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The Sleeping Serpent: A Woman's Struggle to Break an Obsessive Bond With Her Yoga Master

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As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, twisted as Gone Girl, and tortured as Big Little Lies.

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncove
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Paperback, 426 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by Compelled Books
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Snow
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 "fuck 'em, those emotional, life-force draining suckers" stars

A dark, psychological thriller...hmmm 😈 well, it was more like a traumatic, aggravating drama, for me...

Oh God, in fact, this was actualy very exhausting read on a gravely serious topic of emotional vampirism , the trap set by the aggressor and the, almost excrutiatingly painful to read about, escape of its victims...

Well, the ones that had/found enough inner strength to fight against this draining malicious force...

The semi-bi
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EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
I received this book as an ARC and because of that there will be no rating. Also, I stopped reading at 10%, which was around 40 pages.

Technically this book deserves five stars, because the writing is excellent and beautiful.
However, the writing style is not everything, even more: it can ruin the experience of diving into the book and becoming a part of it. And unfortunately this is the case. Unless you enjoy meticulous descriptions of characters and scenes - as I now know a chi cleansing ritual
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Great praise goes to this author for a gripping debut novel.

This author is going to play with your mind with Nicos story.
Nico is charming, sexy and has the girls falling at his feet. He plays with their minds and their emotions then moves on. He knows how to manipulate women for his own good.
Luna is married to Tyler but feels drawn to Nico and his charming self. Will she succumb? You will need to 1-click to find out.

I love when an author manages to change your mind about how you feel about a
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I love discovering new authors and this book was a perfect blend of romance, darkness and drama.
I love characters that challenge me as a reader, so I highly recommend this book if you want something different and unique.
The author delves into the dangerous ground of human manipulation. Her main character, Nico, uses his influence as a yoga instructor to lure women in and use them for his own success.
Then there comes Luna who finds in Nico what has been missing from her life. Can she survive him
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Nicole
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs



This erotic story is a very good example of how manipulation works and narcissism as well, what a person is willing to do in order to gain whatever wants. Characters here are not what you think especially Nico he is like "you don't get exactly what you see" it's a mirror, a fake image who works in his favor and well either you like for what what he does or you simply hate him, many woman fell for his charms and became his "victims" (kind of).

Generally this is a very different story with a unique
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a love/hate book for me.  The story was so very disturbing that I was afraid to finish it, but the writing was so good and the characters were so rich in detail that I had to see how it would conclude.

Vampirism by definition means the taking of ones life force by another.  We all have had that one person in our life that when we part ways with them, we feel empty, drained and exhausted.  Nico is that guy, he is a yoga guru who knows how to attract members of the opposite sex and to help
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Laura- BookBistroBlog
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WoW!!! Luna Saint Claire came out of the starting gate with a Hell of a first book! This book drew me in from the get go. Could not stop reading this perfectly woven story. Nico <3 What is there not to love about this smooth talking, suave, good looking and off the charts good in bed yoga instructor. Amazing how the women just basically threw themselves at him just for the fact he was a good looking, smooth talker. But in the real world...Nico was the one playing the game. He knew how to use ...more
Shari
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a mesmerizing story of a narcissist who draws women to him in a series of dysfunctional relationships. The story has a good pace and ramps up the tension as the story and characters develop. The author did her homework on the psychological characteristics of narcissism and how others can be impacted. I loved all of the yoga details!
Tre Talbot
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read that I'm giving 3.7 and bringing up to 4. We're told the story from the third person point of view which for me is not a favorite but you're still able to stay with story. We're introduced to Nico, a yoga teacher that seems to have split personalities and more often then not I want to knock him out. The way he has these women believe they need him so desperately is unbelievable but at the same time I can understand and relate. Nico has a way of getting deep into thei ...more
Whitney Cannavina
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review
Review by The Club

If you love a good plot and not your normal romance this is the perfect book for you.

