Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Out of the Fire
Author: Ariel Tachna
Heroes: Evan/Patrick, Rhys/Takoda
Genre: MM BDSM
Length: 286 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 18, 2009
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Evan Nichols likes his nice, quiet life in Boston. An established and respected Dom in the BDSM scene, he isn’t looking for a sub, a slave, or a 24/7 relationship. Then a phone call from his best friend and fellow Dom, Rhys Calhoun, shakes up his comfortable routine. Rhys needs Evan’s help to rehabilitate an abused sub-a sub Rhys has fallen in love with. Evan has misgivings, but he could never say no to Rhys, any more than Rhys would ever refuse to help him. Before he knows it, Evan finds himself at Rhys’s home in Las Vegas with a sub who can barely stand to be in the same room with him and a Dom whose emotional involvement threatens his control. Add in the sexual attraction that’s always simmered between Evan and Rhys, and it’s a situation that has the potential to go very, very wrong. Determined to heal both Takoda and Rhys, Evan doesn’t realize how many assumptions about his own life will be called into question as he tries to help them find their way forward together.
Review: This story is a bit different. The main character, Evan, spends most of the story assisting his friend and his sub. From early on, it is made clear that there isn’t room for anything more involving Evan with Rhys and Takoda, other than him helping both Rhys and Takoda get over their own respective issues so that they can be together. So, while Evan is the one telling the story, I tried to focus for a bit on Rhys and Takoda and their budding relationship.
Rhys is a dom and owner of the club where Takoda worked. He is a little shaky about domming Takoda as he feels a lot of guilt over what happened to Takoda and with Takoda’s issues specifically. He has been hurt badly, doesn’t really understand that BDSM is about, only really having his latest horror of an experience fresh in his mind to base it on. So, Rhys, with the help of his BFF and fellow Dom, Evan, work to show Takoda how things are supposed to be. In the process, Rhys and Takoda’s feelings develop. Takoda has had a crush on Rhys for quite some time, but again, his newfound fear of all things BDSM is a pretty big road block.
When in sessions, Evan is in control, with Rhys taking a sub role alongside of Takoda. Their sessions are all orchestrated to ease Takoda into things and how him that he has control over what happens.
Things are not altogether lonely for Evan though, as Rhys convinces him to seek out Patrick, a sub Evan has dommed in the past. Patrick is more hardcore than Takoda, which works well for Evan but is a little frightening for Takoda. They all end up making things work and helping each other out though, and Evan realizes he wants more of a relationship than just random dom/sub hookups/scenes.
So, this was an enjoyable read, but I felt a little torn about not getting enough face time with either couple, since the focus was more on Rhys and Takoda through most of the story. But, it was well written, and the scenes were nicely done. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Tachna’s stories in the future.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*