Book Reviews

A Dom and His Warrior (Club Whisper 3) by Xenia Melzer at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-September-2018

Book Blurb

Leeland Drake and Jonathan White are a committed BDSM couple and have just moved in together. Leeland has only one year left in college, and everything seems perfect… until Leeland’s uncle asks him to stand in for an injured UFC fighter.


Leeland wants to help his uncle, but he remembers all too well from his years competing in martial arts how strenuous life as an athlete can be. He doesn’t want to risk his relationship with Jonathan. After some discussion, they decide Leeland will go pro for a year.


As if the training and strict diet weren’t bad enough, the pressure skyrockets when Leeland encounters homophobic fighter Noah Adams—especially when they end up facing each other in the championship.


Between the bigoted rants of his opponent, the scrutiny of the media, the pressure from his sponsor, and a fire in his uncle’s gym, Leeland is close to breaking down. Only Jonathan’s support and love keep him focused enough to set foot in the octagon once more—and maybe even walk away a winner.


Book Review

In line with the first two books of this series, ‘A Dom and His Warrior’ explores not just a loving relationship, but also the conflict between the BDSM side of things and external reality. This story is about Jonathan, a friend of one of the Dom owners of Club Whisper, and his sub, Leeland. They both want and need BDSM as part of their lives and are a committed couple, but having to hide their true roles is not an issue the couple has had to face before. But when Leeland decides to help his uncle by standing in for an injured fighter, he needs to go back into training… which has all kinds of dietary and public relations consequences. What follows is a very emotional look at the kind of pressure a couple can find themselves under when trying to suppress part of who they are. Yes they walk into the situation with open eyes, but that doesn’t mean things are easy for them.

Leeland has a lot to deal with. His final year at college will have to wait, his diet and exercise regime change drastically, and even though he was successful in martial arts before, there is a lot more at stake now. He has to win as many fights as possible to keep the sponsor happy – because they committed to donating a lot of money to the uncle’s charity that supports troubled kids if he successfully trains an athlete whom they can use to promote their energy drink. The sponsor knows Leeland is gay, but they don’t know about the BDSM, and they don’t really want him to be too outspoken about his sexual orientation either. Then there is a homophobic fighter Leeland will have to go up against… All of this would be bad enough, but Leeland’s commitment to winning means that there is hardly any time left to spend with Jonathan. And to top it all off, Leeland’s best way to deal with tension – a scene – is no longer available.

Jonathan is about as supportive as any partner could be, but it is Leeland who is under the spotlight and will have to figure out how to deal with everything. He was strong before, but this is an intense test of who he is and how he deals with what life throws at him, and I got stressed just reading about it. The writing is descriptive, great at making me feel what Leeland and Jonathan go through, and as emotional as needed when push comes to shove – more than once. It’s a good thing Leeland and Jonathan have a circle of friends who can support them at various stages of their one-year journey. Many of them are familiar faces from previous books and I loved seeing how they are doing.

If you like to read about relationships that are tested to the breaking point, if watching a young man come into his own while facing enormous stress is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is a fascinating look at a couple who needs to redefine their relationship (even though only for a limited time) and finds it to be more challenging than they expected, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/64131 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-September-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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