Limitless (PIU’s Review)

Limitless.Title: Limitless (The Underground Club #2)
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 2nd Dec, 2016
Page Count 200
Genre(s): BDSM, Healing/Abuse
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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” is the second book in the “Underground Club” series by SJD Peterson.

We have met Nash at the end of the first book. He is a Dom in the underground club and has been living the BDSM lifestyle for a decade. He is attracted to Joshua, a sub of another Dom in the club. Nash is not a fan of how Joshua’s Dom treats him and he doubts that he is being mistreated.

Joshua is a pain junkie and he does not know or cares for any safe limits. Nash makes it his mission to save Joshua from himself. He becomes Joshua’s new Dom and tries to understand the pain behind the young man’s recklessness. What he finds is more tragic and painful than Nash could have anticipated. But Nash is determined to help the emotionally scarred man. It would require consideration, understanding and more importantly love in his part to heal the broken man he finds himself falling in love with.

Unlike the first book which was sugary sweet, this book has lots of emotional angst. Joshua had a barrage of problems which were very dangerous considering his history. He was into BDSM because of the high which came from the pain rather than his need to submit. He has been abused by his previous Dom and severely taken advantage of. Joshua was into BDSM for completely wrong reasons. I liked the part where Nash takes up the initiative to provide therapy for Joshua. Nash is very understanding and supportive of Joshua throughout and I liked how he tries to teach Joshua the true pleasures behind submitting. He instills in Joshua the complete trust a sub should have for his Dom by giving up control.

This book had everything required for a BDSM novel but I didn’t find the romance satisfying. Nash is attracted to Joshua and vice versa but the connection between them does not develop along with the explicit BDSM sex. The ending was inconclusive. It cannot be called an HEA because there were many things left unanswered. I hoped to see “healing through love” which would have happened if the story was extended a little.

The ending was more HFN than HEA. Joshua is shown as a work in progress and I am hoping we will get more glimpses of his growing relationship with Nash through the later books in the series.

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Review copy of Limitless provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.