Reviewed by JustJen
Title: A Numinous Light
Author: Elizabeth Lister
Series: The James Lucas Trilogy #3
Genre: MMM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 279 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s been five years since James, Tate and Sebastian moved in together to enjoy a three-way BDSM relationship and James is turning fifty. After enjoying a surprise party and thoughtful gift, the health crisis of a close friend necessitates a trip to Montreal, followed by a snowy Christmas getaway in Mont Tremblant. Soon, an unexpected event challenges the dynamics of the relationship. Will the sudden appearance of family members, old friends, and new acquaintances cause insurmountable problems or present an opportunity to demonstrate the real meaning of togetherness?
Review: I have been a big fan of this series and fell in love with all three guys, most especially James. So, it was a big comforting feeling to start this and see how they are making out these days.
It’s been a few years now that they have all been living together, and things seem to be going pretty well. They all seem to have found their place with each other which was really great to see. These guys all love each other and manage to do so with very little to no jealousy or drama.
There isn’t nearly as much BDSM in this as I remember being in the others. For starters, this is really more of the guys in their day-to-day lives with more comfort and cuddling. Second, James has a bit of an accident which lays him up a bit. This makes things a bit interesting though, in that James is not one to sit idly by without participating. One of the things I enjoyed here was watching James come up with ways to work around his lack of mobility, especially during scenes. There is more of a sentimental feel to this one, as the guys celebrate James’ birthday, the holiday, as well as deal with some eye-opening experiences.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this, and the series in general, is how well this relationship works. There is give and take by each involved, and everyone gets their needs met. The BDSM aspects feel very realistic to me, as I never have a feeling of it being cheesy or hokey. Even the aspects I am not always particularly fond of, such as the puppy play, are done in a way that made me feel ok, even if I still don’t quite understand it. I realized that I don’t need to, just as Tate doesn’t need to. It’s enough that it is what Sebastian needs and enjoys. It is James that is able to provide that for Sebastian and offer the stability for Tate to be more comfortable with it too.
Overall, this was a wonderful conclusion to their story. While I wasn’t totally blown away by it, I don’t think I’d ever tire of reading about these guys, and James remains one of my favorite Doms. Their stories are well written and extremely enjoyable with a realistic and believable feel to them. I’m looking forward to whatever Ms. Lister comes up with next.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*