Favorites of 2016 • "Recap" • Day 16 • Unearthed (The Dungeon Black Duology) by Kora Knight
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And Upending Tad Spinoff: Max and Sean
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.
Love. 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: While this duology can be considered a stand alone, I highly recommend readers visit the prior series (Upending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery) first for two reasons: It was the chemistry of Tad and Scott that started it all and won these books such a devoted following. But also, the love interests in Unearthed (Max and Sean) were first featured in the previously mentioned series, giving the reader a unique first impression of them from Tad and Scott's POV. Most readers would agree that Max definitely made his mark in a very striking way long before Unearthed ever came to be.
Love buried his heart in the cold, hard ground
And that’s where Max Kelley plans for it to stay.
Until a blonde, blue-eyed spit fire comes into his life meeting every challenge Max throws out, the thawing of his heart was never a concern. . . now it’s a living, breathing fear.
Kora Knight takes the reader back to the beginning of Max Kelley’s life in her latest novel, Unearthed – The Dungeon Black Duology – Book One to his teenage years and what molded the boy into the man he is today.
We first met Max in Kora’s, Upending Tad series which I highly recommend and I also recommend reading it first to fully understand the dynamic between Max and his roommate Scott and the feelings that, you the reader, have towards Max before you learn who he really is.
I didn’t like Max, that much, in Upending Tad because he comes across as overbearing, a control freak, and arrogant so I was looking forward to having my expectations of him changed. Did Knight turn me into a Mad Max Junkie?
Yes, I am addicted to all things Max and couldn’t get enough of him in my system. Max is all of those things above, but now I know why. His pain and desperation—that later turned into anger—needed an outlet or he was going to destroy himself.
Finding BDSM—mastering it—being the absolute best—gives Max a connection and release without involving feelings and that’s what he needs to have control.
Sean is a college senior who models part-time but he has goals and aspirations of his own that put him behind the camera instead of in front of one.
Through a series of events that lead Max and Sean to the same place, both of their worlds become tilted and even though they try to right themselves it’s not working. There is a pull that neither understand and a mutual respect. Sean has an uncanny ability to make Max smile which is a very rare occurrence and he likes it, A lot , so he tries to make it happen, A lot .
Unearthed is unparalleled in its content with the BDSM scenes and will hold you in its grasp as each one plays out. They are intense and guaranteed to elevate your heart rate. They make up a major portion of the book, but not only are they imperative to the story they are exhilarating and captivating in there narrative.
Unearthed is a continuation so we are left to wonder where things may stand between Max and Sean. Max has a lot of things to think about just as Sean does as well. Both men are courageous, strong, and lonely and have found in each other a connection they didn’t really know they were looking for until they found it. Now they just have to decide what to do with this new information.
I highly recommend reading Upending Tad first then going straight into Unearthed. I am “not so patiently” waiting for Revived, Book Two, The Dungeon Black Duology, coming this fall.