Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope
Title: Pushing the Envelope (Second (consolidated) Edition)
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Sept. 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/BDSM
Page Count: 375
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

When Scott Evans sends an anonymous invitation to the dominant he’s fantasized about for months, he just hopes that Joe Stuart will be curious enough to turn up at the specified address and do a scene with him.

It never occurs to Scott that Joe will send a note back to him, or that something as simple as writing a letter could evolve into a kinky game that will test both men to the limit.

Orders, pleas, kinks and even love—there’s nothing a letter can’t contain once two hot and passionate guys start Pushing The Envelope.

Please Note: This work was previously published in fourteen short story installments. The existing parts of the story have been tweaked and re-edited, and two entirely new installments have been added. This edition is the first time all the installments have been brought together in e-book form.

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Pushing the Envelope is actually a consolidated version of 14 short stories that were published in 2011 and 2012. Kim Dare is my most-read author on GoodReads but I skipped this series because I’m not a big fan of serials, especially 14! Yikes, too many, and very expensive. But all shorts are now available for $4.99, a great price for a book that is just shy of 400 pages.

The premise here is excellent. A man named Scott decides to write a letter to a friend named Joe who likes things kinky and is aggressive in the bedroom. Scott is too shy to express his feelings verbally, so the letter seems to be the perfect way to break the ice. What follows is 14 days of kinky BDSM scenes between Scott and Joe. 14! That’s a lot of kink for your buck.

The one complaint I have here is that the scenes feel very dated to me. Most BDSM books I have read published in the last few years really strive for the SSC, Safe/Sane/Consensual type of play. Pushing the Envelope‘s characters didn’t start with SCC in mind. In fact, their first scene is before they even spoke of their mutual attraction. I don’t proclaim to be a BDSM expert, but I do know what works for me when I read a BDMS book. I like the discussion of expectations and the emotional bond a D/s develop. While Scott and Joe do get to that emotional bond, and love, the first several scenes were hard for me to read.

I am recommending this to fans of BDSM with an emotional payoff. It took a bit to get there, but these boys enjoy their HEA and I enjoyed their hot and kinky, passionate ride.

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