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  • Drake Restrained: Book 1 in the Drake Series

  • By: S. E. Lund
  • Narrated by: Jack Calihan
  • Series: Drake Series, Book 1
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

Drake Morgan, MD, neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. He doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan's BDSM community. 

Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music, and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect. That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten, and things are going to get messy....

©2015 Susan Elizabeth Lyons (P)2019 Susan Elizabeth Lyons

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Loved it!

Drake Morgan, MD, neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. He doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan's BDSM community.

Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music, and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect. That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten, and things are going to get messy....

This book was good to me. It is similar to 50 Shades of Grey but different. Jack Calihan did a great job at bring this book to life.

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Wow

I really loved listening to this book!!💖 Great story and characters, the narrator did an awesome job!! Listen and find out about Drake 's story now I need more. Thank you Audio book Obsession Review Group for another awesome book. I recommend as a must read \ listen

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Great

I loved 50 shades of grey and I loved this book as much. There are some similarities but it is it’s own read. S E Lund has now made a new reader. I will be reading/listening to others by this author. Narration was great and help with not wanting to stop listening

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Perfect for fans of Christian Grey

Drake Restrained is a dark, passionate story, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. This audiobook is a retelling of the author's previous novel, The Agreement, from the hero's perspective, but you do not need to have listened to the other version first.

When I picked up this audiobook I was expecting it to be a real tonic, after all it purports to be everything I keep saying I want in a book of this type. I don't think I've reviewed a steamy book without mentioning how much I like having the male POV included, so knowing that this story is told through Drake's eyes meant that it held my attention from the start. I was excited to see that he's a handsome, talented neurosurgeon, as I've swooned over many a fictional doctor in my time. That he's also a little older than the heroine and loves classic British soft rock was the icing on the cake.

I was also looking forward to it because I love the narrator, Jack Calihan, and knew he would be the ideal choice for a character like Drake. Throw in a smattering of Calihan purring his now-infamous "Good girl..." and I suddenly didn't mind at all that this audiobook was 15 hours long.

Unfortunately, the more I listened, the clearer it became that there were several major flaws in this novel, with some of them being impossible to ignore. The thing I think many listeners will struggle with the most is Drake's behaviour, especially in the early part of the book. I think there's a responsibility when writing this type of book to be careful not to romanticise abusive behaviour, and be clear about what is actually part of the Lifestyle and when someone is crossing a line.

Though a lot of time was given over to explaining Drake's motivation from a D/s perspective, it would not - as I understand it - be considered best practice within the community.

It all made it really difficult to like Drake, and even tougher to be attracted to him, which was mind-boggling given that on paper he ticks almost every box on my pick'n'mix romantic-hero wishlist. I did warm to him as the story unfolded, but it never really felt as if the listener truly got inside his head. It often appeared that he was simply narrating the story rather than living and breathing it. The intimate scenes that I expected to really delve into his pleasure and his experience often shied away from much detail. It also finishes on a fade-to-black, which feels like quite a whimper to end on after investing so much time in a story.

Still, everything I've noted so far is subjective, and others may well like the fact that Drake will not take no for an answer and that the intimate scenes dial back the heat a little. Romance novels, and especially steamy ones, cannot possibly please everyone because we each have different limits and peccadilloes.

The thing that really made this audiobook difficult for me to listen to was the clumsy and repetitive writing. I appreciate that I'm especially picky when it comes to certain aspects of storytelling, but after listening to sentences like "She stood in front of me, her face turned away as if what I'd said was too hard to face," I really don't think I'm being too hard on this book.

The story and characters have been fairly well developed, but it felt like I was listening to a beta-read; technically the components are there and in the right order, but the basic storytelling is lacking. This is also demonstrated by the odd chapter at the end where the protagonists summarise, in detail, the timeline of events that we have just listened to.

Regrettably, it appears that I'm going to leave Drake and Katherine feeling rather conflicted about their story. Now that I have come to know them, I'm intrigued by how they will fare in their next adventure, but I found their first outing tough going. Overall I think that this book would be perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, especially those who enjoyed the books from Christian's perspective. Anyone who struggled with "those books", as Drake calls them, may find this series challenging for very similar reasons.

*I received this audiobook free of charge from AudiobookObsession in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Fabulous listen!

Having read the books from both Kate and Drake's POV I really looked forward to listening to Drake tell his side. So good! Jack Calihan captures the feel if Drake really well and has just the right kind of depth and sexiness to his voice. Just fabulous! And there's more!! What more can I ask for! 💖💖

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Drake Restrained

I listened to The Agreement a couple of years ago (which is basically the same story but told in Kate's point of view) which I loved so when I saw this book told in Drake's point of view, I knew I had to listen to it. I remembered the basic plot from The Agreement but I loved hearing Drake's side of the story. Jack Calihan did a great job bringing this story to life.

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Life of a Dom

This book gives you the insight of a Dom and was very refreshing. I usually read from the woman’s POV and this was written very well it was a nice change. Jack really does have a fantastic perfect voice for a Dom. Low gravely and very commanding.

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Not your typical dominant male character

I want to start out with my favorite part about this story is the fact that we have a dominant male who is in the DS lifestyle but he's not perfect. I found it refreshing to see the growth of the male character and him not being your typical alpha male. I found the story to also be an interesting listen for the fact that it was told from the males point of view. so if you're looking for a story that has D/S relationship in it from the males point of view and where you see a lot of growth from him this is the book from you.
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Love Male POV!

