Author: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/31/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance
Welcome to The Cage, where you can share the ups and downs of a group of friends as they enjoy a rollicking adventure of sex and love in “the life.”
Being a Dom has always come naturally to Lazar Thornton, owner and operator of The Cage, a thriving adult toy store and meeting place for Lazar’s closest friends, Bran, Max, Otto, and the always flamboyant and fierce Miss Dré. But even the best of friends have different tastes in scenes—and in life.
Good-humored and laid back, but much in demand as both teacher and Dom, Lazar has always run from love. Until Ben Owen, relative newbie to the BDSM world, arrives wide-eyed and eager to learn, and Lazar wants to teach this sub everything he knows. But despite the openness needed for a Dom/sub relationship to thrive, neither discusses emotions. Feeling the sting of unrequited love, Ben isn’t as sure of his place in Lazar’s life as he wants to be. Lazar will need to read his sub’s heart as well as his mind if he truly wants to keep Ben in his life.
The Cage by Catt Ford is a wonderfully kinky, sexy and erotic story of a group of friends who find love, laugher and happiness.
Whilst the main characters are Ben and Lazar the story is very much about all of the characters that surround then. We have the fabulous and way over the top Miss Dre, a transvestite who oozes flamboyance and charm, I adored her. She’s also very much a top. Then we have Bran, the ‘straight’ sadist who just can’t find the right girl. And Max the quiet dour man who’s hiding a secret that defines him. And Otto and Sherman, engineers who are partners as well as work colleagues. Plus numerous others that filter in and out as the story flows.
The relationship between Ben and Lazar is new, plus Ben is a newbie to the scene as well. They met when Ben visited to help him with his website, he’s now his webmaster, so all Ben knows about the scene is what he sees and experiences with Lazar. Ben is quite a bit younger than Lazar and very beautiful but he doesn’t see himself like that and he doesn’t understand what Lazar sees in him, he’s just waiting for Lazar to get bored with him. Ben is aware that Lazar sees into his soul, laying bare everything he wants and that scares him, he’s frightened to open his heart, afraid that everything will come crashing down around him. Lazar is afraid too, he’s falling in love with Ben, he’s never been in love before and he’s scared of how vulnerable that makes him and that holds him back from admitting how he feels.
The beginning is quite erotic, but also a bit unsettling, a very kinky scene which seems a bit too intense until I later realized it was role play. Ben plays a young man who walks into The Cage, Lazar’s club, for the first time and ends up getting ravished by Lazar, with some help from Miss Dre. Ben likes to be watched, he’s an exhibitionist, it’s a kink he’s just beginning to come to turns with. From then on we follow Ben and Lazar as they grow closer together with a few hiccups along the way.
The story is full of one liners, it’s humorous and in places very funny, many times I had to stop myself from laughing out loud. The Kink/Product Evaluation Form was priceless, as was Satan’s Stinger! Ben creates the form for Otto and Sherman to fill out as they are testers for Lazar’s new products, he wants to use the information to update the site so that buyers get a proper evaluation of the products. As Ben and Lazar’s relationship grows Ben gets to understand the lifestyle and how he fits into it, getting advice and support along the way. I loved how honest Miss Dre was when she talked to Ben about her past and how everyone just sees a stereotype big bad black-woman but she’s more than that, and how everyone plays differently, every relationship is different and no one should ever be pigeonholed.
The Cage is a story of an ensemble of likeminded friends who are each other’s family, as close as any siblings could be. The group reminded me very much of the friends in Queer as Folk (the US version) and The Cage where the congregate resembled the café where they all met up each day.
Family can be much stronger than blood and this group of friends drawn together by lifestyle and experience shows that. My first introduction to BDSM was through Catt Fords A Strong Hand so as soon as I saw The Cage I grabbed it. It’s low on angst but high in kink and eroticism and I loved every page.
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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