REVIEWED BY CINDY
SERIES: The Underground Club Book 2
AUTHOR: SJD Peterson
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2016
Even within the context of the Underground BDSM Club, Joshua’s desires are dark and extreme. Hopelessly addicted to pain and the high it gives him, he has no limits. Joshua would quite literally rather die than use a safeword, and he accepts that might be his fate. As much as he depends on others, he has yet to find a man who can gain his trust, and he has little hope that he ever will.
For Nash, acquiring Joshua from another Dom at the club is only the first step in what will be a long and arduous road to lure the young man back from the brink of self-destruction. He must do the impossible and win Joshua’s trust, and he must be the one to set limits in their exploration—something he’s unaccustomed to as a Dom. But Nash knows dominance doesn’t always mean pushing a submissive’s boundaries. It’s about establishing a bond and fulfilling another man’s needs. In Joshua’s case, he’ll have to strike a balance between meeting the young man’s expectations and drawing firm lines that will save Joshua from himself.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. SJD Peterson always finds a way to blow my mind with a story and this one is no exception.
Nash’s first glimpse of Joshua leaves him wanting to know everything about him so he goes investigating and doesn’t like everything that he finds. The young sub is someone who needs looking after in a way that most of the Dom’s Joshua shares scenes with don’t understand or even care to see.
This story swept me away, and I couldn’t stop once I started because I had to know how these two men were going to find the way to each other.
Joshua isn’t as innocent as he seems. He conspires with himself to get what he thinks he wants out of Nash, but the Dom sees it coming at almost every turn. Joshua is also heartbreaking because he thinks he deserves to be treated badly and feels like the dissatisfaction in all of his relationships is his fault, because there must be something wrong with him. The man has been abused and mistreated and until Nash comes along, he’s never known anything different.
Nash is a Dom who is very good at what he does but even he is perplexed on how to set limits for a sub who doesn’t seem to have any. He works at the puzzle that is Joshua, peeling back the layer’s bit by bit to figure out how best to help him while working their way to a relationship.
Nash’s best friend Malcom is a good friend and a wonderful addition to this story. His honest devotion to his friend and the love of the lifestyle they share made me smile on more than one occasion.
All in all, Joshua broke my heart time and again in this story but to be honest, he was also a lot stronger than it first seemed and the slow burn that finally revealed it was worth the time it took to get there.
Did I mention the sex is incredible and the the BDSM aspect very well portrayed? I’m a big fan of the safe, sane and consensual aspect of the lifestyle being portrayed in a positive way and this is done in the best way in this book.
The writing was excellent, with complex characters that begged me to get to know them and I have to give a quick shout out to Paul Richmond for the beautiful cover design.
I seriously cannot find one complaint about this book so you’re all just going to have to take my 5 star rating and deal with it. I am hoping for more in this amazing series.