Author: S M Johnson
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Above the Dungeon – 70,000 words, erotic fiction (M/M, BDSM)
With the ink barely dry on his Ivy League diploma, Dare is expected join the family business, marry his high school sweetheart, and commit his life to conservative suburbia. But in a moment of panic he runs away to NYC where his cousin gets him a bartending job at a club called Above the Dungeon. The basement of the club houses legendary BDSM Master Roman’s dungeon. And Roman’s interest in the newest bartender challenges Dare’s lifelong perception of his own sexuality.
As he draws Dare into the world of BDSM, Roman has to contend with the feelings and insecurities of Jeff, the 24/7 slave he has at home.
Alternately told from points of view of Dare and Jeff, Above the Dungeon is a series of highly erotic BDSM scenes tied together with tight plot and intense relationship dynamics.
This is one of those books that had me excited by the end of the first chapter.
There is a lot going on in this story and I’m guessing that it will leave some people feeling uncomfortable. Jeff and Roman are an established couple and Jeff is a 24/7 slave but every few years he feels compelled to fall in love with someone else. He would never leave Roman, he loves Roman more than anyone else in the world, but they have both played outside of their relationship.
Dare has spent his life living his father’s dream. He has just finished college and is now expected to propose to his girlfriend. In a moment of panic he packs up and runs to stay with his cousin and ends up working as a barman in Romans club, Above The Dungeon.
He immediately catches Roman’s eye and a dance of sorts begins. The club and everything about is an eye opener for straight laced Dare but he can’t help but be drawn to the presence Roman exudes. It starts with a tour of his dungeon but soon leads to much more. Curiosity, fear and adrenaline soon see Dare living and participating in a world that is completely foreign to him.
The irony of the story is that for once it is not Jeff doing the falling in love outside their relationship but Roman. This is not lost on Jeff who is left feeling discombobulated and a little unsure of himself and initially he reacts badly to Dare. Dare, for his part has no idea what he doing but knows that he has never felt so free and safe as he does when he is in Roman’s arms.
This is a wander through the BDSM lifestyle from the eyes of a complete virgin who was until very recently straight and almost married. I loved some of Dare’s reactions and his internal musings; luckily he was quite level headed as he was totally out of his depth at time. It was also vitally important that Roman was so steady in his role as Dom and although he was very strict he was fair and compassionate and guided Dare through his fears.
Jeff wasn’t my favourite throughout the book, his internal musings were more whines, but then as a slave he really had no say in how a new person entering their relationship happened. That might sound harsh but in reality Jeff saw it as part of his submission and he enjoyed the challenge it gave him. You were always left with the feeling that no matter how much Roman wanted Dare he would never jeopardise what he had with Jeff, he simply loved him too much.
The ending of the book is left very open and makes you immediately want to move onto the second book to see how these three men merge their lives.
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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