Can a new beginning be found in leather and chains?
Kai Smithson’s life changes dramatically with his first glimpse into the world of BDSM. Completely innocent, Kai can hardly believe his eyes, but he knows what he likes and apparently that’s hot, dominant men in leather. He isn’t sure if he’s a submissive because he doesn’t really know what that means, but the feelings he is experiencing are exciting and new.
Harry Croft, bar manager at The Underground BDSM Club, believes in insta-lust rather than love at first sight. And when he agrees to train Kai, the contract between them has one condition—no sex. But Kai has some very definite plans about losing his virginity and a piece of paper is not going to stand in his way. In his new friends at the club and at The Edge, Kai has a ready-made support group of subs that show him that the only rules in a D/s relationship are those he wants to make for himself.
The old saying that you can choose your friends but not your family is proved horribly true for Kai, as the mysteries of his past are revealed. As he and Harry start out on their journey together, they must contend with bullets as well as bondage, danger alongside domination, and it’s not easy to establish trust when the whole world is going to hell.
About the Author
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
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Copyright © L.M. Somerton 2015. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.
The moment Kai walked into The Underground clutching Olly’s hand, he knew he’d found his place in the world. The club smelled of leather and polish and men. The low light soothed his eyes and made him feel less visible, which suited him just fine. He liked to disappear into the background—it was safer that way. Joe steered them toward a table ringed by comfortable low chairs but they couldn’t sit down straight away as there were so many people milling around them that it took a while to get through the throng. Kai lost his grip on Olly and grabbed hold of Joe’s sleeve instead while Olly held onto Joe’s other arm—it was the only way to avoid being swept away.
“Cut the crowding, people!”
Kai turned around. Someone was standing on the bar, yelling.
“Give them some space. You’ll hear all about it soon enough.”
The crowd thinned as people went back to their tables and settled down, though the level of chatter and sense of excitement remained high. The man from the bar hopped down and came across to speak to Joe. Kai earwigged shamelessly and caught a little of their conversation.
“Why don’t we let Carey and Alistair get reacquainted and I’ll get the three of you some drinks?” Though he was talking to Joe, the man—who Kai figured had to be one of the bar staff—kept his gaze firmly fixed on Kai.
Kai examined the floor, afraid that if he looked back, those stormy gray eyes would mesmerize him.
“Sounds good,” Joe answered. “It was a long drive. Fresh orange juice for all of us please, Harry.”
Now Kai knew the man’s name. Harry. He liked it. It sounded strong and confident, just like the way the man appeared. Joe took a seat at the table and Olly immediately clambered onto his lap. Kai didn’t sit down straight away—he stood and took in the view. Everywhere he looked there were gorgeous men—all shapes and sizes, all colors and ages. Men who seemed comfortable in their skins.
His eyes widened as he realized just how little some of the club’s members were wearing. He spotted latex and leather in a variety of colors, though black was in the majority. Most of the chairs were occupied, but there were also men sitting on cushions on the floor or kneeling, with their heads bowed. It was a feast for Kai’s eyes. Belatedly, he realized that he was staring and that his mouth was open. He snapped his lips together and cast around anxiously to see if he’d offended anyone. If the winks he got when he made eye contact were anything to go by, apparently he hadn’t.
Kai checked the whereabouts of his new friends, needing the security of knowing where they were and that he wasn’t alone. Alistair stood a few feet away, wrapped in the arms of a handsome older man who acted like he’d just won the lottery. Kai assumed that must be Carey, Alistair’s Dom. Just behind where Kai loitered, Olly sat in Joe’s lap, chattering away while Joe listened, looking cool and serene. Kai felt a little pang of envy at how happy they all seemed. Still, he should be grateful. He’d just been rescued from a terrifying ordeal. Alistair had said he could stay with him and Carey for as long as he needed. He was safe. He had somewhere to go, people who cared about what happened to him. He had much to be grateful for.
“I’ve never seen so much leather in one place before,” Kai whispered. He hadn’t addressed the comment to anyone in particular. It was just an observation but Olly grabbed his hand and tugged him to a chair.
“You should be here in the evenings. There’s considerably more bare flesh to ogle then. Though it’s hard to beat hot men in tight leather at any time of the day. I don’t think there should be time limits on visual stimulation, do you?”
Kai shook his head hard. Olly made a good deal of sense.
