Author: SJD Peterson
Book: The Edge
Series: The Underground Club, Book #3
Page/Word Count: 200 pages, 60K words
Categories: Gay Romance, BDSM & Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
International: Amazon Universal
Cover Artist: Ronaldo Gutierrez, Photographer; Cover Design by Paul Richmond
Submissive Joshua has struggled with his addiction to pain for years—something Dom Nash knew when he took Joshua on. Nash also knew their path wouldn’t be an easy one, but through commitment and determination, he peels back Joshua’s layers one by one, revealing a horrific history of abuse and neglect that spans Joshua’s entire life. Nash wants nothing more than to gain Joshua’s trust and help him find the happiness that’s eluded him so long.
Providing structure and discipline is only part of what Joshua will need on his way to recovery. He’ll need the help of Dr. Hobson and their close friends at the Underground BDSM Club to help hold Joshua together as he faces the trauma of his past. It’ll push him to the edge, but Nash will be there to keep him from falling into the abyss of despair, and if Joshua can come out on the other side, he’ll be a step closer to wholeness, healing, and happiness.
4✨s – This is a welcome sequel to Limitless, the first book featuring Joshua and Nash, the second book in the series. The prologue picks up exactly where Limitless left off but we get a far different impression of Joshua than in book one. Nash has made some rather blithe assumptions about the status of both their D/s and personal relationships and it’s a jolt when he realizes he was mistaken. It’s quite realistic though, showing he’s human, he makes mistakes but is conscientious enough to ask for help when needed. Joshua has begun seeing a therapist and is journaling his thoughts, so we see a much different side than Nash does, for much of the time.
I appreciated the fact that the book chronicles a realistic progression of Joshua’s mental and emotional state. Nash is shown trying to meet his needs by adjusting his actions as well. Initially we’re treated to a couple of s/m scenes between them but that changes too, although there’s still a fair amount of hot sex. I do feel the story lost momentum at points, where sex substituted for dialogue between Joshua and Nash regarding their relationship. There was more time spent on their separate thoughts and actions and less of them discussing expectations as a couple. It was rather late in the story before I really sensed Nash and Joshua were on the same page. It was fulfilling to see Joshua working through his issues.
Denny is a new character introduced as a friend for Joshua, also a likely subject for a story between him and Malcolm. I hope it continues this theme I enjoy the most from this author, which has largely been in the edgier kink realm. Nash and Joshua were characters that drew me in and had me rooting for a true happy ending, which they ultimately achieved. Fans of the Whispering Pines and Guards of Folsom series should enjoy this as well and I can recommend this for fans of more realistic BDSM culture.
About SJD Peterson:
SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of gay romance. Her books have received starred reviews in USA Today.
Jo currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina, having had enough of the Michigan winters to last her a lifetime. She has no idea where she’ll end up next but wherever she goes, it will be snow and ice-free.
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