Reviewed by Ulysses Dietz
Member of The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Oh, boy, I am SO not a BDSM or dom/sub kind of guy. And yet, this was thrown at me as a Christmas (or Solstice) challenge.
It’s not as if I’ve never read and liked any BDSM stories. Right away Allora sets me up to embrace this story, because it’s about a huge muscled bruiser named Benjamin Morgan who is a total sub; and a pretty, pint-sized Foster Ridgeway who is the ultimate dom.
Benjamin, you see, is a Ferdinand-the-bull kind of man. He is gentle, romantic, and yearns with all his big heart to be totally dominated. His dream is to give his all to a master he can call his own. Imagine his surprise when one of the upper management guys at his job, who is delicate and short, walks into his local BDSM club dressed in leather and carrying a riding crop.
Be still my beaten heart.
What I learned in this adorable and touchingly sweet story, is that being a dom is not about being mean, but about being the in charge. Oh, yeah, there might be some spanking and some consensual pain involved, but what it really is about is trust and, ultimately, caring. Benjamin, because of his size, is stereotyped as a latent dom no matter what he says. He doesn’t want to be hurt – even though he finds a little pain a turn-on. Foster, on the other hand, faces the other side of the stereotyping coin: as a fey, small, slim man, he has trouble being taken seriously as a top. Until, that is, he sees Benjamin kneeling before him.
Allora writes a sexy, loving story about a different kind of happy ever after. I confess, there were tears in my eyes at moments, and maybe I sort of understood what a sub wants, which is more complicated and nuanced than what those outside the BDSM world might think.
I love it when the holiday seasons surprises me.