The Next Step follows six months after the events of Onyx (see my review of Onyx here).
I think it would be okay to read The Next Step if you haven't read Onyx, but both are pretty good books so you may as well read the story from the beginning.
Here's the blurb for The Next Step:
Master Ian Vaughn and his sub Kale Daniels are back for more in this sequel to Onyx! Both men are happy together, playing and living like any other Dom and sub. For Kale, though, it goes much deeper than that. He's fallen in love with his Master, but he has no idea how Ian feels about him. When Ian books them a private playroom at a new club, Kale is thrilled to find out all his Master has in store. And Ian has a few surprises that Kale never expects to receive.
- Bondage and Discipline: Good bondage, no discipline required during the day that this story covers. 2 of 3
- Dominance and Submission: Yes. 3 of 3
- Sadism and Masochism: Yum. 2 of 3.
- Extra Point: Yes
As for the writing elements, there isn't much of a plot, the purpose of the story is to show you a day in the life of this couple we met in Onyx. There is plenty of interest though, so it's fine as is. Pacing is well done. Prose and dialogue are fine. Character development is consistent with the previous book and is fine for the parts of their lives that we are privy to.
- Book Rating: The Next Step: 9 of 10
- BDSM Intensity Level: 8 of 10
- Heat Level: 5 of 5