Pretty accurate depiction how "BDSM lifestylers" who have money, but no 9-5 jobs, see themselves. Very good imagery and description delayed gratification, of pleasure-pain climaxes, and the phenomena of "sub/slave space" from sub's POV. Terrific character development of two main characters; I loved the realism of "Master's" personal struggle/flaw.
Loved reading how Ted delves into Jo's psyche, peeling away her superficial, yet protective psychological layers--the most difficult and most important aspect of a commited BDSM relationship. Helpful but not necessary to read series in order.
This is probably in my top 3 list of BDSM psychological and sexual books. Unfortunately, the narrator is not suited for this genre. She often reads the men's lines (commands) with a rise in her voice at the end of the statement, making it more of a question than statement or command. She does, however, deliver a wonderful performance of women's lines.
This book is well-researched, emotionally, psychologically, and sexually charged, and unlike a lot of "soccer-mom porn," it has a plausible plot. If hardcore, raw BDSM sexuality bothers you, read the gentler D/s book number 1 in the series. I will be looking for more books from this author! Finally, an author who knows her topic and realizes each D/s - BDSM relationship is as different as the people involved! Well done, Riley Murphy!
If you enjoy the EARLY works of Dean Koontz, John Saul, or Stephen King, buy this book now. Although it has a slow start, don't give up on it for at least 90 minutes. I usually set the timer for 60 minutes at bedtime and fall asleep reading, but because I was so engrossed in the book, I kept resetting the timer until 2.5 hours remained till the end, and I just turned the timer off! This book sank its teeth into me, and I had to finish it lol. It was a good thing it was the weekend!
The narrator does a good job. Her pace is perfect. She does not go to great lengths to "perform" the characters, which is fine for the way this book is written. For me, a well-written, good story pulls me into a zone, and I felt if I could turn my head quickly enough, I might catch a glimpse of one of the characters in the shadows of my bedroom. Unfortunately, several places where the post-production people spliced the tape (I don't pretend to know the technical lingo) poorly, and the words, where spliced, are smashed together which pulled me out of that zone. I will definitely look to see if this author has published other books.
I'm an avid reader, and it's always a joy to discover a talented "new" author!
Having read the reviews before purchasing, I was ready for this book to end abruptly, so I was ok with it. It's a good, fast-paced read. The author tends to repeat herself often when describing how the main character has never felt this way before to the point of becoming annoying. I'd be very disappointed if I weren't forewarned about the ending (rather, the lack of an ending!). Perhaps it's the author's "creative" style to mimic putting down one of the journals before finishing it, or maybe it's her idea of a cliffhanger. Good premise. Hopefully, this author's style and skill emerges.
I love Cole's previous books in this series, but after four or five attempts. I had to give up on this one. I strongly urge you to listen to the preview before purchasing.
Such a disappointment! Each of the main characters harbors a "secret" too horrible to confide in the other. His is explained early in the book; hers is kept a mystery. Normally this could be an okay premise, as far as steamy-sex-laden romance plots go (heck yeah, I love those scenes, too!) but rather than empathizing with the main character, I could only roll my eyes and think, really?!
He gets her pregnant, and she marries the fella to give her unborn child a two-parent home, hoping love will follow with time. When she thinks he's more interested in being a father than a husband, she leaves him. Huh? That's a big part of her reasoning to marry him in the first place! She endlessly agonizes over her undying love for him, which, due to her secret. is why she "can't" be with him. Even after her secret is revealed, she continues to agonize and "rationalizes" she cannot stay with him because she loves him so much, and loving him gives him the ability to potentially hurt her feeling IF things don't work out. Again, huh?!
The sex scenes were pretty good -- not hot or sizzling. All sex is strictly vanilla, which would have been fine, but the so-called "plot" was awful. Ms. Black is capable of much better work. This one is an embarrassment and needs a complete rewrite.
SAVE YOUR MONEY -- SKIP THIS ONE!!
Okay, I get the new and exciting mainstream introduction of Ds to soccer-mom "mainstream," but really, what a crock with kazillionaire 30-year-olds who have no idea... Nor care or concern about the old-school lifestyle that built trust based on far more important principles sans millions of dollars of disposable income and more available time than even money. These are, much like trophy wives, merely trophy subs. The "Masters" are beneath my contempt. Their uses of money in exchange for time, sex, belonging to, protected by... Rings very unflattering bells that so many ha e tried for so long to shed.
I started reading this series in paperback. Not only does Gavin perfectly nail each character ... Every time.. Harrison also brings us full circle by allowing the reader to spend some much needed time catching up with our old friends. Another exquisite read from the Hollows brought to life by Gavin. Another pleaser is this book costs ONE CREDIT. Thank you; I was starting to resent the two-credit pricing structure. All in all: HOORAY!
I finished this book a week ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it. The story is so moving. This is a must-listen book--far better listened to than read because the author is the narrator and reads it with the inflections and emotions he feels. At the end of the book, I was delighted to hear some of the actual recordings of Morrie and Mitch's dialogue. The book transcends time and generations. Anyone who has ever had a good teacher, coach, mentor, advocate while growing up will love this book. Awesome listen.
Roberts does not disappoint in this final installment of the trilogy. If you're credit-frugal, you could purchase books one and three only, without losing anything pertinent; however, if you are in the mood for a bit more "indulgence"...
She just writes so well. Story is a bit predictable, but between the fantastic narration and Roberts' masterful skill, I couldn't put it down and am now downloading the last in the series. In retrospect, my frugal nature tells me I should have purchased the first and then the last...but the fun is in experiencing the journey, in its entirety.
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