Reviewed by JustJen
Author: SJD Peterson
Series: The Underground Club #1
Heroes: Donavan Gregory/Seth Manning
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Don’t judge a book by its cover….
At over six feet, with a body honed in the gym, auto worker Donavan Gregory is used to people assuming he’s a dominant top. Unfortunately, they’re wrong, and Donavan’s desire to explore his submissive side goes unfulfilled.
Smaller and older than Donavan, Doctor Seth Manning might not look like a typical dominant, but when the two men meet at Pride, Donavan realized Seth might be his perfect counterpart. The trouble is, Donavan doesn’t have as much experience with the BDSM world as he’d like. What could an educated, handsome, and confident man like Seth possibly see in someone like him? Seth must convince him that despite the differences on the surface, when it comes to kinky fun and discovery, they’ll fit together just fine.
Review: Donavan’s best friend finally convinces him to attend Pride where he ends up watching some rope demonstrations from the sidelines that intrigue him. Seth, a dom, notices Donavan and seeing his interest, encourages him to participate.
Donavan is a guy who is inexperienced with BDSM but longs to be the one submitting in his relationships. He is a big guy of is often mistaken as dominant because of his size. Seth is smaller, which sort of throws Donavan off at first, but his confidence and dominant presence quickly prove that size doesn’t matter in that department.
After their performance at Pride where they remained clothed for the duration of the rope demonstration, the two decide to explore things further. These guys have some really steamy scenes together, but there is more focus on D/S and nothing real heavy. There is even a fantastic change up when they find they each enjoy switching places during some role playing. All of this added to making their relationship feel extremely workable. By that I mean that Donavan wasn’t expected to become the perfect sub overnight and suddenly love all BDSM aspects with Seth being all dommy all the time. I loved the versatility because it was perfect for these two.
There is very little angst in this story. Donavan is an auto worker who does shift work at a plant. He is forced to change shifts which throws his schedule off from Seth’s making it a little more difficult for them to find time together, but them finding ways to make that work for them was just about as angsty as things get.
I enjoyed this light BDSM story and thought it was a nice start to the series. It is a great introduction to the lifestyle if you are new to it and shows a different side of things that I think many will find enjoyable as well. It looks like things get a little heavier with the next book, but there are a few interesting characters introduced that have me looking forward to taking things to the next level. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*