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Controlled Asher didn't expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they'll find what they desperately need in one another.Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, so his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spiritedControlled Asher didn't expect to fall for free-spirited Daniel, but they'll find what they desperately need in one another.Police captain Asher Penaz’s staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being in charge and in control, 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, but with all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. If Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need....

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ISBN : 9781942184133
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Number of Pages : 298 Pages
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Something in the Way He Needs Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-03 13:50

    I absolutely, positively, HATED this book. I don't really consider this a romance book but more of a show-and-tell of what an abusive relationship looks like. This is in no way a healthy relationship. NO WAY. I'm not talking at ALL about the kink. By the way, this book shouldn't be considered BDSM. There is very little BDSM in this book, barely a spanking scene. Overall, it was fairly vanilla. However, I also think that this book does a disservice to true BDSM books. Asher wasn't a dominant, he was a controlling ass-tard. Just when I thought Asher couldn't get any worse, he always found a way to sink lower. *Kicking Asher in the nads in my mind. HARD.*If one of my friends was describing a relationship with Asher, I would tell them to RUN. Asher was possessive to the point where he didn't want Daniel to wear certain clothes. He got insanely jealous at just the mention of another man, to the point where he became physically aggressive. He did a few other things that I won't mention, but that I think are unforgivable. The fact that these two were together at the end of the book is unfathomable to me. I'm going to just re-state that I'm a Cardeno C. fan. I either LOVE CC's books or I hate them, but I always keep reading because when CC gets it right, it's AMAZING. This book was an example of a story gone very wrong. *One more nads punch for good measure.***Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

  • MLE
    2019-01-19 11:45

    Dear Asher, You are a selfish, inconsiderate, and borderline abusive asshole. You can not control yourself, and Daniel is not safe with you. You need serious help.Me

  • Lisa Henry
    2019-01-13 14:57

    I liked this book, I swear. I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to like it, and it's all down to the MC Asher. I liked Daniel just fine. I liked the supporting cast -- I would have liked to find out if Ollie (view spoiler)[ever gets married again. (hide spoiler)] But Asher? Just no. I like a possessive alpha male as much as the next girl. I like a Dom who says "Hands off, he's mine." No arguments. But Asher was not in control. Not of his relationship, and not of his temper. Possessive is fine, and in the context of fantasy it's mostly hot, but Asher...yeah, Asher was jealous and insecure. Which would have been fine, except he was also abusive. Jealousy? Yeah, that can be hot. Marching up to someone in a restaurant and wanting to punch their lights out just because they're talking to your boyfriend? Not hot. I got the same red flags as Ollie did, but for different reasons. Ollie didn't want Daniel dating someone who was into BDSM. I didn't want Daniel dating someone who was an emotionally arrested man-child with no impulse control and a nasty temper. And this guy is a police officer, who has presumably dealt with a shitload of critical incidents in his career? I do not what him in charge when I need help, thanks very much. I read this because I thought it was going to be BDSM, but there were no real BDSM scenes here. I was hoping for a book where an experienced Dom initiated an inexperience sub into the lifestyle, but there were no real D/s interactions at all. Just that scene at the club where (view spoiler)[Asher gets into a pissing match with another Dom, and agrees to let him fuck Daniel. Because that's what a Dom does to prove his status as a Dom. Um, no. No, it isn't. It's what some couples with previously agreed-upon limits do. That doesn't make you a Dom, Asher, it makes you an asshole.(hide spoiler)]The stars are for the writing, which was good, and I will read this author again. I just couldn't warm to the storyline... it's not often I finish a book and find myself saying to one of the main characters: "Daniel, walk away. You can do better."

  • Rosa, really
    2019-01-09 15:04

    I love you, Cardeno, but this is not an enjoyable read.Why? Main character Asher. He's an asshole. At one point he borders on being a full on motherfucker.Let me clear this up....I DON'T LIKE HIM.Usually I adore the possessive alpha who reluctantly falls in love, but this guy? No. I just can't.He reminds me of one of those heroes you'd find in romance novels of the 1970s & early 80s. The hero borders on abusive throughout the entire book until the very, very end when he declares his love and everything is magically OKAY. That's the exact plot for this book.Also, also? I skipped the sex scenes. I know! Cardeno is awesome at the smex! But that's how much I wasn't having a good time.And the ending. THE ENDING. One may refer to it as the "Big Misunderstanding," but there was no misunderstanding! There was just Asher being a motherfucker!Even that may have been ever-so-slightly forgivable if I could buy, or if Cardeno had shown, Asher making personal changes. But he doesn't! He's just super super sad that Daniel is no longer around. Awwww...GET OVER YOURSELF, ASSHAT.However, I would like to add that I love Daniel. His forgetfulness & willingness to forgive is a tad unbelievable, but he's a real cutie. (view spoiler)[But I would like to know where he went for those 2 weeks at the end. It's gnawing at my brain. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    2019-01-14 09:13

