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Terms of Service

(The Heretic Doms Club #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  838 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by Marie Sexton
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4.35 YES! Teacher! Stars

Damn! Jesus Lawd this book is reaaaallly goooood! Like! Amazing.

Definitely not for everyone.

Sharing is caring! This series defines that saying. The Heretic Doms Club knows how to share. When your best friends need you, you and your partner will come through, in all ways, emotionally, physically and sexually.


Book 2 is the story of Phil the Pharmacist, we met him in book 1 and River the Doctor. These two work in the same hospital, they officially meet when there is a
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this next book in the series about loosely connected Doms. This book is about emotionally detached, controlling Phil getting into a “casual” relationship with lonely River, a Doctor whose cheating husband has left him. And as these things do, becomes much more than sex between these two needy men. Well worth your time, sexy & emotional. Looking forward to the next one.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
You know what?

I can't really understand my feels on this one.

I thought Sexton did an exemplary job of emphasizing River's complex and oftentimes contradictory feelings towards domestic service. His second guessing and questioning especially in someone his age I felt was genuine.

Phil's characterization also rang true especially given his sanitized and draconian upbringing.

Their relationship starts off casual and progresses and it is highly sexual and involves numerous kinky endeavors, though
Xia Xia
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

After a long string of DNFs I began reading this book expecting a quick, dark, easy read with a couple in a BDSM relationship to get me out of a book slump and a foul reading mood that lasted over a week. I should have known better. I mean, I did read the first book in this series. I should have known what to expect. I knew The Heretic Doms Club was not your average run-of-the-mill BDSM porn. Still I have been blown away by the complex story that was Terms of Service.

You’ve given me back a
~nikki the recovering book addict
5 stars!

I really liked this one! The first book was emotionally heavy. This one did have some profound emotional moments but it wasn’t as heavy. I liked how both River and Phil had sort of a journey to discover themselves both together and separately.

I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated the fact that Marie Sexton is able to take two seemingly normal characters and weave them into complex characters without really making them look too damaged or too perfect. I just feel like she’s just somehow
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh I LOVE THIS soooooo much. I didn't know there will be another book in this. Fortunately! Better than the first one!

I don’t know why I love this saga so much because I’m not a big fan of BDSM stories, but there is something about these guys…i just love them.

We met River, an ER doctor who is newly single since his husband ( bastard of the year ) cheat on him with another man (a resident in the same hospital...Grrrr). His ex-lover and his new boyfriend were kind of douches. No explanation
Jun 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
oh man - John Solo says he just finished his preread for this one and it's beginning production now! YAY :) Talk about credit-worthy!
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I liked the first book in the series very much so I couldn't wait to start reading the second one. It didn't quite have the magic of the previous one but I still enjoyed it.

We had met Phil in One Man's Trash but knew very little about him. Here it becomes clear that he's a complex character with a personality that doesn't always fit in with his appearance. River is a quiet character, struggling to get over his ex but afaid to take the first step toward dating again.

The beginning of their
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I don't really know how to feel about this book. It started out great but then at some points I felt like the author wanted to shove her opinion down my throat in a lengthy way and convince me to adhere to it. I don't have anything against her opinions but I'm not looking for that preaching vibe in my books. I want those opinions/lessons to be subtle so I can make up my own mind. Besides that, Phil was way too cold for me in most of the book but I liked how he turned out. I'm also very
Kaje Harper
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even better than the first in the series. Here we see Phil, a pharmacist who needs fairly rigid control over his life and his sex partners, to feel comfortable. And River, an emergency room doctor who is five months out from the final cheating betrayal and departure of his also-physician husband. River hasn't emotionally let go of the man he loved and lived with; the man he gave up his Minnesota home and family ties to follow to Colorado; the man he said "forever" to and meant ...more
I'm not much into kink as such but I like books where the bdsm aspect is not just used to satisfy some kind of voyeurism on the reader's part but is an important facet of the overall relationship between the MCs. Domestic servitude as an idea quite frankly makes me cringe. Still, the author manages to successfully convey why it provides both partners with a sense of tranquility. What makes this book even more interesting is that there is some serious character development going on. There was a ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Loved it! What a rounded story. First of all want to say I loved the first book but have been unable to read it because of its darkness. This book, this book I know I will re-read several times. Only niggle is several proof-reading mistakes that make me dock this awesome story half a star. They were not even grammatical errors but I think they were places where the author decided to edit her original thought and as a result created a weird mix of prepositions left from previous words
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, gangbang
I went into this with blind expectations.
I haven't read the first book in this series...I'm not sure I want to.
There were multiple factors that are typically NOT my jam....and yet here they worked gloriously.
I was...intrigued and yet out of my element.
BDSM isn't necessarily a comfort zone for me but I adore Sexton and snagged this during a freebie (score!) time. I am so grateful.
There were times I was so uncomfortable I thought about quitting.
There were times I was so engrossed I failed to
Denise H.
* This story is so much more than I imagined. At times it left me fascinated, uncomfortable, and other times, the feelings of affection were palpable.
At 42, tall, rugged looking strong River, is an ER Doctor reeling from his cheating husband, but lost in a limbo of indecision, grief, and guilt. We see his interactions at work with his patients and staff.
Also at the Colorado hospital, we have Phil, 35, a blonde Pharmacist who seems emotionally detached, but is devoted to his friends, who are
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-grit, lgbtq
I’m enjoying this series - this book was about Phil and River. Phil has lost the ability to be intimate and prefers to keep a submissive and obedient partner, someone who can’t scratch the surface. Yet along comes River whose husband dumped him for a shinier partner and leaves him in a world of hurt. River clashes with Phil and work but through mutual need an arrangement begins. Slowly but surely both men learn and remember what is really important in their lives.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I highly doubt I can do justice to this story in a simple review. In one word: phenomenal. I listened to the audio version narrated by John Solo so much of my praise is due directly and indirectly to his outstanding narration.

