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Release Day Review: A Dom and His Artist by Xenia Melzer
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CC Cat Clontz
Club Whisper (Book 2)
About the Author
Xenia Melzer was born and raised in a small village in the south of Bavaria. As one of nature’s true chocoholics, she’s always in search of the perfect chocolate experience. So far, she’s had about a dozen truly remarkable ones. Despite having been in close proximity to the mountains all her life, she has never understood why so many people think snow sports are fun. There are neither chocolate nor horses involved and it’s cold by definition, so where’s the sense? She does not like beer either and has never been to the Oktoberfest—no quality chocolate there.
Even though her mind is preoccupied with various stories most of the time, Xenia has managed to get through school and university with surprisingly good grades. Right after school she met her one true love who showed her that reality is capable of producing some truly amazing love stories itself.
While she was having her two children, she started writing down the most persistent stories in her head as a way of relieving mommy-related stress symptoms. As it turned out, the stress relief has now become a source of the same, albeit a positive one.
When she’s not writing, she translates other authors’ manuscripts to German, enjoys riding and running, spending time with her kids, and dancing with her husband.
April 10, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….
Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.
Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.
But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.
I am new to this author, and I really like her writing style! This is the second book in the series, and while I clearly haven’t read the first, there is enough background included that I didn’t feel I was missing anything when those characters were participating in this story.
Collin is an absolute gem! He is as scattered and easily distracted, which made his thought processes so much fun to follow. He goes on tangents that start on one subject and end on something entirely unrelated. A brilliant artist, he has a patron in his best friend Jude, who takes care of his basic necessities, allowing him to create. He sees colors everywhere, including in smells, and he captured me from the first word.
Martin is a successful businessman owning two companies, one a thriving security firm and the other Club Whisper, the latter of which is co-owned with his best friend. He’s looking for a sub to spend his life with, but Collin is as innocent as the driven snow. How does Martin proceed in this completely off-plan situation?
I have mixed feelings on this book. The plot itself is good, and the pacing is steady. Most of the characters are fairly complex, and the chemistry between the main pair is there from the start. The secondary characters are fun and add a lot to the whole. And then there is Dog, who just made the story all the way around in my opinion.
It is supposed to be a BDSM, but it reads much more like a contemporary with one BDSM-lite scene. That isn’t my biggest issue, though. The big issues start with Collin’s extreme naïveté. Yes, I said I loved him, and I do. However, this innocent outlook is to the level that I kept waiting for the reveal of some form of mental disability, autism, or something else to explain it. Then there is this big bad sadist of a Dom who never really made an appearance. Rather, Martin was more marshmallow than anything. I understand easing in an initiate into BDSM, but even that was more regular romance than lifestyle. Lastly, the not-so-mystery aspect of the book was readily apparent from the beginning, and the playout on it was disappointingly wrapped up with a tidy little bow.
There were aspects of this book that I loved, and there were aspects that just did nothing for me. I’m rating this at three stars, and I’m not certain whether to recommend it or not, but as always, your mileage may vary. Please don’t discount it just based on my words. You may adore it.
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