Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/02/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
Even within the context of the Underground BDSM Club, Joshua’s desires are dark and extreme. Hopelessly addicted to pain and the high it gives him, he has no limits. Joshua would quite literally rather die than use a safeword, and he accepts that might be his fate. As much as he depends on others, he has yet to find a man who can gain his trust, and he has little hope that he ever will.
For Nash, acquiring Joshua from another Dom at the club is only the first step in what will be a long and arduous road to lure the young man back from the brink of self-destruction. He must do the impossible and win Joshua’s trust, and he must be the one to set limits in their exploration—something he’s unaccustomed to as a Dom. But Nash knows dominance doesn’t always mean pushing a submissive’s boundaries. It’s about establishing a bond and fulfilling another man’s needs. In Joshua’s case, he’ll have to strike a balance between meeting the young man’s expectations and drawing firm lines that will save Joshua from himself.
This is the second book in The Underground Club series and has a very different feel to the first book. Easily read as a standalone there is a lot more angst to this story and more of a HFN ending that perhaps the author will expand on further along in the series – I felt it ended abruptly and there were a lot of issues not dealt with.
Joshua is messed up. There is no better description for the young man who had a pretty awful and often times abusive childhood and who learnt very quickly what he would need to do to survive. His craving is for pain. Finding out about BDSM was an eye opener for a man who is naturally a sub with a craving for pain but even then he didn’t always fare that well with Dom’s that didn’t or couldn’t understand what he needed. He also plays without safewords and is reticent to discuss why with Nash.
Nash is an experienced Dom, a little set in his ways and with a tendency towards being a bit OCD. He has been taken with Joshua since first setting eyes on him and is less than impressed with how he perceives the boys current Dom looks after him. Here is a man with a good heart, a huge case of lust and absolutely no idea just how damaged and messed up the apple of his eye is – but that good heart wins out and he ends up taking Joshua home with the hope of making something permanent with him.
Although after an initial hiccup or two this pair worked relatively well together I felt a lot of the issues weren’t answered and only skimmed over. Joshua was certainly in a better place by the end of the book and Nash had had his eyes opened to the full extent of Joshua’s need to heal but again it was only touched upon. I guess this felt like half a story – perhaps an epilogue would have helped, I’m not sure, but it feels like Joshua and Nash’s story needs to be finished.
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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