Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Beyond the Edge
Author: Elizabeth Lister
Heroes: Tate Mackenzie, James Lucas & Sebastian Doucette
Genre: M/M BDSM
Length: 290 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Tate Mackenzie has signed on for a weekend of kinky fun at the hands of respected Dom, James Lucas. However, James has invited another man, twenty-four year-old Sebastian Doucette, to join in. Thrown together under James’ expert tutelage, the two men experience an instant attraction and begin a tentative relationship on their own time. But James hasn’t been entirely honest with the boys and soon Tate finds himself the focus of two infatuated men. How will he choose the man he wants or the lifestyle he desires to pursue?
Right off the bat, let me say that this isn’t a ménage. There are a few scenes with all three guys, but those are in the BDSM sessions only. Tate has finally gotten his chance to have a session with Master James, but James throws in a wrench when he invites Sebastian to their weekend. Tate and Sebastian meet ahead of time and both feel a connection, though they don’t pursue it until after their session with James.
James is awesome. He is a wonderful Dom and super sexy. He successfully gives James (and Sebastian, who is new to the scene) what they need leaving them craving more. Luckily, they do the same for James, and he invites them back.
The big struggle here is when James lays his cards out on the table and Tate must choose between continuing his relationship with Sebastian or giving James a shot. This sort of came out of the blue for me, as I truly didn’t sense any personal feelings from James towards Tate beyond the Dom/Sub aspect. The other thing I missed or what confused me a bit was that I thought Tate and Sebastian were subs, going to James to experience submission to him. This changes when some roles are reversed, and James mentions they are training to be doms or will make good doms.
The scenes in this story were very well done, and I found them quite refreshing. It has been some time since I’ve really enjoyed a good BDSM tale that was believable, and I could totally see James in action here. There was edging, orgasm denial, chastity and light humiliation scenes, to name a few. I don’t normally enjoy puppy play, but the little bit in this story was quite enjoyable. So, while there were a few things here and there that I didn’t love, this was an overall very strong story that I found sexy and hot. There is even some mushy romance stuff to round things out. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this one, as I was definitely not disappointed.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*