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Audiobook Month: Wrapped up in Chains by Cindy Sutherland Narrated by John Anthony Davis

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wrapped-up-in-chains-by-cindy-sutherland-8607-b

Blurb

Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.

Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.

When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under his thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.

Review

I like a good BDSM story and this had many good examples of what could go right and/or wrong with the lifestyle.

Finding a sub being whipped to the point of drawing blood in his club Devon stops what has been deemed as punishment and rescues Chase. Once he realizes what has been happening to the young man he takes him home to help him to both recover physically and mentally from all he has been through. I like that even though Devon is a Dom he insists that Chase call him by his first name, that they are not engaged in a Dom/Sub relationship. The bad guy, James Kingston has all the signs that he has gone off the deep edge, and is obsessed with both Chase and Devon. So throughout the story we have good guys vs. bad guy keeping the story moving along. I also think the author did a great job telling the story of how a family could or might react when finding out that their son is both gay and submissive. The ending is exciting and when finished with the story there are no loose ends.

This is the first story I have listened to the narrator John Anthony Davis. I had some trouble with his timing as well as his voice for Chase. I really felt he made him too young, as in a preteen sounding way. I would be willing to listen to another book he narrates just to see if it was just this story or if as he does more narration he gets more comfortable and improves.

Story 4 stars out of 5

Narration 2.5 stars out of 5

Overall 3.25 (rounded to 3.5) of 5 stars

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