Ethan Winter has known since he was a kid that he wants to work for the FBI. Until then, he's stuck modeling underwear and photographing cheating spouses for a private investigator. But when a trip to Las Vegas for a security conference brings him into contact with the magnificently dominant Maxmillian Poole, Ethan finds himself faced with a dilemma: pursue his childhood dream, or become the partner of a man who seems to know him inside and out - and who offers a life any submissive would crawl for.
©2016 Tricia Owens (P)2016 Tricia Owens
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I had already read the entire series so I knew the characters intimately. As my first audio book I was pleasantly surprised. Having the characters brought to life this way was really amazing. The voice actor did a nice job, more so for the men than the women's voices. The sex scenes were oh so sweet. Can't wait to hear the rest of the series.
"Excellent start to the series"
The audio is so much better than the ebook. Nick Russo did an amazing job. He made each of the characters very destinced. the audio book was so much better than the ebook. I only have an issue that Ethan is called a blond. That so really bothers me. Other than that the story is pretty awesome. They are really starting to care for each other. I can't wait to read the rest of the books!!!
"Even better in audio!"
I fell in love with these guys and their many escapades in the print version. I have read and loved all 10 volumes. Russo's performance enhanced the beginning of a story that is already dear to my heart.
I want to thank Tricia for writing a series that didn't leave me hanging at the end of each volume. I craved the continuation of their journey, but didn't feel like the story was incomplete each time I awaited the next episode.
If you enjoy a good MM romance with some serious spice, then this one is for you!
"Love this series and the audio does not disappoint"
I loved this audio book. The narrator is fantastic and just how I imagined everyone sounding in my head. Not overly theatrical.
"Great start to this series!"
I really enjoyed this one! I honestly don't think I would have picked up this book on my own, but Nick Russo is an auto-buy for me. I will listen to just about anything he narrates :) And this one turned out to be surprising good! A small town boy from Indiana, a high roller from Las Vegas, some undeniable sexual chemistry, and this series is off to a great start. I definitely plan to continue...
"Fabulous Series Opener"
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I love the relationship dynamics
The previous audio I listened to was also narrated by Mr. Russo, so I was a tiny bit concerned that I would have trouble hearing the same voice for different characters. I needn’t have worried a bit! Mr. Russo puts a new voice to Ethan and Max, and the other characters as well, so that I never once felt as though I was listening to a continuation of the previous story. He has a very easy voice to listen to – it’s almost comforting. I’m a bit late to this party, but I’m definitely a fan now and wouldn’t hesitate to choose one of his narrations. I sure hope he continues with the rest of this series, as I’m ready to hear the rest of the story as eagerly as I did reading it the first time.
This became one of my favorite series. I fell in love with Ethan and Max right away and gobbled up every book after this one. So, when I saw it was on audio, I had to grab it.
It is the story of Ethan, a young guy who dreamed of joining the FBI and had done everything in his power to make that a reality, and Max, a wealthy businessman and owner of a security company that provides bodyguards to the elite. When these two meet, the connection is instantaneous. Max senses a submissiveness in Ethan of which he never really grasped the extent of or never really put a name to. But, when Max is in charge, Ethan’s submissiveness shines. Yet it all feels very natural, on both ends. These guys end up in more of a power exchange and d/s relationship that I found quite interesting and refreshing.
The story starts out with Ethan Winters going to a conference in Las Vegas for work. His boss and coworker go with him. Larry and Bob. They have a night of watching topless girls and pole dancers. Even some lap dancing going on. Little do they know that Ethan prefers the male sex. I called the purpose of the trip a conference because I can't remember the wording. When they go in to get their stuff and see the different agents there, they collect business cards and check the place out. Ethan meets an interesting man there and lets him show him around the town. He also meets another very distinguished guy at the conference. After meeting the first one, Johnathan, they get it on. It's not too many weeks before him and the other guy Maximillion,do the wild thing. I know it sounds like he's a horn dog, but he just has an active sex life. Max has abstained from sex for many years due to a relationship gone sour. Ethan has been the first one to stir something in him. Who will Ethan wind up with and why would he want to move to Vegas from Indiana?
All I can say is wow! This is the first book or audiobook I've listened to with same sex partners. I'm not a big erotica reader. Only when the mood strikes. Not saying I don't like it, I like all genres. Well, let me tell you. I was driving down the road, just minding my own business and listening to this. When it got to the dirty talk and sex part, I ran off the road. No joke. Lol. Not sure how to answer about if I liked it. It kind of scared me. Lol. I will say I got an education. And I'm full of questions now. If you don't like same LGBT sex, this isn't for you. Two men together is kind of hot. Lol. Idk if women think that like men do about women or not. Maybe I'm warped. I wouldn't want to see in in person. Lol. I'm getting off topic. Anyway, it was a great story line with great world building. Ms. Owens did a wonderful job with character development! I just loved Larry and Bob. And I wanted to cry for Ethan around the end. Can't say or it will spoil it. But it was a happy ending. I would like to hear more of his story and what his life entails in the future. Sure hope that's what the rest of series will be about. It wasn't a cliff hanger though. It just ends where there are so many possibilities and adventures open for Ethan.
"Not BDSM but borderline rape"
While not a healthy representation of a S&M lifestyle the first book had potential. Winters is a like able guy, Max seems like a firm Dom if a little cliché. But I bought the second book and couldn't even finish it. Max is outright abusing Ethan and using his fetishes against him, to control him. The book went from playfully not realistic to too awfully realistic for my stomach. I couldn't do it, and had the book refunded.
"Audio version only enhances the characters"
Tricia Owens is already one of my favorite authors as she knows how to develop likable characters. In fact, it is hard not become truly become attached to her characters in her books. The main characters in the Dom series, Ethan and Max, are no different. What I especially liked about this audio version of Dom of Las Vegas was that I really got to know the character of Ethan. Listening to the story instead of reading helped me to understand who he is and what motives him. Honestly, I have read the book twice already but listening helped me to slow down and really enjoy. I loved how Nick J. Russo, the narrator, was able to give each character different voices - I never had a doubt about who was speaking and each voice really “fit” the individual characters as well. I have listened to other audio books and it is hard to find one that does this well. Russo and Owens make a great team! In fact, I've looked for other books narrated by Russo. The only downside was a technical issue, I think. Sometimes the volume or intensity of Russo’s voice changed mid-sentence. It seemed like the producers were unable to match the quality of the sound consistently. This has nothing to do with Owens’ writing nor did it take away the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this audio book and hope there are plans for audio versions of the whole series!
I received a free audio copy of this book in exchange for a review.
"Its about lust"
There were parts of this book I enjoyed and other parts I found myself frustrated. The characters had a certain element of chemistry but I almost didn't buy it ! The fact that there are 9 books in the series leads me to think it could continue to build or perhaps it's best to stop now ?
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