Review: Kim Dare – Pushing the Envelope

61h6lzzfqml-_sy346_Author: Kim Dare
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: Kim Dare
Genre: MM Erotica/BDSM

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:
When Scott Evans sends an anonymous invitation to the dominant he’s fantasised about for months, he just hopes that Joe Stuart will be curious enough to turn up at the specified address and do a scene with him.

It never occurs to Scott that Joe will send a note back to him, or that something as simple as writing a letter could evolve into a kinky game that will test both men to the limit.

Orders, pleas, kinks and even love—there’s nothing a letter can’t contain once two hot and passionate guys start Pushing The Envelope.

Please Note: This work was previously published in fourteen short story installments. The existing parts of the story have been tweaked and re-edited, and two entirely new installments have been added. This edition is the first time all the installments have been brought together in e-book form.

Review:
I liked this a lot for a good BDSM erotic romance, although it slowed down a bit in the middle few chapters. If it had been written all together as a novella, we would have had more relationship talk midway. The guys may have been able to interact a little more into each other’s outside lives. And I would have liked that. But given that this was released in chapters, Ms. Dare did a good job of each one feeling like an individual and complete scene.

You always knew there was another letter coming, and were therefore anticipating the next installment/chapter, but there aren’t little cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. For that reason, it makes it easy to take your time with this. I’d read one to three per day, maybe taking a day off here and there. No huge tension or need to stay up late reading. That’s just the nature of the format, and a positive thing since I’m assuming they were released in pieces.

But given that they’re all out now, you obviously would want to get this compilation instead of the individuals if your interesting in reading this. It is absolutely all one piece and you really need to read all 14 (16 now? She added 2 more) to get the whole story.

The sex was hawt. And chapters 1-10 or so all had unique and interesting scenarios. By the last few chapters it was a lot more focused on the relationship, and I think this was harder to accomplish in this format. Ms. Dare still needed a sex scene per chapter/episode and she didn’t want to leave us any cliffhangers. So really it’s not until the last chapter that it all gets worked out. I was starting to get a bit antsy by chapter 12, but I did still enjoy it.

If you like a tad bit of romance with your kink then I think you’ll like this. Be prepared for a strong and confidant Dom, and an uber insecure and stuttering sub. (That reminds me of one other comment. Scott said he only stutters when he’s nervous but he ALWAYS stuttered. I got that for most of the chapters, but near the end that would have been a nice tool to use to show us that he was getting more comfortable and confident with Joe.)

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