Thursday, March 10, 2016

Without a Net by Lyn Gala

Title: Without A Net
Author: Lyn Gala
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Ollie and Travis
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Loose ID
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Oliver Robertson has been assigned to go undercover in one of the shade clubs that litter the seedier parts of town. He has never engaged in the sort of edge play found in those places, preferring the BDSM in the more mainstream control clubs. However, to find the criminals behind a series of kidnappings, he must go in undercover as a shade sub. The mission becomes more complicated when his captain asks him to collect evidence against a lieutenant who might be a dirty cop.

The case quickly gets out of hand, and Ollie finds himself caught between wanting to do his job and not knowing who to trust. That confusion grows worse when a number of sexy and dominant men challenge his assumption that he prefers safe, contractually negotiated sex. It turns out he has more of a wild side than he expected, and given that he’s surrounded by dangerous men, and he can’t distinguish the good guys from the bad, that’s terrifying.

When Ollie gives his trust to Travis Goode, a dominant who appears to be a federal agent, he might be making the connection of a lifetime or dooming himself forever.

Publisher's Note: Contains dark BDSM elements.


My Review:
Wow, this is one powerful, dark, and surprisingly touching erotic story. Note...this story takes place sometime in the future in a world that 's almost identical to ours...so I would guess it's only 30-40 years in the future. It's just enough so that the author could take some artistic license with sexual norms, but still current enough that the story does NOT feel like science fiction. 

Ollie is a gay cop working in a somewhat intolerant work environment. It's not blatant, but there are certain people he works with that he just doesn't trust to have his back. His Captain agrees that something is afoot. At the same time, they are investigating a local shade bdsm club. (From what I understand shade play is extreme play without safe words...something that is dangerous when everyone is trustworthy...not always the case at these places.) Ollie is a natural sub and he infiltrates the club undercover in a dual sting operation planned to take down the club and his fellow crooked officers. And things spiral from there. 

I adored Ollie. He's so aware of the psychological issues at play in these shade clubs, but that doesn't make him immune. It just makes it so that he knows he'll need therapy if he manages to make it out alive. He's so strong...definitely an alpha sub who can stand up under an awful lot of pressure. He kept his head and that was amazing. He always managed to maintain a good overall view of what was happening even when he should have been lashing out about what happened to him. That's what makes him such a good cop. 

There are tons of twists and turns throughout the story and I love where the relationship came out. Again, I love how alpha Ollie is. He doesn't just sit back and accept the knocks, even though he's a sub. He fights back for what he wants and what he wants is the one guy who can't face him because of all that he let happen. Seriously, so good...so angst-filled...and yeah, most definitely some very dark scenes. This is dark bdsm so be prepared for that going in. The story didn't go as far to the extreme as it could have, but it definitely could have some triggers for some people, so proceed with caution. 

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