Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Dare in the Dungeon
Author: S.M. Johnson
Series: Dungeon #4
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 238 Pages
Publisher: S.M. Johnson
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: “I dare you to leap…”
Kneeling for Thomas is like skirting the edge of a fatal fall, and Dare wonders what he’s gotten himself into. Why can’t he just be happy with Zach, the perfect gay boyfriend? Yeah, Zach forced him out of the closet, and that was uncomfortable, but that’s nothing compared to what Thomas expects from him. Subbing for Roman was cookies and milk and kindergarten naptime compared to this. He wants to trust Thomas and stop pretending, but how much pain and humiliation can one Ivy League kid handle before he comes apart?
Meanwhile, in Minnesota… Jeff continues to write hot, hot, hot D/s erotica while battling emotional trauma from the accident. It’s easier to keep Jason as a buffer between himself and Roman than to face his fear of being tied up. He’s tired of being broken, but how can he be fixed when he can’t stay in bondage for more than fourteen minutes?
Review: Boy, did I miss these guys. This series falls under the category of not-cheesy-to-me BDSM, and I am always thrilled to open a book and find that is the case. It’s like a breath of fresh air, truly.
There is a lot of struggle going on here, mostly with Dare, who is still fighting his need/want/craving for the domination aspects in his life and finding happiness and acceptance in that. He is happy with Zach, but Zach is just not able to be that extra something Dare longs for. Dare had a taste of it with Roman, and while he is happy that he made the right decision to leave that relationship, it doesn’t make it any easier for him. There are so many things going through Dare’s head. He has quite a few issues resulting from his upbringing, and while he is getting more comfortable with it, he still struggles a little with being out. He is so worried about what he wants or why he feels he can’t just be happy. All of this makes it very difficult for him to fully submit. Thankfully, they guys have gotten in touch with Thomas, who has agreed to help them out.
Thomas, or Tomas, is just as smoking hot as he was when we first saw him dominating Roman. He is so confident and just takes charge the second he enters a room. He is exactly what Dare needs, in lieu of Roman, and he works really hard to help Dare overcome his issues. There are a lot of “scenes” in this book, but they are all really well done and cover a wide range, from fisting to sounding, bondage, denial and quite a bit in between. He is the dominant for Dare, as well as the mentor for Zach, who is now finding it easier to fit into the more confident role.
We also get to see how Roman and Jeff are getting along. It is really great to see Jeff is recuperating and pushing past his own issues – new challenges brought on from his time in traction. Things are changing for them with the eventual loss of Vanessa and Jason moving on, but the foundation of them as a couple remains strong.
Vanessa is still living with them at this point, along with her baby. My least favorite part of this story is the scene with Vanessa on her first “date” with another couple. But it is over quickly and not very graphic. As with before, the worst part about it for me is that it takes away from my time with the guys.
What I really loved about this installment is the growth that occurs with each character. They all come to some level of realization and understanding about feelings and emotions, etc. I’ve loved Dare from the start, so I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of this being about him, even though the others get plenty of page time as well.
This was well written and quite a page turner. I really didn’t want it to end, and I am again sending subliminal thoughts to Ms. Johnson that there will be more of these guys in the future, however long that takes.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*