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Beyond the Edge

(The James Lucas Trilogy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  75 reviews
*graphic sexual and BDSM content*

Tate Mackenzie has signed on for a weekend of kinky fun at the hands of respected Dom, James Lucas. However, James has invited another man, twenty-four year-old Sebastian Doucette, to join in. Thrown together under James’ expert tutelage, the two men experience an instant attraction and begin a tentative relationship on their own time. But
ebook, 290 pages
Published September 21st 2012 by MLR Press (first published September 20th 2012)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
This book depressed the hell outta me.

I love menage stories, and I find BDSM erotica fascinating, so I went into this one with high hopes. Unfortunately, it was not what I had thought it would be going on. The relationships hinted at being deep, but never really showed any true depth, and I couldn't figure out why the three of them....

You know, I don't want to give too much away. But maybe I should because I feel I should warn other readers who are going into this thinking it's going to be a gr
(I picked up this book because this author chose my prompt for the LHNB event and I wanted to familiarize myself with her work. Let's say I am excited to see what she will create)

There were things I loved about the story, liked about the story and was okay with. So to figure out a rating I am breaking it down and averaging it out.

It's a decent story. A sub (Tate) goes in for a weekend of BDSM fun with a popular Dom (James) and the Dom invites a second sub (Sebastian)
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica-contemp, own
Sweet mercy! One of the hottest books I've read in awhile. A lot of mind play in this Kinky Wonderland, many of which I hadn't shown an interest in before, but here were dirty sexy and beautiful at the same time.'s oxymoronic, but true--so deal with it. Mild SM, puppy play, cross dressing, mild humiliation, menage, orgasm restriction and edging.

What really stands out is the exploration of emotions and motives during the play and the characters conclusions about what they want. Powerfu
Cole Riann
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Camille Adams
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked Sebastian and I liked Sebastian's proclivities.

I did not like anything else: not the voice; not the pace of the plot; not the James twist; not the stilted prose and dialogue; not the very lame and decidedly un-dirty sex talk; not the Christian inclusion and moralising over kink; not the overwrought, weird, somewhat Wikipedia-ish illustration of BDSM; not the portrayal of a Dom being little more than a pair of leather pants as opposed being the possessor of an inherent character trait; a
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
To borrow from a GR friend, "HOLY CRACKERS!!!!"

Provided by the Author through BDSM group TPE BAR Read2Review
AND place the books you receive from the BAR in a shelf "BDSM group r2r"

JESUS… GOD… this thing so soooooo unbelievably hot. I mean… we need a new word for hot, that's how hot it was! I hesitate to call it porn because it has a plot. It's thin, thin, thin but when faced with this blowtorch level of heat, you know what I say? Plot, schmot! Lemme give you a couple teasers…

Bree Cheese
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bree Cheese by: Vivian
When I enjoy a book this much I have a hard time writing a proper review, I just want gush and start yelling things like “Sweet Baby Jesus this was hawt, hawwwwwwwt!” And boy was this one sexy book, but it also completely shocked me by how sweet of a romance it turned out to be. I really wasn’t expecting the emotional journey of the characters and places the book went. There is also a love a triangle – which generally makes me cringe – but this was done in a pretty respectful way to everyone evo ...more
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~

I really, really enjoyed this. (view spoiler)

When Tate finally comes up in the waiting list lottery (?!) for a weekend with exclusive Ottawa Dom, James Lucas, it's been his dream. There's a bit of wrinkle when he's informed that he'll be joined by another submissive,
Dee Wy
Full five stars. Reading this story was such a pleasure, the writing smooth and pacing perfect. Exploring this Dom and two-sub menage was quite an erotic trip, with many of the scenes standing out as unique in my experience. The cross-dressing was an interesting exercise in humiliation and the puppy play adorable. Something for everyone in this BDSM adventure. Not to mention a sweet romance.

