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- Print Length: 328 pages
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- Publisher: Honey Mountain Publishing (September 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZIUCDP
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Top Customer Reviews
Also, I did not really love the characterization of the heroine. We are told over and over that she has a problem being too clingy although that never seemed to be the case in this story. I did not enjoy hearing about all the times in the past she thought she was in love with someone. To me it cheapened her relationship with Leo. I also found myself annoyed with the secondary character, Mark, the bodyguard, when he told Hannah that she was lucky to have Leo because she was so needy no one else could tolerate her. Made me seriously dislike Mark. Hannah came off as insecure to me rather than needy. I kept feeling this disconnect between what was being said about Hannah and Hannah's actions that we saw.
The hero likes to be called Daddy and he is somewhat controlling but that is really the extent of the kink in the book.This is definitely not a Daddy Dom/little story. In fact I thought both the kink level and the heat level were way lower than Mayburn's usual, certainly lower than the Submissive's Wish series and the Club Wicked series. I was disappointed.
Finally, I found the whole hypnosis, love potion plot device annoying and unrealistic. It was too outlandish. I hate when Mayburn throws in this type of almost sci-if weirdness.
Even though I have a number of complaints I still think this was worth reading. I am just sorry that the book was not as good as I know it could have been. I will probably read the next in the series. I wish the author would go back and finish the Exquisite series before heading off in a new direction though. She always seems to have several series going at once so that sometimes it feels like it takes forever to get back to what I am interested in reading. A few times the wait was so long my interest in the storyline waned and I forgot some details about the characters. If she decides to write more about the Cordova cartel I hope she does it soon because I doubt this book will be memorable for me.
4.5 stars as I felt the ending was just a bit rushed and lacked the heat the beginning had but was wrapped up in a lovely HEA. Would enjoy getting to read Joy and Ramon's story! Hoping the author will give it to us.
I gotta say, the epilogue cracked me up. It serves all those manly men right. I'll leave it at that so I don't spoil it.
I would enjoy more from this fantastically messed up world if the author cares to take us there. I'm a huge fan of Ann Mayburn and how she writes her characters.
I also loved how I felt slightly crazy while reading this. What a trip!
*** major major major spoilers because there's no other way to address the issues I had ***
When Leo roofied Hannah and hypnotized her I winced. Then he took her blood to make a designer aphrodisiac for her and it was implanted in her to put her in heat and make it so she would bond with him over the course of having sex with him, sex he'd made sure she'd be receptive to when he hypnotized her, effectively raping her in every way possible - body, mind, and some would argue soul.
He's a sociopath. He's a bad man. Morality is foreign to him. She's a <paraphrase> 5th level Clinger who has stalked former boyfriends. She has problems. He has problems. They are broken people. All of these things together somehow are supposed to make it okay for him to Super-Ultimate-Date Rape her.
The argument is made, a number of times, that he can't hypnotize her into doing something she doesn't really want to do. So... she must want him to take away her ability to consent? Subconscious desires equal consent?
Let's add that he's basically cyber-stalked her and customized his home to appeal to her - in effect molding the environment to make her feel a sense of connection with him that doesn't really exist (yes, his home has everything she wants but none of that is because they are sympatico, its because he has designed his trap to capture her)
About 30% into the book I was pushing myself through the sludge of my revulsion, holding out hope that once Hannah discovered what Leo had done this would be an elegant avenue to explore the concept of consent in a world in which it has become an hot button topic.
When Hannah discovers what Leo has done and has a valid response to it I was glad. Yes, I thought, now comes the awakening of HIS character. Instead what does he do...? He **drugs her again**. Then he restrains her and has sex with her - an act that she initially repels but eventually concedes to because he reveals his rationale behind hypnotizing her in the first place - to heal her damaged psyche, not to make her love him and be receptive to sex with him.
It was all for her. For Her. You know, because he knows better than she does what she needs.
Look I understand some of the appeal of BDSM is for the bottom to give up control and/or to be pushed to overcome the restrictions that they have placed upon themselves, to push past what is holding them back from feeling. But, the bottom *gives consent*. Hannah did not *give consent*. It wasn't implied. It wasn't dubious. She did not walk into the situation with her eyes open, scared but willing to explore her boundaries within the safe haven of a BDSM relationship. She was drugged. Not Once. Not Twice. Three Times.
By the end I was still holding on. Ms. Mayburn wasn't going to let me down. Maybe Leo would be *drugged* and *brainwashed* and become *a better version of himself*. I mean, it wasn't really much of a hope, but it was the only thing that was going to save this.
It didn't happen.
I am beyond disillusioned by this book.
(I didn't find the plot predictable - ignore that - I had to pick something and it isn't full of surprises or having some twists)
I know it gave us a 15 year epilogue but I would still love to read Ramon and especially Fernando's story
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Wow. This story hit all of the right buttons for me. Dark and broody alpha male that is dedicated to one woman? Check. Dangerous Dom with an uber kinky twist?Read more