“You shouldn’t be eyeing up other men,” Joe snapped at Olly. “And they shouldn’t even be glancing in your direction. You’re mine.”
Kai stared. It was the first time he’d seen Joe’s icy-cool demeanor slip into something more emotional.
Olly chewed his lower lip and gazed back at him adoringly. “You’ll just have to punish me, Sir.”
Kai giggled. Olly was so naughty. He liked him enormously. They could have loads of fun together. He perched on the edge of his chair and people-watched for a couple of minutes. There was so much eye candy to enjoy. Not that I’d have the first clue what to do if one of these men approached me. Olly and Alistair seem to think that I’m a sub, but what does that mean? I’m not sure I want to be spanked!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We first met Kai in a previous book of the Tales from the Edge series when he was rescued along with Alastair from a sketchy clinic where they were undergoing torture disguised as gay conversion therapy. Kai had been placed there by his uncle, who was supposedly raising Kai after Kai’s parents died while working as doctors in an African ebola outbreak. Kai is gay and he knows that much. What he doesn’t know is that he is submissive by nature or even exactly what that means. Other aspects of BDSM and a D/s relationship are also unknowns for Kai. When he is brought back to The Underground after his rescue he bonds with the other subs and they fill him in a little bit on the BDSM lifestyle. Harry is the barman at The Underground. He is a well known Dom and well liked by Doms and subs who frequent the club. While Harry has played with a number of subs he has never had one of his own. So, it surprises him when he is very attracted to the innocent young man who has just entered the club. Harry offers to take Kai home with him to let Kai recover, but this puts Harry in a dilemma. On the one hand he lusts for Kai, but on the other hand he is ethically bound to give Kai space and time to recover. This is the fifth book in the series and it is particularly fascinating. The innocence of Kai and the experience of Harry gives the author the opportunity to turn the book into a primer of what a D/s relationship is, how it can be developed, and some of the techniques taught at The Edge training center. We get to see all of the MCs from the previous books in their current contexts, which is always great fun in an ongoing series. As I said, this book is an introduction to the D/s lifestyle, but there is an addition that keeps it from being just a textbook, which would be boring. Oh, no, Ms. Somerton is too good an author to do that to her readers. There are bad guys, some of whom may or may not be working together, bullets, knives, fistfights, peril and rescues. In other words, plenty of excitement in addition to the hot as hell sex scenes. This series is best read in order but if you want to jump in with this book I don’t think there would be harm in that. You would just miss some of the backstories, which you will then feel compelled to read the previous books anyway. So, if you are new to the series, go ahead and start at the beginning. If you know this series and haven’t read #5 yet, you are going to love it.
Okay. so this one surprised me. Not so much the context of the book itself. But the charaters. I really expected Kai to be written as another Olly but was pleasantly surprised when he wasn’t. Kai was rescued from the ‘hospital’ and Harry took one look at him and said mine! I just love those, that insta love-lust-knowledge. And even though Kai knows nothing about a true D/s relationship, he knows that he wants someone to look after him, to help and guide him. And when the other sub’s explain what it means and the power he will have he knows this is what he wants. Harry, was able to retire early and only works at the club to stop the boredom. He hasn’t found the life long commitment with a sub but does want one. He see and wants Harry but is very nervous about the age gape. Harry and Kai and very interesting together. It’s like who will last the longest, they both know its new and rules and bounders have to be set and made. But needs must be met and someone will crack. I love the courtship and training we get to see with this pair. Maybe because there jobs are centered around the club, that it felt like we got to know them better? But when the danger started, which of course it did. It happened inside the already developing story, and not a second one. So you felt more involved in the lives and who – done – it. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews
FiveStars This book contains BDSM scenes and an abusive home life. If either of those bother you, do not read. I really enjoyed the innocence that Kai exuded. While I didn’t read any of the other books in this series, I didn’t feel that I was lacking in knowing what was going on at all. Harry and Kai make such an incredible Dom/Sub pair. I love how Harry is so patient with Kai and how Kai is so eager to learn. The sexual chemistry between the two is off the charts. Their journey was fairly realistic, which I appreciated. It wasn’t that Kai was just dumped into the scene because he was curious. Harry took his time to teach, guide and eventually, the relationship progressed. The sex…HOLY COW! I love how Harry takes charge – his Dom juju made my heart beat faster. I hope there are more books in this series, because I would definitely read them. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. AvidReader