Title: The Cage
Author: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages
At a Glance: I recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M Romance, BDSM, and drag.
Reviewed By: JJ
Blurb: Welcome to The Cage, where you can share the ups and downs of a group of friends as they enjoy a rollicking adventure of sex and love in “the life.”
Being a Dom has always come naturally to Lazar Thornton, owner and operator of The Cage, a thriving adult toy store and meeting place for Lazar’s closest friends, Bran, Max, Otto, and the always flamboyant and fierce Miss Dré. But even the best of friends have different tastes in scenes—and in life.
Good-humored and laid back, but much in demand as both teacher and Dom, Lazar has always run from love. Until Ben Owen, relative newbie to the BDSM world, arrives wide-eyed and eager to learn, and Lazar wants to teach this sub everything he knows. But despite the openness needed for a Dom/sub relationship to thrive, neither discusses emotions. Feeling the sting of unrequited love, Ben isn’t as sure of his place in Lazar’s life as he wants to be. Lazar will need to read his sub’s heart as well as his mind if he truly wants to keep Ben in his life.
Review: This book really put a smile on my face. The story starts out with a highly erotic encounter between Lazar, the owner of an adult store called The Cage, and the young and seemingly shy Ben. After the public display between Lazar and Ben, their transgendered friend, Miss Dre, dresses Ben like a woman and they all go out to a drag show. Following this outing, the story jumps from one couple to the next among Ben and Lazar’s friends. Eventually Ben realizes that all his friends are finding love, and though Ben has feelings for Lazar, he doesn’t know where he stands with him. Ben admits to himself that their sex is amazing, but he worries that sex is all Lazar wants him for.
I have to say that I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. Though the characters had just been introduced, they quickly grew on me and the sexual encounter in the opening scene will forever be engrained in my mind. I also loved Miss Dre, especially since she is such a positive and sexy transgender character. Although The Cage starts off strong, things became a little confusing toward the middle when the viewpoint strayed away from the main characters and jumps from one couple to the next, showing how each of their friends find love. These sex scenes were hard for me to get into, but I really liked seeing how Miss Dre gets together with her lover. A transgender relationship was a refreshing change from what I’m used to reading.
Though the story veers away from the Ben and Lazar, it eventually comes back them, and I was pleased with the happy ending. I recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M Romance, BDSM, and drag.
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