    3 Stars! A lot of reviewer's have stated how much they absolutely hated Asher and what an A-hole he was. Did he do some crappy stuff? Most definitely. But I guess I'm a bit jaded in the A-hole department because I've met worse in life and read worse in books. So Asher really didn't tip my A-hole scales. He had his moments, but I just found him to be really insecure. You never really get to know him. You don't get a mention of his past or who his family is. There's a mention of his mother but it's short and not very forthcoming with a lot of information about her or if she is even still present in his life. So Asher was still a bit of a mystery at the end of the book. Even with what little we got of him, Asher was a more realistic character than Daniel was. Daniel seems to be a jack of all trades and is amazing at everything. It got a bit ridiculous with all the different jobs he'd had and it especially went way OTT at the end. My eye-rolling was strong with this character. Don't get me wrong I liked him, but the author made it hard to take his character serious with his many talents and his drop-the-menu-and-drool looks. I mean really? It just got way outta hand for one character to attain so much. I liked them together and would have liked them to have been together more on page where they were out and about without all the tantrums and miscommunication. In the end it was an OK read. I might continue with the series. Happy reading dolls! xx

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-01-17 14:47

    2.5 StarsThis can not be written by C.Cardone...Could it? Cardeno, is my go to writer for sweetness.AND, this is not sweetOk, this book is more like ... 2.5 stars...Gosh, I do not like giving low rating, BUT, I do not really like this bookThe Book~The bottom may be slight spoiler'ish...please beware...Police captain Asher Penaz’s...what an asshole....Man ooooh man.... Asher, Asher, Asher....he just boggled my brain...stalker-like, wow, how about just helping the guy up from under the suitcase's. I should have known something was wrong then...THEN I got to his possessive issues, wtf...in one breath he said... "Mine" you can't touch'y and then later said ...but, you can Fuc*#y...I know my own mother use to say...share...but, wtf...no touchy, kay.I really like Cardeno C , I go to this writer when I need a sugar fix...BUT...In this book...I got the complete opposite...This is NOT your classic Cardeno C, book, and I got blindsided......man oh man, a lot of people loved this...but not me...I am bummed...Do I need to find the wizard, did somebody do something to my favorite writer?Ok, Maybe...I don't get it, cuz I'm not a true BDSM reader....but, ya know what ....I don't care.I do not really care for this book :-(

  • Mandapanda
    2018-12-22 10:12

    3.75 stars. One of Cardeno C's better novels. I was totally along for the ride with these characters. I liked the possessive, domineering Ash and the secretive beautiful Daniel. Ash's previous life as a heartless Dom just disappears as his love and need to care for for Daniel grows. His confusion at this change was totally believable. Even though Ash is heavily involved in the BDSM lifestyle at the beginning of the novel, this is not a BDSM story. There is only one light spanking scene. However it has loads of very dominant hot sex. I love dirty talk in my sex scenes and there is plenty of that in here. While I like possessive, jealous MC's I felt uncomfortable with the final scenes just before the HEA. I'm not sure if I believe that Asher's jealous streak is under control or that Daniel should have forgiven him. But I accepted it because I enjoyed the rest of the novel so much. Scenes where guys 'play house' and the reader gets to follow their journey living and creating a home together are always a winner for me. One other reviewer mentioned that Daniel is a 'Jory'-like character which on reflection is true because he is overly talented. But I didn't really pick up on that at the time of reading.This is one of those books where the doings of the characters will be what readers rate, not the writing itself (which I felt was good). I think Ash's actions will polarize fans. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in this series. I'm wondering what the story is with Ash's friend Oliver? And Dot's band members and his friend Chase would be interesting to follow up too.

