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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Flip City Media Inc
- Audible.com Release Date: April 19, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01E65PV9O
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On a visceral level it is about a wealthy young famous socialite woman who is caught up in a vapid life of drugs and bondage type sex- play as a drug. She is troubled and has been troubled since childhood. She has lived a life of rich-kid partying and promiscuity. The author is very descriptive in her writings about the scenes and dynamics of these parties and most explicit are the scenes describing the D/s bondge. These scenes can be inescapably titillating at times, much the way Elliot felt after Fiona described an encounter with her Master Deacon during a therapy session. He barely could control his arousal.
Fiona finds herself in a psychiatric institution drying out from any number of addicting substances after she stabbed her Master Deacon in the chest with a blunt instrument. It is here she meets Elliot, her psychiatrist. It is here were the seeds of love are planted when they both find heat and connection in a simple touch.
Fiona is raped in this institution and even she shrugs it off and feels that her promiscuous life simply invites this treatment, but no. Her no meant no. She did not give consent. She also reveals in her therapy that she was raped as a young woman.
As she gains insight about herself she begins or rather she had begun to pull away from her Dom Master Deacon. He is described as a beautiful, powerful, force of nature with arresting blue eyes. He, despite himself, loves Fiona and needs her, even though they booth discover she is really not a true submissive.
Elliot, Elliot, Elliot discovers himself changing because he is falling in love with the impossibly wild child Fiona. He has been putting off the last steps in becoming an Episcopalian priest because he questions his strength of faith. As the story progresses, he is willing to risk his job as a therapist and his license to practice for the love of Fiona.
"I’m a sensible guy. I think things through, and anything that’s too risky—I don’t do. But you woke something up in me. I was dead. My life was dead. Then you came, and I feel God in you. I hear him in your voice. The crazy [shoot] you do… he speaks to me. I don’t know how long I’ll last on a rollercoaster. But all I want right now is for you to get out of here so I can experiment with your body.” “Will God keep talking to you if I stop doing crazy [shoot]?” “I hope I find out soon.” - Elliot
As Fiona finding herself in her readmission to the psychiatric institution, seemingly abandoned in a straightjacket, in isolation she whispers the following prayer:
"'God,' I whispered, 'I know you’re there. I don’t want to mess up anymore. I don’t want to be a [fudgeup]. It’s hard. Too hard. And it hurts everyone. I can’t live like this. I’m tired of being alone. Alone and thinking no one understands. Elliot says you don’t make deals, so I’m not going to make a deal. I’m just going to say, I see you there, and when I’m about to [fudge] up, I’m going to think of you and do better.' I said that prayer over and over, changing it slightly, repeating words until they flowed and it became my breath. Change. My way of thinking, my way of speaking, walking, breathing. I was going to believe I could change until everyone else did. In my bones, I knew the higher power I was talking to existed, and it believed in me." - Fiona
It was on the night that Fiona breathed this prayer that the men who genuinely loved her came together to avenge her rape and protect her from being raped again.
I promise if you read this with this an open heart and discerning mind, this story has so much to tell us about ourselves and what we ascribe to the word, person or place "Forbidden". God and His love might be waiting there.
1. Fans of C.D. Reiss' other works might recognize the Drazen name. Fiona is the sister of Jonathon from the "Songs Of Submission", and Theresa from "Corruption" series. It is set in the past, Jonathan is still a teenager. Right around the time, the big secret of his series takes place. He shows up here, interacts without taking away from the main show. At the same time a reader gets an unvarnished look at an elite family’s dynamics in depravity, and wealth.
2. Fiona is such a complicated character. Despite her being the embodiment of so many personality peeves, found myself sucked into her story. That speaks to the writing. The key for me was her self-awareness of her flaws without bogging this reader down with too much personal negativity aka whining.
3. Unlike others a good triangle never bothers me. In one corner we have Master Deacon, the template for the BDSM alpha of many erotica readers’ dreams. On the other side there is Elliot, who also happens to be her therapist. Both of them are equally messed up, and perfect.
4. The sexuality explored in this is dark, out the box, and not for those seeking anything sweet. One of Fiona's main addictions is sex, and you get a very raw look of what that actually means. It was uncomfortable at times, but felt extremely real.
1. C.D. Reiss' other books fit more firmly under the romantic erotica umbrella. This not so much. Erotica unbothered with pretty packaging. This will not appeal to everyone.
2. Expect to be triggered in some way by this. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Kind of don't know what I just read because it has me so punch drunk. I can't believe this writer created something featuring so many of my personal hell-nos, yet loved it. This is one that will stay with me for a minute.
Breathtakingly beautiful story about finding your self-worth in the darkest reaches of both body and mind.
Fiona is lost and drowning in her past full of self-loathing and submission.
Who will save her?
Deacon? The Master who controls her every move until she nearly loses him by her own doing?
Or Elliot? The therapist who is distant and unable to compartmentalize his feelings.
Will someone save Fiona? Will she save herself? Can she even be saved?