Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Part of the 1-800-DOM-help series. Harte Donovan has a problem. A murder leads to him wanting a sexy stripper bound and naked in front of him. He can’t let his secret desires ruin his career as a detective. But when he’s given a mysterious business card, Harte discovers a side of himself he intends to fully embrace. Ramey Nichols strips for a living and he’s not willing to pretend to be something he’s not. When this sexy submissive meets the closeted cop and unwitting Dom, something has got to give. That something might just be Ramey. Ramey knows what he wants, and more than that, finds himself Needing Harte.
Needing Harte was just plain “Wow”. This story is a novella at only 83 pages, but boy, does it pack a punch. I don’t usually read stories in the m/m genre but decided to try this one and I can honestly say I am really glad that I did.
Harte knows very little about being a Dom or anything involved in the BDSM lifestyle, but Ramey picks up on Harte’s natural tendencies when they first meet. As Ramey and Harte start to explore, Harte feels like he’s found the missing piece of himself within his dominance.
Harte and Ramey burn up the pages of this story from page one. It is refreshing to see a story where the dominant is learning and the submissive is not constantly pushing the limits. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters and their assistance in keeping an uncollared sub safe and helping a new Dom learn the ropes. Marilu Mann’s writing style really set this story apart and I enjoyed the feelings and insight into this new relationship.
Reviewed by Star