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Haven of Obedience

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,084 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Devoured 50 Shades? Now you're ready to enter the Haven of Obedience.

Twenty-something Londoner Natalie Bowen is envied by many, but her personal life is a disaster.

Then she hears about an exclusive weekend retreat called The Haven, a place that specializes in introducing people to pleasures they could never have imagined. Shocked at the idea, but unable to resist finding o

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ebook, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 1st 2000)
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Rush
To put it frankly, I didn't like it. It was almost a DNF but I trudged along, wasting my time. Yeah, it had tons of sex in it and that is about all. Sex here, sex there, sex with this person(s), sex with that person(s). No plot. I didn't connect with the characters because I never had the opportunity (they were too busy fucking each other). Plus, the dialogue was atrocious.

Please disregard the bold blurb of this story. It lied. How it could even be synonymous with Fifty is beyond me. It should r...more
Robbyn
Please do not do yourself the injustice of reading this book. It is so poorly written I can not understand how it was published and then released into book stores. Maybe for adult shops but still not worth the paper it is written on. Lent it to a friend who is having trouble getting past the first page, told her not to return it. Can not rate it Sorry. :(
Dreams
I really don't enjoy writing reviews for books I dislike but, in honor of being fair with my honest opinions, I feel like I have to write something about this one.

My criticism for this book lies mainly with the story; my complaint being, that I felt there really was not one.

This book basically consisted of a bunch of descriptive sex scenes between various characters in the book and I'd say 70% of the time, those characters are uncomfortable or don't want to be doing what they are doing. It was...more
Nikki Brandyberry
After careful thought I've decided to just write a short review here instead of taking the time to write a full one on the blog. Simply put, that is all this book deserves.

I am so tired of things getting shoved under a readers nose just because they may have enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey. To even insinuate that this book is anything like 50 Shades is a direct lie. And this is coming from someone who only marginally enjoyed that book. The only two things the books have in common is sex. So really yo...more
Lisa Machen
Where to begin? Well, this book is absolutely crammed full with sex, the scenes are imaginative and described in minute detail! However, there is no point to all the details if the main characters aren't in any way endearing. And they aren't.

Natalie is a self-obsessed spoilt cow and Simon has about as much charisma as a wet sponge. I thought that Natalie's character at the very least would be developed further, that she would become someone I could relate to or like a little but she just annoye...more
Kelly
This book was not my cup of tea, but I'm probably not its target audience. There is plenty of sex in this book, most of it fairly inventive and described in great detail, but not much happens apart from the sex. I found the two main characters to be flat and uninteresting, and I really didn't care whether or not they were able to make a go of it. I didn't care whether Natalie ever learned to be obedient, and I didn't care what Simon thought of her obedience (or lack thereof). I finished the thin...more
Elizabeth Lyddiatt
This book was an impulsive buy. Oh how I wish my impulse was wrong. I've never ever wanted to throw a book across the room before or burn a book. It intrigued me at first, but then I was just getting so bored by it. Don't be fooled by the blurb of the Fifty Shades reference on the book. There is nothing about this book that is like Fifty. Because of that blurb is why I feel I really bought it because I liked Fifty Shades. Don't be fooled by it. I wish I didn't come across this book. The dialogue...more
Izzy
Gave this book 0 stars because that's what it deserves! I'm actually very surprised that this book has been published as it is, considering the large number of mistakes and typos it holds. It doesn't even look like it's been proof-read! Just to be clear, I read a paperback from my library. If it was an ebook and was self-published, I wouldn't be happy about it but I would understand how it could easily be missed. That just goes to show how bad it really was!

So on page 20 (chapter 2), I came acro...more
Maria Stefanou
Το έχουμε πει κι άλλες πολλές φορές τελευταία. Μετά τις πενήντα αποχρώσεις του γκρι, τα kinky αισθησιακά μυθιστορήματα έγιναν μόδα! Αν και θα μου επιτρέψετε να αναφέρω για μία ακόμα φορά ότι αυτό είναι ένα είδος που πολλοί από εμάς το γνωρίζαμε πριν καν να φτάσει στην έκδοση.