Highly recommend!
Loved this book. Lots of kinky sex. It was my first introduction to puppy play. If I'm honest, I don't see the appeal. A puppy mask would freak me out.
I believe that there is a book 2 due out soon. I love Tate and Sebastian together, but I think they would be better in a threesome with James.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Would it be very shallow to say I just skimmed to the sex ??
I think there was a story, but it seemed a bit ...insignificant next to the kink, which is fluorescent and jolly good fun.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the blurb of this book, this is not an m/m/m romance, although there are a number of menage sex scenes, but rather a love triangle. Tate is a sub without a Dom at the moment. He prefers it that way and isn't looking for commitment. After an amazing afternoon with Dom, James, Tate put his name on James' waiting list and now it's his turn for a weekend of submission. When he visits James for a pre-weekend discussion, James surprises him by telling Tate that he has asked another ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, bdsm-d-s, mm, bgirls

Review written for The Blogger Girls.

Right off the bat, let me say that this isn’t a ménage. There are a few scenes with all three guys, but those are in the BDSM sessions only. Tate has finally gotten his chance to have a session with Master James, but James throws in a wrench when he invites Sebastian to their weekend. Tate and Sebastian meet ahead of time and both feel a connection, though they don’t pursue it until after their session with James.

James is awesome. He is a wonderful Dom and su
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
This is one that's been on my TBR forever, been rec'd by nearly every friend I have, and just generally had lots of good press around it. So I was shocked that I really struggled to get through the 1st half. There was nothing wrong - I just was not engaged with the story at all nor the characters. They seemed pretty generic in a way - and I put it down frequently. Once I picked it back up at 43% and decided to finish it in one sitting I started to feel like it had more draw. In general I love th ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it

This story has some of the hardcore bits usually missing in M/M BDSM (enemas,puppy play and humiliation oh my!)but what it doesn't have is much emotional tension and conflict. The triangle element is introduced too late in the story (by this point I was already skimming the sex scenes, of which there are MANY)and it was all a bit....well, here's that awful word...too sweet , really. There is very little character development..other than (view spoiler)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, bdsm, mmm
Whew...gotta catch my breath with this one. This book was recommended to me by Bree Cheese (Thank You Bree!). I probably would have passed it by without her recommendation for two main reasons...the cover combined with the book description which states that the BDSM rating is extreme. I can ignore the cover, but the extreme rating made me a little squeamish. So, so glad I read this one.

I've spent the morning trying to figure out why I didn't find this extreme. Dildos, check. Butt plugs, check.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, bdsm-group-r2r
WOW!! This is an incredibly sexy book! Ms Lister can write. Well I never really thought much of a man's penis beyond the pleasure it gives. However, when you read her descriptions ie "I looked at his cock." (ok still not comfotable saying cock but I am working on it) " Uncut and untouched, it rose gorgeously from his naked groin like Excalibur, shiny and smooth in the faint light from a single lamp. As I watched a pearly bead of pre-cum oozed from the tip and glistened in the lamp light." I all ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give 5 stars but I'm going with 4.5 stars just because I'm not sure what to make of James. He comes off as this super strong, disciplined and meticulous Dom but I sensed some longing and loneliness within him that I just couldn't resolve.

This story was really good. I loved Tate and absolutely adored Sebastian (the cute little puppy; loved the puppy play). You could just feel the sparks when they meet for the first time before their weekend with the renowned Dom James Lucas. The super
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Where to start with this deliciously kinky read! Oh yeah...don't let the big gruff looking leather daddy keep you from reading this book. He really isn't at all how you will see James Lucas.

I don't think I can do this book any justice with a review but I'm gonna go on and on a bit about a couple things that I liked about it. The author did a great job in never giving us exactly what we were expecting. That had me flippin pages like crazy!! We get to see these guys in both Master/Sub roles as we
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, m-m, m-m-m
I just finished it and enjoyed it, but incredibly hot though the scenes were, I started to overload on smut a bit. I think it was very well-written but maybe needed just a smidge more plot and emotion. There wasn't anything but The Choice and by that point of the book, it was clear how that would work out. Everyone was so nice and civilized! I wanted a bit more growly possessiveness and jealousy.

It was intriguing how all three of them could switch easily from sub to Dom or vice versa. That added
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, meh, lmao-what, o_o
Random and really unsexy. Seriously, I do NOT understand why the fat Tate submits. It's always "*sigh* I gotta do this" and "man, this sucks, but I gotta endure it" and "*shrug*, well, that's life as a sub."
Like dude, where's the "joy in submission" and all that shit? If you do everything with reluctance and very little payout, why bother?

