Friday, November 16, 2012

BDSM Challenge Review Beyond The Edge by Elizabeth Lister


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Title: Beyond The Edge
Author: Elizabeth Lister

Source: Author request for challenge
Genre: BDSM erotic romance
Length: Novel
Reviewed by: WildAboutBones





Tate and Sebastian sign on for a kinky weekend with Ottawa Dom James Lucas and discover an intense mutual attraction.

Tate Mackenzie has signed on for a weekend of kinky fun at the hands of respected Dom, James Lucas. However, James has invited another man, twenty-four year-old Sebastian Doucette, to join in. Thrown together under James’ expert tutelage, the two men experience an instant attraction and begin a tentative relationship on their own time. But James hasn't been entirely honest with the boys and soon Tate finds himself the focus of two infatuated men. How will he choose the man he wants or the lifestyle he desires to pursue?






Rating:
Sexual:
a pack howl
Four Alarm Fire #@!%$
My Review:
Content Advisory: This is a M/M/M with one ménage scene.  Contains 'pup play' where a character engages in sexual intercourse while dressed in a leather pup hood and sexual play with inserted pup tail. Also contains anal play and anal intercourse and the usual BDSM lifestyle aspects, as well as ‘cum play’.

Safe word? Me? No way!  

The only thing in this nice BDSM story to barely manage to make my squee! meter sit up and take notice was the cum play.  That is one of my personal “almost ick” things, but it is a guy thing and with this being a male/male/male story, it is bound to be there and nothing to make me not want to read this.

Wait! Did I say “nice BDSM” story? Yes, I did. This is a great story to help introduce the BDSM lifestyle to new readers of the sub-genre who also like M/M stories, while at the same time being entertaining enough for the regular BDSM readers.  The story is told from one of the subs’ point of view, so we get into his headspace during the ‘scenes’.  It also is very careful to point out the importance of the responsibilities, expectations, and limitations for the scenes, or in this case, weekends, for the Dom and the subs.   This is also a nice M/M romance and an unrequited M/M love story.

Why do I keep using ‘nice’ instead of ‘good’ or ‘great’?  Well, it isn’t very detailed while at the same time being explicit, but again, it is good for beginning BDSM readers. I felt that a lot of the sexual play was glossed over and somewhat vanilla. It is an M/M so there is going to be oral sex and anal play and/or intercourse, and since it is also BDSM, there is also going to be bondage, spanking and/or flogging, and anal toys.  So with the exception of one of the subs’ need for ‘puppy play’, it is basic stuff. The implements and toys were not described well, so while you might not be totally in the dark about what a cock cage is, it would have been nice to have more descriptions.

I would have liked to have had some of the story from James’ (the Dom) point of view as well as more from Sebastian. I was disappointed that here was only one ménage scene.  It is mostly two subs with the one Dom. It is also written in the first person point of view, which I am not wild about. I also think the cover for this story does it a disservice and doesn’t accurately reflect the story but most of the time, an author doesn’t have any, or only has little, say in what the cover looks like. So please don’t negatively judge this book by its cover.

But overall, an entertaining read I enjoyed. Ms. Lister is now on my list of authors to follow and read.

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