Book Reviews

A Dom and His Writer (Club Whisper 1) by Xenia Melzer at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-April-2018

Book Blurb

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….


Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?


It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.


Book Review

Romances featuring new couples may be the genre “standard”, if there is such a thing, and I think it is refreshing to read books that vary from the norm. Dean and Richard’s story is a good example: they are an established couple but they face a change so significant that they might as well be starting over. When all their agreements and priorities are questioned because Dean becomes the guardian of his deceased sister’s baby, they will have to redefine their relationship at such a fundamental level that I had severe doubts whether they’d be able to do it. This is a fascinating read that examines what it takes to keep a relationship going when one of its most basic building blocks is questioned: that of a sub’s focus on his Dom.

Dean is a successful writer, needs someone to keep him focused, and deeply loves Richard, his Dom and lover of five years. Dean’s priorities are settled and he couldn’t be happier – which is when disaster strikes. Suddenly Dean is torn between grief for his sister and his three-month-old niece depending on him, and it is well known how much time and effort it takes to take care of an infant. Dean’s emotions are all over the place, he is torn in three directions at once, and the previous center of his world is no longer as accessible as he needs it to be. Not because of a conscious decision or because Richard is unwilling or no longer loves him, but due to purely practical reasons.

Richard is a successful businessman who owns Club Whisper with his best friend, Martin, and is almost scarily wealthy (to the point of irritation because it was repeated constantly). He Is also brutal, in business and as a human being, he takes charge of every problem Dean has, and I am still not sure if I liked that. Richard is clearly the love of Dean’s life, and they do manage to find balance between the two of them, but dominance leading to dependence like that is a dangerous thing. Not to mention Richard’s initial selfish reaction when Dean faces severe upheaval in his life… I was far from impressed. I get that Richard never wanted kids – thinking of them as “something that happens to other people” – so I can see how it’s a big adjustment for him. Still. He made me uncomfortable more than once.

While both men have to face the same change – an unexpected baby in their lives - it affects them in very different ways. Dean has to deal with his grief as well as focusing on a baby, and that means he has much less energy and time available for his Dom. Richard may be wealthy and successful, but he likes things to be under control, his lover/sub focused on him – and suddenly neither is true any longer. After five years as lovers with very defined roles they have to figure out how to make things work out all over again. It’s a good thing they’re deeply in love – not to mention the brilliant talking-to the big bad Dom gets from his father. I doubt they’d have made it without that love and the fundamental trust they already have between them before Baby Emily arrives.

If you like intense, emotional stories about established partners who need to redefine their relationship due to events outside their control, if you want to see two men struggle with their priorities inside and outside the bedroom, and if you’re looking for a read that takes an unusual look at a BDSM relationship and its consequences, then you will probably like this novel. It certainly kept me turning the pages!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/73094 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-October-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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