Βέβαια, κάνοντας μία σύντομη έρευνα έμαθα ότι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο έχει γραφτεί εδώ και καιρό. Οπότε το συμπέρασμα μου είναι πως σκέφτηκαν ότι τώρα που είναι της μόδας να το διαφημίσουν κατάλληλα για να τ’ αρπάξουν!

Η Νάταλ...more
Danielle L

I was so excited to read this book after falling head over heels for the 'Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy'....but my excitement was short lived.

The book focuses on Natalie who is a young, beautiful and successful woman who cannot keep a relationship due to her constant need for control. She goes to The Haven, to take lessons in how to relinquish this need and better satisfy a lover. She falls for her tutor Simon,I had to imagine he was amazing because the book didn't help descriptively,who basicall...more
Elle
Oh, the shame of having this book on my currently-reading list! Ah well, I can plead the excuse that I work in a bookshop and need to know what these new fads are like. Haha. I bought this because I was curious about this new era of clit-lit, as I believe they are calling it, and this along with a couple of others (Destined to Play and Bared to You) are currently being sold under the tagline 'loved Fifty Shades? You'll love these!'. Although I did not love Fifty Shades at all - I found it appall...more
QiJia (Hiding out in Bookalicious) 치쟈
This book should be titled Just Sex, Through and Through.
Being subjective here, there is a storyline BUT
flimsy plot and detached characters and concentrated too much on sex instead of character building. And there's many spelling mistakes.
This book is really about BDSM and very erotica and many new sex positions.
Rihanna's S&M lyrics described Natalie and Simon's mindset perfectly.
Honestly I wouldn't want my lover to be displayed for the world or even experimented. *grimace*
In the end of thi...more
M
WTF did I just read?!? Yes, there's lots of action, but most of it is highly dubious. When someone, female or male, says no, they mean no - in this book there was too much, "Come on, you know you want it" and "You'll like it once I stick it up your arse, trust me." Ugh. No is no, even in poorly-written erotica. Not sexy in any world.
Rachel
I'm another who read this 'off the back of 50 shades'. I did enjoy it. Well written in comparison to 50 shades. I enjoyed Natalie learning about herself. Surprising ending and wanted to know what would come next for them in life after the Haven.
Lauren
Thoroughly enjoy this erotic novel x
It was raunchy and exciting through out!
I found the characters to be likeable and the writing to be easily read!
It's high on the filth but in an except able way x
Good read x
Michelle
I didn't enjoy this book as much as fifty shades, yes it was steamy but to me it lacked a true story line, it's not a book I would want to read again.
Natalie


An awful book badly written and no depth what's so ever. Nothing like fifty shades or bared to you
Emz J Hevey
Jul 28, 2012 Emz J Hevey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Emz J by: friend
The biggest load of crap I've ever read!! poo....ha
Michelle
A co-worker lent me this book and so I started it thinking, okay let's give it a shot. I loved FSOG and have read a ton of similar stories since. The book starts off with one character that is almost more interesting then the one who becomes the lead. Jan is dismissed in the story and is brought back for a mention or two at the end. I see there may be more than one book so maybe the story of her and Rob is out there somewhere.

There is zero story line to this book. There is sex, pages of it - but...more
Joanne
Sep 26, 2012 Joanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who's controlling in the bedroom!
Recommended to Joanne by: My friend, Lisa
Well, well well, I Loved, loved, loved this book. It is brilliantly written and kept me so involved that I read it in 10 hours, in one day, with a few pauses in between as I was so captivated with the story I just needed to know how it ended.

Amazed that it was first published in 2000 and not popular back then as FSOG is in 2011/12, but suppose women were a little more prude back then and probably frowned upon to be interested in those kinds of book, my my, how things have change!

