Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Topping the Alpha
Author: Samantha A. Cole
Series: Trident Security #4
Heroes: Jake Donovan/Nick Sawyer
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Samantha A. Cole
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Trident Security operative, Jake Donovan, has been a member of the BDSM lifestyle since his teenage years. Starting as a submissive, he eventually became a Dom, but a brutal incident, years ago, changed Jake’s life forever. Unable to shake the ghosts of his past, Jake avoided giving his heart to anyone for sixteen years. Until Nick.
Navy SEAL, Nick Sawyer, knew it was probably a bad idea to get involved with his brothers’ friend and employee, but there was something about Jake that drew him in. While his brothers also owned a private BDSM club, The Covenant, Nick never understood what attracted people to the lifestyle. He had nothing against it, but it just wasn’t for him. Until Jake.
An old missing person’s case has Jake running to rescue a teenage girl and Nick volunteers to watch his back. But when things go awry, Jake must confront his past, before he can ever think about a future…one that, hopefully, includes Nick.
Review: This is book 4 of the series, but I started with it, as the other stories are all M/F. The author does a great job of getting the reader up to speed on who all of the other characters are, and I think this could easily be read on its own.
Nick is the youngest brother of the guys who run Trident Security, who also happen to be doms with their significant other subs. Nick is a Navy SEAL who is visiting the brothers while on vacation leave. He isn’t into the BDSM scene, though he does visit the club now and then. He has hopes of hooking up again with Jake, one of Trident’s operatives and with whom he hooked up on his last visit.
Unfortunately, Jake has some issues that cause him to push Nick away, so he is a dick throughout much of the beginning of this story. He makes it clear there will not be another hookup and is pretty blatant about it. But, Nick isn’t an easy pushover, and he makes it a point to change Jake’s mind.
In the meantime, Jake and the team are pulled into a case when a girl from Jake’s past calls for help. He had helped her escape her abusive father but hasn’t had contact since she basically went into the equivalent of witness protection. Nick opts to help since he’s in town anyway, and they then try to uncover evidence against the father while taking care of keeping the girl safe.
I really enjoyed this. Jake and Nick were great together. Nick’s newness to the BDSM stuff was done very well, and everyone makes sure they are both on the same playing field. They have great chemistry, and it shows in the bedroom and out. Nick holds his own and never backs down. Those are just a few of the reasons I loved this book and why I don’t often read M/F anymore. The author did a great job with each aspect, and even tempted me to pick up the other books in this series. There are definitely more characters I would like to read more about.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*