Nico the yoga/shaman is charismatic, handsome and addictive. Several women come into play the light the book but only one remains to the end. With that being said, there are many ups and downs in this story. Nico can make any woman want him without effort and has them pleading to stay in his life when he cuts them out. He finds easy prey, takes from them a
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April
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
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5 Stars

The Sleeping Serpent is a gripping debut of compelling prose so powerful it will ingrain it's web of deceit and narcissism into the deepest, most precious and sacred parts of your soul. You will question everything. Everything! BUT, by the time you reach that point it will be too late. You won't be able to escape the literary grip this book will hold over you.
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Sabrina Thompson PA
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An astonishing debut novel, that leaves you pondering for days; it seeps into your subconscious and doesn’t let go. The description of the book, as being a psychological erotic thriller is spot on, at times you think to yourself, “I couldn’t have possibly read that right” and yes, you did read it correctly! In the beginning of the story you see how Nico operates and why he does what he does, and at times you even feel bad for him; slowly but surely his true colors come slapping you in the face. ...more
Christy McCurry
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not believe this was an debut novel. The writting is excellent.

While it did take me a bit to read not just because it was long but beause of all the mind play. I actually had to take a breaks from reading this, which is something I rarely do, however durning my break periods I had no peace beause if I wasnt reading I was thinking about Nico and his manulipating way. I kept thinking there has to be a reason and while I wanted to throat punch him I still found myself drawn to him. I was n
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Kathryn Dale
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't know where to begin. Unlike the majority of the comments on here, I really didn't like the book for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps I don't "understand" the nature of obsession, but, be that as it may, the book, ultimately, just wasn't very good. The nonstop tedious descriptions of clothing and decor detracted greatly from the story and was out of place and unnatural. The dialogue was both cringe worthy and just plain bad. Also, I'm not a prude and was actually kind of impressed ...more
Paul Deblassie
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The dark side of yoga leaps front and center in this action-packed spiritual/erotic thriller. There's the constant feeling of being on the edge of your seat as you turn page after page astounded at how deceitful, duplicitous, the human mind can be. As a psychotherapist specializing in treating victims of abusive religion, I thought the writer expertly tapped into the dynamics of a troubled mind at work under the guise of spirituality and healing. I kept wondering how the protagonist could be so ...more
Melissa Yoder
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Without spoilers, I loved this book because it was different than many others in the same genre. I read a lot, so coming across something different and not what I'm expecting is always thrilling. This book was a breath of fresh air.
C.M. McCoy
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come :-)
Krystal Amora Book Reviews
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire
For the first time I’m not sure I can provide an adequate review for this mind blowing book. The amount of details about Yoga, Native American culture and Spiritual healing was remarkable and provided the perfect backdrop to see how a narcissistic ego of our main character Nico would function in a society today. We tend to believe and trust people that have a perceived position of power which causes us to not think clearly and make bad decisions.
Throughou
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Isa Jones (Jo&Isalovebooks Blog)
narcissism
ˈnɑːsɪsɪz(ə)m,nɑːˈsɪsɪz(ə)m/Submit
noun
noun: narcissism
excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance.

Luna Saint Claire has done an incredible job with such a difficult and powerful topic. It is not everyday I read this type of books and I found myself so engrossed in the story and with all its characters, I couldn't wait to read to the end.

Nico, a sociopath is a Yoga instructor and as such he has the ability to interact with several women, he is described
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Kelly
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sleeping Serpent
 by Luna Saint Claire

☆☆☆4 stars☆☆☆

This erotic twist of a story about how easily you can be manipulated by a skilled narcissist had my heart and mind screaming. If you've ever been in a similar situation, you will truly feel a deeper connection to the woman that were taken for an emotional ride by this man.

