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Binding the Edges

Tales from The Edge

by L M Somerton

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

Excerpt:

Olly tilted his head back to get a proper look at Joe’s face. Joe’s expression gave no indication of remorse or guilt, just his usual serene certainty that everything was under control. His control. He pressed a finger against Olly’s lips preventing him from forming them into a pout.

“Who knows what’s best for you, sweetheart?”

Olly ducked his head, escaping Joe’s finger. “You do, Sir.” In Olly’s mind, nothing was more certain. Joe only ever acted in Olly’s best interest, even to his own detriment. “But you don’t have to worry about me.”

“That’s for me to decide, Oliver. After everything you’ve been through recently I didn’t want you to be on your own.”

“Because you’re a psychologist and you were analyzing me?” Olly asked.

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“No, because you needed a friend. I know what you’d do if you had too much time on your own to think. You’d mull over every detail of what happened and start to blame yourself, wish you’d handled things differently. Then you’d start worrying about all the what ifs with that creative imagination of yours, and end up having nightmares for weeks.”

“You know me too well, Sir.” Olly nuzzled against Joe’s chest, absorbing his warmth.

“I have better things to do with you in bed than watch you toss and turn in your sleep.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“So no sulking with Aiden. He’s a good friend.”

“The best. Now I understand why he didn’t run away when I interrogated him about what he and Heath got up to last night. I think you did me a favor, Sir.”

“That grin is far too wicked. I suspect you need to be punished.” “Ooh, yes please!”

“But you have packing to finish because we need to get on the road if we’re going to make it to Hampshire in time for dinner.”

“You’re no fun, Sir.” Olly was torn between wanting to play with Joe and his curiosity about their destination. He would also get to see Carey and Alistair. Maybe some of his other friends, too. “What do you want me to take?”

Joe gave him a curious glance. The press of Joe’s fingers under his chin tilted Olly’s head back. “This isn’t like you. Usually you’d have two enormous suitcases stuffed to bursting by now. What’s going on?”

“Sorry, Sir.” Tears that seemed to come all too quickly stung Olly’s eyes.

“Hey, now. None of that.” Joe kissed away a tear. “Are you having a tough time making decisions at the moment?”

Olly nodded. He worried that if he spoke he’d have a full-on nuclear meltdown. “Well, it’s a good job you have me, isn’t it?”

Olly bobbed his head, feeling a bit like a nodding dog toy. His head felt too heavy for his neck and a wave of exhaustion washed over him. He wanted to grab a pillow, one that smelled of Joe, hug it tight and drift off to sleep.

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Reviews:Ruthie on Wicked Reads wrote:

This is the eighth book in the series and relates directly to the very first couple in book one, Joe and Olly. They have had a lot of drama in their relationship and Joe has big plans for their future, and the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of The Edge. Olly is using the planning for the party as a way of getting over his recent traumas, but is overwhelmed. This gives all the guys a chance to step up and provide their support, and show him how important he is to them all.

I love this episode in the series – not only does the ongoing plot finally get resolution, but thanks to the party, we get to catch up on all the relationships, and there are hints at possible future matches. It gives more insight into the dynamics that can exist in a D/s relationship and how different they can be. It is intense, hot, and has lovely moments of humour. Some difficult loose ends are resolved, and the future definitely looks bright!

Thank you Ms. Somerton for another lovely installment.

Christy Duke on Rainbow Book Reviews wrote:

It's very hard to believe (yes, Olly, I know, it's always hard) that this next book in the 'Tales from the Edge' series is about my four favorite characters. The last installment I read focused on them and now the author is gifting me, again? I really can never get enough of Olly, but add Joe, Heath, and Aiden, and I'm in heaven. Thank you, Lu, for this marvelous gift.

It was sad to see how much Olly is still suffering from his trauma of being kidnapped and almost killed in the previous book. Olly is always such a ray of sunshine, and snarky, mouthy, bratty, and mischievous, so it was tough watching him struggle. Olly not being able to pack for a trip is serious cause for concern as he usually stuffs everything he owns into two suitcases and is ready to go in minutes. I was glad that Joe and Olly, along with Heath and Aiden, were taking a few days away from the Edge before returning to finishing planning the anniversary party and overseeing renovations.

This wonderful group of friends head to The Retreat, the new BDSM manor that Carey and Alistair have bought and refurbished. Carey would very much like the opinions of his two oldest friends and their subs, before he and Alistair open to paying guests. The mansion is gorgeous and all the work Carey and Alistair have done restoring it to historical accuracy, while refurbishing it to attract the pickiest of BDSM members, leaves Olly and crew in amazement. It also gives Joe and Heath a great weekend with their subs. Refreshing and relaxing, something all of them needed.

It doesn't come as any great surprise that Olly's ex-Dom has been released on parole and comes looking for him. It was mentioned in the description, after all. The handling of said a**hole, however, was very well done and I liked that the author didn't spend too much time on it. What came after was even better when the sub club showed up to help Olly and Aiden with all the last-minute arrangements for the party. Olly is about to go nuclear with stress but instead he can spend time with old friends and gets everything accomplished that he and Aiden had arranged.

An absolutely fantastic finale to a series I have enjoyed and men I have fallen in love with. I loved the ending and thought it was perfect. Thank you, Lu.


About the Author

LM 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.

LM is winner of the National Leather Association’s Pauline Reage Award for best novel and the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM novel in the LGBT category. She has received multiple Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards and won the Action and Adventure category of Divine Magazine’s Book Awards in 2015.


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