Title ~ Caged Sanctuary
Author ~ Tempest O’Riley
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 29th December 2014
Genre ~ Contemporary, BDSM, M/M Erotic Romance
Kaden Thorn, a dental surgeon who lives a quiet life, has no hope of finding the love he craves. A vicious gay bashing cost him the use of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair. He has given up hope of finding a Dom or even a nonkink partner to love him. When his best friend practically forces him to attend a dinner party, the last thing he expects is a strong Dom who can see beyond his wheels.
Deacon James is an architect and a demanding Dom, but he has spent the past couple of years without a sub or partner. When an employee invites him to a dinner party to meet his girlfriend, Deacon smells a setup but agrees anyway. He prides himself on being an excellent judge of character, and when he meets the younger dentist, he sees past the chair and finds a sweet submissive man who more than piques his interest.
Kade's fears and demons continue to haunt him, challenging Deacon to use everything he's learned as a Dom to earn Kade’s trust and submission. Deacon's determined, though, willing to battle all of it to have Kade by his side and at his feet.
Kade considers himself a broken man. Although good at his job, and coping with living alone, being in a wheelchair gives him a lot of self-doubt. In his personal life as a submissive, he had told himself so many times that there was no way a Dom would want him anymore, that he truly believed it. He had tried to secure the attention of a Dom after his horrific attack, but because of his chair he had been ignored.
So when he does meet handsome Dom Deacon, Kade figures the man's interest is misplaced. But his need to call the man Sir overweighed his initial misgivings and he agreed to meet Deacon for dinner. Even though he had already explained he would never be able to kneel or present himself in the manner expected of a sub, Deacon continued to be persistent.
"I am neither blind nor stupid. I know you cannot do those things. However, there are many other things you can do and ways around much of what you can't."
What followed was a wonderful story of growth and exploration for both Kade and Deacon. Deacon was wonderful in the way he always tried to be attuned to Kade’s needs, while meeting his own of course. BDSM was only a partial element in this Dom/sub story, perhaps because both men were looking for something far more than either one of them had enjoyed before.
The secondary characters in this book were a real delight. Katie, Kade's best friend, Jake and Sam and even the housekeeper were all positive people that developed a place in Kade's new life. This story doesn't contain a lot of angst, which is really lovely, and the BDSM scenes are beautiful to read and light enough to delight any reader, including those who don't typically read books in this genre.
Overall this is a wonderfully sweet story. Kade has a lot of personal problems to work through. I cried when Kade had to cope with a run-in with his ex-boyfriend and then cried tears of joy when...well, I can't share that bit because it would be giving away too much of the story but it involved a stage and a collar. You will have to read it yourself, to see what I mean. Suffice to say the author takes her readers on a gentle rollercoaster of emotions in this book, and I really enjoyed the journey.