Something In The Way He Needs



Title : Something In The Way He Needs

Series : Book #1 in the Family Series

Author : Cardeno C.


Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 220 pages (e-book)

Published : February 25, 2013



Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being the man in charge, and leather bars satisfy his need for dominance—so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.

The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, so Asher invites Daniel home. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know one another, the lines of desire and control blur. With all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. But if Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.


Something in the Way He Needs” is the story of finding the one who calls to your heart. It is an emotional journey into the dynamics of a relationship, while exploring the question of who holds the power?

This book, the first in the Family series, is my introduction to Cardeno C.’s work, which has been recommended to me for some time. It’s a look at the roles of dominance and submission, with some mild BDSM; however, I think it’s primarily the story of two men defining what they need from one other as they fall in love and try to build a life together.

Asher Penaz is a top cop, he is a dominant and he lives his personal life in San Francisco’s leather clubs. Asher is big into one-night stands and makes no personal attachments — ever. He meets Daniel on a vacation trip to Las Vegas for a friend’s bachelor party and cannot take his eyes off the clumsy, intriguing man. From this moment on, Asher is led by a powerful need to take care of Daniel. Although he has no idea if Daniel is a submissive, he pushes the relationship forward, eagerly testing Daniel’s responses at every opportunity. His attraction to Daniel kick starts an unexpected exploration of self that turns his world upside down.

Daniel Tover is a charming mystery who carries his life in a duffel bag. He is oddly disconnected from the normal stresses of everyday life, he doesn’t have a job and he is supremely OK with that. A beguiling mix of self-confidence and doubt, Daniel moves into Asher’s life, wary but with eyes wide open. Daniel has had relationships, but has never committed to anything significant or long term, so it surprises those who know him best when he follows Asher to San Francisco. Daniel pushes their life forward, adding color to Asher’s gray surroundings as he thrives in the new relationship. He contentedly takes on the role of homemaker and caretaker for Daniel who loves every minute of it. Ah, but do not let the stereotype rule you here, although being controlled turns Daniel on, he is surprisingly strong — physically and mentally — occasionally turning the tables on Asher.

There is one kink in this relationship: Asher’s new-to-him, out-of-control jealousy of Daniel and it’s a problem — a big one. Moving in together happens so quickly, neither man has a clear idea of expectations and it’s complicated by love. Things run smoothly in the beginning but unravel as Asher realizes people are drawn to Danny and he is gripped by suspicion and fear. Secrets and lack of communication flourish as Asher struggles to reign in those feelings. Asher makes serious mistakes and his jealous meltdown over Daniel in the leather club is painful to read. Having said that, his behavior is consistent with the character as the author has drawn him, but for the record, Asher is not always a sympathetic character.

Although there is no serious exploration of the BDSM “scene,” when it comes to domination and submission, it seems to me, the dynamics of trust drive it. For most of this book, I believed in the relationship. Then, there is a scene where it goes off the tracks and dissolves into anger and payback. In that moment, trust was broken. It would have been fascinating to read the whys behind the choices made by both men in the club scene. I wanted to understand what was going on, especially with Asher who is an experienced Dom and had been absolutely in tune with Daniel, making sure that his needs were met sexually, physically and emotionally. I wanted to read how they got beyond the pain to rebuild the trust necessary to reunite.

I loved the premise of this story as aloof, super-cool Asher makes the decision to pursue easy going Daniel and both men go for the promise of a relationship. I liked these two and their sex scenes are definitely hot and plentiful. I enjoyed Asher’s growth through his missteps and devastating choices. The strong difference in the two main characters created believable tension throughout the story. There are wonderful secondary characters in the book. Oliver, Asher’s friend and employee and Oliver’s fiancée Shirley give the story some lighter moments. Let’s just say, Oliver doesn’t have a clue while long-suffering Shirley tries to ring his number. Shirley and Daniel definitely hit it off as friends.

I am recommending this book for those who enjoy male/male romances with a little spice. I will be watching for the next in the Family series.

Rated 4 stars by Carli

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