I am so happy that SE Lund decided to write Agreement series from Drake's POV. I devoured the ebooks and am currently devouring the audios! I am eager for the next one to release!!!

The narration is fantastic! Jack is the perfect fit for Drake!

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Promising but long start to trilogy

This is the first book of S.E.Lund’s that I have read or listened so this telling from Drake’s point of view was all new to me. I must admit I found the story needed editing as there didn’t feel like 15 hours of substance, too much repetition and the story continues in 2 more books. That being said I thought Jack Calihan did a good job with the narration and bringing the characters to life. I received this audio via Audiobook Obsession.

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  • Kylie
  • 13-07-19

Doctor by day Dom by night

He’s an older, regimented, successful, conservative Dom and She’s a smart, artistic, curious and forbidden.

The perspective of a middle aged, bass playing, Republican Neurosurgeon while not relatable to was an interesting perspective to experience. I just realized there is a companion series from Kate’s perspective that I would definitely be interested in checking out.

The narrator has just the right amount of bass in his voice to keep you listening all night.

Just like with every BDSM book you have to make the FSOG comparisons. But in this book there are several references to FSOG so don’t feel guilty for letting your mind go there. Like it’s a book they all read and brought new interest to the lifestyle which is found super relatable. I feel like this may go a little further into actual BDSM than 50. Also there is a Domme in this book that I find very interesting and would love to read more from her.

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  • Nikki
  • 29-05-19

Sexy BDSM

I like this narrator and much of this story was HOT. The heroine is young, shy, and innocent and goes to full on BDSM pretty quick, though. And the shy innocent woman type is an annoying story for me. Having said that, I did enjoy the story and enjoyed the audible book. I got this as an audible book freebee from the narrator and this is a real review.

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  • G C
  • 24-05-19

I LIKED IT!

I liked it! The narration was good. It will keep you entertained. This book reminded me of 50 Shades. The author does a good job with the character builds and plot. This story is told from Drake's POV. I look forward to reading The Agreement to get Kate's POV. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Steph
  • 01-10-19

Liked it

I liked this book for the most part, the storyline and characters were good but it was a bit long. The narrator did a great job with characters.


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  • Katharoo
  • 24-09-19

Hot sexy Doctor in the house!

Detailed look into the D/s life. With Drake’s POV expressed in this book. I really got into how the story develops over the book and believe it needed to be long to get in the emotions of Kate trying to protect Drake from her blackmailing friend.

The narration on this book was amazing. It’s my first listen to anything by Jack Calihan and I received it from Jack in exchange for my review.

Worth a credit definitely. Really Hawt sex scenes. And a HEA too!

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  • Natalie Haigler
  • 17-09-19

Some Hot and Some Not So

Some of the scenes are on fire! Love how he explains everything to her and keeps her interest at peak. I wish there was a bit more of explaining abt the blackmail friend with a little more intensity to it! Narration was great, there were a few hiccups with the voice changes but overall great read/listen!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 27-07-19

great characters and storyline

Several reviewers likened this to a copycat of FSOG, but I vehemently disagree. I have read the books and watched the movie cd of FSOG and their commonality is a light BDSM element focused on pleasure . I found this to be a sweet beautiful adventure where 2 people chose a power exchange to show their love. I found it exhilarating and refreshing. Ethan was a supportive understanding character for both Drake and Kate. Bully friend- zero; Kate and Drake everything. yay. The narrator's voice and expressions brought the story to life.

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  • Becky
  • 08-06-19

A long and boring listen


Unfortunately this book falls flat. It is much too long; it should be more like 7 hours, not the 15 hours. It is very slow paced and rather boring. Drake’s approach to D/S is explained in his mind over and over in slow boring detail. Very little actually happens.

Kate was very wimpy and unappealing. Kate was just insincere in her interest, and Drake did not push in a dominant manner. Drake prefers to introduce newbies to the lifestyle, but should he have to beg them to be interested?

The narration is good.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jenn Bonfadini
  • 27-12-19

This is everything that 50 shades COULD have been

I loved the little references to Fifty Shades in this because I feel like this is what that book could have been. It was fantastic. A tortured hero not wanting commitment, a shy naïve girl that isn't sure about BDSM and wants to learn. The characters were so well developed, their backgrounds solid. I loved the secondary characters as well. It was just wonderful to listen to. Jack delivers a dynamite performance as always, embodying Drake perfectly and speaking in that low smooth voice that makes your heart beat just a bit faster. I kick myself for not listening to this one sooner as it was just fantastic!

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  • Becky R.
  • 06-12-19

my life is stew...too!

Drake Morgan is a doctor. He is a Dom. He is always in control. Until her...

Dr. Drake Morgan is in it deep and he doesn't even know her name. He knows she wears delectable garters and can barely walk in heels but this controller is losing it and fast!

The whirlwind romance between our friendly neighborhood doctor...(okay so he's a neurosurgeon and its specialized) and his little sub is filled with plenty of road blocks, some potholes, and ill advised friends. Nothing short of drama for this pragmatic Dom and his beginner sub.

It's a fun way to dip your toes in the BDSM world without having to really dive in (if you are a newbie). Drake Restrained is just enough kink to have all the vanilla lovers in a tizzy and leather lovers craving more! Romance lovers will be swept up regardless of where they fall on the kink-o-meter. It's a devilishly fun ride!

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