An Underground Club Tale
Submissive Joshua has struggled with his addiction to pain for years—something Dom Nash knew when he took Joshua on. Nash also knew their path wouldn’t be an easy one, but through commitment and determination, he peels back Joshua’s layers one by one, revealing a horrific history of abuse and neglect that spans Joshua’s entire life. Nash wants nothing more than to gain Joshua’s trust and help him find the happiness that’s eluded him so long.
Providing structure and discipline is only part of what Joshua will need on his way to recovery. He’ll need the help of Dr. Hobson and their close friends at the Underground BDSM Club to help hold Joshua together as he faces the trauma of his past. It’ll push him to the edge, but Nash will be there to keep him from falling into the abyss of despair, and if Joshua can come out on the other side, he’ll be a step closer to wholeness, healing, and happiness.
'The Edge' is the third book in SJD Peterson's series 'The Underground Club' and it's the the second part of Joshua and Nash's story. 'Limitless' was the second book in this series and it was where Joshua and Nash's story really began, although they were introduced to us in 'Override' which was the first book in this series and about Donovan and Seth.
Briefly 'Limitless' gave us the beginning of Joshua and Nash's story and how they came to be together and while I really enjoyed it, I was more than a little happy to get more about them because with all of Joshua's issues I just didn't see these two have an uncomplicated 'happily ever after' and...well, I was right. Nash has got his work cut out for him if he's going to be the Dom that Josh needs and Josh has his work cut out for him as well if he's going to be the sub that he feels Nash deserves...now if we could just get Josh to open up and talk about what's bothering him...enter Dr. Cedric Hobson, Nash's friend and fellow Dom and Denny, current sub of Malcolm's and hopefully soon to be friend for Joshua...a peer who's not a Dom...something that Nash is hoping will help Joshua to relax and open up.
Overall this was an enjoyable addition to Joshua and Nash's story and there was a lot about it that I enjoyed but overall it came down to a case of I liked this and while it was a solid read for me, it just didn't put me over the moon and quite honestly that's ok not every book has to be a 5 star read because if they were than really what would be so special about any of them? Just like everything else in this world it's the variety that keeps things interesting.
We're given a much closer look at Joshua and Nash's relationship on an emotional level in this part of the story as Nash begins to realize that while his intentions were good his actions weren't what 'his boy' needed and Nash is just man enough to acknowledge when what's best for 'his boy' may not be something that he can provide by himself or directly. As Nash begins to see the depth of Josh's problems he also begins to see that he's not equipped to deal with it all no his own or alone and he does what any good Dom would do...he gets the help that Joshua needs.
This for so many reasons was one of my favorite parts of the story. I loved that Nash was the one who acknowledged that he wasn't what Joshua needed...well, not the totality of what he needed and then he took action to ensure that that need was met and he continued to self-monitor the relationship realizing after a time that things still weren't quite what Josh needed and again he took action to ensure that Joshua's needs were met...for me Nash's behavior 'screamed Alpha male' and honestly if I was looking for a DOM I'd want someone like Nash. Someone who was more worried about the mental and physical well being of their sub than their macho image.
The other aspect of this book that I really liked was Joshua's journaling that his therapist had him do. It was an awesome way to show us 1. Joshua's perspective on things and 2. the progress that he made throughout the story. It allowed for these things to happen in what felt like a more natural and organic manner.
And then there was the ending of the story...in a way it was probably my favorite part of the story because it worked...yes, Nash and Joshua got their happily ever after but it was well earned and much deserved and if felt right it wasn't an over the top hearts and rainbows the world is perfect sort of ending. To me it felt more like a well earned, we deserve this because we worked damned hard to get it sort of ending.
I'm hoping that we get a chance to see what's going to happen between Malcolm and Denny because these two so need to be a thing and not a temporary thing as Malcolm keeps implying, but I'm also hoping that I get a chance to go back and read 'The Guards of Folsom' as well...it's still on my TBR list. I've read a few books but this author and I've enjoyed them all to varying degrees and I'm looking forward to continuing with this series.
An ARC of 'The Edge' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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