When you reach the edge, you can’t avoid taking a leap of faith.
Joe Dexter leads a complicated life. In one world he is a consultant criminal psychologist—in another he runs The Edge, a successful corporate training company. He’s also an active Dom in the London BDSM scene.
A social call to The Underground, a club owned by an old friend, turns into much more when Joe is introduced to a prospective sub. Falling hard for the boy’s tumbling blonde curls, huge blue eyes and desperate need for protection, Joe carefully coaxes him out of his shell. By the end of an intense weekend, unbreakable bonds have been forged and Joe is well on the way to becoming Olly’s Master.
Joe knows that there is trauma in Olly’s past, but it is not until his professional and private lives collide that Joe discovers the truth. He knows he shouldn’t have let Olly out of his sight but it’s too late—Olly’s old Master is back on the scene and he’s not in the mood to forgive and forget.
With Olly’s life on the line, Joe risks everything to save him. Has Joe found his perfect submissive only to lose him in a horrible twist of fate, or will love win the day? They’ve reached the edge and there’s no avoiding a leap of faith.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of D/s, including chastity play, and references to past rape and current PTSD. There are also non-consensual plot elements with an aggressive former Master which include kidnapping, bondage and the forcible insertion of a butt plug.
This is first in the series and a good start. I’ve read my fair share of D/s books and this one falls right in line with those. A damaged sub on the run from a Dom, another Dom that is not really looking for a sub but finds this one and can’t let go.
What was interesting about this one was the way this one was damaged. And the single minded focus the old (bad) Dom had on the sub. That was an interesting twist to an old and played out story line.
I loved that we had a’resort’ of sorts that these people were taken too for training and refugee. And that when someone was in trouble we all banned together and got the job done.
The thing I didn’t care for was it was set in London but once again, we were left with what I felt an Americanized novel. Very few British terms, phrases, words. We got a couple, like plaster instead of band-aid. But overall I wasn’t swept away to another city, country.
I also didn’t get any real connection between the charaters. Probably because I felt Joe was too guarded and Olly was too high strung.
Sometimes it takes willpower to resist temptation but courage to give in.
Aiden Keller is a brilliant and intriguing young man. When he’s convicted of hacking, his sentence takes him to The Edge, a high-end corporate training company with a mysterious sideline. There he is given into the custody of its owner, the enigmatic and demanding Heath Anders, and his business partner Joe Dexter.
From the moment Heath takes charge of Aiden he recognizes the boy’s submissive nature, even though it is well hidden beneath a veneer of snarky attitude. But for twelve months, Aiden will be his responsibility and Heath cannot allow himself to get involved whilst the boy is obliged to obey him.
Aiden settles into his new life with the help of Olly, Joe’s pretty, submissive boyfriend, who is very perceptive when it comes to noticing the sparks of attraction flying between Aiden and Heath. Slowly and gently, he teaches Aiden that submission is not a weakness and to accept his desire to be dominated.
Unable to resist, Heath starts to test Aiden’s willingness to be obedient, and against all the odds, love (and lust) start to bloom. Aiden, however, is not quite what he seems and his past is about to endanger all their lives.
Second one in the series, I would read in order.
Aiden is brought to the Island, house instead of going to jail. He has no idea what D/s play is. But with Olly guiding him finds this may be something he’s inclined to be, not a natural at. But will enjoy the ride.
So I love Heath and Aiden together. I could do with way less Olly in the book, though.
I loved the sass Aiden gave, just perfect for Heath and his bravado. The training of Aiden was sexual, sensual, and at times HAWT! But you could tell that Aiden was not a natural and was well pleased when he did it right, as was Heath.
The twist involving the whole crew was unexpected and very well done. I really do enjoy the everyone teaming together to fight the bad guy, save the day.
I loved finding out Aiden isn’t who we think he is, and old charaters come back to us.
The only down side of the whole book was Olly, I found him annoying and by the end of the book I wanted to gag him myself.
Life is a dance. Whether you lead or follow, the passion of it should sweep you away.
Carey and Alistair have the kind of relationship that is the envy of their friends. Carey is an old-fashioned Dom who appreciates quiet obedience. Alistair is a sub who is comfortable in his skin and finds peace in his submission. Needless to say, their happiness is too good to last.
When Alistair’s powerful father chooses his reputation over his son, all hell is let loose. Forcibly committed to a clinic for reversion therapy, Alistair can only hope that his lover will save him.
Carey calls on his friends from The Edge and they band together not just to rescue Alistair but also to protect his future. They’ve all flirted with danger in the past – but friendship is worth any risk. As the tension mounts and the stakes get higher, new bonds are forged but will Carey and Alistair’s love survive?
Reader Advisory: This book contains the use of restraints, the pushing of boundaries and edging, kidnap, forceful imprisonment and forms of visual torture along with scenes of prolonged physical torture. It also contains characters with extreme prejudiced views. This book is best read in sequence as part of the series.
Carey and Alistair have been the couple in the background for the last couple of books. But we never really got a feel for them or the relationship except Alistair liked to be ‘bratty’ around Carey and then be punished.
We don’t get a lot of alone time with these two, so hard to say if they had chemistry. But the group as a whole still works well together, for the most part.
In this one, we really got to see the dynamic of the relationship, how it was working and not working. Once again to Olly’s interference, for the good this time. Things turn a corner for the better and are really starting to look up. Until disaster hits, of course.
These poor subs, none of them can catch a break.
