3.5 and 4 stars for Testing Lysander by L M Somerton @LMsomerton @totally_bound #BDSM #MM

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Title: Testing Lysander
Author Name: L M Somerton
Publication Date & Length: May 15, 2015 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.

A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Brock and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.

When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.

Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.

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Review
ThreeandHalfStars

This was a story that including spying and wilderness, BDSM and violence.  It was described so well, I could picture where they were, what Brock was seeing through the lens, and how he was feeling the entire time.

Kyle was someone who took a while to “know”.  I understood what he wanted and why, but having not read the previous story, his motivations seemed a little lost.  Also, his relationship with his job and what he wanted his relationship to be with Brock seemed to be at odds.  So much so, that when Brock needed him most, Kyle was absent.

While there were some BDSM aspects, I do not believe this was a good representation of BDSM, as the Dom shirked his duties when the going got tough.  He wanted to go to him, but duty called instead.

This story still seemed slightly incomplete to me.  I felt that there was something missing, but I can’t really put my finger on what.  I do hope we get to see more adventures from these two though.

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FourStars

This book started out really rocky for me and even after finishing the book… I have no idea how the two men met. Sure, it’s hinted at, but there was still a lot left open and unanswered for me about how it came to be.
The adventure part of the book was incredibly good. I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened and how/if they made it through their mission without getting hurt and whether they accomplished their task.
However, after the mission, the pace of the book almost stopped and I felt myself starting to skim parts because it just didn’t interest me or was repetitive. Then at the end things started to get interesting again. I do wish there had been more discussion about things after all that had happened (and the phone call), but then again I suppose if there is a second book we’d get to know more of what the pair have in store for them.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, there was a little bit of bondage, but not enough for me to really classify it as BDSM as a few tie down scenes aren’t all that unusual or a spanking here and there.
The writing was very clean though and caught and held my attention quite raptly for about 3/4 of the book so I would say it was a good read. However, there were a few parts (since it was in third person) that I had a hard time figuring out which of the men was thinking/doing and that would throw me off since sometimes we’d be on Kyle’s side and sometimes Brock’s side.
~Renee

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