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The Heart of the Matter

(The Dom's of the Cage #2)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Eric Danvers thought he had found the perfect submissive before she was swept right out of his arms.

Now pining after the one woman he can’t have, Master Eric finds himself stuck in a gruelling cycle of emotional torture that has nothing to do with his BDSM lifestyle. Just as he was about to take a hiatus from The Cage and the lifestyle altogether, Master Eric is asked to t
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published November 17th 2017
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Fiona Fog

When Elizabeth joins the Cage an exclusive BDSM Club she’s excited. After extensive research into the lifestyle she knows she’s a submissive. Hoping to explore it with her boyfriend Jerry she’s left devastated when he decides he doesn’t want to do it with her. He’s more interested in finding a sub that he feels is more sexy than Elizabeth.

But when she thinks maybe the lifestyle isn’t for her Master Eric steps up and takes her on.
Just when it looks like everything their working towards is
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a much anticipated Book Two in The Cage Series but can be read as a stand alone. Master Eric is a DOM at the Cage, an exclusive BDSM private club and deserves some HEA of his own after seeing the woman he thought should be his become the permanent SUB of another DOM before he had the chance to show her his feelings. He is asked and reluctantly agrees to be the training Dom for Elizabeth. Elizabeth had signed up for the couples training session only to have the guy she was dating tell he ...more
Kat Ryker
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an Advanced Review Copy through Hidden Gems, but I'd also preordered it through Amazon. Whoever P. Nelson is, and I don't care because I've ranked them as one of my top 5, they have spent enough time around the BDSM community to really "get it". BDSM isn't about using a scarf and a blindfold, it is about a true power exchange between the Dom and his/her sub. This book, like the previous books written by this author, brings that all home. The story is well-told, and isn't ...more
SBee Reviews
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

The gift of a trampled heart

I received an Advance Reader Copy for The Heart of the Matter (The Doms of the Cage novella) written by P Nelson and voluntarily reviewed this book. This is the story of Dom Eric Danvers and his sub-in-training Elizabeth Williams. I really enjoyed reading more about the characters of this club. Master Eric was grappling daily with the ideal of being with a sub that has now been claimed by another Master at The Cage. Calla, the club psy
J.R. Tyger
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This isn't my first intro to Nelson's work. The first I read was with Master Dillon. But I loved getting to know Master Eric. All I could picture was leather and hotness coming off him. Hot and bothered doesn't even begin to descript what these characters do to you.

So Master Eric is a master at The Cage. He usually works with another master with a sub that he thinks he likes and works for him at his import/export company. Anyway, Calla, a sub and club psychologist, tells him he is going to be ta
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am thoroughly loving this series by P Nelson and I enjoy the fact there is a much more substantial story to this series than simply a bit of erotic play in a BDSM club. Master Eric was introduced to us in Take My Hand and if I am being honest, I wasn't too sure I would like him. P Nelson however has thrown her heart and soul into this Master and proven how when you find the right 'sub' and love of your life, anything is possible.
Elizabeth is exploring BDSM and after being made to feel worthle
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in The Cage series. You do not need to read the previous book or 2 novellas to follow and enjoy this book. It can be read as a standalone, but after reading you will want to read the others in the series to get to know the secondary characters. I had read the previous book and 2 novellas and absolutely love the way the secondary characters are weaved in but not the main focus. Definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series! This book focuses on Master Eric who h ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Elizabeth and Eric are bringing us back to our favorite little corner of the world in an oh so tantalizing fashion. Elizabeth worked her begging to be paddled buns off scrape together the funds to be able to join Cage the most illustrious and exclusive BDSM club. But when her boyfriend gives her the heave-ho because he wants to now use his entrance into the club as a way to meet “more attractive” subs - she is left Dom-less… Eric has been pining after the Sub that got away and it has taken the t ...more
Jo Smith
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest feedback.

