Title: A Dom and His Gentleman (Club Whisper #4)
Author: Xenia Melzer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 25th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary BDSM, Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A Club Whisper Novel
Silver fox Curtis is everything baker Andrew could want in a sub, and their chemistry is off the charts. But as a wealthy and successful gallery owner, Curtis intimidates Andrew and challenges his dominant nature. Can Andrew get used to a sub with a much higher social status?
British noble Curtis Morris has all but given up on finding his perfect Dom when he walks into a bakery and meets Andrew Granger—smoldering hot, new to Miami, into the lifestyle, and with kinks that align perfectly with Curtis’s own.
Andrew grew up poor and doesn’t know if he can handle a sub with so much more money, even if he’s insanely attracted to Curtis. To make matters worse, Curtis’s preferred club, Whisper, is far beyond Andrew’s financial means. Still, Andrew doesn’t want to lose Curtis to his own hang-ups, not when Curtis is far from the elitist snob Andrew expected. But Andrew keeps messing up, and with Curtis’s rich ex visiting with the hopes of winning him back, he and Curtis will need all the help they can get to make their romance of opposites work out.
We live in a dichotomous world: there are supposed to be marked differences between erotica and pornography, between reviewing fiction and providing criticism, and sadly, between an “authentic” story of a dominant / submissive relationship and one more akin to children playing at cops and robbers in the back yard until its time for cookies and milk.
Here is my “critical” take: A Dom and His Gentlemen is okay, and the reader’s invested time will pass pleasantly. But that is about it! The main characters never seem sufficiently articulated as to become familiar. Their periodic crises, designed to propel the plot, neither sufficiently cause the reader’s breath suspension, nor generate the need to rush through the next few pages seeking resolution.
Here we have a running tension between Dom Andrew and Sub Curtis, as the latter is so much richer. This evinces the broad dilemma, a dom questioning his own ability totally to “provide’ for his sub – which seems to be a mere cliché at best. Nonetheless, providing an over-used trope of gay fiction, our dom and sub ultimately give a stab (pun!) at switching sexual positions – as they mark their commitment.
While the novel is a stand alone read in a “Dom” series, some scenes are overpopulated with characters engaged in sissy repartee, generating confusion. But Collin, a gleeful submissive, is a saving grace. Seemingly infected with extreme loquaciousness, Collin is comic relief, joyfully speaking in wild, run-on sentences that last for pages.
Ms Melzer’s sentences can be jarring: “The silver fox’s voice was like liquid chocolate in his ears, all warm and soothing.” Say what? Others are really fun, such as describing a luxurious changing room as “ . . . what seemed to be a locker room. Or what a locker room would want to become if it made enough money.”
The sex is excitingly presented, especially at the end (another pun?), when our heroes explore a detailed sexual position reversal. It contributes nicely to the classic resolution of everyone’s concerns!
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