Dare in the Dungeon by S M Johnson ~ Book Review by Caroline

23204935 Title: Dare in the Dungeon

Author: S M Johnson

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

“I dare you to leap…”

Kneeling for Thomas is like skirting the edge of a fatal fall, and Dare wonders what he’s gotten himself into. Why can’t he just be happy with Zach, the perfect gay boyfriend? Yeah, Zach forced him out of the closet, and that was uncomfortable, but that’s nothing compared to what Thomas expects from him. Subbing for Roman was cookies and milk and kindergarten naptime compared to this. He wants to trust Thomas and stop pretending, but how much pain and humiliation can one Ivy League kid handle before he comes apart?

Meanwhile, in Minnesota… Jeff continues to write hot, hot, hot D/s erotica while battling emotional trauma from the accident. It’s easier to keep Jason as a buffer between himself and Roman than to face his fear of being tied up. He’s tired of being broken, but how can he be fixed when he can’t stay in bondage for more than fourteen minutes?

77,000 words. Gay fiction, BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, and a tiny bit of F/F/M

Caroline’s View:

This book had spunk and was much more like book 1 for me. It gets back to the nitty gritty of things and is all about pushing boundaries and limits, Dare’s in particular.

It seems once Dare embraced his submissive side as part of a triad with Roman and Jeff a plain old vanilla relationship was never going to be enough for him. He has fallen in love with Zach but there is a restlessness to him and although Zach was prepared to try and be everything he needed he was never going to be his Dom, it just wasn’t in him.

Thomas, or Master Thomas, agrees to dominate Dare and from the get go he means business. He pushes Dare at every opportunity and demands true submission from him. Thomas was a bit difficult to take to when he first encountered Dare with his whole ‘street’ thing going on, but when he stops the act he is actually everything that Dare needs, even if he is also terrifying. He is also hot as hell, his whole persona commands obedience.

Dare has spent his life confined and conforming to his family and how they thought he should act, being gay was never acceptable. He has this desperate need to submit but he can never quite turn his thoughts off. He struggles with accepting that it’s ok to be on his knees for another man, he is only just becoming comfortable with telling people he is gay, a fact that Zach has pushed him to accept. He is also still mourning the loss of his relationship with Roman and he reflects back to his time with him when he first starts seeing Thomas. His constant internal musings don’t allow him to ever clear his thoughts enough to embrace his submission and get the most out of it.

Zach, as Dare’s boyfriend, goes the extra mile in this story. He not only accepts the fact that Dare needs to submit but he quickly accepts that he can’t be everything and lets Thomas into their relationship without too much angst. The three of them together are perfect and fall into sync very quickly, with Zach there to protect Dare’s heart and provide unquestioning support.

We also get a glimpse into Roman and Jeff’s life where things are different but also better. Jeff has gone from being a 24/7 slave to almost a newbie as he recovers from his injuries and battles his demons. There is still the beautiful sub inside Jeff but Roman has to adapt to their new parameters. Jeff is his world so he has no problem with this and they come out stronger than ever. The fisting scene is just HOT! Jason is still a part of their relationship but it’s clear this isn’t a permanent arrangement. Vanessa is making strides in her own life slowly but surely.

This book felt like it was giving us closure, that the boys had all found their way in life and were healing from their various traumas. BUT it also felt as though it was left a little open ended and I for one hope we get to spend more time with them in the future. It would be great to see Dare and Jeff make amends and to hear more about the plans Thomas has to get Zach on his knees. 

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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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