Where does one start to review a book such as this….I guess we just have to get the down and dirty out of the way…..yes, it has strong D/s players in it. Yes, there is what some would label violence in it. But in all honesty, there is less actual sex in this book then almost any historical or contemporary romance novel I have read. Yes, the sex is there…yes the violence (in some eyes) is all there…but is it left for the most part to the reader’s imagination.
Now that we have that out of the way, I already feel better….don’t you? bwahahahaha….seriously, this is what people want to imagine they read when they gushed over “Fifty Shade of Grey” (I seriously hate to even mention that book when discussing this one)….again, I won’t even to attempt to review what I don’t fully understand….the D/s relationship….except to say that Reisz seems to understand it much better. A sub needs to be a very strong-willed person…..They are not some timid little mouse that doesn’t know who they are and are easily bent to will……
okay….so see, I told you….I don’t even know where to start a review here…I only know I loved this book. One has to take into consideration face value vs reality here.
Face value….you have a young lady who is so much in control that she is TOTALLY out of control……Face value…..you have a young man who is so innocent that he appears fragile….even to those that know him best…..Face value….you have an older man who is so dominate that he is terrifying…..
Reality….you have a young lady that is so adrift in the world, she is fighting to hang on to anything…she is struggling to maintain control of a world she feels she can’t control…..Reality…..you have a young man who is so strong that he stays his course, no matter the temptations of his own desires….Reality….you have a guy that is so willing to give anything to the woman that he loves that he is willing to sacrifice all that he is….
So what does a woman such as Nora/Eleanor do? Does she cling to the person she KNOWS herself to be? Or does she become the person she WANTS to be? What happens if the two don’t coincide? How does one face these choices knowing that no matter what, someone she loves will be crushed in the end, perhaps even herself? How much of their wants/desires/needs/hurts should effect how she lives her life?
Finally, some quotes….what is a book without quotes that move you anyway????
“The world had fallen away in his presence and now that he was gone, she was left in the equally potent presence of his absence”
“What a beautiful wreck of a man”
“S&M is as psychological as it is physical and sexual, Zach. Imagine being as deep inside a woman’s mind as you are inside her body.”
“When Søren touched her she became his. When Wesley touched her, she became herself.”
“Nora…the siren and the goddess, the ship and the wine-dark sea. She would either save him or end him”
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