Author: L.M. Somerton
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 124 Pages
Category: BDSM, Suspense/Thriller
At a Glance: This was a great addition to the series. The story is well paced, is not overly long, and is entertaining to read.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Not all limits can be negotiated.
The Edge is reaching a major milestone. After ten years in business together, Doms Joe Dexter and Heath Anders are planning a celebration and new beginnings. But even the best-laid plans can be thrown off course.
When Olly, Joe’s beloved sub, gets caught up in a hostage situation involving Special Forces soldiers, PTSD and blood diamonds, a party is the last thing on Joe’s mind. He hates the lack of control, and the thought of losing Olly takes him close to the edge.
Joe is not the only one reassessing his priorities. Olly needs Joe’s strength more than ever. He feels safe only in Joe’s arms or in his bondage.
Can Joe and Olly find sanctuary in each other or will their latest adventure drive them apart?
Reader Advisory: This book contains a hostage situation and scenes of violence.
Review: Joe and Olly have been together for two years now; their love story is the first book in this series, Reaching the Edge. Since book one, we have experienced these two men in each and every book in some capacity. The series focuses on The Edge; what started as a corporate team building compound (and secret BDSM school), has evolved into a training camp for top secret military personnel as well. Located on an isolated island, The Edge is perfectly situated for the kind of business it conducts. Joe and Heath have been running The Edge for almost ten years, and are planning a huge celebration to mark the anniversary of their successful business. It seems almost right that book seven of the series swings around and focuses mainly on Joe and Olly, with some Heath and Aiden liberally thrown in so that we, as readers, can remind ourselves why we fell in love with the series in the first place, and before the final novel is released. This is book seven of the planned eight book series, and I would HIGHLY recommend reading book one, at least, before this one. There are plot points which are set in motion, primarily in book one, that are coming full circle and will be resolved in the last book. You will not fully understand the ramifications of the ending of this book without book one. Oh, and while you are at it, read all the ones in between as well. You will totally enjoy them!
Oh, Olly. I love Olly. There really is no one like him. He has a curious dichotomy of character. Too much caffeine or sugar and he is hyper, like a ten-year-old boy, but just as you slot him into that paradigm, he reminds you that he is a highly skilled nurse and an observant man, very much in control of his reactions. Olly lives to be Joe’s submissive. Taking care of the patients at the military hospital he works at will always come second to taking care of Joe. Olly is out and proud of not just being with his partner but of their relationship. Everyone who knows Olly, knows he belongs only to Joe.
Joe Dexter never knew what hit him when he met Olly. Known as an incredibly hardass Dom, Joe met his match in the cheeky sub. Joe loves to take the bubbly man and wipe the excess noise from their world, and connect with Olly at his most vulnerable. If Joe had his way, he would stay in that bubble forever, but he has a highly successful business to run, and Olly has his job on the mainland. Not having Olly in his control 24/7 drives Joe up a veritable wall, though. Olly seems to be a magnet for trouble, and not being able to protect him drives him crazy.
This was a great addition to the series. The story is well paced, is not overly long, and is entertaining to read. Olly and Aiden are helping to plan the ten year celebration of The Edge for their dominants. Everyone is going to be invited, and making it perfect is crucial to the two subs. Then Olly goes to work and gets trapped in a room with three special forces soldiers, one of whom has PTSD and thinks someone is out to kill them. Poor Olly. This is just his luck and he knows that if he gets out of this alive, Joe will probably put him in bondage and throw away the key to try to keep him safe. Make no mistake, while it is a great story and totally believable in the context of the series, be mindful that this book is about the romance between Joe and Olly and, to a lesser extent, Heath and Aiden. The author is bringing us full circle and re-establishing the foundation of her main characters to lead us into the final book.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and look forward to the final book and the arc’s conclusion. I highly recommend Driven to the Edge, and the whole series. It has been a fun and interesting erotic BDSM journey, following these men and their story.
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