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- ASIN : B00QMJGWDW
- Publication date : December 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 507 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,532 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not going to go into writing my own blurb, it's a waste of time on these kinds of reviews.
Keaton, has a very complicated and tragic history that is told in bits and pieces. Sorry to say I could identify with much of her history as well as her highly complicated relationship with her mother and what made it complicated. What I loved about this story is the evolution Keaton experiences from start to finish and the finished Keaton in this story still has room to grow. Very few erotic authors ever bother to really grow their characters, let alone flesh them out so well as Courtney Lane does. We see a Keaton who is a shell of what she should have been, we see her fight to survive and through this fight we see her come to terms with things she had run away from, things she had refused to deal with. Through this survival fight Keaton learns the mistakes she had made in running away, in not trusting, and through her fight to survive she learns to trust the most important person in her life, herself. Even when all evidence and common sense-not to mention most readers I wager- would scream not to trust, she can't deny what her intuition tells her. However, she doesn't fully, blindly, or even hopefully trust others. She keeps listening to that soft voice inside that grows stronger every day she faces frightening challenges.
Keaton begins this story as a broken frightened run away who is being mentored in how to turn it all off and shut down in order to survive on the lowest levels. Then she is thrust into a situation where she must feel but not feel, trust but not trust, love but not love. Who can you turn to when there is no one to turn to?
Noah is an enigma. He is both cold and creepy but domineering and alluring. He is a controlling, sadistic bastard, yet thoughtful considerate lover. He is helping her but he is harming her. He is healing her but he is killing her.
I cannot recommend this story enough. I just read on the authors bio that she will not be writing anymore, for the foreseeable future at least. I hope Courtney Lane reads this review because this is directed at you: you got it right! You got the healing right and no one ever does! To shut off that part of yourself because it disgusts you, to not trust your self because it was your fault, to run from those who might have helped you, to hide yourself away where no one can touch you... You got it right! The scene towards the end where Shilo had taken her to his room, you got that right too. I don't want to leave spoilers but I knew what was happening as I was reading and I was filled with joy actually reading that part. Although Keaton had no idea what was happening, she was being healed. I understand how real life must take precedence and your writing requires a special mindset that you don't have control over. I hope that your alter mindset, the woman who writes, comes back to you soon. You have a gift, don't let it molder away from lack of use, please.
Even after the end, there are still some things that I don't understand, and would have loved that Keaton would have questioned him about several things.
The only downside to this book is that it's written and published in 2014. The story continue, even though This could easily be a stand alone book. The next book was published in the beginning of February 2016 and ends with a cliffhanger.. So when will the third installment come out? I hate to read books where I have to wait for some of them in order to read the whole story. Often I forget some details and can't find myself motivating to continue reading the series, after 1 or 2 years, as all the other books I have read in between have filled my mind with their story.
But if you are up to reading a book with several triggers that will leave you feeling violated and with such hatred towards these sick people and their doing, then this book is for you. When reading this book, I compared Keaton and Noah to a couple where the male is abusing the female, and no matter what he is doing, she is in love with him, and will do anything in order to get his attention, even it will mean that she ends up getting really hurt so she is bedridden for several days. The only thing is, Keaton did not have anywhere to go. She could not just go home, she had to find a way to live in the present.
It is a dark, erotic story but the usual "dark" elements weren't particularly shocking compared to other dark scenes I've read. No, what had me gripped in fear for most of this story was the ability of the author to create and maintain a suspenseful, disturbing vibe throughout the entire story. From beginning to end, I had this looming feeling that something horrible was going to happen.
Don't get me wrong, lots of horrible things did happen, but I knew that the next time it would be even worse. I've read many dark stories that dealt with similar topics and even those that were more brutal and graphic didn't make tingles run up my spine like this book did. I think that one of the earliest punishments set the tone for me and there was no coming back. I'll just say that unwilling performance of fellatio probably would have been the better option, and leave it at that.
When Keaton decides to leave her upper-class life behind, choosing to live on the streets rather than live in fear of her obsessed ex-boyfriend, she couldn't have imagined that she was trading one hellish existence for another. Soon, she's drugged and kidnapped by Reven, the leader of a religious cult. It is clear right from the start that Reven is far less interested in religion than he is in forced sexual servitude, and the religious teachings are a means to manipulate the gullible.
Refusing to be broken, Keaton is repeatedly subjected to harsh punishments. Noah, a sort of "second in command", is the one assigned to break her. He is the source of her torment and soon, her desire. His true intentions are a mystery. One moment he is cruel and sadistic. The next, he is tender and encouraging.
Immediately, at the first show of emotion from Noah, I thought I had him pegged. Yet, the further in the story I got, the more I began to question whether Noah was really just playing a twisted game with Keaton. His true motives were unclear right to the end. When Keaton's fate is revealed, I was shocked! Then a few pages later, I was shocked again! Every time I thought all of the secrets had been unearthed, something else would come to light.
If you enjoy dark, erotic stories, then this is a great one! However, be sure to read the author's warnings. This story has a lot of disturbing content that will not go over well with many readers. Heed the warnings!
Top reviews from other countries
The book follows Keaton Mara, a young woman who has lived a privileged life, but that life style still could not protect her from one of life's monsters. She suffers at the hands of a beast who will not let her go and she flees to seek sanctuary on the street of Washington D C. There she has her first taste of real freedom. Free of the constraints of her family, society and materialism she can truly 'see'. It's still a life of fear but "it's paradise compared to what I've been through." reasons Keaton.
One unwise decision changes that. An enigmatic, dark haired man called Noah herds her from the streets to Rebirth: a place where Gods and Monsters are one and the same, the elite and unworthy mingle, pleasure and pain beautifully entwine under one man's rule. Keaton believes she can gain her freedom easily as pain, misery and torture don't touch her any more, but one man knows her secret.... The way to break her completely. Can she trust him not to share this secret when this weapon he wields could destroy her completely whilst she's barely surviving in the depths of hell?? What you see isn't always what's reality and what your told isn't always the truth whilst she's kept at Rebirth. Keaton learns for herself "the strong don't break, they give in only because they need to find a way to survive." But what is the price she has to pay to stay strong?
This book has so many themes; freedom and what that really means, vengeance and salvation; if your intentions are good and just does the method you take to achieve it really matter as "sometimes we have to do bad to do good." And how does a person live with the sacrifices they had to make for the greater good? Finally, Good and Evil, these lines are constantly in flux and blur throughout this novel through people's actions and words, you will be battling to see good in what's evil and not want to see the evil in what's always been good.
This book with all its twists, turns and revelations will keep you hooked from start to finish and it's one I can't recommend enough.
I don't even know where to start with Noah. He is one of the most demented characters I've read and yet there was something inexplicable about him that fascinated me and drew me in despite, or perhaps because of all the crazy. Courtney Lane did a fantastic job with his character, even now I can't decide whether to wish him a painful death or be glad he has a chance at redemption. My mind is just blown.
Th final 25% of this book was spectacular. Everything came together, questions were answered and it made me see the events of the first 3/4 of the book completely differently.
I've read a lot of dark erotica, this book was completely unique and probably one of the best mind f**ks I've experienced. It was quite simply, fantastic.