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Fear not, for while the attitude may in fact linger, its purpose lies in the futile attempt of the likes of Fort to keep it "real"; meaning, without emotional entanglement. Eventually the union of relationship and practice wins the day...and night for that matter, and the strength of all characters shows through.
Jules may think she hasn't got it together, when in fact she knows exactly what she wants in an invested relationship, and she willingly opens herself to discovering the specifics of how and what she needs to get there. Fort believes himself to have it together, when in fact he has been emotionally unavailable and even incapacitated in some respects, because of a past he can't control. His own lesson in trust surprises no one more than Fort himself, and while the outcome is ultimately satisfying, it took his "come to Jules" moment to make me like him. But like him, I do.
Ms. Joseph writes a very tangible BDSM tale that morphs into an equally tangible love story, and she writes it better than most. Even characters you love to hate, or hate to love, find their way into your jaded reader-heart, without changing the core of their being, and thus they remain believable. They evolve, and find their way in basically identifiable journeys that resonate, resulting in a powerful and satisfying read.
Is it dark as the title would imply? Possibly. Maybe if you're unfarmiliar with any of Joseph's more hard core BDSM novels. But is it the hardest she's ever written? Nope. This is dark in the perverbial desires Fort has to inflict pain, and how Juliet comes to crave it. Fort is 100% sadist to Juliet's masocist, only it takes them a little time and patience to get there. Along the way, the arrangement they have alters, much to Fort's dismay.
I won't say that where things go is not predictable, because it really is. But that predictable storyline of the Dom not understanding or wanting to have actual feelings for his sub is done beautifully. I love that because Joseph shows Juliet as a force of nature. She's not going to put up with poor treatment so when that does happen, she stands her ground and she's out. She's a strong and wonderfully written woman first, sub second.
Fort, on the other hand is the typical Dom who doesn't want a relationship, only a sub. That's fine... really it is. He's lived this way for a while. I loved him for it. He is very clear and makes sure at all opportunities that he and Juliet are on the same page with regards to their relationship. Poor Alpha Male just doens't know what hits him though, and that was a fun ride to be on. I do however wish the story delved a little bit more into Fort's history and back story. I feel like ther is more to him than we are given.
The BDSM emements in the book are written beautifuly. Clear communication. The issue of consensual non consent is something that's not treated lightly. The amount of trust needed on both sides is clearly laid forth. I love how Joseph does this as well. It's hard core at it's most giving.
Dark Control also introduces some very interesting side characters in the form of Fort's friends. I look forward to the series continuing so I can get to know them better, find out what makes them tick.
Recommended for any Annabel Joseph fan, and anyone looking for a walk on the wild side. I loved this.
As a sexual sadist, Fort doesn't DO relationships. He finds willing women in the private club called The Gallery who know exactly what Fort wants - consensual non-consent, and lots of pain. Juliet's wide-eyed innocence and willingness to explore Fort's darker urges proves irresistible, and despite Fort's resistance, a relationship blossoms.
Dark Control is one of Joseph's grittier novels. The world of consensual non-consent is tricky - there are no safe words, and no way out once a scene is started. But Juliet enters each scene willingly, and despite the intensity, every scene is consensual. Lovers of darker erotica will enjoy Fort's devious scenes and with a satisfying happily-ever-after, fans of Joseph's works will have a new favorite hero.
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