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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ASIN: B007X6GZDK

I am Katya Waters.
A survivor of violence.
I fought death and won.
So why do I feel so dead inside?

Katya Waters is a small-town girl, mentally unprepared to deal with her deep, dark past. While walking in her sanctuary, her innocence was torn from her in the most brutal fashion- run to the ground as if
Kindle Edition, 4th Edition, 454 pages
Published April 23rd 2012 by Erica Chilson
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I ♥ Bookie Nookie (
Fantastic! I can't stop now - on to the next book!

Ok, I finally got it together enough to review this little treasure.

RESTRAINT – great title, but I exhibited very little of this while blowing through this fantastic world of mystery and intrigue that is the life of Katya Waters – I couldn’t even be bothered to stop and review it!

Katya Waters has been through hell and back in her relatively short life. She is beyond shocked to discover that the better part of her adult life has been carefully or
Erin Kyle
Sep 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have HUGE issues with this piece. HUGE.

First impression: this isn't a BDSM novel; this is stalker behavior. Sure, it has some rough and dominating elements, but this isn't about exploring limits *together* with a sense of shared trust. No; this is a man taking advantage of a woman who's been scarred by the past. It's like what Katya, herself, says: "There is no balance, and that balance is what drew me to BDSM in the first place." The *Boss* takes and takes and...that's it. There's no giving.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Wow!! NOT what I was expecting AT ALL! *So* much better!

Katya Waters has moved to a new city for the publishing job she's always dreamed of. She's a tough boss, but only because she's exceptional at her job. Katya has always felt the pull of her darker side, and the longing to satisfy those needs leads her to a BDSM club called Restraint. Here she encounters a mysterious man they call the "Boss". He claims to know everything about her, but how can that be? Immediately, he pulls her into a thrill
Philisha Stephens
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the first edition of Restraint

I'm downloading the next one straight away. Not what i was expecting at all.
I haven't read many BDSM book but the ones I have have mostly been from the sub's or an onlooker's perspective. I'm still trying to put it into words, you get sucked in with the mystery, the characters are not annoying (I know that doesn't sound great but it seems hard to come by these days). There's a LOT of sex but there was real plot and it blended well, not like a few
Loved this story, and the characters. Nice to see a strong female who chooses to be a survivor, not a victim.

The only thing that keeps my screams at bay is the thought that I didn't scream, beg, or fight. Even though he took my body, I didn't give him my pain or pleasure. He didn't break me!

The story was so wonderfully written that I became truly invested in all of the characters.

I hate books that end with cliff hangers so you HAVE to buy the next book, this is not one of those. IMO this one mak
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. I figured this would just be a quick, dirty read. It was dirty, and I read it quick because I couldn't put it down. Freaking awesome, taboo story to go along with the smut. The build up to the end of the game was just phenomenal. Can't wait to read the next book & find out where these characters will go. ...more
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
5 Stars!

(M&M Series Book #1)
Warning: Contains Non-Con & Mind Fuckery.

A story of one's brutal past and overcoming the struggle in an completely unconventional way. Hold on to your ass, you will not want to stop once you start. Katya's story is dark, disturbing and utterly consuming.

"My feet pound the ground with such force it reverberates up my legs and trails up my spine. The sharp snap of twigs breaking under the impact echoes in my ears, along with the deafening tattoo of my panicked heart.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Wow, I have a mixed bag of emotions about this book. I couldn't put it down, but I don't know if that should be taken as a compliment or not. I kept reading with that kind of pull you get when you see a horrific crash and you should look away, but morbid curiosity gets the better of you. I am almost relieved to find that this is not a stand alone book, because frankly if it was I would be very disturbed by where this story ended. This book was an interesting read, but it was one of those books w ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's 3am. I just finished. I will write a review later.

Okay, first off I think I got this for free or .99. I was NOT expecting this. It was seriously incredible. NOT for the faint of heart as it deals with rape, kidnapping, BDSM, menege trois, stalking, control issues, etc.

Erica Chilson, I could NOT put this down. I don't know what time I started it (late), but I didn't stop until I was done at 3am. I wanted more. Well done. Great story, great pace, incredible everything.

I would give it 10 sta
Heather in FL
This was a group read and before it became a group read, it was hyped a bit by I {heart} Bookie Nookie. And she generally has good taste. Plus, it was free, which was nice. :-)

This was darker than I thought it would be. I'm not sure I really knew what to expect going in. I didn't realize the main character had been raped, not based on the blurb. Her reliving it over and over was painful to read. I'm not saying that it was bad. It was definitely necessary to the story, and it evoked an emotional
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Ms. Chilson's writing style leaves a lot to be desired-the phrase 'freak out' is used entirely too often & someone needs to show her how to use spell check & maybe proofread. I can't say much because anything & everything I have to say would probably spoil it. What I can say is I don't get this game the four of them are playing. Not one little bit. I don't understand why anyone would go to such extraordinary lengths, seems ridiculous to me not to mention melodramatic. AND the killer is said pers ...more
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**


In April of 2013 I was asked if I wanted to do a review for a book that I had never heard of. I was up for a challenge so I agreed. That book was Restraint and I fell in love. This genre was new to me. I loved the BDSM aspect, the darkness, the mind games. I loved the puzzle that was Restraint. Now two years later Ms. Chilson is definitely one of my top five authors.

2013 Original Review
Daisy Sloan
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ladies and Gentlemen, please make sure you seat backs and tray tables are in their upright and locked position and that your seatbelts are securely fastened. It’s gonna get bumpy!

