Above the Dungeon (Dungeon #1) by S.M. Johnson

Above the Dungeon (Dungeon #1)

Above the Dungeon - 70,000 words, erotic fiction (M/M, BDSM)With the ink barely dry on his Ivy League diploma, Dare is expected join the family business, marry his high school sweetheart, and commit his life to conservative suburbia. But in a moment of panic he runs away to NYC where his cousin gets him a bartending job at a club called Above the Dungeon. The basement of the club houses legendary BDSM Master Roman's dungeon. And Roman's interest ...

Details Above the Dungeon (Dungeon #1)

TitleAbove the Dungeon (Dungeon #1)
Release DateMay 5th, 2012
PublisherSM Johnson
GenreErotica, BDSM, Romance, M M Romance, Menage, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Above the Dungeon (Dungeon #1)

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
    This was pretty much the look I had on my face the entire time I read this.Luckily, it's pretty short otherwise I'd have to look into botox. I will say this book definitely made me feel something just not in a good way. I’ve said before that I like BDSM books to make me a bit uncomfortable and Above the Dungeon certainly accomplished that. I’ll start with dislikes and end on likes.Jeff is… he’s a whiny, pouty, catty little bitch is what h...
  • Steelwhisper
    I decided to DNF this story. Up to where I was (~30%) it was around 2.5*ETA: took this one up again and finished. It's now a 1.5*. Same reasons as stated below apply, plus I'm now perforce grading it against Safeword and L+L, having read these in between.Reasons:I couldn't really identify with any of the characters, nor much sympathise with them, except that I felt sorry for Dare. The set-up is the usual one: bad-ass, alpha-holey Master/Dom with ...
  • Danny Tyran
    Fantastic! I read a lot, and I have read a lot of BDSM books but rarely did I read a book like this one.This is the story of young and naive sub (Dare) completely ignorant of the Domination/submission world and caught under a pushy Dom’s spell (Roman). Dare discovered with a certain dose of thrill this unusual world and its pleasures.At the beginning, I was disappointed that the story went from Dare to Jeff and all the way around again and agai...
  • JenMcJ
    3.5 stars. hmmm. Sort of a study in how to get the repressed straight guy from acute vanilla to devoted submissive in less than a month. All while having a long time partner to balance with the new guy. Add another younger D/s curious boy in the mix for a little while as well.This book also shifts POV from Jeff to Dare and looks at the situations from both perspectives in overlap at times. They both look at their unique dealings with Roman withou...
  • Trio
    amended 5 March 2017Okay, I'm officially changing my review on this one - since I couldn't get these characters out of my mind and I'm incredibly curious about the plot on the next book to to mention wondering how they get to the fourth one, well I'm going with three stars and I'm definitely reading the next one...It bugs me that Roman restrains Dare at the beginning of the book (when they're alone and Dare barely knows him) without a safeword......
  • Beck
    This. Book. Was. Fantastic. I read a lot and I have read a lot of BDSM books but rarely do I read a book like this. Johnson was able to describe the feelings the characters felt so very well. I was transported back in time to my youth when my friends & I stood at the top of the cliff; daring each other to leap toward the water 30 feet below. That swooping anxiety & internal dialogue of 'will I or won't I?'. This ability of Johnson's allowed the r...
  • Vivian
    Curiosity and Seduction.Dare strikes out to find what he really wants out of life. Curiosity leads him to a unique opportunity.Roman, the consummate master finds himself intrigued as he stalks the new bartender in his club. His seduction of Dare's naiveté opens a new chapter.Jeff, a devoted partner and slave finds his wants aren't what he wanted and that which he didn't want maybe exactly what he wants. Overall, a fascinating foray into fetish. ...
  • Eugenia
    3.3 Stars......Because the 3’s look so nice next to each other and they remind me of the final sex scene in this naughty book.The writing was a bit erratic, but not necessarily bad. The premise: heterosexual, straight-laced Connecticut country club bred MC escapes his planned life and head to NYC. His cousin gets him a job bar tending at a gay bar, Above the Dungeon. Not too bad for our MBA cutie pie. What follows is the hard to swallow part......
  • JustJen
    I loved this story. It somehow gave me a very realistic feel of what Dare was going through when he met Roman and learned about himself. I was rooting for Dare all along and did not want the story to end.
  • Kassa
    Above the Dungeon is a very interesting, intense book. The story is highly erotic and in fact almost all of the character development, dialogue, and action takes place during BDSM scenes and related events. In some ways the sex offered is hard core with edgy sadomasochism, but there are a lot of relationship dynamics and emotional struggles that happen to balance this out. The end result is still a complicated, lightening fast creation that doesn...
  • ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme
    How do I review this book? It moved me more than I cared for it to. Dare is this sweet preppy little boy fallen down a rabbit hole of sexual deviance. Not only is he set to be engaged, but he's straight!!! He ends up as a bartender for a gay club above a professional dungeon. What else can we throw into the mix?Oh, how about Jeff the asshole who doesn't know how good he has it. Why does he need to keep finding a new play thing? Does he NOT know h...
  • Syfy
    Great story! I absolutely hated it, but it is a great story and there is no way in hell I can rest until I know what happens next.... Out of the Dungeon*******************************************************What makes this such an extraordinary read is the depiction of "the good, the bad, and the ugly".Morbid fascination is how I would describe Dare's observations as well as being his motivation. He seemed to become mesmerized by Roman almost ins...
  • Awilk -never sleeps-