I love this book - I am jumping up and down and waving pom-poms. There are very few erotic genre stories that actually contain a substantial plot, exceptional characters and also can keep the sex teasing and enticing. The main characters of Elizabeth and Eric are perfectly suited and their banter and verbal teasing keeps the sexiness in each frame. The Cage has some great Don's and Sub's and I enjoyed the commaradary and friends
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A BDSM romance between Elizabeth and Eric. Elizabeth wanted so much to explore her inner sub that she scrimped and saved her money even took a second job so that her and her boyfriend Jerry to take classes at the BDSM club The Cage, to study to be a sub and Dom together. Until Jerry told her she was not sexy enough and broke up with her. She was insecure until she started her lessons with Dom extraordinaire Eric and the timing could not have been more perfect for Eric. Eric had been floundering ...more
April Symes
This is book two in The Cage series; you do not have to read the prior book and novellas in the series to follow and enjoy this book. This is a standalone and can be enjoyed as such. This book focuses on Master Eric who has been a DOM for a while but has never had a full time SUB. Elizabeth worked herself ragged to get the money to pay to get her way into this club for herself and her “boyfriend” but he dumped her when he got accepted into the club so Elizabeth wasn’t sure she would be let in at ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth is dying to get her inner sub the submission it thrives. After saving her butt off to get the funds to take the BDSM classes at the Cage for herself and her boyfriend Jerry, he does the unthinkable and dumps her for the chance to get a sexier sub for himself. Little does he know that was not in store for him as a single dom. In fact his training would be much different. Eric was asked by Calla the resident Psychologist and a sub herself to work with Elizabeth as her Dom. Their chemistr ...more
Susan Foulkes
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5* read

This book was my introduction to The Cage....I shall be seeking out the previous stories.

Eric and Elizabeth connect from their first meeting, he is her training Dom, she is new to the world of BDSM.

The story is emotional with some heavy BDSM scenes as Eric really pushes Elizabeth's limits. This is where the half * was lost...on a couple of occasions Eric says that he thinks Elizabeth is at yellow when she says green. Surely he should slow the scene down and talk to her rather than simpl
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This book was my favorite because of Eric. We read about him in the first book Take my hand. I really wanted him to find his own Sub and Elizabeth was perfect for him. Elizabeth wanted to spread her curiously and payed for membership fees for her boyfriend and herself. He verbally abused her every chance he got. She met Eric and they hit it off and tried a 30 day trial period as Don and Sub. I loved them both, their chemistry was explosi
Mary Knowles
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steamy, arc
I received this as an ARC.

P Nelson is an author I had never heard of or read before til The Heart of the Matter.

The story will grip you and suck you in from the very beginning. You have the innocent woman who wants to learn more about herself and find out how far she can go with her own body. Then you have the good looking man who loves nothing more but control. They are perfect for one another. But no one saw what was coming from around the corner. They had to endure a lot for their relationshi
Anne Baker
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one seriously hot, true BDSM read. I absolutely loved it from the first page to the last, I loved, loved, loved it. This read is my idea of heaven. The author knows everything to know about the subject matter and her writing flows beautifully. Her descriptions of all her fabulous characters make the reader feel as though they are in the book. Eric, Elizabeth’s training Dom at The Cage didn’t realise what a bratty, perfect Sub for him she would be. There was also the intrigue from he ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am volunteering to leave a review for an ARC of this book from Hidden Gems. Another book in The Cage series. I am hooked. P.'s ability to character build is fantastic. Her alphas display vulnerabilities, that I don't know about you, but they tug at my heart strings, and I just want to take them home with me, or have them take me to their home. Elizabeth is interested in exploring the BDSM lifestyle. Working two jobs to be able to join The Cage with her boyfriend, she is told by him, that she i ...more
Sarah ~Book Addict~
This is an intense, emotional read and very, very hot as well. Elizabeth joins The Cage with her then-boyfriend, Jerry, to explore her need for submission and more. Jerry breaks up with her and she is assigned Eric as her training Dom. Eric has his own issues to get through and finds himself quickly falling for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is put through hell in part by her ex-boyfriend including threats and verbal abuse. Elizabeth also quickly begins to fall for Eric but can’t quite believe he could re
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in The Doms of The Cage series. It was just as fantastic as the first book, Take My Hand and the novella, Our First Dance. It is a standalone story so you would not have to read the others to understand what is going on in this one. However, I suspect you will want to since they are all really good. This is the story of Elizabeth and Eric. I loved the two of them and their relationship. They had great chemistry and shared some really sexy and steamy scenes. I can't wait f ...more
Diane Vandergriff
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! I totally fell in love with Master Eric! It was great seeing Masters Gaige, Flynn, Dillon and Mistress Thea again! I love this series! The plot was interesting and entertaining. The characters were well-developed and easily relatable. There was just enough sexual tension to keep you hooked. The plot twist with Elizabeth's ex could have been drawn out a little bit more. I loved how Elizabeth tried to top from the bottom and the price she paid for doing so. Mistress Thea and Master Eri ...more
Laila Viking
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun, sexy, hot and different story. A BDSM introduction that take the characters to places they never thought of.
Very well written book with great storyline and plot. It is a nice read with very hot scenes. Full of expanse and hotness.