  • Shile loves books
    2019-01-07 09:14

    2.5 starsFirst of all this is not BDSM atleast IMHO.Hmmmmm! i really wanted to like this book after all it is CC and this author's writing always makes me smile, awwww so loud, fan my self during the hot sex scenes and laugh so hard. But this book made me so worked up, i disliked Asher with a passion. He was controlling, possessive, and a Jerk. Despite my frustrations i continued reading it. Daniel was just adorkable and i liked him. Then slowly by slowly the tables turned and i started understanding Asher, yes he was an asshole but he underneath all of that he was just an insecure guy, afraid of abandonment, i wish we had more of his background story maybe the i would have ended up even loving him. By the end of the book i came to like him tiny bit.Daniel looked like he’d been born to entertain, and Asher couldn’t help but wonder what in the hell he was doing living in his apartment, searching for jobs. Not that Daniel had been doing all that much searching. Which, now that Asher knew all the facts, made sense.Didn’t Rob Yearling say Daniel was still writing their songs? Every album Burning Wrath and Indignation released went platinum. How much money did the people who wrote the songs on those albums make? Fuck more than a police captain, that was how much.“Did you know about Danny?”Asher grunted at him, not wanting to admit that apparently he had no knowledge about the past, hell, even the present, of the only man he’d ever asked to share his bed.“I’m sorry I freaked out,” Asher said. “The way they looked at you… and then when I heard them asking you to go on tour with them, I thought you’d do it.” He dropped his gaze and lowered his voice. “I thought you were going to leave me.”I felt sorry for Asher. Daniel, Daniel, Daniel well at the beginning i said he was adorkable, as the story progressed i became exhausted with him, his character became unbelievable, he was too perfect, everybody loved him, and he turned heads with his model looks, everyone drooled over him, and he was successful at everything he did. He reminded me of another character J maybe? Daniel's list:-A Pianist and a Singer-songwriter - A successful dancer in New York - Masseur - Taekwondo instructor. - Jewelry maker.-An upcoming ChefOverall i love CC and will continue to read this series since i have all 4 books.

  • Denise H.
    2019-01-17 17:02

    *** This story was unusual for Cardeno C., but we still got our super sexy times, and commitment in the end. ***Police Captain, Asher, is large, muscled, bald and captivating. He thinks he's a Dom, but the reality comes later. A planned wedding, a mix up, and a chance meeting change everything. Sweet, smart, pliable, Daniel, is a functional savant, here to see his brother, when he meets Asher. Daniel is brilliant, writes music, plays instruments, sings, is a 3rd degree black belt, plus worked a cruise ship; so many talents, but he wanders, roams, is clumsy and has scattered thoughts. He's slim, brown-eyed and beautiful, and Asher, who is intrigued by him, thinks he needs a keeper. The connection between the men is amazing, as each needs the other so desperately. We are given flawed characters, that steal our hearts regardless of those failings. Especially Asher. Most reviewers are ready to smack him, and I was also, like when they had the incident at the Leather Club. We get a bit of a rollercoaster ride with Asher's blind-raging jealousy. BDSM is not in play here. It is talked about, that is it. Like I said, Asher THINKS he's a Dom, but the end result is different.These two men it is said, are "the ying and yang" to each other. Each complements the other. Each NEEDS the other. I highly recommend this unusual pairing of misfits. The characters are deep, it's well written, and the sex is totally, superbly sizzling.E N J O Y !!! ==============a stand alone story.===============

  • Susan
    2018-12-30 12:55

    What happened Cardeno C?? Why would you give an asshole like Asher a HEA?Asher was controlling, possessive and he was being a dick for most of this book. I was okay with this in the beginning because I was convinced he would redeem himself and be the man Daniel deserved.But the scene in the BDSM club (which happened in the last 20 pages, why???)??? (view spoiler)[He gave Daniel away. To two other men. To have sex with him. While Daniel didn’t want this (don’t worry, Daniel doesn’t go through with it). (hide spoiler)]Oh, and this is so not a BDSM book. It’s mentioned Asher is into that sort of thing, but we don’t get BDSM scenes and I felt it was more an excuse for Asher to be an asshole.I’m a huge Cardeno C fan, but this book was just awful. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Trisha Harrington
    2019-01-08 15:56

    Normally I am really into the possessive type characters. That is something I love to read in a book, but this... This did not do it as well for me. To an extent I loved the possessiveness, but then it got a bit too extreme at times. I actually loved the book until a certain point and then it turned to, just liking to to it was okay.I loved some aspects of the story. The idea of the story and the way the characters were woven into everything was really nice. I liked Daniel the best out of the two MC's. He was one of those cute and quirky characters and as someone else said he's like Jory. Everyone likes him and he's clumsy. That appealed to me.Asher, he was a character that I loved at the beginning and I fell out of love with him as the story went on. I was not his biggest fan in the world and that was a pity because I could have loved him throughout the book, but he was to aggressive for me to like him. Some of his traits though really annoyed me.The ending for me was not the greatest one in the world. It was a HEA and all of that, but I wanted there to be more talking. That was one thing about this couple. They didn't really talk about things and even with the big thing in this there was no real talking. I enjoy that but not with something as serious as the issue that popped up.While it was not a favourite of mine, I would still recommend it. But if you don't like possessive characters avoid this like the plague.