I loved the char...more
Kimbo
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Marleen
Copy received from Little Brown through Book Geeks


Natalie Bowen is in her twenties and a very successful young lady. The magazine aimed at single women like herself working high-powered jobs she started only 18 months ago is a huge success and although she works long hours, her working life is very satisfactory. The same can’t be said for her private life though. While Natalie has no problem attracting men with her blond hair and slim well-built body, relationships, while sexually satisfying, ne...more
Michelle
The Haven is a weekend retreat designed to teach people to relinquish control, to open themselves to new experiences and new behaviour patterns. The entire book is based around the experience Natalie gains at her retreat - which she has booked over two weeks rather than booking for the intensive course.

The bulk of the book takes place at The Haven, which should mean it's no surprise that the bulk of the book is the activities Natalie participates in (or is subjected to depending on your persepec...more
Nickcole
I won this book on Goodreads.com and the giveaway was sponsored by Foreverromane

First off i would like to say that they should change the name of this book from Haven of Obedience to Porn for Woman. =)

Stars: 5+
Overall: This book left me wet in the pants and waiting to visit The Haven.
Characters: Natalie and Simon
Plot: Natalie is the owner and editor for her own magazine, but has trouble in the bedroom department. So after a friend reluctantly refers her to Haven, Natalie is in for a wild ride th...more
MissJessie--former librarian
I have never previously read a book with so many sex scenes which was incredibly dull. There was no fire, no excitement, no nothing; in fact, I found myself skipping forward in the book, over said scenes, to get to the end of the book and finish. The characters were one dimensional and very stereotypical; strong successful woman always in charge, sexy guy determined to change her. Seen one, seen them all.

I'm not certain why it was such a disappointment, but it really didn't fire my imagination i...more
Wee Shubba (Totally Bookalicious)
After I devoured Fifty Shades, I went on the lookout for more books with similar themes and came across Haven of Obedience. I was drawn to it with its simple cover and awesome tagline. So when the publisher said they would send it for review I was over the moon. I started it on Monday and was finished Monday night. However, I'm completely torn with my feelings for the book.

Find out my thoughts of the book on the blog: http://totallybookalicious.blogspot.c...
Nikita
Natalie Bowen is the successful editor at a London magazine for high-powered businesswomen. She's assertive, independent, and knows exactly what she wants from men in bed - and is not afraid to tell them either! Unfortunately for Natalie, men don't seem to enjoy their time with Natalie and she's been very unlucky in love. When her friend Jan comes back from a weekend trip to The Haven, Jan is a completely different person with an active sexual social life - exactly what Natalie wants. She pressu...more
Dalbro
Natalies veninde Janet har været på ophold i Templet og hun kommer tilbage som en forandret kvinde. Den forandring vil Natalie også gerne have - hun er træt af mænd der dumper hende fordi hun er krævende i senge og vil have tingene efter sit hoved. Hun booker derfor et ophold - over to weekender. To weekender der for evigt vil forandre hendes liv.

Da hun kommer bliver hun præsenteret for sin instruktør, Simon. Hun føler sig meget tiltrukket af Simon, og hun er sikker på at han har det på samme må...more
Katrina
I could not put this book down!.It took me 2 days to read but i could have easily had it fully read in just a matter of hours.Even though there were extensive steamy scenes,I found the budding romance between Natalie and her "tutor" Simon very interesting.Simon is incredibly intriguing and i was so hoping they would end up together outside of the haven.
This book is definitely for any fans of "fifty shades of grey".Marina Anderson is an incredible writer!
Kristiana Alex
Proč jsou profesně úspěšné ženy nešťastné ve vztazích? Natalie přesně na takové ženy zaměřila svůj časopis. Jenže řešení neustálých útěků milenců to nepřináší. Sama neví, co dělá špatně, i když se vzorec opakuje pořád dokola. A pak se její kamarádka Jan vrátí z víkendu na venkově a je úplně jiná. Pomohl by i Natalii záhadný Ostrov?

Marina Anderson mne dokázala opravdu překvapit. V prvé řadě jsem čekala, že to bude opravdu další napodobenina Fifty Shades nebo Crossfire. Taky jsem dost pochybovala...more
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Marina Anderson is the pseudonym of British author Margaret Bingley, whose novels have been published all over the world. Margaret uses this pseudonym for her series of erotica novels. She also publishes erotica for women under the pseudonym Fredrica Alleyn.
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