Tales from the Edge 1: Reaching the Edge by L. M. Somerton

Title : Reaching the Edge            Word Count : 40,638
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When you reach the edge, you can’t avoid taking a leap of faith.

Joe Dexter leads a complicated life. In one world he is a consultant criminal psychologist—in another he runs The Edge, a successful corporate training company. He’s also an active Dom in the London BDSM scene.

A social call to The Underground, a club owned by an old friend, turns into much more when Joe is introduced to a prospective sub. Falling hard for the boy’s tumbling blonde curls, huge blue eyes and desperate need for protection, Joe carefully coaxes him out of his shell. By the end of an intense weekend, unbreakable bonds have been forged and Joe is well on the way to becoming Olly’s Master.

Joe knows that there is trauma in Olly’s past, but it is not until his professional and private lives collide that Joe discovers the truth. He knows he shouldn’t have let Olly out of his sight but it’s too late—Olly’s old Master is back on the scene and he’s not in the mood to forgive and forget.

With Olly’s life on the line, Joe risks everything to save him. Has Joe found his perfect submissive only to lose him in a horrible twist of fate, or will love win the day? They’ve reached the edge and there’s no avoiding a leap of faith.

My Review : Joe Dexter is a Dominant who leads a very busy life. He is a criminal psychologist who is also trying to run his up and coming company the Edge. Being deep in the lifestyle, his company is near and dear to his heart because the Edge is where newly minted Dominants do their training to learn about their submissives. Joe is ready to take the next step in collaring a submissive. There is only one problem, he is still searching for that ‘perfect one’. He finds the perfect one in Olly.

Olly has been mentally scarred by a vicious assault that took place when he was taken hostage in a prison he worked at . He was brutalized and tortured by some of the inmates. Moreover, he was rebuffed and dumped by his previous master Mark when he needed him most. Olly is trying to heal and pick up the pieces of his life. He doesn’t know that he needs a Dom until he sets eyes on Joe. Joe looks like the perfect dominant for him. He is strong without being too abrasive while being gentle and kind at the same time. They fall into a seemlessly perfect dom/sub relationship and Joe does his best to keep it at a pace that safeguards his precious Olly.

Olly has definitely not been downtrodden by the events of the past. He maintains a precocious innocence that goes well with his angelic blond curls. Olly is so open to starting something new with this kind dominant man who he hopes will become his master. However, trouble comes in the form of his old master Mark who is dead set on renewing his relationship with Olly.

It soon becomes clear the sinister bastard hiding behind Mark’s facade when he succeeds in kidnapping Olly. He is adamant about carrying out his nefarious plans, but his plans are foiled by Joe and his friends Heath and Carey who rides to the rescue of sweet Olly. Joe goes into protective papa bear mode and he wastes no time in revealing his love for Olly.

Their love was quick , but it was a deep abiding love and a connection between two lost souls in need of the same thing. They complimented each other very well. Olly’s playfulness needed a firm hand which is what he got from Joe who is all so willing to paddle that sweet derriere. Their sexual chemistry was very strong and led to some very hot sexiness. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.