Title: Something in the Way He Needs (Family #1)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Book in the Family Collection
Controlled Asher didn’t expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they’ll find what they desperately need in one another.
Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.
The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, but with all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. If Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.
I hate when this happens. I read the first edition of this book a long time ago, probably when I first discovered mm romance. It was a big hit with me then. I remembered this book in great detail all this time, especially how vulnerable and needy Daniel was. Unfortunately, my reading preferences have changed over the years and what I once thought was hot and sexy now seemed excessive and damn near abusive.
But let’s backtrack for a minute.
Asher is a cop who’s dragged to a weekend-long Bachelor’s party in Vegas. Asher is introduced as a controlling man who has been part of the BDSM scene for years as a Dom. Daniel is the groom’s to be younger step-brother who Asher runs into before the celebrations begin. I absolutely adored Daniel. He is such a sweetheart and I admit that he does come off as needing a keeper, what with the clumsiness and the forgetting to eat and the unkempt appearance. I was so into Asher taking charge and taking care of Daniel. I mean, seriously, those two were so hot together, and even though Daniel did not have a masochistic bone in his body, he sure had a submissive streak a mile wide. Yum! The man was very obviously happy with belonging to another person and letting them control all aspects of his life, including what he wore, when and what he ate, and whatever else came up in day-to-day living.
So. Asher invited Daniel to go live with him since Daniel seemed to be in between jobs, homes, and everything was up in the air in general with him, in terms of life goals etc. That’s where I started cringing and thinking that I must be reading a different book to what I read a couple of years ago because my reaction the first time reading was completely different to now. Asher had several bouts of paranoid jealousy and rage, to the point where he yelled and even pushed Daniel. Daniel, mind you, was no damsel in distress and was more than capable of putting the big bad Dom in his place, metaphorically and literally. But Asher did not win any points with me, acting like a freaking lunatic and a control freak. Daniel was no doormat, but I seriously questioned his attraction and devotion to a person who had so many insecurities and was prone to have yelling matches and cause scenes in private as well as public places.
After certain revelations were made in regards to Daniel’s source of income, Asher’s masculinity was so threatened that he resorted to visiting the Leather club he hadn’t been to since getting together with Daniel to look for a hook-up.
I won’t spoiler it, but honestly, I lost all respect for Asher at that scene. He absolutely did not deserve Daniel and I almost wished Daniel would just dump his controlling ass and go find someone else. Alas, that did not happen, because the boys did get their HEA, all with a reformed Asher who grovelled sufficiently to win Daniel back. Gotta love some good grovelling!
I have to mention the sex. Dear lord. Off the charts hot and the dirty talk was very nicely written as well! There was no bdsm between Daniel and Asher but a good spanking came a long way to steaming up the pages!
All in all, this is an enjoyable book and I will recommend it to fans of mm romance. Be warned though, because if you don’t like possessive characters, you will not be able to tolerate Asher. He’s the epitome of dominating heroes but without the redeeming qualities –well, except for the end of the book.