Reviewed by Amber
SERIES: The Dungeon Black Duology, Book 1
AUTHOR: Kora Knight
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 400 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 30th, 2016
Love. The most powerful force in existence, but also the most ruthless. Cunning and deceptive. Man’s greatest Achilles heel. Leaving all who embrace it weak and vulnerable.
At least that’s how Dom-for-hire Max Kelley sees it, after the love of his life knocked him on his ass. A brutal blow that not only stole his breath, but decimated his ability to trust. Turning him cold and cynical. The TKO he never saw coming.
Love. A mistake Max won’t ever make again.
Meaning no more relationships—not exactly a hardship. Just the thought of dating makes him queasy, and one of the reasons he doms for a living. To sexually engage without the poison of intimacy. The other reason? To keep his demons sated. With whips and chains, and scandalous kink. A fiery mix that always hits the spot.
That is, until a bright-eyed beauty walks into his life and refuses to leave.
Sean Matthews. College senior and flirt extraordinaire. Max’s newest—and greenest—client sub. Man, is he delicious; able to push Max’s buttons, able to make him crave the things he knows he shouldn’t. Sound the alarm, this can only mean trouble. Unfortunately, deterring Sean proves virtually impossible, and now Max finds himself at a crossroads.
Man up and kick his favorite sub to the curb… or succumb to his own caged desires.
Well, I knew Max had some pretty serious baggage but I had no idea how extensive it was. WOW….wasn’t expecting that at all.
In this spinoff from the amazing Upending Tad series we get to learn more about the mysterious and elusive Max and his easy going sub, Sean. I thoroughly LOVED this book. This had just the right amount of pain and angst. This story is incredibly involved and extremely well written. This author knows how to completely engage her readers and delivers stories that pack an emotional punch.
One thing Max just doesn’t do is love or any kind of emotional entanglement. Having had his heart ripped out at a young age he prefers to keep control at all times and avoid ever giving someone power over him. His past has also left him very angry and one way to control his anger is through BDSM. Max takes his role as professional Dom very seriously and it allows him the release he craves.
His newest sub, Sean ignites something inside Max that he believed to be dead and buried. Max allows Sean to mean something to him and Max fights it every step of the way. And the road is very bumpy because both men have baggage and issues that haven’t been dealt with.
There was so much beauty between Max and Sean and even though at first both men are oblivious to it, it was captivating to experience how it all started.
Like the Tad series this one is unbelievably HOT. Max and Sean together totally rival Tad and Scott and that’s something I never thought would be possible.
Although this book could be read alone I think it would be enjoyed more thoroughly if read as part of the Tad series because you’ll get more of the back story too.
Overall, this was FANTASTIC and I am so sad that I have to wait for book 2….absolutely recommend.