If you loved Fifty Shades of Grey...get ready to enter The Dark Garden - a deliciously potent tale of one woman's quest for self-discovery.
Rowan Cassidy likes to be in charge - especially in her personal life. As a mistress at Club Privé, the most exclusive bondage/S & M club on the West Coast, Rowan can live out her dominant fantasies safely, and with complete control - until the night Christian Thorne walks in. Self-confident and sophisticated, he's a natural dominant if Rowan's ever seen one. Yet she can't stop thinking about him and imagining his touch.
Christian has returned home, hoping to break free from his dissatisfaction and malaise - and discovers the cure in Rowan. He's dying to get his skilled hands on her and watch her surrender, to unlock the mystery of her that captivates him. Determined to be her master, he makes Rowan a daring proposition: give herself over to him for 30 days.
Rowan finds Christian's offer terrifying - and impossible to resist. But abandoning herself to Christian's power might be more than she can handle.... Or it might be the realization of her true nature and the dark garden within her. There will be only one way to find out….
Bestselling and award-winning author Eden Bradley writes dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin). Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel Forbidden Fruit was profiled in Cosmopolitan's Red Hot Reads column in 2008. The Dark Garden hit the top paperback fiction charts in the UK. Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio and conducts workshops on writing craft and writing about sex. As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her BDSM and kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences. Visit EdenBradley.com or her group blog Smutketeers.com.
©2012 Eden Bradley (P)2012 Random House Audio
Avid reader that was saved my audible. This mommy taxi thing would be rough without with the earbuds;)
I wasn't given the opportunity to become invested in the characters. The plot was definitely lacking and the sex scenes weren't as spicy as the BDSM storyline could have allowed. The secondary love story was actually more compelling than the primary.
It was a "slow" read, but her saving grace was Decker's Irish purr.
Decker and Aprils secondary storyline. If she had expanded this there might have been hope for a book you think about later.
This book was very forgettable. The sex scenes were dull and the romance was lackluster. Definitely not a Fifty Shades.
Yes, the description of this story is good but it leaves a lot out of what to expect.
Christian. He help Rowan work through a truly awful experience from her past that left her closed off and basically just functioning through life.
Love Decker and April's story as well. It was so in line with Christian and Rowan's.
I would change the way the book was written. The chapters were some what choppy and cut short.
Decker and April. Decker seemed more intersting than the main lead male.
April bec/ even though she was new to the scene, she had herself more together than the so called veteran/main character of the book.
Better flow to the story, more background on the characters.
I can't tell you what could have made The Dark Garden Better? I am not a writer my personal opinion of the story was. I kept waiting for the story to get going with a hot sex scene. But the story never hit climax no great hot sex scene NOTHING it just went around and around in one big circle.
The Dark Garden has not turn me off to romance novels. I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS that's what it is all about. Audible.com should only carry romance novel who cares about the other genres.
Madison Cole did a great job narrating the story. She had a hard job cause the story she was narrating was the pits
If I could have play editor. I would have told the writer A) develop the story more/ make it a longer story B) More sex scene/ More HOT sex scene this story had barely any C) The characters spent two much time driving around in there cars who cares. D) The review of this story was sort of false advertising this story was not even in the league of Fifty Shades.
I wish Eden Bradley all the best luck on her next novel. I look forward to reading it.
story was good. Narrator was good at differentiating characters voices so it was easy to tell who was speaking.
Made all of the characters come alive. Very clear articulate & easy to listen to voice. She does great male voices and I'd like to see Madison read more titles.
I really enjoyed the story. Eden Bradley introduces one to BDSM with grace and style. Well done!
This was a little treasure! I loved that the main character, Rowan is a strong secure female. She is thrown off balance when she meets a main determined to top her. I also love the side story with April.
Absolutely worth the CREDIT!
No, it does not have a strong plot. Heroin's problem just dragged on and on in the story. Supporting characters' story were much better.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Madison Cole, sounds like Karen White. Ok on the males voices, but hard to believe her female voice is a femme fetal. Starts out as BDSM, but quickly moves to core romanance story. Happy ending
Happy endings of course (for me).
I'm always up for a tortured soul or two in a book along with some (quite a bit in this novel) BDSM. BDSM is always a turn on for me (pun intended) but there has to be a good story behind it. Sex for sex sake doesn't cut it. The story was good, could have been better, though, especially between April and Dekker, but overall a good listen.
No. I believe she could have done better with the male voices although she did wonderful with Dekker's accent.
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