Nico is a yoga instructor, which is a great cover for what he really is. He has some major sex appeal that reels his victims in, all the while oblivious to the darkness that
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Kayla Krantz
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book was so detailed, down to the differences in personality of each character, that it makes for a mind blowing read. I couldn’t put the book down even when it frustrated me. The Sleeping Serpent is a story focused around a yoga instructor and the way that he manipulated a variety of women into doing whatever he wanted. The author’s approach was both dark and fascinating to see the way each woman became a victim and what they did once they were in that position. Luna Sait Claire also ...more
Mary Carlomagno
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had an obsessive bond with this book! I simply could not put it down. Truth be told, I don't usually read books that have this much "steam" but the story and characters were the true driving forces of the story and the explicit descriptions helped to build quite the story arc. With equal parts, fashion, passion and yoga, it was highly visual and spiritual. The LA scene of agents, marketing and branding was totally spot on. It is hard not to sympathize with Luna Saint Claire as she navigates ne ...more
Amber
I'm a power reader, especially when I'm reading a really good book and the suspense of what's going to happen next is killing me so when I caught myself slowing down so that I could absorb the author's words and the story I knew that this book was something special. This is a story about a charismatic, passionate, sexy and super kinky Yogi who also happens to be a narcissistic sociopath and the many women who fall for him. Nico uses and mentally abuses and is the ultimate taker. This is a great ...more
Katy Birch
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel, the writing is stunning. The storyline is very unique. Nico is a disturbed character but it leaves you reading more. I am a sucker for a twisted story.
Luna  Saint Claire
Since I am the author, it was suggested that posting an interview may be interesting.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW by RACHEL SAUCY OWL - Reviewing the Raunch

1. This book is very different from typical romance novels, what was your inspiration for this story?
The story is a fictionalized account of what I experienced with a spellbinding yoga guru and his entourage of women in Hollywood. Many people don't know that there are seductive, manipulative people that target others and use them for their purposes. Whe
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Kathryn Dee - CLiK Book Blog
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf if Clik Book Blog - www: Clikbookblog.wix.com/clikbb

This book promised a dark erotic journey into the mind of its characters and delivered on its promise at every twist and turn of the plot.

Nico is a manipulative, narcissist who must control the women around him and I started out liking thus character but eventually grew to loathe him.

The female characters, although strong, socially well placed women, fall into his web of manipulation. They fall for his charisma and charm, so
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Kat  Chadwick
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
To say this book is unique would be an understatement. But to help you understand the word "narcissist" in no uncertain terms, this book will give you that and you will feel it to your core. It will make you relive some times in your life you have dealt with a narcissist and make those feelings return.

Nico is such an extreme case of psychopath yet at times you felt sorry for him and other times you wanted to beat him with your fist...or worse. Honestly, I wouldn't have put up with him as long a
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Rachel
This was a completely different read, and as such quite difficult to review. I received an arc for a blog tour and my review.
Luna Saint Claire is new to us all. This is her debut and it is not what you'd expect...and that's one of the reasons I think I loved it. It was just SO different from anything that's out there.
If you're wondering if it's for you...read the prologue. Really.
This is Nicolas (Nico)
~He craved novelty...new life...new energy. Most of all, he craved new women.
"I'm a yoga master
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Nina DuBois
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, dark-romance
I received a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This book completely blew my mind. The complete shock and utter disbelief left me reeling from its all too realistic storyline. Luna Saint Claire did a wonderful job writing this book with so much detail and ease. I was hooked. Even though just about all of the characters made me angry and want to slap them silly I could not put this book down. I was scared to see how it would all end.

The story
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Wit & Wonder Books
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***


I was surprised when I saw that this was a debut novel as ‘Sleeping Serpent’ by Luna Saint Claire is an extremely well written complex erotic thriller novel that hooks you from the start. It is a book that definitely gets you thinking and has you changing your opinions about the characters the further in the story you get.


Nico is a character that I loved to begin with but that changed quite a bit as the story went on. He is a sexy
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Luna Saint Claire is a costume designer and author residing in Los Angeles with her husband, a philosophy professor. She loves blues rock and Indie music, often setting her Pandora station to Damien Rice. Her personal style can best be described as eclectic bohemian. Though she now enjoys running and yoga, she spent years of her youth in the ballet studio. Her part Native American heritage informs ...more
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