Title: Revived Series: The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2)
Series: The Dungeon Black Duology (Book 2)
Author: Kora Knight
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Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
The most powerful force in existence, but also the most ruthless. Cunning and deceptive.Man’s greatest Achilles heel. Leaving all who embrace it weak and vulnerable. At least that’s how Dom-for-hire Max Kelley sees it, after the love of his life knocked him on his ass. A brutal blow that not only stole his breath, but decimated his ability to trust. Turning him cold and cynical. The TKO he never saw coming.
A mistake Max won’t ever make again. Meaning no more relationships—not exactly a hardship. Just the thought of dating makes him queasy, and one of the reasons he doms for a living. To sexually engage without the poison of intimacy. The other reason? To keep his demons sated. With whips and chains, and scandalous kink. A fiery mix that always hits the spot.
That is, until a bright-eyed beauty walks into his life and refuses to leave. Sean Matthews. College senior and flirt extraordinaire. Max’s newest—and greenest—client sub. Man, is he delicious; able to push Max’s buttons, able to make him crave the things he knows he shouldn’t. Sound the alarm, this can only mean trouble. Unfortunately, deterring Sean proves virtually impossible, and now Max finds himself at a crossroads. Man up and kick his favorite sub to the curb… or succumb to his own caged desires.Warning: This erotic, gay, BDSM romance contains intensely explicit sexual scenes both inside and out of the dungeon. ** Note from the author: In keeping with the promise I made to my Upending Tad devotees, I've included a small side story with Tad and Scott in book 2 where we delve a bit further into the developments of their relationship, and all the wonderful ways they've been keeping each other's hearts pounding. So, be prepared for a few more character point of views! Tad and Scott aren't going anywhere. They'll be around for the long haul. XXO
Sean continues to try and break through Dom-for-hire Max's walls, although Max is equally intent on not allowing Sean to get any closer than he has to be. Not an easy feat, considering Max wants Sean to be closer, even if he can't allow himself to open up to his newest sub. Who will win in this battle of love and wills?
I really love Sean. He's awesome, so strong and resilient. I loved that he kept trying and trying to show Max the depth of his feelings and how willing he was to fight for what he wanted. I liked Max, but really, there were several times in which I wanted to strangle him or slap some sense into him. Yes, what he went through when he was younger wasn't easy, however, he didn't even try, locking out his heart so no one could get close to him in a romantic sense. I could've clobbered Max for how stubborn he was about it all and for how he hurted Sean like he did. Their scenes in and out of the dungeon were intense and the chemistry between them was undeniable. I would've liked that Sean didn't give in as easily when Max went to find him, but it worked well in the end, so I won't complain about that... much. ;)
The secondary storyline with Tad and Scott and the glimpse into Kai and Brent's future book were great. Scott is, without a doubt, my favorite Kora Knight character and it was lovely to catch up with him and Tad.
Overall, the book was intense, full of passion, denial, stubbornness, angst, (me wanting to shake Max,) love and forgiveness. While I'm not a fan of BDSM books, I enjoyed Revived, it was well-written and detailed, without going overboard. Recommendable!
Rating: 4 Stars!!!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***