Book Reviews

A Dom and His Artist (Club Whisper 2) by Xenia Melzer at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-April-2018

Book Blurb

Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….


Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.


Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.


But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.


Book Review

Much like the first book in this promising series, ‘A Dom and His Artist’ is anything but a “standard” romance. It focuses on Martin, one of the secondary characters in volume one, who is an experienced Dom on a desperate search for a sub willing to let him basically run their life. When Martin meets Collin after breaking down at the side of the road, it becomes clear that Collin is a unique individual, an artist with very interesting projects, ideas, and viewpoints, and about as innocent as they come. Yes he is gay, much to Martin’s relief, but Collin has never had a boyfriend and Martin doubts he knows about BDSM. But Collin also has a mysterious friend/agent and Martin isn’t at all sure that man has Collin’s best interests at heart. What follows is a delightful romance, some interesting explorations of the meaning of BDSM, and a few suspenseful moments when Martin’s background in the military stands him in good stead.

Martin falls for Collin way faster than he had ever thought possible, and with an intensity that scares him. He ends up going to Richard for advice, especially once he realizes that he’ll have to tell Collin about BDSM and what that might mean for a relationship before they do more than kiss. It was interesting to watch Martin deal with his fears of rejection and observing how lovingly he introduces Collin to his preferences was a joy.

Collin may be naïve in many ways and taking care of himself financially is just not part of his skill set. It explains why he’s in the situation he is in before he meets Martin… and that is all I will say because deciphering what is going on with him and the creepy agent is a big part of the plot. But other than his artistic talent, Collin has another strength: he is an excellent people reader. It’s why he is not afraid of Martin, why trusting Martin is natural for Collin, and it is also why they are so well-suited for each other.

New relationships can be tough, but when one partner is a seasoned Dom and the other a total newbie not just to BDSM but to sex as well the potential for catastrophe is significant. But I enjoyed watching Collin and Martin figure things out not just because of this hurdle, but also due to the way the author very carefully and cleverly shows how a situation like this might work. All without it seeming clinical or preachy, and because lots of other things happen as well, it never seemed like a “contrived” situation to me. In fact, all the mystery and suspense that is also part of this story made it about as suspenseful as it was entertaining.

If you like tantalizing, slightly mysterious, and deeply emotional stories about strangers who fall in love only to find out there are large parts of who they are they still need to discover, if you want to see two men learn what domination and submission mean in their very specific case, and if you’re looking for a read that combines some mystery with a very loving romance, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It was even better than the first installment – and has removed my reservations about Richard completely. Plus how could I not love Collin and Martin as individuals and together? Super fantastic!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/67128 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-April-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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