We get some new charaters that blend in nicely with the old cast and reappearance of an old friend, Dave Becket. Who helps out the team get Alistair back from the mad doctor and his evil father.
We see how Aiden can put his mad skills to use and and how even the ‘normal’ club members and staff will pull together and help.
How do you stay standing when the ground is torn from beneath your feet?
Becket and Christian are taking the first, tentative steps towards the committed D/s relationship they both crave when the world literally explodes around them. In a frightening reversal of roles, Becket has to deal with his own vulnerability and Christian must find the strength to take care of his Dom. With the help of their friends at The Edge, the two men come to realise that dominance and submission cannot be switched on and off.
Events that could have ended in tragedy provide the catalyst that affirms their trust in each other, but there are still questions to answer. Is the safe path always the right one to take? Is control simply a state of mind?
One thing’s for certain, life’s too short for compromise.
So this is book four in the series, and I was warned not to binge read so I’m not. Unfortunately, I’m still reading them close enough together that even though all D/s have different themes, the way they meet, they way they interact with each other and the people around them. The overall I feel its the same common plot that plays throughout each book so far. Except this one, in this one its the Dom that gets hurt not the sub. It’s the sub that cares for the Dom while he heals. But other than that it’s the same, the people out to get them, all the member’s rallying together to fight the bad guys, save the day.
We do learn more about everyone, how Aiden is doing, what a brat Olly is being. And of course how Christian and Becket are connecting and reconnecting.
I just wanted to enjoy these two together, maybe because Becket was at Christian mercy, or maybe because they had so much free time? Or maybe because christian needed more control and Becket was ill and couldn’t give him it, I don’t know. But none it felt right. We didn’t have time for a friends to lovers to D/s thing. I know they’ve played together but they never learned each other. Therefore I never learned them.
Can a new beginning be found in leather and chains?
Kai Smithson’s life changes dramatically with his first glimpse into the world of BDSM. Completely innocent, Kai can hardly believe his eyes, but he knows what he likes and apparently that’s hot, dominant men in leather. He isn’t sure if he’s a submissive because he doesn’t really know what that means, but the feelings he is experiencing are exciting and new.
Harry Croft, bar manager at The Underground BDSM Club, believes in insta-lust rather than love at first sight. And when he agrees to train Kai, the contract between them has one condition—no sex. But Kai has some very definite plans about losing his virginity and a piece of paper is not going to stand in his way. In his new friends at the club and at The Edge, Kai has a ready-made support group of subs that show him that the only rules in a D/s relationship are those he wants to make for himself.
The old saying that you can choose your friends but not your family is proved horribly true for Kai, as the mysteries of his past are revealed. As he and Harry start out on their journey together, they must contend with bullets as well as bondage, danger alongside domination, and it’s not easy to establish trust when the whole world is going to hell.
Reader Advisory: This book contains characters who have extremely prejudiced views and scenes referencing physical abuse.
Okay. so this one surprised me. Not so much the context of the book itself. But the charaters. I really expected Kai to be written as another Olly but was pleasantly surprised when he wasn’t.
Kai was rescued from the ‘hospital’ and Harry took one look at him and said mine! I just love those, that insta love-lust-knowledge. And even though Kai knows nothing about a true D/s relationship, he knows that he wants someone to look after him, to help and guide him. And when the other sub’s explain what it means and the power he will have he knows this is what he wants.
Harry, was able to retire early and only works at the club to stop the boredom. He hasn’t found the life long commitment with a sub but does want one. He see and wants Harry but is very nervous about the age gape.
Harry and Kai and very interesting together. It’s like who will last the longest, they both know its new and rules and bounders have to be set and made. But needs must be met and someone will crack.
I love the courtship and training we get to see with this pair. Maybe because there jobs are centered around the club, that it felt like we got to know them better? But when the danger started, which of course it did. It happened inside the already developing story, and not a second one. So you felt more involved in the lives and who – done – it.
Love forged in fire is unassailable.
Fireman Salter Beauman, Beau to his friends, has had his eye on cute Marty Standish ever since he helped rescue Marty and his boss from the bombed out rubble of Temple Church. An analyst for the security services, Marty is cute, geeky and submissive through and through—even if he doesn’t know it yet.
With a serial fire starter making inroads into Beau’s life expectancy, he decides that there is no time to waste and introduces Marty to the D/s lifestyle. Marty responds with wide eyes, an insatiable desire to learn and the ability to turn Beau on with nothing more than a wiggle of his slim hips.
But Beau has a second, far more malevolent admirer. ‘See me dance’ is the message left at a series of increasingly dangerous fires. Beau and Marty must work together to catch a psychotic arsonist before their love goes up in flames. Literally.
Last one, so far although by the end of this one I think we found another love match.
These two, we really didn’t hear much about in the first books, although they both have made an appearance.
What was interesting about this one was we met people out side the club and lifestyle. Beau’s firehouse mates play a big role in this. As well as just these two guys being together. learning each other, living each other. nice.
As Marty is introduced into the lifestyle, its a slow and careful progression. I thought, nicely done. The fact they the villain of the story wasn’t worried about who he hurt and the fact that both Marty and Beau got injured was a nice touch.
Once again, we had all the sub’s band together teaching the new one the ropes and showing support. As well as the Don’s getting together and helping solve the crime. Same story line throughout all the books, but again what I did notice was this was decidedly more British in it’s tone and wording. And the fact that we branched out of the club. All pluses in my book.