  • Gigi
    2019-01-04 11:54

    Alpha cops! Gotta love 'em, but MC Asher was just a touch too possessive and jealous of anyone who set eyes on his beautiful Sugar, MC Daniel, that I had to knock a star off because it made me that uncomfortable. But other than that, I really, really enjoyed this book! The ending was absolutely perfect and I think I could hear birds signing in the background.If you like big, bad Dom alpha males, not looking for a lost-soul life partner (but finding one anyway) skinny, clumsy, beautiful, savant bottom boys who bring sunshine into every room and a HEA that will probably go down in the history books *sob*, I can definitely recommend Something in the Way He Needs. Just be prepared for Mr. Alpha to be a bit unreasonable at times.

  • Sunny
    2019-01-08 09:51

    I loved Daniel, and Ash's attraction to Daniel was sweet, until Ash was revealed to be an overreacting selfish jerk. For a Dom, he lost control too many times and that scene in the club was so over the top awful I couldn't believe it. It was a horrible set up for that moment of angst filled self realization. It didn't help that "sugar" as a pet name is one of my pet peeves and Ash uses it a lot.

  • Shirley Frances
    2018-12-22 09:58

    It's a funny thing when you think you know what you're going to get when reading a book by one of your favorite authors. I think I've read every book Cardeno C has published and I've always been pleasantly surprised by something - the dialogue, a character's personality, the emotions, a sex scene. They are always sweet, romantic reads that touch my heart and although Something in the Way He Needs was just what I had expected in that regard it was so much more in other ways.Asher, Asher, Asher...oh how I loved this man! This gorgeous hunk-of-love of a man was so much more than I had expected and everything this book (and Daniel) needed. Strong and dominant but with a tenderness and vulnerability to him that got me each and every time, Asher made himself a home in my heart and I am not letting him go. Here I thought that Cardeno C couldn't give me anyone better than Zev from Wake Me Up Inside or Andrew from The One That Saves Me then Asher comes into the scene, opens his gorgeous mouth and I AM LOST!His attitude! That cockiness that goes along with that big cock, muscled body of his was irresistible to me. Hmmm...I think there's something there I should explore, but I'll leave that for another time. Anyhow, Asher. Yes, my-I-don't-give-a-crap-what-you-think Dom, has had many subs but never a relationship. All of a sudden he's enamored with Daniel. He asks himself why again and again and try as he might he cannot let Daniel out of his sight. He's astounded by his thoughts and actions when he meets the man, but goes along with it because he is inexplicably drawn to him.While Asher is confident and exudes sexiness, Daniel lives a life with no direction (literally!) and tries not to draw attention to himself. He has lived everywhere but has never had a home. He has done many things, but has never settled down. He wants to feel needed and guided and deep down he wants to love and to be loved. He wants to belong somewhere and to someone. That he accepts Asher's offer doesn't surprise him, but when he misses Asher and the life they shared when it's no longer available, it clues him to the fact that he had found everything he wanted in Asher.I don't even have to tell you that the writing was brilliant, but I will anyway because I want you to understand why this book impressed me so. You see, I have come to expect sweet, lovable characters from this author with stories full of 'awww' moments accompanied by sighs, laughs and tears. And although Cardeno C doesn't disappoint in any of those elements, I feel that he brought much more to the page. Not only did he bring an edgier feel to the story by adding the BDSM aspect into it, he made it work for the characters too. This could not have been an easy feat to achieve. Asher and Daniel are like night and day, but the author managed to bring them together in a believable way and made it look effortless. Only the author's ability to understand the intricacies of people's personalities and how they can relate to each other can bring this about. He has proven this with each of his books and he puts it to the test once again with these characters.The way the author presented these characters and developed them each throughout the story added to my enjoyment of the book. Through Asher's inner musings I could easily comprehend who he was and what he needed and the same applies to Daniel. It's not everyday that we get to see a man like Asher break every one of his rules to be with a man, especially if he has an array of men at his disposal at the club he frequents. And the way that Daniel opened up to Asher and trusted him, that right there was a major step from a man that ran away from anything that required him to make a commitment.The connection between these two is not something I could easily imagine, but Cardeno C presented it in a manner that captivated my attention and after reading these guys' journey I wouldn't have it any other way. This is not the common boy meets boy, boys get to know each other until they fall in love and have their HEA. Nope. This story flows along in quite the opposite direction. So fascinated is Asher with Daniel that he asks him to move in together before they even get to know each other properly. Their relationship develops gradually and it is through this time together that they fall in love with each other even before they get to know each other better. Now do you see what I mean? It sounds unbelievable to me even while I am trying to explain it, but it works.From their first meeting through the development of the relationship Cardeno C managed to keep me engaged with entertaining and meaningful dialog, emotions galore and fantastic man-on-man sex. The interaction between them ranged from the meaningful to the flirtatious and the emotions extracted from them were just as varied. But what I appreciated the most was the sense of realness I got from their journey. Although their chemistry was hot and their connection was developing with every moment they spent together both Asher and Daniel had to make an effort to make it work. And it is here that the characters' development comes in. We get to see how Asher questions and doubts his feelings and that of Daniel's while Daniel starts to open up to Asher and tries his best to stick around. Brilliance, I tell you!Something in the Way He Needs is the first book in the Family series and I am looking forward to seeing what Cardeno C comes up with next for this series.

