Orion’s New Leash on Life by C. Callenreese

Title: Orion’s New Leash on Life
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: C. Callenreese
Pages: Novella (79 pages)
Genre: BDSM
Kisses: 5+


Roan realized if he can pull Orion out of his depression, perhaps they can make a new home together.

The US Recession of 2007 stole Orion Hathaway’s job, his property value, and his savings. With nothing left, he lost something even more important: his mental health. No longer able to afford the fees to his favourite BDSM club, he becomes a hermit, retreating further into depression and the cocoon of his bed until his friends stage an intervention. They have the perfect solution to get Master O back on his feet. Despite his initial reservations, Orion discovers canine therapy might be just what he needs to become human again.

Roan Matthews is used to flaky Masters weirded out by his pup fetish. Deep down, he desires what all dogs want – a forever home. Unwilling participant Orion Hathaway seems an unlikely candidate at first, but Roan realizes if he can help pull Orion out of his depression, perhaps they can make a new home together.


This is a kinky little story full of hurt and comfort.

Orion is a severely depressed almost suicidal Master or Dom in the BDSM world who has fallen on hard times. He has lost his job, run out of savings, has a house he can’t sell and worst of all can no longer go to his favourite BDSM club.

What Orion hasn’t lost is his Dom friends from the club. They decide that he needs something to think about beside himself so they decide to get him a puppy. Only this is not your run of the mill tail wagging, tongue lolling, furry puppy this is a BDSM puppy. Enter Roan Matthews, surgical assistant in the local pediatric surgical theatre who likes nothing more than to escape his stressful day job by being a puppy in his spare time and who has agreed to be Orion’s live in puppy for the weekend. Almost immediately we begin to see a change in Orion and it’s a real pleasure to follow his progression back to full health within this story.

There is a delightful scene early on where Orion discusses the merits of him having a puppy with his therapist who of course has no idea they are talking about a BDSM puppy. This theme of misconceptions continues later in the book when Orion and another Dom talk about the possibilities of discussing the antics of their respective puppies within the normal office environment. Both of which I found very amusing and it made me wonder about how easy it is for what we say to be misconstrued.

I will admit that there were moments/scenes in this book that I was uncomfortable reading, but they have absolutely nothing to do with the author’s writing which was always engaging and everything to do with my own preconceptions and I’m ashamed to say prejudices.
There is a lot of in depth story in this novella to seriously recommend it and I can’t wait to read more by C Callenreese.


Reviewed by Smidgeson.


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