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.
I love Ollie and Joe! They are so good together and compliment each other so well. I liked how they start out getting to know each other and then are thrown together more because of circumstances. I enjoy Ms. Somerton’s writing style and how she pulls you into a story and keeps your attention right until the end.
My heart hurt for Olly. He was in an abusive relationship and was hurt deeply before he met Joe. You could feel his reluctance to open up at first. Then he has more happen to him and you wonder if he’s ever going to feel safe again. I adored watching him open up and learn to trust Joe over the course of the story. He’s got such a fun personality. He’s totally spunky and completely a brat for Joe. But you can tell he loves Joe deeply. He’s also going to be a great friend to others.
Joe was stuck in a rut and needed Olly to come along and shake things up for him. But Joe also feels deeply and longs for the companionship of a committed relationship. He fell for Olly quickly and wanted to take care of him. Joe had such a strong sense of honor you can tell he’s going to care for Olly for as long as they live. He’s so happy by the end of the book you couldn’t help but be happy for him.
One thing to note is the kidnapping plot line is in detail on page. It’s not overly graphic, however it is explicit the things that happen. If seeing kidnap and abuse scenes is something you can’t handle, I suggest skipping past those scenes in the book. You can still read the rest of the story and not lose anything. Ms. Somerton handles the topic well and does it in a way that is respectful while being explicit.
Joe and Olly are wonderful together. They get together quickly and fall fast for each other. But you can tell it’s right for them and they’re meant to be together. This is a lovely first book in the series where we get to meet some other characters that I can’t wait to see in the upcoming books in this series.
Four and a half
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.