Saturday, February 1, 2020

Tales from The Edge Box Set: Part One by L.M. Somerton

Reaching the Edge

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.

Living on the Edge

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 recognises 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.

Dancing on the Edge

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?

A Double-Edged Sword

How do you stay standing when the ground is torn from beneath your feet?

Becket and Christian are taking the first, tentative steps towards the committed D/s relationship they both crave when the world literally explodes around them. In a frightening reversal of roles, Becket has to deal with his own vulnerability and Christian must find the strength to take care of his Dom. With the help of their friends at The Edge, the two men come to realise that dominance and submission cannot be switched on and off.

Events that could have ended in tragedy provide the catalyst that affirms their trust in each other, but there are still questions to answer. Is the safe path always the right one to take? Is control simply a state of mind?

One thing’s for certain, life’s too short for compromise.

Reader Advisory: These books contain the pushing of boundaries and edging, kidnap, forceful imprisonment and forms of visual torture along with scenes of prolonged physical torture. They also contains characters with extreme prejudiced views. There are references to past rape and current PTSD, non-consensual plot elements including sexual assault.

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Part One: Books 1 - 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romances

The box set as a whole was between a 4 and 5 star. There was some redundancy, but overall, these were unique couples in unique situations.

Book 1: Reaching the Edge
4 stars
M\M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Abuse, kidnapping

This story was sweet. Joe is a psychologist who is also living a lifestyle as a dom. He has known for a while now that he wants to have a long-term sub, but hasn't found the right guy. When his friends set him up, Joe is none the wiser.

Olly has been in a long-term relationship, but when he realizes that his dom doesn't love him the way he thought, Olly is crushed. To make matters worse, Olly is subjected to a prison riot that leaves its own scars.

When Joe sees Olly, it's an insta-love connection. While I am not particularly happy about that and wish that they had more time to build a foundation, I can understand the constraints of the length of the book.

Overall, this was a quick read, with some intrigue, action, and love. I liked the story okay and hope to see these characters again since Olly made me laugh.

Book 2: Living on the Edge
5 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Terrorism

This was still a short book, but we got to see the characters from the previous story and meet Aiden and Heath.

Aiden seems to be a petulant young guy who has an eye for hacking. When he comes before a judge, despite being kind of sullen, Aiden is also scared. While he knows what he’s in for when the judge offers him a different path, he has no choice but to take it.

Heath isn’t quite sure what to make of his new charge. While his dad asks this of him from time to time, Heath wants to bend Aiden over and make him submit to him. It’s difficult for Heath because while he knows that Aiden is a sub, Heath can’t do anything about it while Aiden is under his supervision for his court sentence.

Once Heath and Aiden figure out where they stand with each other, the story turns into more of a mystery. I liked how everyone was involved in this story. I also liked how Heath loved that Aiden was a sub but didn’t act as a stereotypical sub.

Book 3: Dancing on the Edge
5 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Conversion therapy, kidnapping, attempted murder

Carey is a dom who loves his sub, Alistair. However, when Alistair’s father comes back to haunt them, it will take all of the subs and doms to work together in order to get Alistair back in one piece.

Alistair’s dad is one who is beyond help. He has never accepted his son and rather than let Alistair live in peace, he wants to exert control over him and convert him to be “good.”

While this is fairly self-explanatory, it should be said that there are hints of torture in this book and while it’s not super graphic, you get the picture.

I really enjoyed watching this all be planned out and the results. It was a good feeling when they were able to execute their plan without fail and gather information on Alistair’s father too.

Book 4: A Double Edged Sword
4 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Bombs

Becket has been seen throughout this series and I’m so happy that he finally got his own story. Becket is a hard man to know. He isn’t easily read by his emotions and he has a hardness that the other doms simply don’t have. Due to Becket’s job, Christian knows that it could be dangerous, but when that danger hits incredibly close to home, both Becket and Christian will have to decide if their budding relationship can handle the stress and danger.

Becket knows that Christian is exactly who he has been looking for. They have a connection that Becket hasn’t been able to find with any other sub. But he also knows that he has been neglecting Christian for his job lately, and because of that, Becket will seriously have to consider his profession.

Christian just wants to please Becket and live a fulfilling life. When he lands a job that he loves and realizes that Becket is exactly what he has been looking for, Christian will have to believe that his dom will always be around to take care of him.

These two have a strong connection, but with the action that happens in the book, I felt that the relationship piece was kind of pushed to the side. However, I loved their relationship in the bedroom and even in the real world. Both realized they were what they needed and even with the dangers, maybe they can keep each other safe and happy.

Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tales from The Edge Box Set: Part One by L.M. Somerton to read and review.

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