A Life Without by Katya Harris ~ Book Review by Feliz with Local Giveaway

alifewithoutTitle: A Life Without

Author: Katya Harris

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance


After decades of wondering and worrying over his submissive tendencies, fortysomething Todd decides to explore his fantasies. His first step is to join a BDSM club, and it’s there that he meets Malik, a young and beautiful Dominant who is very interested in introducing Todd to this world. In fact, Malik is interested in everything about Todd, which is startling to the older man given the differences in their ages. Malik helps Todd explore his submissiveness, but after an unpleasant meeting with Todd’s ex-boyfriend, he also encourages him to confront his demons so he will no longer live his life in shame.

This story is part of the DSP Daily Dose Full Set 2015–Never Too Late

There’s something to be said for maturity and experience, whether it’s a second chance at love, a May/December romance, or finding a soul mate later in life. These stories prove that it’s never too late for new love.

My View:

As the blurb implies, Todd has been living in denial—even shame—of his submissive tendencies for most of his life, until a bad breakup with his former boyfriend Lionel makes him decide to finally act out his dreams. That’s when he meets Malik, a man more than ten years his junior—and his perfect Dom, as it turns out. Aside from a few discussions of their age difference, the two of them hit it off immediately, and their relationship moves along fast as they both find their needs met. Until a chance encounter with Lionel wakes up Todd’s old demons and forces him to face his shame and fears.

This story was pleasant to read, told in Todd’s smoothly flowing 1st person POV narrative voice. Todd was a very appealing main character with his quiet bravery, deciding to finally take a chance at what he’s apparently been afraid of his whole life.

Despite the BDSM theme, it was actually a very romantic story, what with the instant connection between Malik and Todd and the way they were so perfect for each other.

However, at the end of the day, this was basically Todd’s coming-out story, even though the coming-out wasn’t about being gay for a change. It’s so much Todd’s journey that the other characters remained pale compared to him; even Malik was barely more than a prop for Todd’s self-realization. And the plot in and of itself was nothing new. Replace Todd’s submission with homosexuality and his asshole ex-boyfriend with a bitchy ex-wife, and it’s the same kind of story I’ve read many times before.

That aside, this was an enjoyable read, well-written and well-elaborated despite its short format. Recommended.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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10 thoughts on “A Life Without by Katya Harris ~ Book Review by Feliz with Local Giveaway

  1. The cover really pulled me in. I’m definitely interested…and there’s always something about an older submissive. In a way it is exotic and definitely charming. 😉

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