On the surface, this is the story of River, an ER physician who’s just lost his husband to a fellow doctor and is struggling to come to terms with his own identity. Among his issues, besides being devastated by his husband’s infidelity, is his failure to be able to have
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm sensing a common theme with this series - one guy has trains run on him by/services all of his partner's friends.

Why does the author make a big to-do about ditching condoms for penetrative sex when Taylor and River suck off the entire group of Doms (at least, but probably more outside of it) and never use condoms?

River and Phil are like Taylor and Warren except River is a smidgen less screwed up and has an ex who he still loves and wants to be with for the majority of the book. I got a
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I sure as hell can't say there was no character development. :D Aww, Phil!
I don't want to spoil much, but just know that Phil came a long way from the rule-bound, seemingly emotionless guy he was at the beginning of the book. His character arc - if you'll allow me to throw such words around - is just awesome.

River was still in love with his estranged husband, when he met Phil, so their "relationship" was only an escape from loneliness for him at first. There wasn't insta-love, thank God. It was
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
4 star kink with 2 star plot and characters

'The Heretic Doms Club' is a killer title for a series. This instalment proves that it is pretty misleading though. Yes, all four of the club members consider themselves Dominants and they engage in play with their respective subs. But the only heresy is that their play doesn't necessarily involve the expected trappings of the BDSM scene.

From the description in the first book Phil was definitely the Dom I was least interested in simply because he
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a little ambivalent starting this -- these days, romance with 300+ pages seems like a daunting task. This one clocks in more than 400 pages. I wasn't sure I was ready!! But, I guess I have to trust Marie Sexton. Though it takes me more than a couple of days, I finished this and I was quite satisfied.

It's not a traditional romance and I am not going to lie -- I still don't understand people who are in domestic servitude relationship. It doesn't matter, I thought it was good. I enjoyed River
Karen Wellsbury
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-m, bdsm
I found this really lovely. Abut finding yourself, compromise and partnership.
I'm not really a fan of BDSM generally, but mainly River and Phil's relationship was about trust and honesty, and growing together.

⭐ Emerson ⭐
Mar 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-not-read
Free on Amazon!
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book more than the first one and I am really glad I picked it up to read!

River is a doctor and newly (kinda) single since his husband cheated on him with another doctor and left him. A couple of months and Terrence, his husband, sends him the divorce papers. River can’t believe it and he has that little bit hope that Terrence will come back to him. Though after what Terrene did, I wouldn’t even take him back. He doesn’t sign the papers because he still loves his husband but he is
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-romance, bdsm
*Copy was provided by the author, but a review was not a requirement*

Marie Sexton never lets me down, and this is no exception. Phil, a pharmacist, meets Dr. River McKay at work, and they enter a domestic servitude relationship. It is the only kind of relationship Phil does, and River is trying to get over his ex, to whom he's still married and in love with. I was concerned for these two and where they were going, but I don't want to give too much away about their relationship.

There's a lot
Lisa The Novel Approach
The men of The Heretic Doms Club were each introduced in One Man’s Trash, book one of this series, and Phil Manderson is an integral cog in that story, as he is the reason Warren Groves and Taylor Reynolds meet. Which means that while you may be tempted to skip the book due to its deeply raw and graphically emotional elements, there are some important details you’d be missing that could affect your investment in this story. Because of the potentially triggering content of One Man’s Trash, ...more
Sarah Jones
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book and cannot wait for the next in the series!

"For the record, you were stronger on your knees."

"Does it even matter to you if I come back?" "It matters more than I can say.... It matters more that you be sure."
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dom/Sub relationships are tricky for me. When I read stories that feature subs/doms in the playroom/bedroom--I'm totally on board and often find those stories to be erogenous, steamy, and titillating. But when I read stories that feature the everyday life of doms/subs, I find myself feeling strangely reticent. There's a part of me--as GGG as I am--that has a hard time relating, and thus enjoying, stories that feature subs being asked to obey super rigid and restrictive orders such as not looking ...more
Joseph Tonlet
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable!
Part of me wants to take a star or half star because (view spoiler)
Really LOVED Phil! Gah! he's amazing! And Gray really surprised me in this one. Warren and Taylor of course were their usual wonderful selves and
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.


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“That dormant urge to make the temporary permanent roared to life in his chest, like some dragon finally freed of its chains. This lily. This moment. The knowledge that it connected him to Taylor, to the mountains, to the entire world in some small, imperceptible way, filled him with a sense of purpose. Each moment and each encounter somehow had the power to create the next.” 0 likes
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