Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Cage
Author: Catt Ford
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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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 story was a bit different. It’s about Laz and Ben, going through some issues when their D/S relationship becomes more, and it follows them a bit through some of their scenes and lives together. Laz owns the store/dungeon/club where the guys all congregate and partake. Ben is his sweet sub.
But the story is also about the other characters, which take over the story almost more than Laz and Ben. Stealing the show by a mile is Ms. Dre, a glamorous queen who is also a top and bad ass domme. She is a very powerful character and it takes just the right person to fit with her. Luckily she gives Royal a second chance and we get to see her really shine.
Then, there is Otto and Sherm, an actual couple who are the guinea pigs for the new products and toys for Laz’s store. They are sweet and quite interesting as they test drive some of the latest and greatest. Bran is one of the straight friends who has yet been able to keep a girlfriend. Ms. Dre comes up with an interesting and fruitful solution to this when she plays matchmaker. Rounding out the group is grumpy Max, who has a big secret of his own. Honestly, I think I enjoyed their stories most of all, as they were each quite interesting in their own ways.
I honestly was not blown away by the BDSM aspects here. They weren’t bad, but I found I was more interested in other things. At times, the scenes felt just a tiny bit colder than I expected from people in actual relationships, but I really enjoyed them the rest of the time. The coffee clutch meetings were fabulous and helped endear me more to the characters as the story went on. This story really shows how friends become family, one of which I really wouldn’t mind being a part.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*