Reviewed by JustJen
Author: SJD Peterson
Series: The Underground Club #2
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Even within the context of the Underground BDSM Club, Joshua’s desires are dark and extreme. Hopelessly addicted to pain and the high it gives him, he has no limits. Joshua would quite literally rather die than use a safeword, and he accepts that might be his fate. As much as he depends on others, he has yet to find a man who can gain his trust, and he has little hope that he ever will.
For Nash, acquiring Joshua from another Dom at the club is only the first step in what will be a long and arduous road to lure the young man back from the brink of self-destruction. He must do the impossible and win Joshua’s trust, and he must be the one to set limits in their exploration—something he’s unaccustomed to as a Dom. But Nash knows dominance doesn’t always mean pushing a submissive’s boundaries. It’s about establishing a bond and fulfilling another man’s needs. In Joshua’s case, he’ll have to strike a balance between meeting the young man’s expectations and drawing firm lines that will save Joshua from himself.
Review: The previous book, Override, was very low on angst, and much lighter than I had been expecting, but this story promised a bit more, which had me a wee bit excited. These can easily be read on their own, but I definitely recommend reading Override as well.
Joshua is a young man with some major issues. From his upbringing in foster care, to his bad taste in Doms, he has not had very much in the way of caring. What he has gained, however, is a pretty high tolerance and even need, for pain. He reminded me of a neglected puppy who would misbehave believing that even bad attention was better than no attention. Having almost no limits puts him in more than one dangerous situation, since he all but refused to use his safeword.
Nash sees something in Joshua and believes he can help. The problem is that, just as with a scared puppy, if Nash doesn’t go about things the right way, it will just scare Joshua off, running into more potential danger. I loved his plan of retraining Joshua on his need for pain, showing that he can find pleasure in more than just the pain, along with a new way of looking at things.
It was very difficult for Joshua to actually trust, which was ironic given how much is required in the BDSM scene. But luckily, Nash is a good guy, doesn’t take advantage and actually wants Joshua to genuinely give him his trust and accept it in return. I loved the struggle of watching Nash fight with his feelings for Joshua against what he knew was best for Joshua’s best interests.
This was another winner for me, and I’m really enjoying this world. I loved that this installment was a little more involved with bigger issues being dealt with. BDSM was not used as a means to an end – Nash continually encouraged Joshua to seek therapy outside of the scene and basically reshaped Joshua’s perception of it all, but in a good way. The one big disappointment for me was the abrupt ending. But we get a nice HFN, and I’m hoping we get to see glimpses of these guys in future stories.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*