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2019-01-04 11:53

    ***2.5 Stars***The premise of this book had potential, but I found that the characters really got in the way of the story. First, we have Asher. He's a cop, a heartless Dom and an overall jackass to all those he encounters. He's never been in a real relationship, nor has he ever wanted one. Asher likes and craves control, order and obedience. All of his sexual proclivities are satisfied at his favorite leather club where men fall at his feet and beg to be used by him. He whips them, canes them, fucks them. That's it. No emotion, no entanglements and definitely no feelings of any kind. Enter Danny. While in Vegas for his only friend's bachelor party, Asher meets Danny. A sweet, awkward, clumsy, somewhat shy, manorexic nomad. He has no sense of direction, trips over his own feet, bumps into everything, knocks down anything in his path and according to the description provided, is practically skin and bones. Their meeting is insta-lust and practically isnta-love. Asher finds himself wanting more vanilla things with Danny. He still has the same urges, but he can't imagine inflicting pain on Danny or just using him for just sex. Within a Vegas weekend, Asher has decided that Danny should come live with him so he can take care of him and Danny can figure out what he wants to do with his life. Asher quickly realizes that he has a red haze of jealousy whenever it comes to anything having to do with Danny. You see, although Danny is drastically underweight (he'll go a whole day without eating because he "forgot") and a complete klutz...he's also the most beautiful human being that has ever walked the earth. I'm talking "people stop and stare at him" beautiful. (ummm, ok)Asher's insecurities take over anytime he's not around Danny or feels threatened...which is basically all the time...you know, because of Danny's beauty and all. He's falling harder and harder for the man, but he's terrified of Danny up and leaving him or someone taking him away. Asher's anger may have been too much, but I understood his insecurities. He was feeling something genuine for another man for the first time, having passionate vanilla sex and terrified that one wrong thing will take that all away from him. He was completely out of his perfectly crafted comfort zone.Meanwhile, Danny is beginning to finally feel like he belongs somewhere and is slowly incorporating himself in Asher's everyday life. From home decor, to cooking dinner, to feeding the sexual beast....he's become the perfect little wifey. He feels like he belongs to someone and is thriving on the feeling of being claimed.In a misunderstanding that you see coming from a million miles away, Asher has a knee-jerk reaction and later his insecurity and jealousy get the better of him and he makes a giant asshole mistake that could cost him Danny. Unfortunately, there was no saving Asher for me at that point. Could these two opposites make it work? Will Asher's darker needs come between them? Can Danny finally find what he needs to settle down in one place?I was liking this book and sitting at a solid 3 star rating up until Asher's asshole move. I just can't see past that and can't justify his behavior or decision. And then tack on the fact that we have a bit of an abrupt ending and you kinda lost me. So unfortunately, the stock dropped on this book in the last 20%.

  • Dreamer
    2019-01-14 14:46

    New favourite author. Excellent m/m bdsm novel, unputdownable: read this into the night through to the end. Hardass Dom and police captain Asher becomes a victim of his own jealousy when he falls for the beautiful, clutsy Daniel. 'Okay, so Asher could understand how their current positions might look like they were cuddling to the untrained eye, but in reality, they were just suffering from postorgasmic melted-bone syndrome.'

