Tales from the Edge Series (Books 1 – 3) by L.M. Somerton ~ Book Review by Caroline

I recently reviewed Book 4 in The Edge series and enjoyed it so much I decided to go back immediately and review the first 3 books. These are not full reviews just my shortened thoughts on each.

Edge-books-1-3 Title: Tales from the Edge Series (Books 1 – 3)

Author: L.M. Somerton

Publisher: Totally Bound

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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Book 1
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.

 

Book 2
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.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, including D/s, bondage, chastity play, masturbation and voyeurism. It is best read as part of a series.

 

Book 3
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.

My View:

Reaching The Edge
4 Stars

This is book 1 and introduces us to many characters. It also takes us inside the BDSM club known as The Underground and we learn more about the successful business called The Edge. All of this is pertinent for setting up the series.

Submissive Olly was abandoned by his last master, a vicious and cruel man, after being left traumatised by a riot where he worked. Trying to rebuild his life he starts work at The Underground where he meets Joe. Joe is a Dom who is tiring of occasional play with different subs and wants to find a life partner. He is immediately taken by Olly’s beauty but quickly recognises the young mans fear and is drawn to protect him. When Olly’s old master decides he wants him back and will go to any lengths to get what he wants Joe calls on his friends to help keep the man he has fallen in love with safe.

Living On The Edge
4 Stars

This is a book that proves not everything is always as it seems. Aiden Keller has a fantastic mind and it appears to have got him into trouble when he is convicted of hacking. To keep him out of prison he is sent to The Edge for 12 months to basically be a general dogsbody and keep his nose out of trouble. Aiden immediately becomes friends with Olly but it is the dark and broody Heath that stirs him. Heath can’t seem to stay away from Aiden but knows he can’t touch him whilst he is under his care, 12 months seems like a very long time! Aiden seems to thrive on Heaths rules so Heath starts testing him and seeing just how obedient he actually is. When Aidens life is in danger it becomes apparent that things are not as they seem and maybe the two can be together sooner if they can stay alive long enough.

Dancing On The Edge
4 Stars

We have met Carey and Alistair in the previous books. Although Alistair is not collared there is no doubt the pair are an exclusive D/s couple and very much in love. Carey is older than Alistair and likes to live a relatively quiet life and his biggest fear is that Alistair will get bored with him. Alistairs father is a high flying business man and the biggest asshole around. When his career becomes more public the last thing he wants anyone to know about is his gay son and his apparent deviant lifestyle. His answer to this is to kidnap Alistair and shove him into conversion therapy where he will have the ‘gay’ quite literally tortured out of him. You should not that some of this is very hard to read. Calling on his friends Carey is out of his mind with worry for his beautiful and resilient lover and they hatch a rescue plan. They also aim to make sure that Alistairs father is never again able to put him through so much pain again but they need to act quickly before the damage is too much!

I have really enjoyed this series and look forward to hearing more about their lives and meeting more characters in any future books. There is a lot of attention to detail in the building of relationships, not just between the couples. The BDSM is well written.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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