Saturday, February 8, 2020

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

Rough Around the Edges

Can a new beginning be found in leather and chains?

Kai Smithson’s life changes dramatically with his first glimpse into the world of BDSM. Completely innocent, Kai can hardly believe his eyes, but he knows what he likes and apparently that’s hot, dominant men in leather. He isn’t sure if he’s a submissive because he doesn’t really know what that means, but the feelings he is experiencing are exciting and new.

Harry Croft, bar manager at The Underground BDSM Club, believes in insta-lust rather than love at first sight. And when he agrees to train Kai, the contract between them has one condition—no sex. But Kai has some very definite plans about losing his virginity and a piece of paper is not going to stand in his way. In his new friends at the club and at The Edge, Kai has a ready-made support group of subs that show him that the only rules in a D/s relationship are those he wants to make for himself.

The old saying that you can choose your friends but not your family is proved horribly true for Kai, as the mysteries of his past are revealed. As he and Harry start out on their journey together, they must contend with bullets as well as bondage, danger alongside domination, and it’s not easy to establish trust when the whole world is going to hell..

Scorched Edges

Love forged in fire is unassailable.

Fireman Salter Beauman, Beau to his friends, has had his eye on cute Marty Standish ever since he helped rescue Marty and his boss from the bombed out rubble of Temple Church. An analyst for the security services, Marty is cute, geeky and submissive through and through—even if he doesn’t know it yet.

With a serial fire starter making inroads into Beau’s life expectancy, he decides that there is no time to waste and introduces Marty to the D/s lifestyle. Marty responds with wide eyes, an insatiable desire to learn and the ability to turn Beau on with nothing more than a wiggle of his slim hips.

But Beau has a second, far more malevolent admirer. ‘See me dance’ is the message left at a series of increasingly dangerous fires. Beau and Marty must work together to catch a psychotic arsonist before their love goes up in flames. Literally.

Driven to the Edge

Not all limits can be negotiated.

The Edge is reaching a major milestone. After ten years in business together, Doms Joe Dexter and Heath Anders are planning a celebration and new beginnings. But even the best-laid plans can be thrown off course.

When Olly, Joe’s beloved sub, gets caught up in a hostage situation involving Special Forces soldiers, PTSD and blood diamonds, a party is the last thing on Joe’s mind. He hates the lack of control, and the thought of losing Olly takes him close to the edge.

Joe is not the only one reassessing his priorities. Olly needs Joe’s strength more than ever. He feels safe only in Joe’s arms or in his bondage.

Can Joe and Olly find sanctuary in each other or will their latest adventure drive them apart?

Binding the Edges

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

Reader Advisory: These books contain scenes of sexual abuse and references to physical abuse, violence and a hostage situation and characters who have extremely prejudiced views.

Part Two: Books 5 - 8
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romance

All in all, these were somewhat redundant in their themes. However, they were still enjoyable, as long as you've read the previous books too, so that you know what's going on.

Book 5: Rough Around the Edges
4 stars
M\M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Conversion therapy, attempted kidnapping, murder

Kai and Harry start out slow in their relationship, but their connection is instant. With Kai under the protection of Harry, they have a mystery to figure out. Why was Kai sent away and why was his uncle keeping things from him?

With Kai being brave with exploring his desires, Harry is all too excited to be the one to show him. I really enjoyed watching them figure out how their relationship was going to work. The protective instincts that Harry has towards Kai are somewhat fatherly, but overall, his actions are more of a lover and partner.

I liked watching the mystery behind Kai's family and why he was sent to conversion therapy. I liked how the friends came to the rescue and showed both Harry and Kai that their relationship was what they wanted to make of it.

Book 6: Scorched Edges
4 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Arson

Beau is a firefighter and he loves what he does. Normally, he's so tired after a shift that he goes to the club for dinner, but nothing else. However, when he meets Marty, he can't help but love the connection.

Marty isn't a sub, per se, but he knows that it interests him. He works with the secret government agency alongside Aiden, but he also is deeply attracted to people giving him orders.

When Beau finds himself the focus of a firebug, it will take all of the people around him to help figure out who is targeting him and why. Marty will need to decide if he can handle being a sub, knowing that Beau is put in danger for his job.

These two find themselves in a relationship that is very similar to Kai and Harry. The difference is mainly how they like to play. But it was a quick relationship start and their lust drove their relationship forward.

Book 7: Driven to the Edge
5 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Kidnapping

This is more about Olly and his master, Joe, and how their relationship developed and evolved over the years. I have always liked Olly. His mouth gets him in trouble, but he loves every second of it. Joe is firm, but also wrapped around Olly's finger.

When Olly finds himself in the middle of a strange situation, he can't help but feel that Joe is with him. Joe feels somewhat helpless but knows that Olly is strong. I really enjoyed this story and found that it was my favorite in the series.

The soldiers are fun to watch and I loved how they fit right in. I hope that they get their own stories, especially after the issues they had with their own members.

Book 8: Binding the Edges
3.5 stars
M/M BDSM Romance
Triggers: Stalking, Attempted kidnapping and murder

Again we see Olly. He's now recovering from the ordeal from the previous book. Joe is trying to help him and keeps a fairly large secret in order to protect Olly. However, everyone around them knows and tries to keep things as normal as possible.

These two have such a strong connection. Their love is so deep. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and be shaped throughout these books. However, with that being said, I wanted more of this book to be about their relationship.

There were so many different details within the story that I felt that their relationship kind of got lost. And when you throw in the monkey wrench that is the crux of this book, their communication breakdown makes them more realistic. They seemed like the couple to strive for, but with this, it makes them more relatable too.

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 Two by L.M. Somerton to read and review.

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