Call Me Daddy: A Valentine’s Day Book Review!

5

Call Me Daddy

by Jade West


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I didn’t expect to spend my eighteenth birthday stranded in the pouring rain with no way to make it home. I didn’t expect to be rescued from the worst night of my life by the most amazing man I’d ever seen.

His name is Nick, and he says he wants to take care of me, says he’ll look after me, says I don’t need to be alone anymore.

He treats me like a princess, like the fragile little girl he saved from the cold.

But I like him… I like him like that. I’ve never liked anyone like that before…

And it’s weird, this thing we have… It’s like I can’t decide how we’re supposed to be… what we are… Until he says the words…

Call me Daddy.


Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a review of erotica!

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I will read anything. I am a big fan of things that are especially outlandish, or disturbing. So if I find out there’s free BDSM erotica on Kindle Unlimited, and it has a name like Call Me Daddy? Sign me up!

I am very used to reading things with sex in them. I’ve been reading my mum’s regency romances since I was eight years old, which… inappropriate, yes, but it also just means I’m very blase about things now. And I am very open to the bizarre.

Call Me Daddy is a adult erotica that follows the relationship between freshly-turned eighteen year old Laine and forty-two year old Nick Lynch. It’s a BDSM story, but focuses primarily on the Daddy/Little subculture.

First things first: I’m not kink shaming. I kind of love BDSM stories, because they offer an in depth look sometimes into people’s lives and sometimes offer some of the best character development in romance, based on how personal kinks can be.

While I’m no expert, I think a majority of the book is very well written in terms of accepting kink and how it can genuinely help people find a ‘family’, of sorts. Just a place to belong. Above all, that’s one of the best messages a book can send, and I think this one does that.

A massive part of Laine’s development is finding the strength to stand up to those who mistreat her. Her relationship with Nick is something that helps her find that strength. I loved watching Laine turn her back on toxic friendships, as well as coming to terms with her abandonment issues because of her parents. Laine also offers Nick a way to move past old traumas and begin to live his life again, surrounding himself with positivity that has been lacking for several years.

I did worry at points that Nick’s behaviour was more about controlling Laine than actually helping her. By the end, I felt like these issues were dealt with and, other than the age-gap, there’s a definite balance of how much power each of them has in their relationship. However, that is still questionable, just because of how much money he has, but I think questions always arise when dealing specifically with this kind of kink.

While things do develop quickly, I’m used to that in these kinds of romances, and the time Jade West does spend developing these characters is very well done. As far as things go, it’s very well written, and the sex scenes weren’t unbearably embarrassing or boring. They weren’t repetitive, which can become an issue in some novels, but wasn’t in this one.

I think my main issue of this novel that stopped me rating this high was how it concluded. This book displays a lifestyle quite a few people lead and have made sustainable for themselves, but in the end, it almost feels like they grow out of the kink and return to it rarely. Which… isn’t how the earlier parts of the book present it, and is actually quite toxic.

While people certainly do leave the BDSM community, I feel like the kinks in their relationship are treated as something childish and indulgent, rather than something that is perfectly natural in their sex life. Again: it’s private, and whatever you do decide to do, so long as nobody is being unwillingly hurt, is completely natural.

The Daddy/Little kink feels very villainised and treated as dirty, but not in the context of the kink. Rather, the characters are disgusted with themselves for participating in it, especially Nick. I wouldn’t call their ending ‘happy’ if they grow out of a kink just because they think they have to in order to function as a ‘normal’ couple.

A disappointing conclusion for a book that otherwise has great characters, even if the plot is slightly lacking. I would still recommend this as a fast read, and honestly… just skip the ending, if you want to.

If you want a recommendation for a film that deals with a very similar concept, but better: Secretary, a 2002 film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. It’s one of my favourite romance films!

Happy Valentine’s Day❤


Content warning: toxic friendships, attempted sexual assault, some violence, child neglect, age-gap relationship involving a teenager


If you liked this review, you might like: 

🍎Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

🍎Three Romance Reviews: Kulti, The Hating Game and Sunstone

🍎Three Graphic Reviews: Super Sexy Fun Times, Mooncakes, Sheets


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