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The Dark Garden: A Novel Paperback – May 29, 2007
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Top Pick! --RT Book Reviews
"With steaming hot sex and deliciously emotional romance, Eden Bradley knows how to deliver the goods!" ~New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
"Eden Bradley creates a dark, stunningly romantic world with each new book. If you're looking for romance with a dose of sexy kink, Eden is your girl."
~ New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake
"THE DARK GARDEN is a masterpiece..." --Author Larissa Ione
"...done with taste and elegance... The combination of two strong leads and fiery passion had me hooked from the page one."
--Author Mandy M. Roth
"THE DARK GARDEN is the most beautifully written BDSM novel this reviewer has ever read. Ms. Bradley has a masterful touch to make pain the ultimate reading pleasure."
5 Hearts! --Love Romances and More
"The Dark Garden is a riveting tale of sensual awakening and self discovery... if you are in the mood for a contemporary romance so erotic, so titillating, you will clench your thighs look no further."
--A Romance Review
From the Author
Rowan was afascinating character to write-there's so much of me in her. AndChristian Thorne is my perfect dominant-the kind of man who will spank you untilyou cry, then wipe your tears away. Hestill makes me shiver. :)
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Top Customer Reviews
Christian wants Rowan deep down in his artist soul. There is something about her that pulls at him. Perhaps it's the secret she holds so close, or maybe it's the inspiration she brings out in him. Whatever the motivation he wants her for himself. He dares her to let him dominate her for thirty days. But will this be enough for him? After all this is a test for him as well. He has never been so captivated by a woman before. Together they will explore all the sensual treats their bodies and minds will revel in as well as test the boundaries of comfort. But will there be a happy ending for these two after their agreement is over?
This was an unabashedly sensual read with two very strong and compelling leads testing their boundaries. Christian and Rowan are perfectly matched each having their own issues but each willing albeit grudgingly at times stepping outside the save zone. Ms. Bradley has done a wonderful job of bringing to life the lifestyle of BDSM proving it's more then tying a person up. The secondary storyline between Decker and April is an added bonus and equally sensual. This story is not for the faint of heart and does obviously include a great deal of BDSM elements as this is the theme of the story. This is a fine title and one that I highly recommend. Dark has never been so very sexy.
Rowan Cassidy has been perfectly happy being a Mistress, a top. Into her life walks Christian Thorne, another top who will challenge her to be his bottom for thirty days. Christian is everything that scares Rowan: Handsome, overly confident, and most of all, she desires him like a moth to a brilliant flame. She is not a bottom at least that is what she tells herself...
THE DARK GARDEN is by author Eden Bradley. This BDSM novel is an elegant portrayal of the inner workings and sexual play encompassed in submission and dominance, and yet this book is much more than that. It is about the overcoming of one's fears, relinquishing those uncertainties to learn, love, and empower. The secondary characters only enhance this book further. Everything about THE DARK GARDEN worked to perfection.
THE DARK GARDEN is the most beautifully written BDSM novel this reviewer has ever read. Ms. Bradley has a masterful touch to make pain the ultimate reading pleasure.
Rowan's life will forever change and alter when Christian sets his sights on her. Her orderly world could come crumbling down when she takes the role of a bottom (submissive). Christian will open her heart, as well as old wounds. Can she survive this sexual dominating experience, then go back to being a top? Will Christian have the patience and understanding Rowan will need?
If you have shied away from BDSM books because of the contents, you will be amazed at how Ms. Bradley weaves the BDSM into this erotic romance effortless. She does it in such a way that you forget about the BDSM elements, losing yourself to the beauty of the characters and the personal problems they face.
Reviewed by Janalee Ruschhaupt, 2007
Courtesy of Love Romances and More
What lies beneath the surface for both of these characters is more erotic, and more daring, than either of them could possibly have imagined. I highly recommend a look at Ms. Bradley's lush descriptions and wonderfully faceted characters--I especially enjoyed the secondary romance of Decker and April.
In addition to Rowan and Christian's story we get to meet April, a newbie to the BDSM world and a very deep submissive. She has been trying to catch the eye of a certain dominant, but isn't sure if once she does if it is a good thing or a bad thing.
The two stories merge and wind together with April and Rowan's friendship. They share many heart to hearts that helped me to understand the mindset behind both roles. This attempt at understanding and opening people's eyes was one of my favorite things about the entire book. Now, I don't want to underscore the amazing sex that both couples get to experience. Eden Bradley has quite a way with words in that respect.
My only real complaint about the book was the ending. It came up quickly and ended very abruptly for me. I would have liked to see the decisions made take a little more "action" and spread out over another couple chapters. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading these by any means. I plan on picking up a few of her books in a vampire BDSM series soon.
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