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Intensely sensuous and emotionally draining
on December 8, 2012
This is another dark, edgy journey along the tumultuous path that is Dominik and Summer's relationship.
We re-join them in a rare moment of happy contentment in New York standing beneath the four sided clock in Grand Central Station - it's an incredibly atmospheric scene as they share a meal of oysters and go back to Dominik's hotel room for an afternoon of erotic pleasure.
But it really doesn't last for this seriously dysfunctional couple as sadness soon begins to seep into the narrative and insidiously permeates all aspects of the story right through to the bitter end by which point I felt an innate sense of wrongness at the turn of events and genuine tears stung my eyes as I read the last few words.
Dominik manages to get a temporary contract in New York and he and Summer live together for a short while but they struggle to be together in that way and there's a growing sense that it's just not enough. Summer craves Dominik's domination and he yearns to be soothed by the balm of her submission but there's a fine line between risk-taking and reckless abandon and Dominik and Summer stand either side of this line with Dominik being guided by natural caution whereas Summer seems to have no limitations and behaves ever more recklessly - she really scared me when she put a rope around her neck when she was alone. She never seems to realise when she is taking it too far - she's completely ruled by her sexual proclivities. The ties that bind them are stretched to breaking point as professional commitments and circumstances threaten to send them their separate ways.
As in Eighty Days Yellow, they both allow the other to be free to explore other sexual partners and situations with full disclosure but the events of the first book will roar back with a vengeance with devastating consequences for them both.
What an ending - this could so easily have been a conclusion but there is to be a third book, thankfully, because I'm just not ready to leave these two where we are forced to leave them. I want them to continue this tense, edgy uncomfortable journey to find that elusive Happy Ever After that had been so challenging to deal with when it got close.
I've really enjoyed these books - I love the language, the richness of the prose, the realism and the starkness of their story. It's compelling, intensely sensuous and emotionally draining.
4 stars erotic romance