As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn't an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?
Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna's past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.
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To be completely fair I should preface this review with a qualifier ~I couldn't get through the whole thing~.
Book one of this series wasn't spectacular, but it was okay. This may be the worst second installment in history.
Anna's inner dialogue makes her sound like an ill-bred golden retriever. She is depicted as being so damaged and so traumatized that it makes Stephen's desire to make her his submissive creepy.
The final straw for me came about two hours into the listen ( nothing erotic having happened up to that point) when she is so broken she can't manage to say his name without sounding it out like it was swahili.
Submissives are wonderful because they are strong and empowered by their service and sexual freedoms. That is nowhere near what this is.
This book follows on from Slave. Anna makes the decision to stay with Stephan and become his submissive.
Even though Anna is still haunted by her time with Ian she does start to embrace her new life but she still suffers panic attacks, is unable to cope with crowds and would have difficulty living in anything but a very controlled environement. Consequently her life is still very isolated - though I guess this is how Stephan wants it anyway.
One of my issues with the book is that it does tend to portray Anna as child-like, especially in her vocabulary, thoughts and self-perception. I'm not sure if this is due to the narrator's influence or if Anna's personality would still come across this way if I read the book in it's written state.
Because I see her as a child, I now view Stephan's behaviour as predatory. Possibly that isn't fair - but that's where it is.
Again this book finishes on a cliff-hanger.
I was so glad whem Need finally came to Audible. If you like cliff hangers, listen to these books. I am a reviewer who said wait for the next book to come out regarding SLAVE. I should have realized I'd be saying it again for this book.
Regarding the story itself, there were some dramatics, but some very touching parts as well. The narrators did an excellent job of conveying all of those moments.
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