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The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton Review

Title: The Reluctant Dom

Author: Tymber Dalton

First published February 16, 2009

318 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.17


Book Title: The Unexpected Journey

Leah and Kaden’s love story is a beautiful one, but it’s plagued by a sorrowful event. Kaden is dying, and he needs to make sure that Leah is taken care of after he’s gone.

He turns to his closest friend, Seth, and asks him to step in as Leah’s Dom and Master.

Seth is shocked by the request and is unsure if he’s the right person for the job. He’s always seen himself as the screw-up, while Kaden was the strong and steady one.

Nevertheless, he can’t say no to his friend’s dying wish.

As Leah and Seth navigate this new territory, Seth finds himself struggling to provide Leah with the emotional comfort she needs. He’s never been comfortable with inflicting physical pain, but he’s willing to learn for the woman he’s secretly loved for years.

The journey ahead is full of unexpected twists and turns, and Seth will have to deal with his crushing grief while mastering the skills he needs to become Leah’s Dom. Will he rise to the challenge and become the Dom Leah needs?

About the Author

Lesli Richardson is a talented writer who is known by her pen name, Tymber Dalton. She resides in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her spouse, Jon Dalton/Haley Jordan, who is also a writer, and a house full of pets.

When she’s not busy playing Dungeons and Dragons with her buddies or engaging in skeet shooting, she spends her time learning how to be a Viking shield-maiden, among other ventures. Lesli has authored over two hundred books and counting, and she’s a USA Today Bestselling Author (as Tymber) who has won the EPIC award twice.

Lesli has created her own little world, but she’s always happy to hear from her readers! If you’re interested in learning more about her work, please visit her website where you’ll find links to her books, updates, and information about her different series. You can also find reading order lists and other helpful resources there.

Editoral Review

“The Reluctant Dom” by Tymber Dalton is a popular novel in the BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism) genre. The book was first published on February 16, 2009.

Dalton is a prolific author of erotic romance and BDSM-themed books. Her writing style is known for its frank portrayal of sexuality and exploration of alternative lifestyles.

The book follows the story of Seth, a Dominant, and his relationship with his submissive wife, Kaden. The couple has been together for several years, but their marriage is strained due to Kaden’s reluctance to embrace her submissive nature.

Seth is torn between his desire to fulfill his own needs as a Dominant and his love for Kaden. When Kaden is diagnosed with cancer, Seth must confront his own insecurities and fears to support her through her illness.

Dalton’s writing is engaging and emotionally charged, drawing readers into the complex world of BDSM relationships. The book is set in Florida and has a strong sense of place, with vivid descriptions of the lush landscapes and sultry climate.

The author also explores the social and cultural implications of BDSM, challenging readers to examine their own beliefs and prejudices.

One of the strengths of the book is its portrayal of the characters. Seth and Kaden are well-developed and nuanced, with complex motivations and emotions.

Dalton handles the sensitive subject matter with sensitivity and respect, avoiding sensationalism and cliches. The book also has a strong plot structure, with a clear arc and satisfying resolution.

However, the book is not without its flaws. Some readers may find the BDSM scenes too explicit or uncomfortable, while others may feel that the book does not go far enough in exploring the psychological and emotional aspects of the lifestyle.

Additionally, the pacing can be slow at times, with some scenes feeling repetitive or unnecessary.

Overall, “The Reluctant Dom” is a well-written and thought-provoking book that will appeal to fans of BDSM fiction and erotic romance. However, readers should be prepared for frank depictions of sexuality and themes that may be challenging or triggering for some.

The book is recommended for mature readers who are interested in exploring the complexities of BDSM relationships and the human psyche.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars. The book is well-written and engaging, with strong character development and a compelling plot.

However, it may not be suitable for all readers due to its explicit content and potentially triggering themes.