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Fawn was raised to be meek and serve but she possesses a fierce spark of determination and Elliott seems harsh and his methods are cold but there is more to him than I expected. They are both compelling characters whose situation is less than ideal but they do what is necessary to survive.
This was an absolutely fantastic book! It made my heart and my mind race as the story completely sucked me in and totally throw me for a loop at the end. This was a new genre for Rae and I think she absolutely nailed it! The story was beautiful and heartbreaking and left me breathless with anticipation and eagerly awaiting the next book.
I'm my opinion Bloom is highly recommended!
What a tantalizing ride. I seriously need book #2. Bloom left me in a frenzy. I finished this story over a week ago and I still cannot get it off my mind.
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"Bloom" is dark, disturbing, and compelling. It takes the story at the heart of most romance novels, the myth of Persephone, in which an innocent young woman is captured and dragged down into Hell to be the consort of a dangerous man, and lays it bare. Fawn is literally a slave, who escaped from a cruel Owner to end up with a (slightly) kinder one, and she must negotiate both the threats to her physical safety and freedom, and her feelings, that her situation subjects her to. Because being in such close, one might even say intimate, footing with someone, even a captor, does create a sense of closeness, dependency, and attachment--it's an extreme situation that throws people together, even under circumstances they might not want to be in. Developing an emotional attachment is an essential survival instinct for both parties involved in such a relationship, something that has always complicated the master-slave dialectic (Hegel really should have read more romance novels).
"Bloom" also makes explicit the problems for the "master" in such a relationship, and emphasizes that both parties are trapped, through necessity and social convention, in a relationship they might rather not be in and might even abhor, but may not know how to escape. Fawn's new Owner, Master Lyon, is gradually revealed to be just as conflicted and desperate as she is herself. It may not excuse his behavior, but it does explain it, and the reader can't help but sympathize with him along with Fawn, even as you root for her escape.
Readers should not think this is a dry philosophical treatise, however, even if it does incorporate problems that readers of philosophy will recognize as core issues raised by Hegel and others. "Bloom" is somewhere along the line of dark fantasy/dark romance, featuring an alternative or hidden world and sexual relationships with a sharp edge that takes BDSM fantasy and makes it reality. Fans of Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel" books will probably enjoy it; fans of the "50 Shades" books may or may not--it's not dissimilar, but it's scarier and more intense, with the fear/fantasy at the heart of that story revealed for what it is, encouraging readers to contemplate whether Fawn's story is the ultimate story of female empowerment or disempowerment. If what you're looking for is a light, standalone (the book is the first part of a series, and ends on a cliffhanger), HEA romance, keep looking, because "Bloom" is unlikely to be your cup of tea. But if you like your stories dark and challenging, your heroes dark and brooding, and your heroines desperate and wily, you may very well find that "Bloom" is just the cup of absinthe you've been seeking.
My thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I was loving every single second of this book. The twists, the secrets, the lies. All of it. Going through my mind constantly was "wow". The writing and the characters completely mesmerize you. They grab your attention until you can't let go. Like I said you fall closer in love with Master Lyons and Fawn. Fawn's spirit never breaks. Not once. Yes she's scared. Yes she's humiliated. But not once does she falter. I think her spirit is what I fell in love most with this story. She's resilient, brave, and fierce. You honestly can't help but root for her.
Why isn't this five stars? I wanted it to be. It deserves to be. Until the last 10%. The last twist completely threw me off. Did it have shock value? Yes. It did. I wasn't good shocked though. I was mad shocked. Obviously I'm not going to give away anything too spoilerish, but it did knock a star off of the review.
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