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Fettered Novel

Novel: Fettered

Author: Lyn Gala

Genres: Romance, BDSM

Released: 2013

Part of Book Series: Standalone

Summary: Dylan Carter has always played second fiddle to his perfect older brother, but now that brother is implicated in a terrible crime, and Dylan’s family is imploding. Dylan can’t hide anymore. Knowing he’s falling apart, he searches for something or someone to hold him together—and lands in a BDSM bar called the Stonewall.

Dylan doesn’t understand Miss Dolphinia, the hard-drinking queen who seems determined to play matchmaker. But more confusing is the way the powerful men in leather make him feel. In her wisdom, Miss Dolphinia sends Dylan off to a back room for his introduction to the world of erotic spankings and bondage.

Dylan’s teacher—for want of a better word—is the very dominant Vin Hauser. Vin likes to play hard, but he’s honest with himself—he knows all those men want is a strong hand, not a long-term relationship. Yet Vin can’t help but hope Dylan might be different.

With controversy over his brother’s sins stirring up danger around him, Dylan needs Vin’s support more than ever. But until he and Vin learn to trust each other, Dylan will have to face his fear and the growing threats alone.

Trigger warning: off-page violent hetero rape.

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

What a read!

I went into this novel expecting something different, I was not ready for Dylan’s struggles, but I am so happy this is the direction this novel went to. Dylan is a kid, he’s just trying to make sense of what’s happening to his family as well as trying to understand himself, his desires. He’s just trying to be.

When he meets Vin, Dylan seems to be getting a lot of answers, but he is still unsure. Luckily, Miss Dolphinia sees all and she is not shy of meddling in other people’s lives. Thanks to her, Dylan (formerly known as Dili, yuck) is pushed into Vin’s life. Vincenzo (what a great name) is possessive, he gets obsessive and he’s not trying to hide that from Dylan. I loved Vin’s honesty and warnings so much! He was nothing but honest, he was aware of his flaws and made sure Dylan knew what he was getting into.

When it comes to the characters, I liked them all a lot. It was exciting to see Dylan’s journey, and at some point I was anxious for him too. Vincent was a wild card, at first I was not sure I was going to like him, but in the end he was great. And Miss Dolphinia, oh, all I can say is she is amazing.

What I was a little iffy about was the short time span of the novel. Most of the action takes place in around a week. At first I found it a little weird, but after thinking about it for a few seconds, everything is perfectly plausible. Life does get complicated and tricky and a lot can happen in a really short period of time.

Bottom line, I enjoyed Fettered a lot, it has about everything you’d want in a BL novel.

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