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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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    Marion Washington 09-10-12
    Marion Washington 09-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader and Audio books listener

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    "An Erotic love story"
    If you could sum up The Dark Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic, Hot and Consuming


    What other book might you compare The Dark Garden to and why?

    Fifty Shades, except in this story the BDSM is an acceptable lifestyle. I loved Fifty Shades, but there was too much shame and confusion about BDSM, while it was embraced it was not a true acceptance of the lifestyle.

    The Dark Garden is love story set within the BDSM lifestyle,an acceptance embraced by all players, of lovers finding their way and fighting hard for what they want.


    Which character – as performed by Madison Cole – was your favorite?

    Decker, I wanted more on him an April


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I never wanted to stop listening and when I had to stop, I kept thinking of it.


    Any additional comments?

    A journey of self-discovery, love and acceptance .This is well written BDSM story about 2 couples falling in love, while fighting their own demons and insecurities.
    If you love BDSM stories then this is a must read, the only negative I could find, is I wanted a bit more on the secondary characters April and Decker
    I loved Christian's honesty and Rowan's Journey.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 10-14-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "HOT with no plot"

    I don't think this book is eveyone's cup of tea. If you enjoy steamy sex scenes or stories that involve BDSM then this book is for you. If not, then I would suggest you avoid this one. I didn't really care for the narrator. I thought she was too slow and had to set my iPod to a faster speed. She did a great job with some of the voices but the slow narration really took away from the overall listening experience.
    This wasn't the greatest book but wasn't bad either.
    5 stars for the HOT sex scenes

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-04-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "2nd story is better than the main story!"

    There are two stories in the book... The main one is about Rowan and Christian (I think...). I forget the male's name... It was kinda dumb, actually. Rowan was just soooo whinny! She had a bad smex experience when she was younger, that made her a dom...but actually she is really a sub at heart. Christian make a bet with her for her to submit for 30 days. Their story is really kinda boring... and just eh! I mean the smex was good..but the story surrounding them was so irritating.

    Now the 2nd story which is woven in between the main story... (as both stories is going on at the same time)...was so much better. Decker and April.

    April was a shy sub and Decker a reknown dom at the main BDSM club in the story. Decker gives great scenes and is really experienced... he invites April to his home for a private scene and April falls in love. So does Decker, but he refuse to admit it.

    As April and Decker story is not the main story, you only get bits here and there between Rowan and Christian's story, as Rowan and April are friends.

    Narration was pretty good..

    I would say, a good sale... don't waste your credit or buy on this, as you will be disappointed in the main story. You will only want to re-listen to Decker and April's story... so save your credit or buy for something with possible re-listen to quality.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-10-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "It's a touching love story based around BDSM"

    Purchasing this book was a bit of a gamble but I was a bit fed up with my usual listens and felt like a change and I'm glad I did.

    Yes, it started out as a Dummy's Guide to BDSM, but it soon turned into 2 love stories of passion, denial, acceptance and eventually love. The main female character Rowan, had deep issues and mental scars from a past abusive and violent relationship but despite this she was drawn to dominent sexy Christian who challenged her and changed her way of thinking about herself.

    Worth a credit? Despite the fact that Rowan's anguished thoughts were a little bit repetative and dull, I still don't regret the purchase but true BDSM fans may be disappointed because it's not hot enough and romance fans may be disappointed because it's a bit too spicy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cora Louisville, KY, United States 09-13-12
    cora Louisville, KY, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Yes, I am addict... I love books, I read and listen and just can't get enough. I do not like non fiction because it is too much like learning and I would rather dive in and be transported to a new world or adventure!

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    "Yawn....Zzzzzzzzzzzzz So boring"

    Oh wow where to start, I have read and listened to tons of BDSM books but I have never been so bored that I wanted to go to an insurance seminar to spice it up. The review I read on this book made it sound so great well I have to disagree with them. There is very little plot and I felt very detached from the entire story.
    If I had to pick I would say the secondary characters held more interest than the main ones. Sorry I wasted my credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Capon Bridge, WV, United States 09-24-12
    Stacey Capon Bridge, WV, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "2 stories in 1"
    Would you listen to The Dark Garden again? Why?

    Yes I'd listen this again. Its got a great story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Garden?

    When all the characters fell in luv


    Any additional comments?

    There r 2 stories going on this book. Its got a great story behind it. Didn't really care much for the reader but she does an k job. I luved the irish accent she gives the one guy. Its a great book of people finding themselves and fallin in luv. How most romantic books go except with bdsm.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 03-09-14
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "One of My First Books in This Genre"
    Would you listen to The Dark Garden again? Why?

    Eventually...I think the 'shock value' and intrigue of this book may have diminished some since I've listened to many in this style since my first listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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. And once the game has begun, there’s no turning back.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it took several sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Mature themes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Florida Panhandle 07-30-13
    Pamela Florida Panhandle 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader that was saved my audible. This mommy taxi thing would be rough without with the earbuds;)

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    "Does not compare to Fifty Shades!"
    What disappointed you about The Dark Garden?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Madison Cole’s performance?

    It was a "slow" read, but her saving grace was Decker's Irish purr.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Decker and Aprils secondary storyline. If she had expanded this there might have been hope for a book you think about later.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very forgettable. The sex scenes were dull and the romance was lackluster. Definitely not a Fifty Shades.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-03-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Acceptance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the description of this story is good but it leaves a lot out of what to expect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian. He help Rowan work through a truly awful experience from her past that left her closed off and basically just functioning through life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Decker and April's story as well. It was so in line with Christian and Rowan's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eager Reader philadelphia, PA, United States 02-27-13
    Eager Reader philadelphia, PA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting BDSM read!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the way the book was written. The chapters were some what choppy and cut short.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Decker and April. Decker seemed more intersting than the main lead male.


    Which character – as performed by Madison Cole – was your favorite?

    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.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Better flow to the story, more background on the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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