and Ellison. So River is this guy who writes books with kink themes in them and in order to make his writing more authentic he's gone to a speed BDSM date/meet and meets Ellison. Ellison is short, and River's vanity keeps him and River from being together for a time, until River's desire deepens in search of something more substantive in his BDSM trial. I did and didn't like River some time ...more
Miriam
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, romance
I received an ARC edition of this book from the author.

This book is probably more of a 3.5, but I'm rounding up because I did find most of it a book I could get lost in.

Normally I prefer to get both MCs POV, but I don't think this story would have worked the same if we knew what Ellison was thinking. So much of this book is about River's self discovery, him discovering how his relationship with Ellison changes his own self-perception. The scenes with Ellison and River I really liked. They both h
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John-Torleif  Harris
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
River and Ellison were a bit of a hard pairing for me to get into. I think that it was mainly because we experienced everything through River's POV and Ellison was so stoic and emotionally flat at the beginning of the story, that I didn't quite believe the strength of his feelings when they surfaced (at least at first). I really would have loved to understand what it was that Ellison was scared of when he though of expressing his feelings - and what experiences of his led to that fear.

I did real
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Theresa
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lost interest, almost abandoned, but pushed through and finished. The story was told through River's detailed inner monologue. River got into BDSM for the wrong reason, as research for his comic strip, and was pushed by his friend Mariah. River wanted a boyfriend while Ellison, at first, wanted just a play partner. Ellison's character wasn't developed and he was presented as a black box. As a dom, Ellison took a clinical approach in meeting River's needs while incorporating his OCD. Their relati ...more
Misty M
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely well written book, detailed, and knowledgeable. I loved the slow burn of the emotional development, and the steamy scenes were melt your panties hot! Amazingly diverse cast of characters, Tea is such an interesting and unique character, and I want more of them! I really liked the deep intimate look at kink, and how your personal experiences influence you. It was a great story line that showed the journey of emotional growth, but also acceptance of self. I also loved how the ...more
Jessica Mitchell
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truth by His Hand
Casey Cameron

A truly delightful book with an insight into the D/S world. On one hand you have an experienced male Dom named Ellison and on the other hand you have another man named River, whose trying to find himself again after a bad relationship. He wants a man to dominate him in all the right places and show him whats its like to be in a d/s relationship. Can Ellison find all of River broken pieces and put them together? Can River also find it in him to fight for what he want
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Michelle
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
3 Stars

**I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review**


Truth By His Hand tells the story of River, a comic artist that begins to experiment with BDSM at the recommendation of his friend, to help develop his story into something that is more accurate to the lifestyle. After a few disastrous attempts to educate himself, River meets Ellison, the perfect Dom to help River discover his likes and limits.

While the plot is heavy on the actual sex scenes, there was some meat to the character
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Alexleo
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very intense story. It is written only from the POV of River, a 34 years old cartoonist, who approaches the world of BDSM for research rather than actual personal inclination. But after a disappointing first night with a DOM, who perfectly fitted the typical description of a DOM, but who just failed to awaken the feelings River expected out of this experience, River meets at a BDSM party Ellison. The two had met before, but Ellison didn't look like the image of the constraining strong ...more
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