Review – The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

AN EMOTIONALLY GRIPPING NOVEL!!!!  Before you read this book you will need to a box of tissues and pick out a light hearted, fluffy book to read immediately after.

“KADEN’S DYING”  two of the most haunting words I’ve ever read in a novel…….

Sometimes, love hurts…if you’re lucky. 
How can you refuse when a dying friend asks you for the biggest favor of all? Kaden and Seth have been best friends for over forty years. So when Kaden confesses not only that he’s dying, but that he wants Seth to take over as his wife’s Dom in their BDSM relationship, it rocks his world.

Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screw-up and Kaden as the strong and steady one. To find out he is the only one Kaden trusts to protect and care for his wife, Leah, is a shock.

Now Seth finds himself immersed in a role he’s far from comfortable with—inflicting pain to provide emotional comfort for the woman he’s secretly loved for years. Can he deal with his crushing grief and learn the skills he must master in time to become THE RELUCTANT DOM?
A friend of mine suggested I read TRD, I kept putting it off because, well I’m a wimp, I don’t handle sad movies or books well, AT ALL.  On top of my normal wimpiness, I have a beloved family member who has been battling cancer for 17 yrs, had a stem cell transplant three years ago and her body is rejecting the transplant and the cancer keeps coming back, so I felt TRD would cause me to be extra wimpy.   As a side note, BDSM books who’s main focus is pain for the sake of being able to feel emotions are not my cuppa, but the story and how well it’s written made the pain side of the story secondary for me. I am so glad my friend  finally wore me down withe her high praise for TRD.  Don’t get me wrong my “wimpiness” was out in full force during and after reading TRD, but it is such a BEAUTIFUL, HEARTWRENCHING story.  I don’t regret reading it at all.
The love Kaden had for Leah is incredible, he put her first always, even when he was in pain and in his last days.   The struggle Seth had with the situation and Leah’s strength fighting her fears of life without Kaden and learning to trust Seth to be able to handle her needs were so emotional and intense.  The Christmas scene had me a basket case. Everything that Kaden set up for Seth and Leah after his death…WOW!!!  I can’t even think about it without tearing up.    
You’ve read my vague review (intentionally vague to avoid spoilers) and WHY would you WANT to read a book that is going to run you through the emotional ringer?  Because TRD is not a story only about death, it is a freaking BEAUTIFUL story about LOVING someone so much, you selflessly do whatever it takes to make sure they are secure and LOVED once you are gone.  
This book is a keeper, I don’t know if I will be able to emotionally handle reading it again for a long time  BUT  I recommend everyone read it at least once.
DiDi gives The Reluctant Dom 

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10 thoughts on “Review – The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

  1. Craaaaap! I have to learn to speed read and quick! I’m playing catch up as it is and now I just keep adding more. This is definitely going on my to-read list in the immediate future.

  2. MeeneRmom….to -read list, I now call mine Mount TBR. I speed read and while it’s great, TRD is one you won’t want to speed read through. I want to read it again but am holding off because my only child goes away to college in less than 6 weeks so I’m in a really wimpy state of mind right now =)

  3. Sara, I LOVE it too, I wish people didn’t have preconceived notions about BDSM because I think they are missing out by not reading TRD. I guiltily admit I was one of those people until I read Club Shadowlands and TRD.

  4. *blushing!* Thank you so much! I really do feel speechless at how well-received TRD has been by readers. I’m blessed to have the greatest readers in the world. It was a gut-wrenching story to write, and as weird as it sounds, it was a way for me to work through my grief over my grandmother’s death earlier that year after 6 months of health problems. It was our first holiday season without her, and it hit me hard and I spent many nights (and days) sobbing over my laptop as I wrote it out. I’m blessed with the world’s most supportive hubby, and a fantastic editor who encouraged me every step of the way and didn’t let me pull punches. LOL

    So thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

  5. Loved this book!!!!!!! It was heart breaking to read, but so worth it. To me it brought out that there is always a story behind what people do. You may not understand it or agree with it, but you need to respect it. This book had me crying up a storm, but it also gave me a glimpse into what could motivate someone to live a certain way. And it also gave us a love story that was hauntingly beautiful and a rare friendship that could withstand the ultimate test. I can never say enough good things about the story. Thanks Tymber for creating such a touching story!!!!!

  6. I loved this book!! I was reluctant because of the emotional effects books can leave on me..I wear my hear on my sleeve sometime. But it was amazing!! Who would not want a friendship that has that much love?! Of course, it helped they were both hot as hell!! I recommend this to so many, even those who normally don’t read this genre. It’s just an amazing story written beautifully!!

  7. I absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first bought it but after reading so many positive reviews I read it earlier this year. I’ve read a lot of her books and they all have amazing stories.

  8. Very great review. You expressed a lot of what I felt when I read the book and did such a great job of getting the point across. It was so worth the tears.

  9. I’m the friend who recommended it to Naughty D… and aren’t you SOOOO glad I kept insisting you read it?

    This is probably hands-down the most emotional book I’ve EVER read. At least it’s the only book that had me literally sobbing out loud.

    And it’s not ALL sad. I cried too at the legacy Kaden left for Leah and Seth. I can only hope to meet someone, someday who will love me with a teeny portion of the love Kaden has for Leah. Sigh!

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