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Willing Victim by Cara McKenna
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Nov 21, 2010

it was amazing

Denise's Review

I won’t lie: from the beginning, I wasn’t sure what I would make of “Willing Victim.” The synopsis intrigued me, even with the warning the author provided. I’m no stranger to books that press comfort zones, but still, this was a massive detour of the material I typically read for pleasure.

Yet for all the buttons it pushed, and how uncomfortable it initially made me, I have to say “Willing Victim” completely trumped my expectations. After reading a few paragraphs, it was clear the writing was strong, as was the dialogue and characterization; this made it incredibly easy to fall into the story, and stay attached as soon as things became graphic. Really, had it not been for Ms. McKenna’s writing talents, I’m not sure “Willing Victim” would have succeeded in what it conveyed.

I wasn’t sure I liked the male lead, Flynn, at all. Yet as the novel progressed, he steadily won me over with his wit, surprising sensitivity, and the thousand little things he did to otherwise convey he was, whether or not Laurel realized it, emotionally involved. Whereas other books have tried and failed when it comes to a single person POV (when the book in question is written in third, rather than first), Ms. McKenna did not leave me wishing we’d seen or heard from Flynn; through what Laurel saw, we heard and saw enough, and at times even more than she did.

“Willing Victim” is a fantastic outlet for those who strive to live beyond convention, as well as bringing heart to a lifestyle many—myself included—don’t particularly understand. I wouldn’t call this BDSM (and neither would Flynn), but many of the same themes are present, at least the way they are depicted in fiction.

I will say this to those considering adding this book to your checkout cart: don’t read it if you’re easily offended or especially sensitive to rape fantasies, even between two consenting adults. However, if you’re like me and just, well, curious, you might find yourself very much surprised by your reaction. I know I was.

5 Tea Cups!

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