Topping the Alpha by Samantha A Cole ~ Book Review by Caroline

29240187Title: Topping the Alpha

Author: Samantha A Cole

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/20/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance

Blurb:

Trident Security operative, Jake Donovan, has been a member of the BDSM lifestyle since his teenage years. Starting as a submissive, he eventually became a Dom, but a brutal incident, years ago, changed Jake’s life forever. Unable to shake the ghosts of his past, Jake avoided giving his heart to anyone for sixteen years. Until Nick.

Navy SEAL, Nick Sawyer, knew it was probably a bad idea to get involved with his brothers’ friend and employee, but there was something about Jake that drew him in. While his brothers also owned a private BDSM club, The Covenant, Nick never understood what attracted people to the lifestyle. He had nothing against it, but it just wasn’t for him. Until Jake.

An old missing person’s case has Jake running to rescue a teenage girl and Nick volunteers to watch his back. But when things go awry, Jake must confront his past, before he can ever think about a future…one that, hopefully, includes Nick.

My View:

This is book 4 in the Trident Security series and the first one that is MM. Apart from a few references to past events and not knowing how all the other couples got together it reads easily as a standalone. Trident Security is a family business that is run by Nick’s two older brothers Dev and Ian. As well as the security business they also own an exclusive BDSM club.

Nick Sawyer is a Navy SEAL and is home visiting his brothers for a month. The main thing on his wish list for this trip is to spend some time with Jake, a Trident employee, who he got together with on his last visit. Jake has been taking up a lot of Nick’s thoughts recently so the cold shoulder and asshole behaviour he gets from the man when he arrives is not quite what he expected.

Jake Donovan is a man with a past that he hasn’t moved on from. His father was a bigot and a bully and as soon as he was eighteen he signed up and got away but sadly the damage was already done. He’s a well-respected Dom who is sought out by the club’s subs and this lifestyle suits him perfectly – he won’t allow himself to get close to anyone and he certainly won’t be falling in love like all his friends seem to be, even if it is something he yearns for.

Whilst Jake and Nick try to navigate what they mean to each other a young girl from a previous case is once again in danger and the Trident team put all their efforts into keeping her alive. Now working together the two men really get to know each other without being able to use sex and it’s interesting to see how well they get on when not in bed.

Inside the bedroom they are on fire! Being a Dom is part of who Jake is and he needs his lover to submit to him. Nick is naturally submissive in bed, something that surprises him at first but also something he’s uncomfortable with in front of other people at the club. Outside of the bedroom the men aren’t in a D/s relationship and Jake is always very respectful of Nick’s feelings and fears.

Samantha Cole is a new author to me and one I certainly enjoyed and will be looking out for again.

Links

Topping the Alpha on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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