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The Dark Garden | [Eden Bradley]

The Dark Garden

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Laura MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 02-09-13
    Laura MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing hot about this story, Big time waster"
    What would have made The Dark Garden better?

    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.


    Has The Dark Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Did Madison Cole do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Madison Cole did a great job narrating the story. She had a hard job cause the story she was narrating was the pits


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dark Garden?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Eden Bradley all the best luck on her next novel. I look forward to reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leisa DUMAS, AR, United States 02-06-13
    Leisa DUMAS, AR, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Madison Coles Narration was AWESOME!"
    What did you love best about The Dark Garden?

    story was good. Narrator was good at differentiating characters voices so it was easy to tell who was speaking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Coldbrook, NS, Canada 01-30-13
    Amazon Customer Coldbrook, NS, Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Narrator!"
    What does Madison Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story. Eden Bradley introduces one to BDSM with grace and style. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Sacramento, CA, United States 09-28-12
    Nancy Sacramento, CA, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a GREAT find after 50 Shades!"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 09-16-12
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Self doubt heroin issue dragged on and on"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eden Bradley again?

    Maybe


    Could you see The Dark Garden being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 09-10-12
    Karen CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "good story, bad reader"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 07-13-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "LOVE WILL OUT"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Garden the most enjoyable?

    Happy endings of course (for me).


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Madison Cole’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I believe she could have done better with the male voices although she did wonderful with Dekker's accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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