Also, what's up with James? James is an asshole. He's a selfish megolomanic asshole and I don't like him. Most of the shit he does seems more of "because he ca
Tina LoveBooksDK
Do not make the same mistake as I did and start this book without reading some reviews.
I thought, of course it would be good, because I liked the other books I have read from her.. BIG MISTAKE!!

These two girls reviews are spot on!
Jason Bradley
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a DNF but not because of bad writing or bad story. I think I need something else right now and this wasn't it. I'm sorry. but I am giving this 4 stars based on what I did read.
Nathan Burgoine
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt
I randomly met Elizabeth Lister at a bookstore launch, which was how I found this book and this series, and since then I've been lucky enough to be on a panel with her. Being a gay writer, I'm often asked how I feel about women writing gay erotica (or m/m fiction). Here's the thing: I care about the writing.

It takes a lot of talent to write erotica. I say that a lot, and I get funny looks for saying so, but it's my experience. What turns on a reader is going to be varied. We all like different t
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.

I’ve had a nice experience with one of Elisabeth Lister’s books and while that sounds kinky it’s nothing compared to the sexual tension and chemistry this author can create.

That said, I will get into this review with a warning – this is not a ménage, but rather a triangle which eventually ends with just two men together. It is mentioned in the blurb, but if you’re just skimming it like I did, and reading wha
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm-group-r2r
This one was pretty hard for me to rate. I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not. Or rather I was changing my mind all the time. However, it probably says more about me than the book.

The story is written from Tate’s viewpoint and starts with Tate getting all excited over a weekend with a well respected Dom, James. Before the weekend, he finds out that there will be another addition to their weekend. So, comes in Sebastian.

I liked Sebastian overall, but although the instant attraction between Tat
*Copy provided by the author through the BDSM TPE Bar in exchange for an honest review*

Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★ (4.66)


*taps chin* Where do I start? The obvious maybe? I loved this book

Tate craves total power exchange and is in luck, the very experienced and respected Dom James Lucas offers to put Tate under his wings for one weekend. He also suggests bringing in Sebastian, a young, innocent boy who Tate finds himself enchanted by almost immediate
It's been a while since I've read a book that I liked as much as this one. I picked it up because it got great reviews from some friends and because it met the criteria I needed for a reading challenge; read a bdsm book with both orgasm denial and ménage.

Guess what?! I gots a bonus too...PUPPY PLAY! What-What!!!

This whole book was SO HAWT! I can't even begin to tell you how much I liked it. There were even mundane sentences like, "Boys. How was the shopping?" that turned me on. I fell in love
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Oceans by: provided by the Author through the BDSM group on goodreads
provided by the Author through the BDSM group on goodreads

This is one hot MM erotica with BDSM elements. It is entertaining, sexy and hot with a lot of kinky sex. Maybe even too much “just sex” (is that even possible? :) ) Anyway, James is a respected Dom and when he gets his hands on two sexy young subs things get interesting. He is managing them very well. I liked their dynamics when James was the Dom and both of them were subs but when they started switching between roles, it just didn’t seem
Kitten ~♥️ MM series ~
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kitten ~♥️ MM series ~ by: Julia
4.75 StarsWhen ugly covers meets great story

WOW! That was one very enjoyable book. I itched to read the Epilogue at like 60%. I must admit that I didn't even read the descriptor prior to reading but was recommended by a teammate in a reading challenge.
I fell into Puppy Love.
Tate and Sebastian are both sub set up to both share a Dom for the wknd but fall for each other during the process.
Sebastian was tots adorb. New to BDSM, young and shy.
Tate older and veteran to the lifestyle.
James is the m
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I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my husband and two children. I have a BA in Psychology and a certificate in Dramatic Scriptwriting. I very much enjoy writing erotic fiction and exploring the vast arena of sexuality and relationships.

Other books in the series

The James Lucas Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Cross and the Trinity (The James Lucas Trilogy, #2)
  • A Numinous Light (The James Lucas Trilogy, #3)