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Truly Helpless

(Nature of Desire #10)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Marius has all the things a Mistress could want in a one-night-sub encounter. Hot body, loads of charm and a willingness to get her off in any way she pleases. That’s his reputation at The Zone. But Marius has a dark side. When a Mistress pushes him for something deeper, he’ll push back, mess with her head. When he takes it too far one night, The Zone management has had ...more
Kindle Edition, 489 pages
Published April 30th 2017 by Story Witch Press
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I think this is the most authentic portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle that I've read so far, the story itself soon became repetitive, with far too many introspections from both protagonists. I skimmed. A lot.
Another fine Hill-esque example of hidden pain but also, hidden depth in individuals, and how *not* to rely on first impressions. And it all evolves in a very layered story that slowly allows the reader into the pain that molded the man. The gradual unveiling is extremely effective in helping a reader embrace the seemingly unembraceable man that is Marius. And it makes one appreciate the individuals who have the gift of seeing the rose amongst the thorns; in this case Tyler (The Man!) Winterman, ...more
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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Marius is an alpha sub, the kind of guy who likes control and will only hand it over to a Domme who is strong enough to handle his darkness. And this man's darkness runs deep. But his need to submit goes even deeper, and that emotional face-off manifests in violence and snark. In the fighting cage, he's called Rabid, and no one can take him down. But in
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Joey W. Hill comes up with characters as tortured as can be and drags our hearts through the muck and mire as we join them on their quest for redemption. Marius has been through hell since the day he was conceived. He has found coping methods that while not necessarily healthy have worked for him. Till now. When things start to escape his iron control Marius starts lashing out. Luckily for him love is stronger than hate and his friends from The Zone can give him the tools to cope if he will ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read all the books in this series but Natural Law was my favourite. I do like this authors writing style but this book is long...maybe too long. The majority of the book only covers a short space of time then near the end we're told more than we're shown and it seemed rushed. However, it's a good story.

I liked Regina, she's definitely a strong woman. Marius is a sub but he keeps making mistakes with mistresses. He has a scene with Regina and feels something but there is something
Debi Lawrence
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review-Truly Helpless by Joey W Hill
Blurb: Marius has all the things a Mistress could want in a one-night-sub encounter. Hot body, loads of charm and a willingness to get her off in any way she pleases. That’s his reputation at The Zone. But Marius has a dark side. When a Mistress pushes him for something deeper, he’ll push back, mess with her head. When he takes it too far one night, The Zone management has had enough. He’s kicked out of the club and there’s only one way back in—Lady Regina.
Eve Dangerfield
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So charming and sexy. I love this authors work. This book was rather long but all the more satisfying for it
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly Helpless, story 10 in the Nature of Desire Series, earns a PERFECT 10!!

I don’t usually tell people to leave a story from Joey W Hill alone but, until you have the time to immures yourself into this story you may want to wait unless you are ready for one hell of a book hangover.

Joey gives us amazing main characters in her stories. She also during stories introduces intriguing secondary characters that capture our imaginations and make us want to know more about them. Marius is one of those
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance
I can not saying enough wonder things about this series. I'm so glad Marius got his story.

Naughty boy Marius has finally done his worst and got kicked out of the BDSM club The Zone. He's a master manipulator, yet has a very submissive heart. Marius is heading for a crash landing, never to be heard from again unless a special kind of Mistress can get to the root of his anger and get him to be Truly Helpless.

Mistress Regina is just the right kind of woman to snapped the out of control sub back to
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

Marius, a sub, physically strong but emotionally broken. Regina, a domme, strong in the ways he needs her to be to save him from self destruction. Lots of fireworks and angst in this story and lots of players from previous JH books lending their support to pull this couple together. HURRAY!

I am not usually into femdom stories but every once in awhile I hit on a book I love- like this one. to me it is not quite as good as Natural Law but that story is hard to beat. Oh and -PONY PLAY ALERT!

Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Joey W. Hill

I am never disappointed in Joey's books. She takes me on a ride I never want to end. I want to go on with the characters' lives-do they stay together-do they get married, have kids? I hope yes to all. Her characters are so so deep and complex. Even though, being vanilla, I don't understand the D/s relationship, especially not the female D to the male s, I can appreciate the complexities of the relationship. 5 stars
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 "Lost Soul" Stars
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly Helpless by author Joey W. Hill is the 10th book in the Nature of Desire series. This series is not a stand alone series. You really do need to read the books in order. People we know and love from previous books are introduced again, and Regina herself is in other stories. Personally I was really excited that this story is hers. Out of all the Domme she is always been the most fierce and independent. I was really looking forward to seeing her use those skills on a worthy Submissive.
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Hill proves why she is "top of the heap" in her genre. Truly Helpless was about so much more than a Dom and her Sub. It was about being vulnerable and baring your soul, thus allowing someone else to see all of your torment and pain and the stark ugliness that lurks deep within. It was about unconditional acceptance of not only someone else but of self, as well, flaws and all. It was about being taken right to the edge of your limits (not just your sexual ones) and then discovering ...more
Melanie Marnell
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This romance was tough to read at times but mesmerizing and heart wrenching. Marius's horrendous childhood is something no human being should have to live through. It colors every action in his adult life. His charming facade covers his deep seated anger and frustration. Only two Dommes have seen beneath that facade: Mistress Marguerite and Lady Regina. In order to lift him up Lady Regina must first break him down. At times it seems she may be in danger but her resolve helps her to save ...more
Iman EL
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm
Great book and no less is expected from Joey Hill. it was mind blowing and emotional. the characters were very interesting and well built. I really liked Regina ( she's officially my favorite after Violet)
The d/s relationship in this book was a bit more hard core than what i'm used to though. Especially the punishment/making amends thing at the end. I mean, while an apology, however sincere, would have been far from enough, wasn't that a bit too much. But, well, what do I know ?!
All in all,
Rene' Hurt
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From page one to the end you will be amazed. The intensity and emotions run very high. I was on edge from wanting to cry to wanting to punch a few . Marius had a lot of issues to deal with , Lady Regina was just the Mistress for him. If you are looking for a strong female Domme this is the book for you. I loved seeing other characters for the series in this book.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the series "A Nature of Desire" and this was a tough book to read. Marius is such a damaged character and Joey handles him so well. A bit more brutal than I was comfortable with but that may be just me. Someone else might have given this a 5 if they were OK with all of it.
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joey W. Hill is one of my favorite authors. She is one of a handful of authors whose new issue I always get immediately upon publication and is one who I drop everything to read. Her work transports me to its reality and affects me to the depths of my soul. This tenth book in the Nature Of Desire series goes so far beyond what the ordinary BDSM novel tells its readers and touches upon the very meaning of existence; the life and death struggles that purge the heart, the body, the very essence of ...more
Sassy Southern
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is the 10th book in a series you could read it as a standalone. I know I will be reading all the prevoius books. The characters were enjoyable and I always enjoy a book when the female character can hold her own. We follow the relationship between Regina and Marius. A dom and sub. Lady Regina only wants to help Marius cope better. He's usually able to keep everything under control until he cant anymore. I absolutely enjoy when a writer can bring me to tears and give me all the ...more
Diane Dannenfeldt
Wow, Ms Hill sure knows how to take the most broken souls and finding the one person that helps build them back up. Marius, poor broken Marius. There were several scenes that just made me cry, but I think the one that stands out most is the scene with the kitten, that just tore my heart out. I know that he had treated the other Mistress's was so wrong on so many levels, but what Siren did is inexcusable. I hope to never see her again. Also I love when there are crossovers from other books & ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. When an author can move me to tears and then give me a satisfying and believable happily ever after, I am completely satisfied. Ms. Hill completely achieved that for me in this novel. Another review described this story as multilayered, and I completely agree. If you are already a fan of the Nature of Desire series, you will not be disappointed. If you have never read a Nature of Desire book, you can read this as a stand alone, but I have no doubt that you will be hooked and ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3,5 Stars
It's always a pleasure read Joey W Hill's books, this series especially. And as always the story is pretty intense , dominance and submission are delicate and difficult matter to deal also for experienced Dommie as Lady Regina. I would have enjoyed more the reading if was been less long though.
Wendy Ann
I haven’t run across another author yet who does Female Dom/submissive male quite like JWH! And wow, this one packed more than one punch – pun intended. What a powerful combination in Lady Regina and Marius. You’ll need stamina to power through this meaty volume, but thank goodness for the content because it takes every last bit to understand the conundrum that is Marius and come out the other side liking him. I love and admire the author’s ability to get me as a reader into the very complex ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite book of all times from this author. I won't repeat the blurb here, but all I can say is it is a MUST READ.
This is by no means a tame book, so it's definitely not all flowers and unicorns and happy thoughts... The storyline is really unique, and I love the fact that the characters stayed true to themselves from start to finish. - Regina had an ultra strong personality - she knew her worth and when to ask from advice. Marcus was just such a broken character that I am not
So good! It was nice to immerse myself in the emotional intensity and richness of a Ms. Hill novel. I really wanted to see how Ms. Hill was going to redeem Marius. He’s such an asshole, fucking with Somme’s minds in previous books. Regina has made appearances too in previous books. I thought her background perfectly suited what Marius needed. And the background on how Marius ended up as he is at the beginning of the book explains a lot. I respected him more after he saw, really saw, what he had ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little bit too long this time, and lots of thinking going on by both MCs, could actually make one bored.

It's also quite violent. Marius is a ring-fighter, as well as a Monitor in The Zone where Regina sometime plays. But he mind-fucks one-too-many Dommes and gets thrown out. Regina offers to "teach/tame" him b/c she actually is drawn to him, and so we get this see-saw of a relationship.

In a way, this is a good story explaining the 'do's' and 'do not's' of the BDSM world, and also explaining
Sheryl Beesley
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...

I started this book and wasn't in the right headspace so I put it down and read another book... I picked this book back up and that was all it took... I was hooked...

Marius is one messed up young man, screwing with any domme's head that tries to play with him until he goes to far and gets thrown out of the club.

Enter Lady Regina... one bad ass domme.. she takes him on which isn't easy with all his baggage but she is the best thing to happen to him...

This book is intense but very
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish we didn't have to wait for more

Joey is hands down the best writer in the BDSM genre. She actually understands the dynamics and really expresses and transports you into their heads, with lovely fantasy wrapped in. I loved these characters and loved the cameos of other characters from her other series's. She just can't write fast enough!
Maria Clark
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-romance
This is the first book in the series that I have read. It is definitely a hard read with plenty of emotion. I look forward to reading more books in the series.
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Nature of Desire (10 books)
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