“Leather God Descending” by Hadrian Temple – A Review

Reading this story, I was reminded of something else I’d learned from Stephen King’s memoir, “On Writing”. He said, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write”. I had always taken this to heart and came to know that being a good writer means knowing what works and what doesn’t by knowing how others created that written magic we all come to love and get lost in. The best stories really do teach you something you didn’t understand before and helps provide a perspective that makes you think and want to write. I’m reminded of this because “Leather God Descending” is a wonderful example of a story you can get lost in, as well as understand something I wasn’t very familiar with before.


Hadrian Temple has provided a new experience for readers of BDSM erotica by presenting his story from the point-of-view of the Dom, rather than the sub. This is a rare find, but a most refreshing one as it has done a lot to answer a lot of questions I have about the world of BDSM. I’ve always had a strong curiosity towards the lifestyle, as I’m sure many of you have had as well. However, my lack of knowledge and understanding of the psychology and appeal of certain things has always alluded me, so I’ve accepted that it may just be not for me. That was until I got to know Adam Fassbender, the protagonist of this story.

Adam, much like Hadrian Temple, is an experienced Leather Dom living in San Francisco. This is well-established right from the first page and stays with you throughout the story. However, while he has plenty of boys to play with, he’s lacking someone who can be his permanent slave. That is until he spots a good-looking police officer in attendance of one of his demonstrations. The officer, Riley, is hesitant to learn more about what it means to be submissive but is inevitably drawn to Adam, who takes him down a path of self-discovery, passion, and true submission.

Something I really enjoy about this story is how real the people appear to be in comparison to other BDSM stories that exist. The Dom is often portrayed as firm, perfect, and always seems to know exactly what their sub wants/needs to the point it’s almost like telepathy. Adam Fassbender is a Dom that is also very human in the sense that he makes mistakes, he misunderstands at times, gets carried away, or forgets something important. He reminds us that no Dom is perfect, but we can still become better no matter how great your experience is. I also really enjoyed how this story read as though we were walking through a sexual fantasy. It’s like exploring their naughtiest desires, which is always fun in my book.

Adam and Riley share many experiences together, and they bring you along to give you a peek into a world that many may not know, or even be aware of. I learned a lot about sub-drop, dom-drop(both of which I had no idea of as concepts), sub identity, the reversal of roles, humiliation, sadomasochistic sex, collaring ceremonies, and what daily life can be like from both perspectives. Near the end, there’s a revelatory scene with so much passion and emotion that I can’t help but feel myself experiencing all of it along with them as I read it. I really did come to love every character by the time the story came to a close.

This was truly enjoyable and contained so many great scenes and character development. There was never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a nice blend of BDSM and romance, and for anyone curious about how to portray a story from the point-of-view of a Dom. If you’d like to get a copy, you can purchase it off Amazon from the link below. I would also recommend you check Hadrian Temple’s blog, where he writes about the BDSM lifestyle as well as more gay BDSM fiction. And if you’re not already, follow him on Twitter as well.

“Leather God Descending” on Amazon

Leather-Bound Press website

Hadrian Temple on Twitter

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