4 Stars for Reaching the Edge (#1 in Tales from The Edge) by L.M. Somerton – #MM #BDSM @lmsomerton @Totally_Bound

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Title: Reaching the Edge (Tales from the Edge #1)
Author Name: L.M. Somerton
Publication Date & Length: July 19, 2013 – 112pgs

Synopsis

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.

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Review

FourStars

This book hints at rape and a controlling, non-consensual BDSM pairing. If those bother you, do not read.
Joe has two jobs. One where he teases out the psyche of criminals and sometimes victims and one where he gets to entice people’s creative minds, where they can play out their desires. When Joe meets Olly, sparks fly, wills are tested and ultimately, they each find what they were searching for – understanding and love.
Poor Olly has been put through the ringer. I love his undying spirit – he’s mischievous, but loyal, smart and loving. He allows Joe to truly care for him. He also is so much stronger than he appears. Although his previous Dom was an absolute brute and bastard, Olly’s willingness to seek what he still craves is admirable.
Joe is always loving and kind with Olly. I love how he lets Olly be himself. Joe doesn’t try to crush his spirit, just gather it on a tighter leash.
This was a great start to the series.
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AuthorBio

I live in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. I started writing to fill time between jobs and am now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

I love the English weather, especially the rain, and adore a thunderstorm. I love good food, warm company and a crackling fire.

I’m fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and my stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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