In Dom of Ages by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams, Eli thinks he has found the perfect submissive but he and Jarod have a lot of obstacles to overcome before they get their happily ever after. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Dom of Ages by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
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Title: Dom of Ages
Series: Collars and Cuffs #7
Author: K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 21, 2015)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, BDSM
Length/Format: 1728 KB/282 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4
Eli may only be thirty, but he has had enough of pretend submissives. When he spies Jarod in a BDSM club, everything about the man screams submission. So what if Jarod is probably twenty years older than Eli. What does age matter, anyway? All he can see is what he’s always wanted—a sub who wants to serve.
Jarod spent twenty-four years with his Master before Fate took him. Four years on, Jarod is still lost, so when a young Dom takes charge, Jarod rolls with it and finds himself serving again. But he keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because there’s going to come a point when Eli realizes he’s a laughing stock in the club. Who would want to be seen with a fifty-year-old sub?
After several missteps, Eli realizes that in order to find happiness, they will need friends who will understand. At a friend’s insistence, he visits Collars & Cuffs, where they are met with open arms. As they settle in to their new life, Eli begins to see things differently and he dares to think he can have it all. Until a phone call threatens to take it all away….
Dom of Ages by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams is all about the casting off of preconceived notions and stereotypes. Jarod is a 50 year old sub who is trying to recover emotionally from the death of his long-term Dom a few years ago. They had been together for 24 years, until a sudden and tragic accident left Jarod alone and emotionally crippled. Finally realizing he needs to move on with his life, he tries going to a BDSM club but is laughed at by the young subs and insulted by a few too many members. He is about ready to give up looking for a new Dom when Eli takes an interest in him.
Eli is a 30 year old Dom who admits fully that he doesn’t have all the answers yet. However, he does know exactly what he wants and it isn’t some young, twinky little kid just playing at submission. When he sees Jarod, he thinks he has struck gold. Jarod isn’t playing at submission. He wants to serve and submit, not just play sex games. Eli isn’t fazed at all by Jarod’s age but there are a few serious issues that come up between them that make a happily ever after difficult to achieve.
I loved Jarod and at the beginning of Dom of Ages I honestly could feel the emotional pain just radiating from him. He was lost and needed a Dom to anchor him but no one could see past his age. I enjoyed his maturity but he was incredibly fragile so his inner strength really doesn’t shine through until you start moving through the story. I also loved that Eli and Jarod were able to swap between ‘sir and pet’ to ‘Eli and Jarod’ occasionally. It was more than just a BDSM relationship…it was a true partnership at the end and they loved each other deeply.
I wasn’t all that fond of Eli’s character at first. He is young…he doesn’t always know what he is doing. He made some serious mistakes in handling Jarod. I couldn’t get over the fact that a week into Jarod’s submission, Eli didn’t realize the guy had no clothes with him at Eli’s house. Seriously…how do you NOT realize that a guy walks into your home with nothing but the clothes on his back? No toothbrush? NOTHING? For some reason, that little transgression was just a huge roadblock in my enjoyment of this story. I think Eli waited way too long to get an invite to Collars and Cuffs. He knew he needed help. That should have been the first thing he did. So, I really wasn’t thrilled with Eli’s character. I warmed up to him about half way through the book when he started getting his act together.
You get to see a lot of the characters from the previous stories in Dom of Ages so you really do need to have read most of the series to really appreciate this book. Once Jarod and Eli visit Collars and Cuffs, the other submissives join ranks with Jarod to offer emotional support and friendship. They get together a few times to work with Peter on a surprise dance routine for Thomas’s birthday. I love the camaraderie, however, I’m not sure how I felt about the whole giggling, sleepover angle. It seems like Jarod was the author’s attempt to break stereotypes but then the whole sleepover angle just had the rest of the guys thrust right into ‘stereotypical twinky sub’ category. I am torn over that contrast and still not sure how I feel about it.
The sexual tension between Eli and Jarod is amazing but when their relationship starts out, it is about submission, not sex. I appreciate the slow development of their relationship and the strength of the bond they created before sex came into play. When things do heat up, their interactions are incredibly sexy and very well written. I really loved the chemistry between these two guys.
Overall, I really loved Dom of Ages by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams. It was different than most BDSM romances that focus on young subs and confident, know it all Doms. I loved the deep emotions that this story evoked and I am looking forward to reading the next and last book of the series when it comes out!