Annabel Joseph loves to write about the romance of dominance and submission. The characters in her books all have one thing in common, they are "into" BDSM and they have lives that are richer, fuller, and more complex because of it.
If you are interested in sensual power exchange and the dramatic emotion of BDSM relationships, you will find the novels of Annabel Joseph both titillating and satisfying in a completely original way.
Annabel also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the pen name Molly Joseph.
She loves to hear from her readers at annabeljosephnovels (at) gmail.com.
I have read several erotic novels and I really didn't like this one. I did give it 2 stars because I felt at the beginning of the book the author really captured feelings and doubts a submissive may have, I felt a connection to Lucy. Sadly by the middle I lost it.
Lucy and Matthew's affair starts out interesting as he attempts to claim her as his. But as their relationship unfolds she is abused and used almost on a daily basis. I am involved in this lifestyle and quite frankly a seasoned submissive person could not endure the treatment she was put through let alone a tiny vanilla ballerina. Granted it is fiction, so I can over look that.
What I can't is the drug abuse Lucy has to continue dancing, Matthew raping her to make her stop dancing, sever beatings while she is pregnant with their baby, and using her prior rape as a reason that she wanted to be in a S&M relationship, basically saying she wanted to be attacked.
But through the magic of the written word fuzzy bunnies carry them and their baby off into the sunset to live happily ever after.
I don't recommend this book, going to try The Marketplace next.
This book is not a romance and I'm not sure that it can even be categorized as erotica. Maybe horror? More than anything I wish I'd disregarded a review I read on here that urged me to "Look deeper. Expect more. Because of the darkness, the light at the end is so profound and entrancing." I could not disagree more. This book left me feeling violated, and sticking it out to the bitter end did nothing to dispell that feeling. I'd like to see this book come with a warning: IF YOU THINK YOU LIKE BDSM OR D/S, THIS BOOK IS A PORTRAYAL OF THE UGLIEST SIDES OF WHAT THAT WORLD HAS TO OFFER. Unless you are extremely grounded in your own sexuality, and know and understand the difference between a healthy D/s relationship and an abusive one, then I strongly discourage you from reading this book. It will warp your sense of what this lifestyle is all about. I think I have a good hold on what makes a relationship abusive or not, and this book still left me feeling just tragically sick inside. I feel like this book can be summed up in just a few words: Out of control "Dom" abuses trust of his sub. Mostly this is just a book about two extremely troubled people. I'd like to see a round of therapy for everyone.
I agree with the other posters who would like to see a rape warning put on this book. While there are many scenes of "dubious consent" as indicated in the book description, there is also a rape. And yes, rapists often have reasons for what they do...completely valid reasons - to them...that doesn't change the fact that the "hero" in this book rapes the "heroine", and there is no consent, dubious or otherwise, involved.
On the positive side, the author seems to really get into Lucy's head. She is a well thought out charcter.Read more ›
Rather than two main characters, this novel seems to have four. The first Lucy is a successful career dancer, and the first Matthew is a sociopathic millionaire collector. Lucy is the first to start becoming someone else, supposedly under the influence of Matthew. He has his personality transplant more toward the end.
Completely aside from the BDSM, the story rings false. Characters, both the two leads, but also other minor characters, are inconsistent, unreliable. It's very hard to get interested and involved with characters that change their essential character from page to page. This book was recommended to me, but now I feel like I sat down to enjoy a nice dish of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, and was served sugar-free ice milk.
This book is filth. I read quite a bit of BDSM and I know a bit about the lifestyle. Ms. Joseph needs to understand that there are people who read her fiction and believe it to be truth. In this story we meet a dancer who is facing the end of her career. Some dancers have body issues, no training for life after dance and high pain tolerance. If you want to read a story where a woman with these issues is exploited then Mercy is for you. Be warned, after she overdoses on pain pills (red flag for anyones mental and emotional health), her Master who thinks of her as a thing, rapes her 4x while she is unconscious. Part of their contract is she is not to get pregnant, so he suceeds in impregnating her. But even more offensive to me is that - the "thing" forgives her Master, the declare their love and marry. Joseph lets the reader know that her Master finds an understanding doctor who advises the couuple that they can continue to "play" during the pregnancy and that the baby is well padded and protected.
I hate that a writer again, portrays a woman falling in love with her rapist. The idea that a Masster who loves his "thing" would violate their contract for her own good by raping her in a sick and unconscious state.
I will never buy another book by this writer and I have mentioned this review to readers on serveral loops I belong to. I don't believe that all erotica books are sweet kisses and gentle stroking but this is vile and a was a non-consensual violation of a woman