Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ARC Review: Caged Sanctuary by Tempeste O'Riley

Caged SanctuaryFrom the blurb:
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.

Heather's rating:

I'll admit, the main reason that I wanted to read this book because the MC is a "dental surgeon."

That's not the only reason, I swear! How could I resist a BDSM book with a wheelchair-bound main character?! I couldn't. I read my fair share of BDSM and this book just called to me.

I really wish this book delivered.

To be fair, this book had some nice aspects. I really like what it tried to do, which is show a disabled Sub still playing actively in the scene, being attractive to others, and finding his perfect Dom. It was well meaning, I'll give it that.

I honestly feel like this book should have been a historical. It was very "the duke sweeps you off your feet" feeling. Deacon is an oddly formal Dom with an old-fashioned, very billionare-esk way about him. This book had a strange "prince vs pauper" vibe, which is really not on the money because oral surgeons make bank (like we are talking 200-400K or more a year where I live). I think in a historical setting where Deacon was a wealthy land owner and Kade his butler or something, it would have fit, but in a modern setting it just felt off.

In addition, this was insta-trust, which I don't love in BDSM. Kade and Deacon moved at lightening speed with each other, going from intros to "my boy" in three seconds flat. I didn't enjoy the speed of their relationship and I didn't think it fit in with the story.

In terms of the characters, I didn't love how PERFECT (with a capital P) both of these guys were. Deacon was understanding and patient to a fault, and wealthy as sin besides. Kade volunteered his time helping at a dental clinic and was the eager, never misbehaving Sub. There was no playful banter between Kade and Deacon, no room for errors. This book, and these men, took themselves seriously. I much prefer bratty Subs and impatient Doms to these pictures of BDSM "perfection."

In terms of the dental content, well, it's lucky that the author kept it to a minimum because I was finding errors left and right. I'll detail my dental musings below, but feel free to skip the italicized section if you aren't interested in minutia. I doubt that other readers care if everything is factually correct, but I did.

To start, it is ORAL surgeon, not dental surgeons. They are not called dental surgeons, ever. In fact, you should and can call them by their full title, "oral and maxillofacial surgeons."

In addition, oral surgeons practice exclusively oral surgery. That means that they don't see patients for anything else and they don't have hygienists (like this one did). People don't get cleanings at the oral surgeon's office. I'll let that one slide a little because Kade said he had a partner that practiced general dentistry and so it is possible Katie worked for him, though Kade indicated otherwise.

Also, Kade would be on call some of the weekends that he was playing with Deacon and also at night, which would make it unlikely that he would be free every weekend and at night for BDSM action. I would have liked some mention of call schedule or something of that nature.

They also mention that Kade is 30 and has been in practice for 5 years, something that is 100% impossible if he was an oral surgeon. After college, there is 4 years of dental school and then 4-6 years of residency just to get your oral surgery degree, which would put him at 30-32 when he starts and that is if he didn't take any time off between dental school and college.

Finally, I have never heard of an oral surgeon who is wheelchair-bound. Not that it is impossible, but it would be very hard. Almost all oral surgeons practice standing because you need a lot of traction and leverage to extract teeth. The angles are difficult and sometimes you need to be almost on top of a patient's body to access a tooth. I sit while doing the majority of dentistry, but I always stand while doing surgery. It is simply very hard to manage while sitting, and that is with complete range of motion. I would have been really interested to hear more about the logistics Kade's practice.

I think that if you are a fan of very traditional, procedural BDSM that has a non-traditional MC, you might want to give this a try. Fans of BDSM books that are more fun and spunky (ha!) might want to look elsewhere.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Thanks for reading, my friends!


  1. The premise does sound interesting! Sorry it didn't work for you, especially considering the way those dental aspects lured you in. :)

    1. You know me, Debra! I can't resist a book with dentistry in it!


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