Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Something in the Way He Needs
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Ezekiel Robison
Series: Family #1
Heroes: Asher Penaz/Daniel Tover
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 6 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: January 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being the man in charge, and leather bars satisfy his need for dominance—so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.
The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, so Asher invites Daniel home. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. With all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. But if Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.
Review – Book: previously reviewed the book reviewed here.
Ash is a cop and a Dom. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t kiss. He doesn’t “make love”. He fucks. The. End. When he runs into his police partner’s brother on the streets of Las Vegas, he finds himself entranced. Daniel is everything he avoids. Daniel doesn’t “fool around unless he’s in a relationship”. Daniel’s clumsy. Daniel’s out of work. Daniel forgets to eat. But Daniel’s beautiful and amazingly talented in a variety of areas. Ash has to do what he can to keep him.
After a hilarious weekend in Vegas, Ash decides Daniel needs to move in with him and takes him to San Francisco, where he plans on keeping Daniel safe (from himself!). By now, he figures, they qualify as being in a relationship, so he should be rewarded by sex. And he is. Very, very hot sex!
But Daniel isn’t into the D/s scene. He’s not into pain, bondage or anything more than being held down and dominated aggressively. The questions are: Can Ash change? Does he want to? Will Daniel finally find a home where he can plant roots?
This starts the Family Collection, a series of four books. Each book shares characters within the series, but you can read them in any order or as stand alones.
Ash is kind of a tough character to love. He’s an asshole throughout most of the book. Daniel is perfection. There’s nothing he can’t do and he’s perfect for Ash. Ash continues to screw up – time and again – but Daniel keeps forgiving him.
I loved the dynamic between these two characters. Ash and Daniel really suit one another, but it takes a long time for Ash to work that out. When he does it’s amazingly touching and sweet.
I wish we’d seen more of them as a solid couple, because Ash had really hurt Daniel right before the end of the book, and it was just barely resolved when the story ended. It didn’t leave a great taste in my mouth. But… I know they are a good couple, and in the end, it was still a wonderfully sweet book.
Review – Audio Book: I fell in LOVE with Ezekiel in the Half of Us which he narrated for Cardeno C earlier. He has such an easy voice to listen to and he does the humor and emotion and the smexy times so well! He gave Ash a great growly Alpha voice and didn’t make Daniel too effeminate or delicate and I really liked that. I loved his “drunken” scenes and how he handled all the various characters – including the women.
I highly recommend this narration as it only adds to this wonderful story.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*