Book Reviews

The Edge (The Underground Club 3) by SJD Peterson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 18-July-2018

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Review

“He doesn’t hit me hard enough or often enough. I don’t think he understands what that does to me, how it leaves me feeling empty with too much time to think about things. Things I don’t want to think about. Things that should be left in the past. It’s getting harder to keep them there. They keep escaping from the iron safe I’ve constructed.”

I find it incredibly ironic that one of my rare issues with book two in this series, ‘Limitless’, was that I felt it ended rather abruptly and left me hanging as to what the future for Nash and Joshua would be. Ironic because it turns out that this volume continues their story and has more of Joshua facing his past and Nash helping him to deal with it. Of course, Joshua believes that he can keep all of his bad memories locked away inside of him and eventually they’ll disappear. Well, when the safe explodes it’s going to be Nash and Joshua fighting for his sanity.

“It was ironic that the one man Nash wanted to be the best for, the one man he was falling in love with, was also the one man Nash couldn’t read or know how to help.”

Wasn’t it interesting to discover that all the forward progress Nash believes has been made really is Joshua playing the part of the perfect submissive, all while trying to manipulate Nash into giving him the severe pain he needs? Once Nash discovers this, he realizes that it is his own pride that has kept him from seeing how he has been very cleverly played by Joshua. It was very fascinating watching Nash proceed with this new perspective but also heartbreaking once Joshua was faced with confronting his past.

As much as I enjoyed seeing Nash and Joshua’s relationship play out I was disappointed in a few things, although that is probably more my lack of direct experience with the type of memories Joshua struggled with, than the writing or the story. Nash seemed to go back and forth quite a bit in how to deal with Joshua, and even though I understand a Dom is human, I felt that Nash’s pride and ego weren’t always good things in terms of Joshua’s mental health recovery. I’m sure I’m not explaining this very well but sometimes it was more of a feeling than anything else. As I said, however, the problem was mine and certainly not the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this addition to the series, although once again I felt that this book ended rather abruptly. I’m looking forward to more and hoping to see other characters get their chances at their happy ever after in the world of ‘The Underground Club’.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/60123 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-July-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-edge-by-sjd-peterson-9754-b