There is passion, emotions, hot scenes, twists and lots of chemistry in this amazing story. Lots of chemistry and hot scenes. I like the main characters and how they develop. The story flows nicely and it is very captivating from first to last chapter. The author
Kelly DeMarco
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Demandingly steamy, gripping suspense

The Heart of the Matter by P Nelson is a well written book with many sexy dominant alpha males and sweet yet strong and independent women.
I loved Eric and Elizabeth. Eric, with all his experience, in this story is in the throws of something new which is due to Elizabeth. Elizabeth, soul searched and researched, saved and worked hard to experience everything Eric could provide.
Overall an awesome book that explores needs, wants, and desires with a suspense and
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this story through Hidden Gems and this is my honest and voluntary review.
I have been lucky enough to get to read and review the ARCs for all the books in this series and they are all amazing, this one is no exception. Master Eric's story with Elizabeth is a wonderful (and very sexy!) journey of discovery for both characters. The author is also seamlessly weaving a underlying plot through all these stories and I cannot wait to find out how it all ends... eventually! I hope t
K. Smock
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! There is Elizabeth who wants to explore her inner sub. She works hard to get the money to take BDSM classes at the Cage with her boyfriend, Jerry. Then there is Eric, a Dom at the Cage. When Elizabeth's boyfriend dumps here thinking he can have a chance with a sexier sub, Eric is asked to be Elizabeth's Dom for her training. They have great chemistry. Things get interesting when Jerry decides he wants Elizabeth back and creates all sorts of trouble. I enjoyed this book, hope you do as ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first time Eric and Elisabeth meet they’re hooked, instant connection.
Because of the training they need to keep some distance. Only 30 days until they part again.

The story is good because it isn’t just about sex.
The dangers of their lifestyle and keeping their privacy are just as important as their connection.
Because without safety and trust it gets extremely dangerous.

I received a copy from Hidden Gems and this is my honest and voluntary review.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is the fourth book in the "Doms of The Cage" series. This is Master Eric and his training sub Elizabeth's story. It's very well written and compelling tale of deranged ex and publicity seeking zealots, of dominance and submission. It is also a love story with lots of hot uninhibited sex. This wonderful book is a standalone, just like all other books in the series, but I'd recommend reading all of them to get a full picture of the entire community. ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eric is a Dom and been asked to train a new sub. Elizabeth wants to learn more about the BDSM lifestyle and planned on going through Dom/sub training at The Cage with her boyfriend until he decided she wasn’t good enough for him. As Elizabeth and Eric grow closer during training, Jerry threatens to ruin it. Plenty of suspense, drama and steam. I really liked the story as well as the characters. An entertaining read.
Elaine Swinney
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book and I voluntarily chose to review it. This is the first book by P. Nelson I have read but it will not be the last. I loved this book. I encourage everyone to get this book it is worth your time and effort. I loved the characters and I can't wait to read the secondary characters books. This is a BDSM story so please remember that when getting this book. The story line is one of the best I have read lately. It was a quick easy read, I couldn't put it down. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance, bdsm
What a gripping tale by P Nelson of one woman's foray into the world of BDSM, and the unexpected trials and tribulations that resulted. It is also a very enlightening and educational story about the real effort the Doms/Dommes put into caring for their subs. And, of course, it is also a story filled with deliciously hot and juicy sex scenes as the underlying love story also develops. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. ...more
Leanne Bryson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
📚I am voluntarily reviewing an advanced reader's copy of this book📚
Im kinda hooked on this series by P. Nelson and this book is great addition to the Cage series!! Eric and Elizabeth start as instructor and student, exploring her interest in BDSM. These 2 are well written, interesting characters with some baggage but hot chemistry. I loved the twists and turns, the story was well paced, and was hard to put down. I want more of Flynn and Calla!!! They are breaking my heart.
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