I don't have a lot of thoughts on this book. It was really quick read, I read it in a day, and I guess it moved the plot along, whatever that is anymoI don't have a lot of thoughts on this book. It was really quick read, I read it in a day, and I guess it moved the plot along, whatever that is anymore. The romance was REALLY rushed in this one, but perhaps the twist in the end about their past lives explained all of that. I liked the leads, they were fun and interesting to read. It was nice to get more back story on Thorn as well. I really loved Ian, so I can't wait to get his back story as well, which is probably in the next book or after Max's book, I can't remember. I look forward to her next to books, I'll say that. ...more
This book is more of a 4.5 than just a 4, but since Good Reads doesn't give us the option, I went closer to a four than a five. I firmly believe thatThis book is more of a 4.5 than just a 4, but since Good Reads doesn't give us the option, I went closer to a four than a five. I firmly believe that Marc and Angelina are my favorite couple in this series. I really have loved their dynamic in the series, starting with their book to this one. In this book, we revisit them, and we see that not all is fine in Paradise. Marc is extremely closed off emotionally, to the point that it starts affecting his relationships with Angelina. I loved that Angelina wasn't going to keep dealing with his crap any longer and left. I love that despite being a sub, she is rather a dominating woman outside of the bedroom, knows what she wants, and isn't going to tolerate any man's crap. Even when they tried again, and Marc was consistently trying to distract her with sex, and she told him no dice. There were plenty of times, though, that I wanted her to actually scream at him, but I guess that isn't who she is.
That RACK scene between Marc and the gang was really, really hard to read. There were times, especially when he started hallucinating and imagining his brother, that I kind of got sniffly. It was so freaking tragic, because there was a lot of pain there. The torture and borderline abuse was rough, but as a grown man he made the decision to do all that was necessary to work out his issues.
The ending on the plane was really sweet, and part of me really connected with Marc on not feeling like he belonged anywhere. As half Italy, having half of my family in Italy and the other half here in America, I always felt like I was torn in half. Perhaps that's why I love Marc so much.
Not going to lie, all the talk of the food and the scenery makes me want to go back to Italy so bad. I'm very much like Angelina in that food is love, and I want to have all the love in the world.
We did revisit Damian and Savannah at their wedding (now that's a wedding scene, Masters), and then Karla and Adam being stupid and annoying with this goddamn pregnancy. As a reader, I'm ready for this pregnancy to be over with so I can stop reading Karla bitching, and how Adam is seriously the most clueless man on the freaking planet. When a doctor, who knows more about pregnancy and birth and obstetrics, tells you that it was a fluke, it's probably the best thing to listen to her. That whole subplot is so freaking convoluted and stupid, and ugh, I'm over it. I just don't like Karla and Adam together. I like Adam on his own, and Karla on her own (when she's not pregnant, pining for Adam, and bitching about no sex), but together, those two just don't do it for me AT all. Which is funny because when they were just two strangers at a bus stop, I really adored their interaction. I still think Karla is horribly written, and the writer has her stuck mentally at 18 instead of 25. UGH. WHY?
All in all, I think this was one of the better books in the series. I'm sad that there isn't more, and now I have to wait like everyone else for the next installment. I really don't know how she's going to handle this rape backstory of Cassie's and how she's going to miraculously cure her of it, but we shall see. I kind of wish Masters would stop with the whole TORTURED SOUL angle, and just give one of these men/women, a person who just wants to have kinky fun sex. ...more
Here we have Damian's and Savannah's story, and we find out more about the horrors that Savi had to face as a child/teenager. Truly, the monstrositiesHere we have Damian's and Savannah's story, and we find out more about the horrors that Savi had to face as a child/teenager. Truly, the monstrosities this woman faced almost gave Sherrilyn Kenyon a run for her money in the tortured soul department. I read Styxx by Kenyon, and I thought his abuse/rape/incessant degradation was bad, but dang, didn't Masters almost top that.
In this book, Damian and Savi meet up again after Lyle, her father's henchman slash business partner finds her and Mari. She runs to Denver with really no other thought than that Damian could help her. She's been hurt by Lyle, needing medical attention that she doesn't want because she doesn't trust a single male soul, except the priest of the church she ran to when she was 19, and surprise surprise, Damian.
