Thursday, January 10, 2019

Audiobook Review: A Dom and His Writer by Xenia Melzer

Title: A Dom and His Writer
Series: Club Whisper
Author: Xenia Melzer
Narrator: Richard L. Walton
Release Date: August 16, 2018
Category: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 6 hours, 44 minutes

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….

Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?

It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.

4 Stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. There are plenty of things I both equally liked and disliked. I think that getting to listen to the audiobook automatically made this better for me. It’s my first time listening to a book narrated by Richard Walton and I was really impressed by how well he did. At the beginning, it did take me a few minutes to get into the story. However, I did really like his voice and he did a great job keeping the tone and timbre correct for each character and kept the emotions on point for where we were at in the story at the time.

Richard and Dean have a D/s, Master/slave relationship and have been together living in perfect harmony for about 5 years. They have made sure that their lives mesh well together and they rely on each other for everything they both need, until life throws them a curveball in the shape of a tiny baby girl, and their well-planned out life dissolves in spectacular fashion.

Richard was basically a selfish jerk throughout the entire book and seemed to really only care about himself above every other person. I was not a fan of his, as his personality and the way he acted left a lot to be desired. He literally only thought about himself and how everything might affect him.

Dean was a sub/slave who very obviously needed direction and structure with everything he did but Richard had zero issue leaving him to drown and flounder by himself during this book. It was super irritating having to listen to those parts of the story. I just wanted to strangle Richard for all the extra hell he added on top of what Dean was already dealing with. I could not believe that someone so “strong” and someone who was supposed to put his sub over everything else just left him to deal with it all alone. It made me really dislike Richard, even though it made for some great conflict in the storyline.

On the other hand, getting to see Dean out of his comfort zone and taking charge of a situation that very obviously made him uncomfortable, was endearing to see. I loved that Dean was really able to step up to the plate and take responsibility for his niece though he was struggling with his sister’s death, and struggling even more with where he even stood in his relationship. OMG, and when they were “broken up” and Richard went to the club and tried playing with other subs, what the actual hell… That made me so unbelievably angry for Dean. Five years and Richard thought he could just go and move on so quick? That was irritating to me, and frankly, at that point I really didn’t want them to get back together, and kind of hoped Dean would just move on with his life and find someone else who cared about him enough to make some allowances and actually compromise with what was happening.

Some of the secondary characters were fun to meet and added some extra depth and character development to the story. Dean’s parents were a piece of work, and needed to crawl back under the rock they escaped from. They had some nerve, trying to make the demands they did, and while I’m not a fan of people using money to get their way, I was really glad that Dean and ultimately, Richard, did have the cash to make things happen in their favor. Richard redeemed himself at the very end of this story, so I guess I really can’t hate him too much, but I still think he deserves a good smack or two for his actions.

*** Audiobook copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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