  • Natalie
    2019-01-10 15:58

    2.5, maybe? I'm conflicted about this one.The good: As with most Cardeno C. books, this was an enjoyable reading experience. I'm usually not fond of instalove, but this author writes it in a way that I find comforting.The OK: Daniel has a touch of the Jory. Maybe I'm jaded, but I feel like I've read far too many of these too-clumsy-to-function-but-everybody-loves-him characters lately.The bad: Possessive, irrationally jealous behavior like Asher's would have sent up major red flags in an m/f romance, but it's seemingly okay here because Daniel wants it? There was a cycle of bad behavior followed by remorse and promises to never do it again that made me really uncomfortable.

  • Macky
    2018-12-30 14:04

    Just read Strong Enough the second book in The Family series and absolutely loved it so was excited to go straight to this one which is actually the first and I'm very happy to say I loved this one as well. A touch more angsty I would add because the main character Ash is a bit of a complex chappy. He's a Dom who goes to leather bars to satisfy his needs but he doesn't do long term attachments and he's a police captain who likes order in his life so when he meets free spirited, slightly clutzy Daniel, who never stays in one place for long and who won't just have casual sex because he wants a relationship, he's knocked for six because he's instantly attracted to this gorgeous younger man and suddenly all he wants ( apart from hot sex of course ) is to take him home and look after him, which he actually ends up doing and from then on both of them have to learn how to make their opposites attract relationship work, and it isn't always an easy ride. Partly because Daniel is related to Ash's friend and work colleague, who knowing Ash's normal treatment of his conquests isn't happy for him to be embarking on a relationship with the somewhat irascible Ash. The D/s is there in the background but I wouldn't say it swamps the story so don't let it put you off.At times Ash comes across as being overly jealous and possessive with Daniel who isn't into the lifestyle but he does respond to Ash's dominant nature, and there are times when Ash does some really obtuse things that made me want to just get hold of him and shake him, one particular episode towards the end of the story made mereallyangry at him but then again Daniel is also keeping some things close to his chest so of course misunderstandings do occur between these two but that's what made the story so readable for me because I loved the push/pull dynamics between these two guys who I couldn't help becoming extremely drawn to, alongside another great dose of crackling sexual tension and sizzling chemistry...so it has just reinforced that Cardeno C sure can write white hot, sexy romantic stories that tick my boxes. I was just as grabbed by this as I was Emelio and Spencer's story which is completely different but have to say is still, by a tad, my favourite of the two ... but I also still loved this so I'm rating it a five because again I'll definitely be keeping this for future re-reads. Yay! Found myself another author to add to my favourites.

  • Ellen at Book Bellas
    2019-01-18 08:59

    >4.5 Sweet & Steamy Stars!!Cardeno C. is one of my favorite authors. Her books always contain a perfect mix of spicy and sweet, and the heat level is always just perfect for me. Her stories are always interesting, sometimes poignant, but never fail to contain a ton of heart so I absolutely love reading them. This book is the first in a series but can be read as a standalone. Asher is a dominant cop but this story just touches on BDSM themes, nothing too heavy here. Asher meets a younger man while in Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Daniel is the COMPLETE opposite of Asher! He's a free spirit, but he too is very attracted to Asher. Asher's protective tendencies come to the forefront with Daniel but the problem is Daniel is looking for a relationship, and Asher, not so much. I loved seeing how the relationship between these two changed and grew. AS with all Cardeno C. books, the characters are EVERYTHING and Daniel and Asher do not disappoint. Just look at this gorgeous cover for a hint of the steam level of this story, it is a perfect mix of total hotness and sentimental sweetness. Some readers complained about the stalker-ish tendencies of Asher but I didn't get that at all. He is just a big bear of a man trying to find his way to true love (awwwwww!!). Something in the Way He Needs is another perfectly sexy romance from Cardeno C. with just the right touch of emotion and steam! I loved it. If you are looking for an author to read with wonderfully satisfying characters and storylines, then grab this book! You'll love it, too.(ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.)

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-06 08:44

    2.5 stars. This book didn't work for me. I just didn’t like Ash from the beginning. The way he started following Daniel in Vegas was very stalker-like. If this were a BSDM romance, I wouldn’t have read it because Ash was very impatient, insecure, quick to anger and didn’t communicate well for someone who is supposedly a Dom. Although Daniel liked the possessiveness and felt Ash wouldn’t have hurt him, I didn’t feel comfortable reading it. His actions and behavior at the club at the end of were horrifying to me. I liked Daniel. He was very sweet and clumsy. We don’t know much about him until the end of the book when a part of his past was revealed. I would have liked to read more about his life.

