For Her Own Good Paperback – October 21, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (October 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 470 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1698388284
- ISBN-13 : 978-1698388281
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.18 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,697,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starla is raw and real and salty. I loved watching her move through her feelings and journey.
Lowry is honest and earnest. His devotion is pure and ocean deep.
The tension KILLED ME. It was - gah - soooooo goooood.
Everything about it is so brave - the mental health talks and the kink. As someone with depression, it was so validating and heartbreaking to read. I loved it so much.
If you're looking for a kinky heartfelt - filled with emotional depth - story, grab your copy! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Dr. Lowry Campbell left his practice and his client, Starla, behind pretty abruptly. Years later, Lowry is back and his attraction to Starla is more pronounced than ever. But Starla doesn't trust the Lowry who left without so much as a goodbye, and she has needs that Lowry just might not be able to meet.
I really loved both of these characters. Starla was my favorite! She has depression, and it's a fight that she conquers day-after-day. It was handled superbly, the setbacks as well as the daily triumphs and struggles. I also love how Starla's current career came about, and it just fits her so well! I also liked Lowry and how his dynamic with Starla morphs and builds throughout the story. They have a lot to deal with--as they discover their dynamic where daddy kink is concerned--but also in their new lives and coming to terms with what happened in their pasts.
This is definitely a super slow burn, but it worked with the backstory these two had. There is a lot of internal monologuing as well, so I found the pace to meander rather than catapult forward. Definitely settle in for a sweet and sometimes emotionally fraught journey these two have towards love. It's a romance that doesn't shy away from the importance of mental health while heading towards new beginnings and new discoveries all wrapped up in comfort and kink.
Content Warnings: mention of suicide, depression, child sexual abuse by priest (mentioned off-page, not main MCs), forbidden relationship between an ex-client and her previous psychiatrist.
For Her Own Good is a forbidden, age-gap romance that has a bit of kink thrown in. The story focuses on Doctor Lowry Campbell and Starla Parker. Lowry was Starla’s doctor when she was an adolescent battling with depression.
Once she turns 18, he leaves Boston for Chicago for fifteen years, only to return, and a chance encounter puts them side by side on his flight back. She is also on the flight to Boston after completing some work in Chicago.
I am all about forbidden romance. I am not so much into the age gap thing, nor am I into the kink that this book has, but all in all, once I got past that, I enjoyed the premise of the book. Starla’s battle with depression really hits home because it is something that so many people battle with. To see her fighting the fight and doing what she can to maintain her mental health speaks beautifully.
I’m gonna be honest, I refused to see Lowry as that much older than her because I just don’t do age gap. They didn’t discuss the age gap much in the book so I was able to imagine that he was closer in age to her than he really is. Then there is the whole kink. Again, I am gonna be honest… I found myself skipping particular scenes because the kink they used in this book is not my cup of tea at all. In fact, I found myself repulsed by some of the scenes.
Outside of the kink and age gap, Lowry and Starla have a relationship that can truly make a person smile. He takes care of her, and in turn, she does her best to take care of him. It’s a beautifully cultivated relationship that can be seen in most romance novels out there.
All in all, I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to read this book again, nor do I picture myself owning it on my library, but for those who like these tropes, I am sure you will find it very much within your liking. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars just because the writing style was good, and the overall premise was beautiful, I just happened to skip over some parts and not feel truly invested in the book since it wasn’t something I could get into.