Series: The Underground Club #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 2, 2016
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
Limitless by S.J.D. Peterson is the second book in her Underground Club series, but don't let that worry you if you haven't read the first one. This book totally works well as a stand alone and you will not be lost in the least if you start here. If you like stories about wounded, broken subs and Dom's who have a heart of gold but are no nonsense then this book will definitely be for you. I have to say, I enjoyed Limitless much more than I did the first book and I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try. With that gorgeous cover, really, who could resist?
Nash is a Dom at Club Underground and is highly respected. He's a tough master, but he's a man who expects a lot and knows what he wants. And what he wants is Joshua. The only problem is, Joshua belongs to someone else. This doesn't stop Nash though, and after an investigation based on Nash's gut instinct that Joshua isn't being treated in the way he should by his Dom, Nash finds himself in charge of Joshua's care. You'd think this would make Nash happy, and it does, but Joshua is one very, VERY messed up sub. He's got a wall built around himself that is almost impenetrable. Nash is more than up for the challenge however and with some gentle but firm prodding and a few very intense BDSM scenes, Nash and Joshua begin to find their way. The road ahead isn't easy. Joshua is a hot mess and Nash questions himself with every setback Joshua has. But these two together? I loved their dynamic.
Unlike the first book, I was really invested in both these characters from the get go. I always love reading about a dominant who is both strict and loving and who is in tune with his sub on more than a sexual level. Taking on a submissive with the myriad of problems that Joshua has is no easy task and I really appreciated how Peterson did not allow BDSM to be the cure-all for Joshua. I was not a fan of getting to 80% of the book and STILL having very little of Joshua's background. From bits and pieces it's not too difficult to surmise that he's been traumatized but the specifics are still left unanswered, even at the end of the book. And well, the ending, while sweet, was definitely abrupt and the readers are left with so many questions. All in all though, this was a fun book. The sex scenes were hot and written well, both characters were engaging, and Malcom's numerous appearances were most welcome (I LOVE him ... I hope he's getting his own book!). Check this one out guys. I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
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