  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    2019-01-16 17:11

    Absolutely loved this one. Two completely flawed characters doing what flawed characters do - flawing about like the rest of us mere mortals. Enjoyed how Asher evolved and, truly, became the person who could meet the needs of his partner. My first Cardeno C book and it will most definitely not be my last. Great length to really dig into the story, wonderful flow of words, interesting things happening. Not much more you can ask than that!

  • Тамрико
    2018-12-21 11:56

    UPDATE: March 23, 2016I thought I would re-read it. Don't ask what possessed me, because - BIG MISTAKE.Re-rating it 1 star.What I liked: Daniel, though he is so perfect, been everywhere, done everything, he cannot possibly be a real person, still he is adorable and I enjoyed reading about him.Spoilers below:What I didn't like: - drunk law-enforcement pushovers, - "great and awesome" doms who use subs to get themselves off and if the sub gets off too then, whaddayaknow, good for him,- uncontrollable full-rage jealousy fits and verbal abuse,- treating their sub as a piece of property. literally. I was seriously afraid for Daniel several times, even though we were told that Ash was harmless. Ye-e-ep. Sure. He is a complete ass, and I had hard time believing that Daniel was drooling all over him - ugly personality and all.Who made Asher a captain, anyway? The guy is dangerous and unstable and not very law-abiding - he literally gave Daniel away to be raped. That did it for me. 2 stars.

  • Syfy
    2018-12-30 13:04

    I'm not shelving this as BDSM, but it is one of the best stories involving BDSM I've ever read. Ash is such a shitty ass I really did cry, but if there ever was a man who could handle falling in love with an ass, it's Danny.

  • Serena Yates
    2018-12-21 13:55

    This book is an interesting look at what happens when a "total Dom" meets a "man who likes to be manhandled" outside the dungeon (so to speak) and notices, even likes the man before they can get physical. The situation results in one of the more unusual D/s stories I have read, because much of the character development is actually about putting the need to dominate (and the need to submit) into perspective. Rather than being the centerpiece of attraction and the main theme, it becomes part of the picture, a piece of the whole of these guys' relationship. Paradoxically, this redefinition of its role doesn’t make it less important, it just gives it a more defined part to play. One that goes beyond physical need/satisfaction and into the psychological and emotional realm. Asher is a man who has so far been a total Dom; he doesn’t do relationships, and he isn’t really interested in any of the men he plays with once they leave the proverbial (or real) dungeon. He never even let anyone close enough to attempt more than a quick hook-up. Then he runs into Daniel, and likes him before he really knows anything about him. He is interested, wants to find out more about what Daniel likes, and this floors, even derails him. Asher's world is pretty much turned upside down by this experience and I loved watching his brain try to catch up with what was happening. Let me tell you, it takes him a while!Daniel is the complete opposite to Asher. And not just because he wants to submit where Asher wants to dominate. Daniel has never gotten what he needs, what he is looking for, I'm not sure he even knows how to go about it. He does know one thing though: there will be no sex unless there is a relationship. While he makes that clear from the beginning, and it should make Asher run, to everyone's surprise it doesn't. Yes, Asher's definition of a relationship is quite interesting, following Daniel's "demand", and not exactly what Daniel had expected, but by that time Daniel knows one thing: he wants Asher.As the two get to know each other, the passion grows as quickly as the realization they belong together. The big twist certainly took me by surprise, and it added some tension to the story that certainly kept me turning the pages! If you like stories about men who try to redefine their places in life when they meet, if you enjoy a nice twist or two, and if you're looking for a read with characters who are as passionate as they are loving, then you will probably like this book.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Crissy Morris
    2018-12-20 16:51

