One Dom to Love by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl
Released: December 4, 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Dream Words, LLC
Reviewed by Sarah
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Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.
Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?
Raine didn’t have a great childhood. She dealt with abuse, neglect, and abandonment. As a teenager she was found by Macen “Hammer” Hammerman behind his club. He protected her and more so offered her a stable environment than what she was used to. Raine is quite the complex female lead. She can be super feisty and full of fire but can also be a bit of a martyr when one isn’t needed. Either way it’s clear that her childhood still haunts her into early adulthood.
Hammer is the head Dom and owner of a BDSM club. He also comes with a heavy load of baggage much like Raine. He was married once but feels their M/s relationship lead to her demise. While it’s never written how she died, all inferences point to suicide. Since finding Raine, Hammer keeps her at arm’s length and treats her like a little sister although they have a palpable chemistry.
The third main character in this triangle is Liam. Also a Dom, this recently divorced Irishman has trust issues of his own due to the fact he found his wife cheating on him. But overall, he looks towards the positive and realizes they should have never been married in the first place. He takes these traits and seemingly applies it through most situations he incurs.
I have now read this book twice, once when it first came out and again this past week. I looked at my notes from the first time and noticed I had it as a smultzy romance with a huge side of BDSM. I’m not sure what I was thinking because with this second outing I realized it’s actually a bit grittier than I remember. For me, throwing in an M/s relationship stretches the limits of my comfort level but in this plot it is integral to the story and to how the characters act and react. From a very superficial look at the book, it seems like choices should be pretty black and white; a clear decision as to whom Raine should choose as her Dom. But upon further delving into it with the variety of backstories it is really full of gray areas. No one is ever fully right or wrong in their actions or the reasons behind them.
I really quite enjoyed this one. It’s written much like the old American soap operas with a bit of telenovela in its grandiose style. Even better are you never know what will happen because everything can change on a dime. To top it off, this first installment drops you with a significant cliffhanger just like One Life to Live would do every Friday. I can’t wait to pick up the second one next!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.