Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Book 1 of the Kennel Klub series.
The Kennel Klub takes pride in matching dominant shifters with the perfect mates.
Theo is looking for just that—someone to pleasure, to love, to take care of. Having dealt with tremendous personal losses, Theo uses his human form as a shield. No one can hurt him if he’s human.
Drew hasn’t shifted in more than a year. After spending his life serving a cruel alpha, he was cast aside. Drew has found that it’s easier to protect himself if he’s a wolf. A sub at heart, Drew is apprehensive at the concept of losing control. But as Theo arouses deep needs in Drew, he’ll learn that ceding his will is just the beginning of this erotic battle.
Inside Scoop: Theo’s dominant nature may be just what Drew needs. These same-sex shapeshifters will burn up the sheets!
This is a very sexual tale. In fact, on the surface, one would think this is about nothing but sex since it is set in a BDSM club atmosphere and centers around a dominant shifter teaching his submissive what it means to be master and pup. But there is actually more to this story than just sex and BDSM, there is tenderness, trust, and intimacy. These men are who they are because of hurts in their past. One man chose to become a hard, human who rarely shifts and in always in control. The other chose to hide away from the human world by remaining in his wolf form for well over a year. Together, these men bring each other out of their shells (literal and figurative) and form a bond that completes them.
The sex is hot with bondage and some pain elements. The sex is also playful at times and very animalistic. There are many characteristics of the animal present in the humans and it come out most during intimate moments. I loved the idea of grooming as a form of intimacy and a reward for growth and good behavior.
I am not usually a big fan of BDSM because I just don’t understand that world, but this one was a good read. It had many BDSM elements, but it took a backseat to the healing and love and relationship between these men that carried me through this tale. Through all the hot sex and pain, it was the tender moments that drew me in and kept me wanting more.
For a novella, there was a lot of time spent on the characters themselves in addition to the sex. It was well done and I am ready for the next in this series.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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