- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Insatiable Press
- Audible.com Release Date: February 4, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BFP4XE2
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Personal Geography: The Compass, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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India is one of the best well-written females leads. She has had her troubles for sure, but she is strong and tough as nails. Crispin is not too shabby himself. He's the opposite of India, the perfect half to her. Only she's just too walled up to let him all the way in.
This story is written like a lost lover remembering the best years of their life. Parker slays me with her background knowledge and is the research Queen. I lost myself so many times in the scenes she laid out before me. I felt like I was there and not just a voyeur looking in...not that there's anything wrong with that.
This book is a fantastic opener to the Compass Series and I can't wait find my way through the rest.
This book ends in a cliffhanger but leaves you definitely wanting more. I liked all the characters. They were very interesting and complex. Each of their back stories gave them depth and rihness.
"Personal Geography" details the relationship of India Burke and Cris no-'h' Ardmore, an arrangement brokered by India's friend and trainer extraordinaire Rey. India, an emotional Fort Knox, operates by offering her body to men one "lost weekend" at a time and always keeping her short term dom at arm's length by assuming a safely anonymous submissive persona.
Cris embodies a uniquely conscientious flavor of dominant that's as beautifully developed and deliciously enticing as the island retreat Parker constructs for the story's indulgent backdrop. Opening with a contractually stipulated conversation before they begin to play, Cris insidiously launches his mission to unlock India's complex defense system. What's initially arranged as a sub-72 hour fling develops into something with all manner of trappings of intimacy that India cannot abide, including a dangerous desire to capitulate to Cris and his appeals to know the real India Burke.
Where Parker truly excels is her elegant approach to building that heady cocktail of trust laced with tension between India and Cris but without the formulaic sequence of sexual acts that plague more yawn-worthy novels. Just as the experienced India can never entirely anticipate Cris's next move, readers will revel in the squirm-inducing suspense of Parker's studio scenes. What's also immensely satisfying is the substance of Cris and India's lives beyond a shared love of hot, kinky sex. Each maintains an interesting and believable career that makes "Personal Geography" not only stimulating on a smut level but convinces me that Parker's prowess and imagination extends well beyond the breadth of a spreader bar.
If you enjoy your erotic romance books a little darker but demand characters with psychosocial depth and realism, "Personal Geography" is an exceptional read by a bold new writer you will not regret.