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Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz
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Jan 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: glbt, 2011
Read in January, 2011

** spoiler alert ** There is absolutely nothing about Anchored that isn’t heart-pounding and gut-clenching–in the very best and very worst (which is also the best ) ways. Daniel is a network news anchor–and a slave–owned by NewWorld Media and if you think this is play-acting? A silly game? You, my friend, are dead wrong. Rachel Haimowitz sucks us right in so that we experience every detail of Daniel’s slavery and we struggle right along with him as Daniel wrestles with who he is, what he is and the cold, often brutal world he lives in.

Daniel’s owners? If you walk away from Anchored thinking they aren’t monsters, seek therapy, pal. They are the stuff nightmares are made of. Fortunately for Daniel, when his owners lease him out during his free hours for extra profit, he ends up with Carl, though. Carl is essentially a good man, though he is very much a product of his environment. As a master, he tries to have patience and understanding with Daniel, but...A slave is a slave and he’s not paying the big bucks for Daniel to look pretty, is he? When his patience wears thin, Carl goes to NewWorld Media about Daniel’s hesitation to serve Carl sexually...Carl makes them promise not to beat Daniel again. But Daniel pays an even higher price.

Daniel is raped by his owners. Yes, plural. On-screen. And it. Is. Brutal.

Carl’s care and concern for Daniel in the aftermath is finally the one thing that reaches through all of Daniel’s fears and convinces Daniel that Carl is worth risking not just his trust, but also his heart. The end, watching these two men grow together, watching Carl work for Daniel’s trust and Daniel ultimately give it to him? Whoa.

Anchored is not a light read. Sometimes, it will make you uncomfortable. Sometimes, you will be horrified. You will share Daniel’s pain, his fear, his struggle. But you’ll also share in the healing Carl offers him and find the love that was waiting for these two men all along. Highly recommend, two thumbs way up.
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