A to Z: L ~ Lyon On A Leash by Erosa Knowles

Monday, April 14, 2014

Source: Brought (Amazon)
Published: March 21, 2013
Author: Erosa Knowles
Series: N/A
Sex: R - Strong Sexual Content
Genre: Interracial Contemprorary BDSM Romance

I have to start off this review by stating first and foremost thank you to Ms. Knowles for pulling off this story. Making the male here a submissive and alpha at the same time can be no easy feat, but she did it very well. So few stories we read especially with BDSM where the male is written as submissive without sounding or feeling way too womanish or without the woman who is suppose to be caring for him... humiliating him. If I don't want to see it done to a woman...why would I want it do be done to a male?

Marcus Lyon was not this by a long shot, he was submissive...but he was a man's man. His love for his mistress's and in this story Vera Knight knew no bounds. This man simply took care of his women, if you were his..you were his.

Even though this tale revolves around BDSM and its community, it really does take a back seat to Vera's and Marcus's story. What we get is mainly a story of two people learning to trust again as both of them have major and I mean major trust issues. But both our characters are looking "cautiously" for a relationship where they can be themselves without being judged. Marcus is a bit older than Vera so he has been in the game a bit longer. Vera on the other hand has been trained by one of the industries best domme...it was how she paid for college. BUT Vera has never been in a D/s relationship...being with Marcus is her first and they both are learning ...trust me.

What I liked about Marcus was his complete and utter patience with Vera. And I have to say the same of Vera, her ability to let Marcus into her life even after all the disappointments she had in life was amazing. This is what I like about my heroines. I like when they can move on from the bullshit...not hold their issues over someone who didn't have anything to do with their pain. I dislike selfish females...I dislike selfish males. These type of characters will make me put a book down in 2 seconds flat and I'm really happy this wasn't done with these two.

The time taken for both Vera and Marcus to trust one another was done at a pace that I could deal with, they didn't fall too fast. The scenes between them were done with care because again the main story is the relationship growth between them. How they met, how they lived, how they delt with each other in and out of their home.

This simply was one of the better BDSM stories I've read IN a very long while. I had stopped and I am grateful for Ms. Knowles story pulling me out of my kinky funk. You go into some of these stories and the men/women are fucking scary. Most folks reading this probably won't see a man who could be Alpha male, they would probably only see a submissive. Eh, we all interpret our reads differently.

But for me, what I read here was a man who wanted a woman in charge...a woman he could love and take care of without giving up his manhood or feeling emasculated and a woman who wanted to be in charge of her man, but still needed and wanted him to be a Man.

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 photo 20140113_153938_zps3906a419.jpg I'm a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alpha males she reads about. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Yay for getting out of your kink funk! I've attempted a couple male submissives and they so didn't work for me but this one just might. Those very much had that domme humiliating the male thing going on and yeah not a fan of that either direction it goes. Glad to hear she was able to make him submissive but not in an unmanly way.

  2. Can't say I've read one with a male submissive. Sounds interesting

  3. yay me! lols :D

    Right? I just could never find one where the male was strong you know? and the woman?...lawd, some of them are written so meanly. Definitely a good take on male submissives.

  4. its very interesting Melissa. She did such a good job without making him sound like...gosh, I hate to say the word...but a sissy. Well done story.

  5. I have only read one D/s relationship with a female Domme and I think its b/c I worried about those dynamics you mentioned- man not being manly and the female dominating through humiliation. However, this one sounds promising. I might try it. Thanks for sharing, Sharonda!

  6. I was hesitate to read it Sophia, but the woman in a reading group I'm in raved about it. And she was right to rave...it's really a good take on a good D/s relationship between a domme & male submissive. And the kink was easy to get though because the relationship really did take forefront to the story.

    Ya welcome :)

  7. I've never read a story like this where the man is a "submissive Alpha" but it does sound interesting! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to add it to my list for those days where I feel like reading a little smut ;)

  8. me either Lori..when i saw the word in the book, I was like well this is something new.

    its tasteful smut too ;D

  9. You don't see many books with male submissives and to have it written right is also hard to find. Through in an Alpha submissive and she tackled a very hard issue. Submissives (female) are often described as women who have high power jobs but need to let go and relax through their submissiveness. Why can't this also be a male who needs it as well? Good review!

  10. First off I love that song by CBrown!

    Next I'm with Lori, a submissive Alpha is quite unique if not interesting.

  11. yep..which is why I stopped Reading them. glad I decided to take this one on. exactly Shari!

    thank you!

  12. Girl...the whole album is one of his best!

    very unique and if done right...perfect (: