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(This review has spoilers.)
I really resonated with how real this novel felt, especially in the ways it depicted how hard it is to stay away from an abusive ex. I haven't seen that illustrated in fiction before. It was hard to read, but it feels so important that it's part of the story. I am a survivor of intimate partner violence, and I worked in the trauma field for 20+ years, and this is one of the most realistic novels I've read (of any genre), that centers a survivor of intimate partner violence. I cared about Yves, & part of that is about being a survivor myself, wanting to see her build trust in herself and in others (not just in her relationship with Elijah, either).
This book made me realize how much I needed realistic representation of intimate partner violence inside a novel that wasn't only about intimate partner violence. As a survivor of intimate partner violence myself, I need stories that don't end when you leave. I need stories where the trauma is part of the story, but there's more to the story too. The struggle to disentangle yourself from an abusive ex is so important, and so often invalidated. I didn't find it *too* hard a read precisely because it's a complex book, has so many other pieces in it. And because Yves, the main character, is so great.
I loved the mixture of tough and vulnerable, caring and armored, in Yves. I rooted for her throughout the book. I loved the complexity of her relationships, the ways her connections worked, the layers in them. Now I want to know Elijah more, to see into him, witness his relationships, his vulnerabilities. I'm hoping for more of that in the next book, and the blurb hints at it, so I bet I'm going to be happy. I'm hoping for so much in the next books. I want to see what's next for Yves, what walls she runs up against, how she works through.
I need more complex, well-written, realistic novels that center survivors who are kinky and sexual and claim their sexual agency. In Her Closet made me realize that by being one. The first one I've read.
I found Yves to be unlikable but in a very relatable way. The sort of woman who most women wished they could be or are afraid of becoming. She did what she wanted, had sex when she wanted and in the words on Destiny's Child Independent part two-She did them boys like they used to do her. I wish there were more heroines like this, but I know the reason there aren't. I think my only complaint was when the hero referred to her as exotic and she seemed to play into the stereotypical latina stereotype. I also wished there would have been more BDSM since that's the main reason I came to the book. Either, it was a good read. I'll be reading the next one.
IN HER CLOSET‘s Yves is smart, sexy, brash, and kind of badass. Elijah is an editor, a fan of Yves work, and in need of a breakout star. He makes her an offer too good to pass up and so begins their story.
A while back I posted about an erotic trope I find quite annoying, that of the horribly damaged or severely abused BDSM practitioner. I wondered why there couldn’t be a character who was in the lifestyle simply because he or she enjoyed it rather than because they were abused by a child therapist or suffered horribly at the hands of a violent lover. In a similar vein, the typical erotic novel leaves me wishing for something smarter, more complex, better written. And of course, more diversity is always a bonus and oftentimes severely lacking.
Then along comes Tasha L. Harrison.
Tasha writes good sex. And even better sexual tension. Her characters are well-developed, diverse*, smart, and relatable – none of that billionaire boys club going on in this series – and the chemistry between them is scorching. Yves’ sexy, dirty mouth plays perfectly against Elijah’s stubborn resistance, their scenes together are tense and amusing…
and surprisingly realistic.
Much of this genre is so fantastical – the sullen billionaires and private jets and all sorts of other accoutrements of the rich and fabulous – that the details start to bleed into each other, all the hot, white boys become difficult to differentiate, and ultimately what could be interesting turns into something quite generic.
This is hardly the case with Tasha and her characters – there is nothing generic about them.
Add the bonus of being spared another tortured and tormented BDSM enthusiast – thank you, Tasha, for creating Elijah – and you’ve got a great read for anyone who likes their romance smart, tense, diverse, and mind-blowingly hot.
*oh, and don’t let the book cover throw you – IN HER CLOSET‘s Yves is brown and sexy and all kinds of gorgeous. Maybe if we beg her, Tasha will give us the diverse cover this book deserves.