3.5* There was elements of this story I really liked. I loved the character of Ash, but then I love hot alpha males when they get all jealous and possessive. The story here is about a blossoming relationship and although Ash is a Dom, there is virtually no BDSM content in this book. I thought the MCs were actually well suited and they were very sweet together. Things I found that didn't work or were just farcical, was that Daniel was almost this closet superhero (he was so amazing at so many different things all by age 33?), and as another reviewer pointed out that he was also so stunningly beautiful that he just had to hide himself under a mop of hair and oversized clothing for fear that men and women alike just couldn't resist him. I think the author could have omitted these characteristics of Daniel and the story would have been more believable.
This book really does not work. The author plays with a dom/sub relationship, only instead of pulling it off we end up with a seriously messed up controlling relationship, with several incidents of domestic abuse. There is not enough plot to drive this book, instead moving from one incident of jealousy to another. The characters are transparent and unrealistic, Daniel is this perfect man, amazing at everything, and so beautiful he has to wear baggy clothes to stop everyone hitting on him (apparently even with their partners standing right by). Really?? Ash supposedly falls in love with him (I mean who could not not) but yet uses his love to excuse one of the coldest and most abusive scenes I've read.
I was really wanting to like this author, hoping to find another author who's works I can follow, so this book was a sad disappointment.
Asher is a bit sinister, I'm not sure if the author intended him to be though. When he first sees Daniel, he literally stalks him and manipulates the situation so they spend time together and so that he has to look after Daniel. Asher likes control and he jumps to conclusions too frequently assuming Daniel is cheating. He hates people noticing Daniel's good looks and Daniel is the one who suffers for it, it's not Daniel's fault. I was appalled by Asher's behaviour in the club later in the book and why Daniel goes to back to him I don't know. So, why 3 stars and not less? Because of Daniel, I really liked the outwardly geeky and clumsy boy who has exciting talents and secrets.
i love this story up until the club scene which to me was horrible and made no sense as this was not really that type of relationship. Daniel was sweet and geeky and portrayed as a bottom and Asher though orginally a dom was learning love without pain was possible and was not dominating in that way so why Daniel acted like he had suddenly been trained as a sub and went along with it at the club and then went back to him really made no sense.
C Cardeno can do no wrong - lovely dexterity in keeping it from drifting to the Dom/sub side which I avoid like the plague.Glad I kept reading after the first mention of that lifestyle or I would've missed out on a terrific book.Just lovely!
This book was super hot. The chemistry between Daniel and Asher was intense and explosive. The moments of emotional confusion were so alive you could feel what the characters felt. I cringed and cried and rose and fell with them, even with Ollie and Shirley who were great supporting characters. I kinda want to hear their story!
The writing was great. The author made it easy to read. I literally gobbled this story up without tripping over typos ( I think I spotted 1, only 1!) My immersion in the story wasn't interrupted by weird sentence construction or any of the other grammatical hiccups that can sometimes destroy the reading experience.
So why the missing star? Well, I feel like Daniel forgave too easily. When Asher f☆cks up he does it in such a spectacular manner that'll you'll want to scream at him and cringe all at once. I mean, there's jealous and then there's a$$hole behaviour. Asher tips over the edge, if you know what I mean.
Daniel too has his surreal qualities - good at everything? Hmmm. Strangely, for the purpose of the story and with the skill of the writer, I can swallow this more easily than I can swallow his ability to forgive Asher so easily at the end.
All in all a darned good read and whirlwind journey. Jump in, you won't regret it!