Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Blue Heart Press
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Genre(s): M/M/M; BDSM; Contemporary
Page Count: 248
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
A BDSM-lite MMM story
Founded over four hundred years ago, Sanctus Infinitus Redemptio is a private and very elite society where dominance and submission are revered. Steeped in tradition and excellence, every Dominant and every submissive, and their pairing, are selected with great care.
When Hunter Vargo is brought into the Sanctus, his need for strict dominance sees him paired with the wrong Master. But only a short time later, mistreated and his trust broken, he’s recalled, his collar removed. The Grand Master knows it will take a special kind of Dominant to restore the sub’s faith and trust.
Sig Bruckner’s world is perfect. He has a great job, he has high standing within the Sanctus, and he has Levin, the very best submissive. When he’s asked to take on a second sub, a young man with issues and a rule not to touch him, Sig’s world is turned upside down.
When his dominance, his patience, and self-control are tested, and when Sig’s relationships with both subs are pushed past his limits, everything begins to unravel. Yet Sig knows every good Dom learns from their subs, and he’s no exception. He might not be able to fix everything on his own, but perhaps the three of them together can.
This was a refreshingly different take on a ménage a tois and BDSM. Too often a ménage plot can be sex scene after sex scene and, well…any “romance” per se is non-existent. This explored a relationship between an existing couple with the inclusion of a third partner via an exclusive society for BDSM.
Sig, as Dom, takes his role very seriously and strictly within the parameters of the Sanctus. Sig is not “all knowing”, he realizes that he can make mistakes, and it’s up to him to make amends and set things right. He is willing to learn from his sub(s). I greatly enjoyed his character and his emotional growth as the story progressed.
Levin added just the right character balance between Sig and Hunter – he was the bridge between the two other men. While the story is from Sig’s point of view, we do get a delightful glimpse of Levin’s strengths.
Hunter was perhaps the weakest character, in my humble opinion, despite being the focus of the book. As the book rolled to it’s climatic conclusion (covering one week), I was left a bit befuddled by Hunter’s absolute dismay (I’m trying not to drop to many spoilers here…)when he was told what would transpire for the week.
Very early in the story, Hunter was point blank told what to expect for the week he was under Sig’s care, so his reaction at the end made no sense at all. Or, confirmed that he doesn’t listen, which wouldn’t be a good trait in a sub…
The other item that kept popping me out of the story was everyone’s ages. Everyone was significantly younger than what I kept envisioning and it was rather disconcerting.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters complemented each other, it had an engaging plot, the background setting was different, and it had just the right amount of emotional engagement. If you like M/M/M with light BDSM, this will probably work for you.