The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley
Erotic BDSM (female Domme) romance. Interconnected Standalone.
The Farthest Edge is the second standalone in the erotic BDSM series, The Honey Series by Kristen Ashley. Though it is a new couple and can stand on it’s own, I think it is a MUCH richer story if you read The Deep End first. The thing is though, I had some difficulties connecting withThe Deep End, and I did not have that problem AT ALL in The Farthest Edge. And though I thought it was the third person that gave me problems, The Farthest Edge was third person and I never even noticed.
We met Evangeline and Branch in The Deep End after a very traumatic experience for her, and it caused her to step away from the club and her nature for a while. But Aryas, owner of The Honey wants to bring her back to life.
“Got a sub for you.”
She blinked and her stomach pitched.
“Sorry?” she queried
“Perfect for you. No strings. No boundaries. This guy is not looking to connect. He’s not looking for a relationship. Hell, sheer number of Dommes he goes through, you might get one crack at him before he vanishes from your life. But at least you’ll get off the way you like it that one time. And if you can keep him around a while, you might have some fun, break yourself back in, give yourself what you need, without any baggage.”
That all sounded way too good to be true.
“I’m not… I don’t think…” She swallowed. “I’m not ready for that, and to be honest, Ary, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back there.”
Branch doesn’t exist. He lives completely off the grid and before even meeting Evangeline she has to sign an NDA. After a rough start, Evangeline decides she wants Branch, even for just one night, after all, Branch has NO LIMITS.
“No reflection on you and your skills, which are sublime, my beautiful baby.” He grinned a wicked grin. “Just that this guy is unbreakable. There’s no edge for him any Domme can get anywhere near to push him off and that’s what he’s looking for. Being taken to the farthest edge and shoved right the fuck over.”
Taken to the farthest edge.
Once they had each other once, they both realized that they wanted more, but Branch makes it perfectly clear that it will end. Evangeline though, is in it to win it. She will accept it if he has to go, but she will do anything possible to make him stay.
“I know what it’s going to be, Branch, but you need to know I’m not going to stop trying to break through.”
He nodded. “I get that. I’ll take it. Because I’m not the motherfucker I could be, but I am the one I am. But just to say, baby, you fight that battle, you’ll lose.”
It almost looked like he was going to smile.
“Think I got that.”
She continued staring into his eyes and promised, “I’m going to make you happy.”
“I know.” …
“I’m still going to walk away,” he told her gently, confirming her thoughts.
There is a lot of dirty, kinky sex in The Farthest Edge, but it never outweighed the story. I realized that I don’t really get turned on by female dominant sex, but when this badass takes over, all bets are off! Can you say hot and sexy alpha?
“He’s the badass motherfucker the baddest badass motherfucker wished he was,” G whispered.
- Pure KA Alpha deliciousness despite that he’s a sub in bed (usually).
- I loved Evangeline, I never had trouble connecting with her, and wanted her to win!
- Branch was still a super-hot KA alpha despite his bedroom proclivities.
- Though Female Dominant sex doesn’t really turn me on, there were some super hot scenes, and they weren’t animal themed as they were in the first book.
- I really enjoyed visiting with Amelie and Olly, as well as a few other side characters.
- It was a great mix of sex and story, but remember, this is an erotic novel, so there is still a LOT of sex.
- Oh how I loved Cam! I am hoping we get a book about him!
- I prefer 1st person but honestly, I barely noticed that this was 3rd person.
- As hot as the scenes were, I am just not really into male sub sex.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5-4.75 Stars, 5+ Heat
Aryas knew her.
He knew what she liked.
He knew how she played.
He knew exactly what would make her squirm in her seat.
And he knew precisely how long it had been since she’d had her kink.
“You’re throwing down the gauntlet,” she accused quietly.
“You feel like picking up the glove?” he shot back, shaking the piece of paper at her.
She stared into Aryas’s eyes.
Anything she wanted to do to get him off.
When he was done with her, he’d vanish from her life.
Her gaze dropped to the paper.
“Be you, and we’ll make it interesting, lay five grand on that fucker, he’ll give you one go and then he’ll move on,” Aryas pushed, but it was a dare.
She looked back at him.
Yes, he knew her.
“No reflection on you and your skills, which are sublime, my beautiful baby.” He grinned wicked grin. “Just that this guy is unbreakable. There’s no edge for him any Domme can get anywhere near to push him off and that’s what he’s looking for. Being taken to the farthest edge and shoved right the fuck over.”
Taken to the farthest edge.
Evangeline was not into that. She wasn’t into extreme. Not like many who were into that in the life.
No, the edges she coasted were exactly what Aryas wasn’t quite saying, but she read this guy couldn’t handle.
Unless he had the right Mistress to lead the way.
Damn it all, she was getting wet.
“Five grand?” she snapped.
Aryas pressed his lips together and she was too peeved to get more peeved that he did it to suppress his amusement.
He unpressed them to confirm, “Five grand. But Leenie, babe, just to get it straight, he walks away from you at first meet, we’re even. It’s only if you get a crack at him the bet is on.”
She lifted her nose at the same time she snatched the paper from his hand, declaring, “He won’t walk away.”
“He might,” Aryas said gently, and his sudden loss of humor and careful tone made her focus on him again. “Beware of that. He’s done it before. In some ways, he doesn’t give a shit about anything. In some ways, he can be frustratingly choosy.”
“If I want him, he walks away, I’ll still get him,” she announced.
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Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.