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Hanging On (Awakenings #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Five years after being abused by her boyfriend, Sophia DiMarco has managed to put her life back together. She’s a dominatrix with her pick of willing submissives. For her, sex is about control, and she’s the one pulling the strings. Everything in her life is perfect until she meets Drew Snow, one of the country’s most popular TV chefs. Handsome and charming, Drew gets what ...more
Published by Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (first published June 7th 2010)
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Smut Junkie
What a great story! I knew that Sophie's story would be good after you got a little glimpse of her in the first book of the series....and you also got a sneak peak of Drew in the first book when he shows up at her 'dungeon' as a date for one of Sophie's clients it was anybodies guess what would happen!! HOLY HOTNESS is all I will say.

These two had insane chemistry right from the start, but how on earth can a Domme be with a guy who is TOTALLY NOT a sub??! I think it would be impossibl
Jan 23, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5. Book 2 in this series picks up the story of Sophia who made her first appearance in "Letting Go" and who is a troubled women fighting the trauma of having been raped by someone she thought loved and respected her. Her response: learn to take control of her sexual nature and train to become a dominatrix. That is, until she meets a man who challenges everything she thinks about herself, who challenges her pain and her desire to be in control, who slowly seeks to teach her about the j ...more
Jun 09, 2011 315 rated it it was amazing
Of the three books in this series that I've read so far I like letting go the best. But I've enjoyed them all very much so any of them are worth the time to read! These are full length books and for the word volume I didn't find them slow at all. It's a very lovely love story with some very steamy scenes. The characters in this book are not only likable but believable and you want to like them from the very beginning.
Jun 22, 2010 LynnMarie rated it really liked it
Desmond’s Review

Sophia DeMarco is a Dominatrix, using her skills with BDSM to compartmentalize her relationships. She must remain in control and, when Drew Snow enters her circle, he creates a classic approach/avoidance conflict within her.

She desires him sexually and more, but her necessity for control pushes her away from any meaningful connection. In Hanging On, Michele Zurlo is masterful using BDSM as another character, the plot device, by which she can have Sophia use it both for keeping
Absolutely worth my time. Characters were real, situations real. Sophia, a survivor of rape, endures a persistent male, Drew, who does not let her destroy their relationship possibilities. Because of dreadful embarrassment and self loathing, Sophia hides the tragedy from Drew, tries to escape the possibility of hurt from a relationship. Situational dynamics create an intrigue well worth the time.
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Aug 22, 2012 Kyndra Natasha rated it it was ok
I wanted to love it, but something was lacking for me. once you read a few books that are really deep, it's hard to get emotionally involved in something that seems... less ..... I was not rooting for this couple... in fact I didn't care 1 way or the other... I may be judging this book a little too harshly...
Michele Zurlo
Jul 01, 2010 Michele Zurlo added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Sophia and Drew's epic love story. See my website for more information.

Then check out Hanging On 2: Surreal Neal to see the conclusion of Sophia and Drew's dramatic love story.
Jun 19, 2010 Lyn rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Can't wait for the next book...hopefully Danny's story. I'm glad I found Michele Zurlo. She's a great author.
Jan 28, 2011 Gab rated it really liked it
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Good book. Started getting a little bit bored in the middle and stopped reading but picked it up again two days later and thought I'd give it another go and glad I did as it picked up again.
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I'm not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. Yet I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it's something I've never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions Subscribe to my occasional newslette ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Awakenings (7 books)
  • Letting Go (Awakenings, #1)
  • Two Masters for Samantha  (Awakenings #3)
  • Time to Pretend (Awakenings, #4)
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