Unearthed, An Upending Tad Spinoff: Max and Sean (The Dungeon Black Duology, Book 1) By: Kora Knight Narrated by: Michael Dean

Lesetiger calls Unearthed "freaking amazing and hot. A great story, fascinating characters, a compelling plot and a brilliant narration!"

From the blurb:

Love. 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 BDSM romance contains intensely explicit scenes both inside and out of the dungeon. It also as references sensitive matters involving teens and child abuse that some might find disturbing.

Note from the author: While this duology can be considered a stand alone, I highly recommend listeners 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 listener a unique first impression of them from Tad and Scott's POV. Most listeners would agree that Max definitely made his mark in a very striking way long before Unearthed ever came to be.

Lesetiger's Review:

What an incredible audiobook! I have read Upending Tad, but I think you can read Unearthed as a standalone as well.

Kora Knight is an extremely talented author. She has a phenomenal way with words and I was able to empathize with Max and later Sean very quickly. The audiobook is not short at 15 hours, but I listened to it in just three days despite being at work. It kept me captivated, and I was dying to know what happened next in the story.

Max has a past that broke my heart. All I'm saying is tissues. Sigh.

The story starts off slowly, but in return Max has been given incredible depth. What he does, he does with all his heart. He is a sculptor, and he teaches and in the evenings, he is a Dom. But he doesn't let anyone get close to him and for good reason.

He meets Sean because Sean is a model for his class. He's incredibly cute, way too young in Max's eyes, very smart and incredibly curious.

I literally dove into this audiobook and followed the development that Max and Sean's relationship makes. Their first session. Wow, holy moly was that hot!

But this is a story you have to listen to instead of reading the book. Michael Dean is a terrific narrator, but here he outdid himself. He made the protagonists live. His voice for Max is incredibly sexy and fitting. You almost feel like you are right there in the sessions. I was absolutely blown away by Michael's performance in bringing this story to life. His performance makes this book an absolute pleasure to listen to.

My only criticism is the ending. Because that forces me to listen directly to the next volume.

Highly recommended - a great story, fascinating characters, a compelling plot!

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Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Unearthed is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.