We find out that Mari is Damian's daughter, which wasn't a surprise at all because if you've read the prequel, we knew Savi was pregnant anyway. Here comes Unbelievable Moment #1: Mari calls Damian 'Daddy' after only meeting him twice. She didn't know he was her dad, but apparently, she's so starved for a father figure that she latched onto the first male outside of Father Martine and slaps the "Daddy" tag on him. She's so trusting, this little seven year old ball of rainbows and adorableness.
The three of them start this weird family dynamic, with both Savi and Damian feeling that they aren't good enough for each other. Savi's inner demons are starting to come back front and center, and of course, after having a heart to heart talk with Papa Dom aka Adam that her subconscious wouldn't be bringing up these issues again if she didn't feel she was in an environment that she could finally handle them. Damian finally shows her his war wound, but she's still closed off to him. Obvious reasons are obvious.
She finds out that Damian is a sensual sadist at the club. She doesn't understand this culture, given that the only type of experience she's ever had with chains/whips/toys and such were in the form of abuse. Years of therapy hasn't erased the thoughts of her being a filthy dirty whore and a pain slut, because apparently, (enter Unbelievable Moment #2) even being a therapist herself, she didn't really discuss these inner demons with her therapist. If she did, and actually got the help to battle them and find ways to cope, then there would be no story, right?
She witnesses Damian having a session with a client, and all of a sudden, she wants to experience this. She is so numb, and cut off from feeling anything, that she wants to try this form of therapy. She starts working with Damian to find out what her triggers are (which are a LOT of them), what her pain threshold is, her hard limits, and how to start breaking down the steel walls she built around her for the last 8 years.
We also find out what her father had branded on her, I'm going to assume labia, and that miraculously through one session, Damian has claimed it as his. That is his brand. She is his "good girl", despite that this is a huge, huge, HUGE trigger for her. Unbelievable moment #3: In literally a matter of what appears to be 4 sessions, Damian has manager to get Savi to a place emotionally that YEARS of therapy haven't been able to do. I understand that this is a novel, and the author can't really drag this out, but Jesus Christ, by this time, I was just like, whatever.
Cue lots of drama, more play scenes, more drama, asshole Father appears, she's rescued, everyone lives happily ever after. In the epilogue of the book, Savi even has sex again, in a position that won't trigger her. (I'm gonna admit, that scene was beautiful and hot, and bravo Masters on that.)
In the foreword of this book, Masters acknowledges that some people use that lifestyle as a way to deal with their own previous abuse, and she does do a really good job explaining that through Victor and Patti. Like, I understood exactly what Maters was trying convey in the scene with Patti and Damian. She does a decent job doing that with Damian and Savannah as well, but it felt rushed in some aspects. Maybe we'll see their further growth later in the books.
I will admit that the slut/princess scene really bothered me. It probably is my own issues with that word. I also felt that it was a little too soon to be bringing this into Savi's life when it was CLEAR that it was a huge trigger for her. He didn't slowly work on desensitizing her from it. He basically threw her into a room, blind folded, and wrote "Damo's slut" across her forehead and was all, "THIS WORD ISN'T BAD, TRUST ME." Yeah, okay. Unbelievable Moment #4 for me.
All in all, I liked this book far better than Adam's and Karla's book. I really do like Savi. I thought she was very well fleshed out, and she wasn't a simpering little snothead like Karla. I want a second book on them, not Luke and Karla's friend whom I can't remember (who will probably be miraculously cured of her fear of men through BDSM...yawn). These books aren't the greatest things ever, but I appreciate them for what they are, and I really do have to credit Masters for doing her homework on the subject matter....more
I've had this book for over 10 years. I read it once a year. I love it for the nostalgia of it, but it does have some troublesome topics and the vernaI've had this book for over 10 years. I read it once a year. I love it for the nostalgia of it, but it does have some troublesome topics and the vernacular used makes it a little creepy. This book speaks to a very dark deep part of me that revels in taboo topics. It's not the best, and it doesn't age well because of the topics at hand, but it's a book I read because I love the characters and the overall story. ...more