    This was very different to any other m/m BDSM books that I have read. The story revolves around three men, two who are a long term couple, and a younger man that catches the eye of one of them and is brought into the relationship of this pair.The changing point of views was well done. It read like it was written by the two separate characters.Roman was a well known Dom, who owns a club with a dungeon downstairs where he works with submissive clie...
  • Jack Pyke
    This has to be 5 stars from me. I’ve read some dark things lately (Herbert/Barker) and this immediately offered something deliciously lighter: something that could pull me back from the dread and compulsion of picking up a dark read. I kept coming back to this novel with just a real easy sigh, and it’s been such a long time since I’ve found a novel that’s made me feel so at ease.I loved the 1st v 3rd switch in pov between Dare and Jeff. T...
  • Mel Spenser
    From the buckle on the high-contrast cover, to the end; this books gets your attention and doesn’t let up.Dare is pure vanilla in his Dockers and Polo shirt. Fresh from escaping a predestined suburban life, he lands in NYC, quickly getting a bartending job. How hard could it be? After all, he’d mixed drinks at the country club most of his life. However, he hadn’t had a Dom take an interest in him before.This story is absorbing and produces ...
  • Kari Gregg
    Stellar book. The reader is taken on two journeys, with Dare as a bewildered newbie to the scene and with Jeff as experienced slave. There's enough of Roman, Dom to both, subtley buried to take us along on his journey as he introduces Dare to the Lifestyle and just as importantly, begins drawing the three of them together as well.But it's only the beginning. Don't expect to reach book's end to find Roman, Jeff and Dare living kinkily ever after. ...
  • Tabatha
    This was definitely a departure from your typical BDSM reads out there, and frankly it was a breath of fresh air. Now I will admit that I was a tad put off by the switching from third person to first person when characters switched, but then towards the end I realized why the author did this so I'm good with that now. :) I think what I like most about this book, was just how seemingly real the author's approach was to the lives of these character...
  • Mel Bradley
    Author: SM JohnsonPublisher: Torquere PressPage Count (pdf): 309Published: 2011?Rainbow eBooks: $5.99When Date, a straight preppy guy runs away from his family and commitments, he goes to his gay cousin to help him explore a new path. Little did he know that included BDSM, bar tending at a gay bar and exploring his own sexuality.When this book started, it seemed destined that the powerful Dom and owner of the bar and dungeon, was going to be the ...
  • Lisa
    I was really in 2 minds about this book.I started off thinking WTF!Dare is a virgin when it comes to the BDSM scene and gets swept up in the whirlwind that is Roman.I found it a little incredulous that he would 'agree' to some of the things he did at the start. There was no discussion and no negotiating. In fact, when Dare mentions it, Roman says that because he is new to the scene everything would be a hard limit and therefore discussing them wo...
  • adrienne
    4.5 starsfantastically captivating. well written, interesting, great build, solid characters, very limited sex scenes for this subgenre- rather focusing on the growing intimacy. not quite a m/m/m.
  • Carolyn
    This is about 3 men and how they learn to love each other and learn from each other. It was a great read.
  • Renee
    Not sure how I felt about this one. I didn't quite like the characters Roman and Jeff. I just never seem to connect to them. I am not sure if I will continue on with the series.
  • Kristie
    Will review later. Started the next book... Must not stop.
  • Angie
    Above the Dungeon is another book that I can add to my list of annoying 1st/3rd person narrative flip-floppers. But I think I must be getting use to it since that didn't bother me nearly us much as it has in other books. I actually think it kind of works, since Dare, whose chapters are in 3rd person, is kind of an observer. He's not totally part of the action. Then there's Jeff, who has the 1st person chapters, who is a 24/7 slave to Roman, the c...
  • Gabriel
    I love BDSM stories, I truly do. They fascinate me and the deep trust there is between a dominant and a submissive is amazing. When I read the summar for Above the Dungeon I have to say I was a bit stand off-ish about it; I generally have a hard time with threesomes in BDSM stories, but still decided to give it a shot. Hell, it might even change my mind about these kind of stories. It didn't - which can clearly be seen by my rating of it. Wheneve...
  • Daisy Sloan
    EmotionalIntenseTwo words that describe Above the Dungeon to a T. The emotion is not a tear-jerker, emotional roller coaster, but more of a discovery of ones self and all the feelings that go along with that. Everything in this book is intense. Every scene, every conversation, every look is full of promise, discovery, or emotion.Dare fled his life to start over in the city. He’s staying with his cousin and working in a gay fetish bar. Roman own...
  • Lirajean
    Great book! Very sexy, pushes the edges of the d/s theme in careful, loving ways.How many of you are struck, in many stories, by the male characters' supposed comfort level with the sex-with-anyone-is-cool attitude? It strikes me every time it appears that the human male animal can be so different from the female. Maybe it's just true in these stories. Anyone know? Can men really move between partners, whether m/m or m/f, because the physical sex...
  • Maja Diana
    As far as erotica goes, I tend to be... Picky. Not because I don't like them, but because often the plot is left behind in favor of the naughty bits. And if the book only aim to get the reader off, I suppose that's good enough. However, if a reader is looking for something more... Then they'd have to look through a few smutreads to get there. "Above The Dungeon" doesn't have the most elaborate plot—but it works.The story follows three people: ...
  • SandyL
    What an interesting story! Adair runs away from his privileged life feeling like there's something more out there. He was ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend, but realized the life that was planned for him was missing something. He ends up staying with his cousin in New York and from there Adair's life changes more than he ever imagined. His cousin, Doc, is gay and works at a gay bar. He gets Adair a job there, changes his name to Dare a...