Something in the Way He Needs (Family #1) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

If you’ve never needed anybody before, if you’ve never really been needed before, will you know how to handle it when you finally do?

Asher is a tough cop who doesn’t do relationships but enjoys being a Dom for a night. Daniel appears to be a flighty young man without any desire to really accomplish anything. Asher lusts after Daniel the minute he first sees him while at a bachelor party in Las Vegas. Daniel refuses to do a casual hookup with Asher. For the first time in his life, Asher decides he can accept that if it means he gets more time with Daniel. Their relationship continues with Daniel moving in with Asher, but certainly not without its challenges. The biggest issue is Asher’s incredible and surprising possessiveness of Daniel.

We are slowly introduced to all of Daniel’s amazing capabilities which make for several surprising treats. These two people truly cared deeply for each other, and it showed in their actions. The story takes place over several months allowing for the realistic growth of the characters in their feelings. Although Asher is portrayed as a major Dom who enjoys whipping and caning subs, the only thing that takes place in this story is one spanking. There are a significant number of very hot and descriptive love scenes.

Extremely well-developed characters, minor characters who helped contribute to the story, great dialogue, and solid relationship development made this a fantastic story! I’m thrilled to have found an author that I’ve never read before, but will certainly be reading again!

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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 each other, 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.

2 thoughts on “Something in the Way He Needs (Family #1) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

  1. sorry for the junk message I wrote one and it was deleted because there was an issue with my login, don’t know.. Anyhow I wrote that I have “Mates” by this author planned for the Fall. We’ll see how I feel about that one than see if I want to add more by him. It’s good that it’s light on the BDSM, I don’t usually care for it.

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