Bethany reviews ‘Dom of Ages’ by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams. Published by Dreamspinner Press on December 21st, 2015, 264 pgs. Released on Audible on January 16th, 2017. Narrated by Joel Leslie, 10hrs and 9 mins.
Why I listened to this book: This week is angst week, and while K.C. isn’t what I would normally go to for angst, when I read this about a year ago it had angsty moments. So I thought I’d listen to see if I felt the same as reading it.
NOTE: I was offered an audio code from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughingstock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
Check out Sam’s review of the ebook here: Dom of Ages
I know there are authors that are go to for angst. The ones that you know will make you work hard for a HEA. The ones that put their MCs through the wringer. The ones that leave you screaming, demanding they fix it soon. But when I think about K.C.’s book I don’t necessarily think angst, I think a feel good book that I KNOW will be ok. But I have to tell you after reading it over a year ago, and being offered an audio code of it, I remember how I felt reading it. It is not hard core angsty but there were times my heart ached for what these two MCs went through, separately as well as together.
I can see where this one would cause a bit of angst for Jarod, being older, not just with a new master, but all the other subs. My heart hurt for Jarod from the very beginning of the book. I can’t imagine losing the person you thought you would have forever with in such a tragic way. It was a constant struggle for Jarod to move on, to put one foot in front of the other and survive without the other part of his heart. I’m tearing up now just thinking about how hard that must have been. I could see where Jarod would just continue to live how he has been, but then his mom stepped in. Oh man, I loved that woman; she is equal parts brash and tenderness. She was tired of seeing her son flounder, missing something so vital to his being she wasn’t going to take no for an answer.
Eli is a younger Dom, but he knows what he wants. He wants someone to take care of him. Someone to meet all his needs. And he finds it in Jarod, ten fold. But see here is the problem with Eli: he was trained but not fully, not to the extent that he should have. Because if he had been then he could have seen that Jarod was hanging on to a lifeline, living to serve completely to Eli, yet not getting fully what he needed. Jarod just wanted to be needed again. Yes Eli was on cloud nine, finally having what he thought he always wanted, till a good friend told him “yes you have yours, but what are you NOT giving Jarod?”
When he finally realizes he needs to do something to show Jarod his worth, things don’t exactly go as planned. And here is another place where the angst was kicked up a notch and I found myself on edge, needing it to be ok. Yes they do get there, they find themselves at Collars & Cuffs and it seems this was just the place they needed to be. Happy ever after right? Not just yet.
So yes, they have settled easy with the men at Collars & Cuffs, then BAM these two authors throw another curve ball at Jarod & Eli, and all I am thinking is “can’t they just catch a break already?” Oh they do get their HEA, but I have to tell you this one was a hard earned HEA. But you know what, I loved it just like I enjoy the whole Collars & Cuffs series. I am glad I had the chance to listen to this one for angst week.
While these books do not have to be read in order, and can be read as standalones, I highly recommend reading them all. You will have better understanding of secondary characters and things will just flow easier for you in knowing who is who. I strongly recommend this book as well as the audio version. Joel Leslie’s narration, for not just these two MCs but the rest of the cast is spot one. I will definitely be looking for more books that he has narrated. Thank you to K.C Wells and Parker Williams for this opportunity to review this audio book.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
And for those who like their stories on the hotter side, K.C. also writes under the name of Tantalus.
Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.
Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.
Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor