What He Needs (Susan’s Review)


Title: What He Needs (Desires #1)
Author: E.M. Denning
Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M BDSM
Page Count: 209
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

A Disillusioned Dom
A Devastated Sub

When Craig walks into the first kink club he’s been in for months, the last thing he expects to see is his former Dom, Tim, wearing a collar. If learning his ex is a switch isn’t shocking enough, Craig quickly finds himself on the wrong side of his ex’s Dom. When the reunion turns ugly, another Dom swoops in and saves the day, and Craig is too shaken to argue when the sweet Dom steps in and takes care of him.

Alan noticed the boy the minute he walked into his club. It was hard not to. He was beautiful, sad, and fully clothed. Once the boy is in Alan’s arms he knows he doesn’t want to let him go, maybe ever. He worries that even though his hardcore Dom days are behind him, his experience will scare Craig and he’ll lose the chance to have something real with him.

Their relationship quickly heats up, but Craig can’t stop wondering if an inexperienced sub will be enough for a seasoned Dom in the long run.


This could have been amazing, but despite the promising blurb I didn’t particularly like it.

Craig is finally ready to move on after his boyfriend/Dom left him 18 months ago without a word. He is not ready to see that ex-boyfriend in the first club Craig enters. And look at that, Tim is wearing a collar. His old Dom is now a sub apparently.

When Tim tries to talk to Craig, Tim’s new Dom gets angry with Craig and wants to teach him a lesson. And that’s when Craig is rescued by Alan, the club owner.

Alan doesn’t know what’s going on, but he decides to take Craig home with him, since the boy obviously needs someone to take care of him…

I should have really liked this. This had all the ingredients of a great hurt/comfort book with some kink mixed in. But I never felt all that connected. Alan was supposed to be the Dom who would take charge and rescue Craig, and while he indeed did that, I constantly felt like these two were merely playing Dom and sub. Like they both had to try really hard to fit into those roles.

I also thought Craig was a bit too rigid in his feelings towards Tim. He was completely unforgiving to the point that he didn’t even had the patience to let Tim explain anything. I could understand that if it left Craig cold, but he was still so angry about the whole situation. The least he could do is have a talk with Tim. And even when Tim did indeed explain things, Craig was still mad at him. I found him a bit too stubborn in that.

And don’t get me started about the Daddy kink. I’m all for a good Daddy kink, but this just felt wrong and out of place.

Overall I can’t say I enjoyed this BDSM story. It had a lot of potential, but I never felt that extra ‘something’ you feel when you read an amazing book.


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