Title: Earning His Leathers
Author: S. Dora
Publisher: Pride Press
Release Date: Aug. 30, 2016
Stars: 3 out of 5
Flames: 3 out of 5
When I started reading this, I was initially under the impression that it was going to be a full length novel (my mistake) but it was actually a pretty quick read and (very) fast paced.
The entire book takes place over the course of one day, during which our lovely MC Connor Lee (who I actually found myself liking despite not getting to know him very well) stumbles into a leather shop and after a brief conversation with the shopkeeper, who also happens to be a sub, and is given the address of an exclusive BDSM “brotherhood” where he can “earn his leathers” (hence the title).
Sometimes a man simply has to take a blind step on an unknown road.
Whenever I pick up a book containing BDSM elements I have to clear my mind, because I’m either about to be impressed or wildly offended by what the author has written. Let’s put it this way, I was not offended.
“I’ve been where you are now. I thought it was the most natural thing in the world that any submissive would kneel for me, the born top, but that I should never kneel for anyone, ever.”
“What made you change your mind?”
“The same pride that made me believe I was all that. I wanted to prove I could take it as well as the best trained sub.”
“And could you?”
“Of course not, but that’s neither here nor there.”
It’s pretty obvious to me that S. Dora has a fairly decent grasp on the basic principles of BDSM, but there were times that I did feel like the writing was so vague that it could make it appear otherwise.
And the insta-love! I really did not expect the insta-love. I mean, I know as well as anybody that power exchanges have the potential to intensify feelings and I have been known to secretly have a thing for the occasional steamy insta-love plot, but this was instant even for insta-love!
All in all, I liked the book, it was just a little vague and entirely too fast (I do love those slow burn novels). I love the premise and there’s a solid plot here, hence the three stars. I even loved the characters – so far. But that was just it. I felt like I liked it so far. It was an entertaining, quick read, but there was so much going on and the plot contained enough material that this could have been spread out into a 3-400 page novel.
I’m going to keep my eye out. If this gets expanded into a full length novel, I definitely want to know about it!
Reviewed by Jordan at Alpha Book Club.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the author or the publisher in any way.