As an active member of the BDSM community, I will actively steer newcomers to kink AWAY from this book. I was eager to read it, as indie authors and p...moreAs an active member of the BDSM community, I will actively steer newcomers to kink AWAY from this book. I was eager to read it, as indie authors and publishing is a huge market right now. I enjoyed the possibilities of a character who holds on to her few values in order to support her mother. There are many people in the world who take jobs that are demeaning but pay well, sacrificing their pride for the comfort of their loved ones. To my dismay, Blaire/Raven had no discernible pride, she was just a shell.
Meeting Jaxxon at the club seemed plausible and I was willing to overlook the once-again-used formula of a billionaire who gives a hand up to the struggling heroine. Until the first time he got her into the back room at the club. Every experienced dominant is well aware that there are ground rules before you play. You establish limits, you negotiate safe words, there are ways to do all this lovely kink stuff SAFELY! My personal tastes cringed at the fact that he seemed to be yelling at her all the time, but that's personal preference. He redeemed himself slightly with the contract arrangement and his anger with the money grubbing surgeon, but once again made me pull an "excuse me?!?" when he stalked her to defile herself at the church she had attended for twenty years! BOUNDARIES!!!
I had to stop reading this gross abuse of a D/s relationship when Blaire called to inform Jaxxon she wanted out of the contract, willing to give up every luxury he had forced on her to be done with the madness. HE BLACKMAILS HER into staying. He threatens to send graphic pictures, that she never consented to having taken, to her mother in the hospital who is recovering from the cardiac surgery he paid for.
I am seriously disturbed that this book is available to people who are looking to learn about relationships dealing with D/s dynamics. DO NOT take this as an example of a healthy relationship.(less)
Loved that Elle and Dan made an appearance in this one! Dirty was the first Megan Hart I read and this one followed unintentionally, though it was a s...moreLoved that Elle and Dan made an appearance in this one! Dirty was the first Megan Hart I read and this one followed unintentionally, though it was a seamless transition, making me chuckle just a bit when I realized who Dr. Danning's patient was!(less)
Romance novels are fantastic, but so often I find myself getting sick of the same stories. Katy Regnery managed to give a fresh twist to the "boy meet...moreRomance novels are fantastic, but so often I find myself getting sick of the same stories. Katy Regnery managed to give a fresh twist to the "boy meets girl..." while continuing the happy ending tradition of the genre. With the selflessness her characters show by being proxies in a marriage between two deployed military friends, Katy made me love them before I had really invested in the story. Their conflicts were real-life and while I figured out the "right solution" before the characters did, the obstacles keeping them from it didn't feel as contrived as some novels have made them in the past.
Congrats to Katy for making the romance novel feel fresh to me!(less)