This is one sick, twisted, F-ed up story! And I loved every minute of it. The prologue had me hooked in the first two sentences. Then when I actually got into the novel I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Chilson’s imagination is wicked and this is one F-e
6 Absolutely Amazing Stars!!!!

Holy eff!!! My head was spinning after I read this book! In fact it was so awesome that I had to continue with the next 3 books in this series! I honestly couldn't even come up for air...let alone write a review. My god this was unlike anything I have ever read before. I haven't been this this enthralled with a book since Fifty. I was absolutely captivated, breathless, in a trance and spiraling. God I still can't put into words how I felt about this book.

I won't go
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a review for the February 2015 edition of Restraint.

Katya's story had my emotions and thoughts all over the place. The horror that Katya went though as a teen had me desperately wanting her to become stronger and come out on top as she forges her new life. I liked her strength and her will to survive even though sometimes she came off a bit full of herself. As more is revealed I realised Katya has quite a negative v
Lisa X
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Although I gave this book 4 stars, I really don't know what to think about it. Half the time I was reading this book I felt it was the stupidest piece of garbage I've ever read and the other half had me so completely hooked. There were a few times I almost didn't finish reading it but I was so compelled to keep reading it because I didn't know where the story was going. It was also a bit taboo with all the characters screwing each other and the relationships that every character had with one ano ...more
Renee Nicole
I was iffy about this book at first. Katya was a little too "hard" for me, if that makes sense. But once the story started to develop, I found myself unable to put it down! I think I have a thing for emotionally flawed characters, and Erica Chilson created them so well. Everyone in this book is messed up, and I kind of loved that.

The mystery that was woven into this story was pretty exhilarating. Even when I KNEW what was going on, there was still a part of my brain that told me I could be wrong
Leila DeSint
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A carefully woven web of deception is set in motion by a King aided by a Rook and Bishop to put the Queen into play. But are they from the darkness or the light? I leave that for each of us to discern for ourselves.

As the threads unravel the Queen moves closer to the truth, her own truth, one she had locked away in the far reaches of her mind. Deep unspoken desires many cannot accept are lay bare. The thrill of being hunted. The excitement of being the hunter. Blisteringly decadent sexual explor
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I cant wait to read the next book! Katya is a very interesting heroine with a dark background. She exudes confidence but with just the right touch of insecurity/self loathing in a main character to make her someone I can relate to & get behind. this book has great plot twists and OMG revelations that keep you from putting it down! Definitely worth the read!!! not to mention a plethora of interesting hot male characters! :-) reminiscent of good old Anita Blake to me...i'm a fan!

Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure why I originally picked up Restraint, but I did and I have never looked back...oh wait...yes I did....I looked back to read 2 more times! and I do not reread books. I love this book. It does what books are meant to do, allows me to escape life for a while. I recommend this book, as well as the rest of the series to everyone! ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book could be a kick ass movie. I loved the suspense and trying to figure out the secret. I did very well and got it by the second play on the chess board. I am gonna have to get the next book. I have to know how this all ends.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Free today! 4/24/13 for kindle!!
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I'm mixed on this story. The writing is stilted for me. Is it because the lead character is all confused? The repetition of a scene while makes a point throws me out of the story because it feels awkwardly inserted. If this was a movie, one could tell it's another dream/memory sequence. It a book, it doesn't come across the same way.

Katya is obviously a survivor of something traumatic. As the story unfolds, it's pretty evident what is going on, who the perpetrators are and why they are involving
*I received a free copy {the 5th edition} to read & review for Wicked Reads*
I have read 3 different "editions" of this book, with the final being my absolute favorite. I've also added a star to each version as the story has indeed been enhanced.

Welcome to Dominion, NY! This city is full of opportunity, it's full of life, and it's full of DEVIANTS.
Follow Katya on her journey from victim to survivor. Please don't expect this to be a quick jaunt, this journey to self discovery has many bumps alon
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads"

I first read this in its previous edition (it is even better now), and then read everything I could find by Ms Chilson, as I think she is a genius. The complexity of the plot, the interweaving of relationships; the intensity of the mind-games, let alone the raw, wild, controlled, mad sexual passion ... are stunning.

I have read this book a number of times, because there are so many layers that I needed to 'try' and straighte
Spectacular game of Cat and Mouse.

So I finally understand why they call Erica Chilson the Wicked Writer!! This book was filled with mystery, BDSM, erotica and lots of turn paging moments. It's a little on the darker side as Kat is learning how to deal with emotions from something tragic that happened in her past that she is unable to fully remember. The first half of the book was a little slower for me, but once I hit 40%, I was captivated with these characters and the game. I loved Kat and how
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow... I'm not sure what I was expecting when one of my goodreads friends recommended this book to me, but whatever my expectations were it certainly wasn't what I received when I read this book. This is a very dark erotica with very little romance but loaded with turmoil and emotions. It will take you on the journey of Katya Waters life and the dark revelations she discovers when she takes a new job in a new city. She will soon find out that her life has been manipulated by a man that was used ...more
Sarina Asheford
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As an erotica writer and fan I like to think that I am open to just about any sort of story. Most dark erotica comes across to me as serious and intense and dangerous. There's plenty of that in Restraint, but there's also a humor and snark that makes the characters very believable and shows their personalities outside of the sexual context. Katya and the Boss are exciting to read, their interactions are at time shocking, at times sweet but always most intense. The other characters are much more ...more
Erica Chilson
Apr 24, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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