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The secret world of the Dominion Trust is a big place, and this story is my latest exploration of it. I wanted to get past the flash and the glamour of the lives of the super-wealthy, and really see how these people tick. Deep down they're just like you and me; their loves and lusts drive them, their need for that connection, to be who they really are inside burns brightly within each one of them. Unlike us though, they're uniquely equipped to explore those loves and lusts in their (sometimes) most extreme forms...
Does power always corrupt? Does privilege always jade? And what happens when those who have everything find that the one thing that can't be bought is the only thing that really matters?
If you'd like to read more about this world, please see the list below. I've listed them in order of publication, but the books can be read in any order you choose.
1. Becoming Theirs 2. Her Troika 3. Expecting Surrender
It never occurred to me that I could enjoy a F/m story until "Quinton's Crucible." Just as it never occurred to me that I could like a book with pony play elements until I read Quinton's predecessor "Her Troika". And maybe that means I just like Trent Evans. His stories are so fleshed out, the characters in this book so developed. I don't imagine anyone who's read "Troika," could imagine they could come to sympathize with Quenton. But somehow the author manages to wring caring for him out of the reader. It was great to see Quenton's comeuppance. Better still to see his coming around as Anna helps him get in touch with a humanity that had seemed lost. Best of all was finally watching Quenton get to just come - and believing with his Mistress that he'd earned it as a changed man. The sex scenes, as always in novels from this author, are scorching. As good as they are, the story itself is even better. Thanks for another great read, Trent Evans.
This was extremely hot but also a very satisfying read. I'm a femdom F/M fan and normally drawn to novels that are consensual and loving. This was non-consensual and not very loving through the first half of the book. In the second half some emotion is developing between Quinton and his torturer, Anna. You can sense that there are some bonds forming between these two but aren’t sure how much this will help Quinton as Anna continuously shakes off the feelings once again refocusing on her goal which is to break him. I couldn’t put this one down once I reached the halfway point. There were chapters that I go back and read twice. I won’t say more to avoid any spoilers. The author is highly talented and I hope he will write more like this with female Dom and male sub. Five Stars for this one!
Trent Evans always writes dark, hot stuff. But, you also get a great story to go with all that hot darkness. This one continues on his path.
Quinton is a dominant man who is a member of the Dominion Trust. The problem is that he's been abusing his position. When he goes to far, steps are taken. That's when Anna is contacted.
Anna is a Domme and a sadist. She specializes in difficult men. When she gets offered the contract to punish Quinton and sees what he has done, she has to do something about it. She is going to make him pay.
A crucible is a container that raw ore is put into to go through the refining fire to turn into molten metal. Quinton definitely goes through that process. The thing is that Anna sort of does too. They are both strong, stubborn characters who aren't wiling to give an inch. Trent gets into their heads so well. We get a great view of their processes and thoughts. I loved that.
Loved this book. I previously read Maintenance Week and Lacey's Surrender and enjoyed them. This book is in the other direction with a female dominate but is a great book. I would highly recommend this book.
Wow! is the first word that comes to mind upon finishing Quinton's Crucible. I have been eagerly awaiting it since I first heard it was coming. Caveats: this is dark erotica, F/m, and definitely non-consensual. It is not your usual cup of erotic romance, although there is romance of a sort here. I'm not a fan of F/m stories, but I wanted to know what happened to the monstrous Quinton from Her Troika. And monstrous he was, brutally beating and raping any woman who came his way, all in the name of BDSM and with the approval of the shadowy Dominion Trust. What happens is that he meets Anna, a woman paid by the Trust (or part of it at least) to punish (possibly destroy?) Quinton for his actions. But Anna does more than just punish him. She sees what she calls "a scared little boy" somewhere deep in him and sets out to find him and see if he can be saved from the monster he had become.
Quinton's journey is a harsh one, no question, but it needs to be if he is to feel true remorse for his actions, and possibly even atone for them. I loved seeing this new Quinton come into being with each step Anna took with him. There are reasons here for the non-con and harshness of Quinton's punishments. It's not just about some horrible human sex slavery. And all caveats aside, this book is more than the sum of its parts. It's more than the plot; it's more than erotica. I found this to be almost a touch philosophical in considering whether Quinton could be saved. The only thing I wanted that wasn't here was to know what set Quinton on his journey to monster-hood in the first place.
You don't have to have read Her Troika to follow Quinton's Crucible, but it adds more depth and background to the story. The basics of what you need to know from Her Troika are here.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.