Book Reviews

Sheik Down (Shades of Naughty) by Mia Watts at OmniLit / All Romance eBooks

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-May-2013

Book Blurb

He had everything—except for the one thing he wants…

A loner most of his life, Sheik Raid Faisal has the Royal pedigree, the lucrative jewelry business and billions of dollars at his disposal. What he doesn't have is Lucas Talstaad bound, bent and begging. That's about to change.

Lucas has been Raid's sole building contractor for the past seven years, and in love with him for half of them. Building BDSM furniture for the sheik has Lucas's cock in a bind—in more ways than one. He's never been submissive to anyone, but Raid presents a tempting offer. Sex and satisfaction, no-strings attached, suddenly gets messy when Lucas goes after Raid's unavailable heart.


Book Review

Some stories are deceptively simple at first glance, or when looking at the blurb, or when reading them without paying attention. 'Sheik Down' is one such story, and for about the first half, there was nothing to tell me otherwise. Except – there is this one hint that mentions Sheik Raid's unavailable heart. However, that does not do the unfolding drama any justice whatsoever. Talk about complicated dynamics! These two characters are both equally stubborn, ready to fight for what they believe is right, and the result is a psychological battle that I enjoyed a lot.

Lucas is a carpenter who has been working for Sheik Raid for several years. They have built a comfortable working relationship, but Lucas wants it to become more. He is extremely attracted to the sheik, but has no idea whether the feelings are mutual. When it turns out he has a chance for more he jumps at it – until he realizes how one-sided it would be. He is supposed to open up, be submissive and vulnerable, but Raid is going to hold back and remain aloof. That may be some people's idea of a Dom, but Lucas is not a believer. And Lucas, though he likes physical submission, is much too determined to let that one go…

Raid, at first, seems to be the standard macho Dom who needs to tell the sub what to do. He is strict, determined not to give an inch, and unwilling to give anything other than physical pleasure. It is his way or no way. As we get to know him better, and as more details of his past emerge, that impression changes. What emerges is a far more complicated set of needs than those of dominance and submission. The emotional aspects of a relationship are what really challenge him, and it will take far more than the occasional scene in his dungeon to solve the conundrum he sees himself confronted with. 

On the surface, this story is about dominance and submission, and the reluctance of Lucas to submit. But the deeper struggle for an emotional connection, one that is not one-sided as Raid has decreed it needs to be, is what really fascinated me. If you like stories with a few twists, if you enjoy psychological power struggles that go way beyond the physical and what may be visible at the surface, and if you're looking for a read that will draw you in and keep your attention, then you will probably like this short story. But be warned: its hidden depths could be a danger to your peace of mind.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 15500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-May-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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