    You know when you turn the page of a book only to realize you just read the last page, but you wanted it to keep going because you loved the characters and their relationship and the story so much? That is this book for me. So just a few notes on how much I loved this particular book, and why. It’s pretty well known in certain circles that I am a huge fan of this Cardeno C., and as such I feel I can make this next statement with a certainty. Something in the Way He Needs is a different kind of book for this author. Besides the heavy BDSM aspect, the relationship presented in this story is unique in itself. It works sort of in reverse – commitment then getting to know each other. It’s awkward and exciting and precious. It’s a new journey into the creation of a family made from scratch.As an author, Cardeno C. understands people and emotional dynamics so very well – personalities, flaws, quirks, secrets – and brings each character to life. Asher and Daniel are wonderful examples. One of my favorite characteristics is Asher’s give-a-shit attitude. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him or the things he does. But his almost immediate attraction to Daniel changes that, because he cares about what Daniel thinks. Directionally-challenged, clumsy Daniel is lost. He needs to feel needed, to belong, a family to call his own. It takes a while and a journey of trust for him to realize that what he actually needs is Asher. Most of all, they need each other. Asher needs someone to take care of, and Daniel needs a keeper, whether either man wants to admit it or not. But in truth, they take care of each other. The plot, the journey from strangers to acquaintances to lovers and beyond, is wonderfully written. Difficult lessons are learned by both characters. The relationship is not easy. They are both deeply flawed – Asher who has never had a relationship and Daniel who never sticks around anywhere long enough to find true love. They are quite the pair, but what I love the most is that it’s not simple. They have to work to trust one another. They make mistakes, big mistakes. They keep secrets. But they still fight for what they want. Their imperfections make this relationship perfect. The characters are wonderfully written and developed perfectly, as always. The story and plot is spot on. I could hardly put the book down once I picked it up. This story is a fantastic journey to love, acceptance, trust, and of course, family. It’s a beautiful story – angsty and heartwarming at the same time. I recommend you read it, and hopefully you’ll find you love it as much as I do.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-01-05 08:53

    Asher Penaz is not really so likeable. He is kind of arrogant, definitely controlling and not at all the hearts and flowers kind. He doesn't do relationships at all, just sex in which he is in control. He likes things just as they are and has no apologies to make to any one about this. It is his life after all and he likes it just like that!Of course this all changes. One weekend in Vegas to celebrate the coming nuptials of his friend Oliver and ta da!!! Cracks appear in the indomitable wall of manhood that is Ash Penaz and this is because he meets Oliver's half-brother Daniel.Daniel is lovely, a beautiful man, with nothing. No career, no job, no possessions just a duffel bag full of clothes but lots of kindness, optimism and a zest for life. Daniel is also rather clumsy, sometimes vulnerable and appears to warm to Ash immediately.Ash with his interest in BDSM see Daniel's submissive side and that is it!! He moves Daniel in with him lock, stock and duffel bag and the two men develop a friendship and love for each other that is based on a discovery of each other.Ash finds himself doing things that he would never have done before, soft things, things that make him human like sharing his space, compromises, and caring for another person from the depth of his heart. He begins to look forward to going home, to being in a relationship and to loving another person. Daniel continues to be Daniel in his own endearing way but he is forgiving, compassionate and trusting. Daniel also has hidden talents. He dances, does martial arts and has a simplicity of life that is a breath of fresh air to Ash.I enjoyed this story and seeing the two men learn from each other , discovering things about each other and about themselves. This is a humorous story with great comical moments and very little angst. I am pleased that this is the first in a new series and will be moving onto book two immediately. So enjoyable to discover a new series that I like.

  • Lily
    2019-01-07 09:53

    I have mixed feelings about this book. As expected from the author's previous works, it was a mostly pleasant read. The attraction was instant and the living together arrangement felt rushed, but these aspects did not bother me to a significant extent. Things were developing smoothly until the plot's climax, which I thoroughly disliked. (view spoiler)[ Daniel has been living with Ash for six months without telling him about his past as a musician. I could understand how that led to Ash feeling confused and misunderstanding the situation. Yet his behaviour later at the bdsm club (agreeing 'to lend' Daniel, exposing him to something he was completely ignorant of and did not give his consent to) was horrible and extremely hurtful. In the end, Daniel forgave Ash too easily which again did not feel right to me.(hide spoiler)]I tried not to let the above issues colour my perception of the whole story but it was a difficult task...

  • Will Parkinson
    2018-12-27 11:03

    This isn't your daddy's Cardeno!Asher is a Dom who has temporary subs, but has never kept them for more than a night. Then this clumsy young man stumbles into his life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately Asher is going to make a lot of mistakes. Will he be able to give Daniel what he needs or will he lose it all?

  • Joan
    2018-12-20 11:56

    NO. NONONONONONONO!! I mean! Asher simply hands Daniel over to another Dom?? Without even ASKING HIM?? WTF??? I could have thrown my Kindle across the room at that point. What a ...(Expletive deleted) moron. He doesn't deserve ANYONE.. and then Daniel meekly goes back to him afterwards?? Unbelievable.

  • FantasyLiving
    2019-01-09 17:05

    Thank you to the Unicorns for inviting me along to party with them.I have a lot to say about this story. You can read my full review by clicking the button below....