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This was the first book I've read by Ms. Shaw, and I feel like I've been missing out! After reading Secrets of Betrayal, she's definitely found a place in my top ten favorite authors and I'll be one-clicking all of her work going forward (and the rest of her work). I was completely captivated from the first page to the very last and was sad when it ended. Thankfully, she has other work, so I won't be sad for long. :-)
Phebe Lawson had a rough childhood and wanted nothing more than to be loved. Unfortunately, that led her to a relationship with a real piece of work who abused her and later sold her to the sex slave trade. She was captured and endured all sorts of unspeakable acts of torture and rape before she was finally rescued; and rescued she most certainly was!
Donovan Jeffries is not just your average, run-of-the-mill Dom. He's co-owner of a BDSM club and also the Assistant District Attorney. Who knew I'd ever find a lawyer appealing! :-) Donovan has suffered from personal betrayals himself, though nowhere near the scope of what Phebe went through, so in that, they have a kinship. After Phebe is rescued, Donovan is asked to take on the case of persecuting Phebe's ex-boyfriend and the Russian to whom she was sold. After hesitating, as anyone would in that situation, she eventually agrees, and so begins her path to healing; of which Donovan plays a huge part.
What I absolutely loved about this book is that it showed the beauty of a true D/s relationship and the healing that some people can experience. While other people might feel that the book proceeds at a somewhat slow pace, I never got that feeling. For me, the pacing of the book was perfect, especially given what Phebe had gone through. There are some books in which a woman is captured, abused, and/or raped and she's miraculously healed and ready for sex days or a week later. Ms. Shaw wrote a much more realistic timeline and accurately portrayed that healing takes time, but it can be done.
I took half a star off because while both characters suffered betrayal, at times, it felt as if the betrayal Donovan experienced was somehow as drastic as Phebe's. In actuality, it doesn't even come close. While Donovan had his trust and heart broken, Phebe was physically, mentally, and emotionally broken and had to rebuild and find herself again. The other half a star was taken because while the book is technically a standalone, the characters from the other books make several appearances and I felt like I was missing something, not having their backstory. Granted, all that means is that I'm going to purchase the other books, but I would have liked to have read them prior to this one.
This book was fantastic and is one I plan on reading again and again and again. While reading this book, you'll experience the full gamut of emotions. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll rage, you'll cheer, and you'll fall in love. Trust me, you need this book in your life!
Donovan Jeffries is the District Attorney who has been assigned to Phoebe's case. He is also a DOM at a local BDSM club but has had his heart broken by a betrayal that has left him avoiding a serious commitment since then.
As Phobe and Donovan both try to heal their hearts they are both attracted to the other and tread a fine line. Can Phoebe overcome her past demons to let Donovan kiss her without panicking and will Donovan allow Phoebe into his heart with a chance he could lose her?
With a danger out there will Phoebe and Donovan be able to heal together before it's too late?
This was a great story about trying to pick the pieces up of your life after is has been shattered and violated. Phoebe went through hell at the expense of someone she thought loved her. Her trust was gone and she had been used and completely violated. Now she had to try and pick up what was left of herself and find a way to move on but her fear was still so great.
Phoebe cared a lot about Donovan but she was still so uneasy about any physical contact. Yet she really wanted to try and when she learned about what he was into she tried to turn into what he wanted.
Donovan cared so much about Phoebe but was upset with himself every time she had a panic attack. He also knew that he had to try and keep things professional as much as possible as he was still trying to protect her from what was out there.
The ending was a huge twist for me that part of me was expecting but never knew how it was coming. I loved the way the author wrote the end and gave the reader that sense of satisfaction that they had been after!
Phebe Lawson has known disappointment her entire life. Her parents were non-existent in her life and the only man she ever trusted destroyed her. After years of abuse and hopelessness, her boyfriend sells her to a sex trafficker and criminal. This man completed destroyed her. With all hope gone, she is left devastated and lost.
Donovan is a Dom who was betrayed by the woman he loved. So he gave up that part of himself and kept women at bay. Then Phebe entered his life and her vulnerability and fear touched him deeply. He was determined to help and protect her no matter the cost. But could he have to give up a part of himself to be with Phebe?
After all the trauma and suffering Phebe has endured, she was left broken and lost. However, as the story progressed, with the help of Donovan, she learned to trust again and we slowly saw her inner strength shine through. Donovan was a strong, determined and very protective and possessive. Even with his dominant side, he was gentle and very caring with Phebe.
Once Phebe is rescued, she needed to face her demons and find a way to move forward. Donovan was the man she needed to help her move forward, but he has a secret. He is a Dom. With Phebe’s history he is willing to give up a part of himself for her, but is that the right choice? At the same time, the man that held Phebe is still out there and he wants her back. Is she truly safe?
Secrets of Betrayal is a dark story about a woman who was broken to the core and had to work to find her way again. Could a man who is a Dom be what she needs? The romance is a slow-burn that flows well and the suspense of what will happen next keeps you captivated.
Read and reviewed for Reviews From the Heart.
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Why couldn't they just stay together instead of getting married? Otherwise strong story that was well written