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- File size : 391 KB
- Publication date : July 31, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Sherri Hayes; 2nd edition (July 31, 2016)
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- ASIN : B01JGNOZDY
- Language: : English
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Since when is human trafficking hot? Since when is the answer to finding out that a girl who had been sold as a sex slave as a minor and literally beaten until multiple bones broke not to call the police? Instead, Stephan collars Brianna to make her feel "more secure". Y'know what would help her feel more secure? Legal intervention. Y'know what's a better choice than claiming her as your own? Getting her into intensive counseling.
Instead, Stephan punishes her for being slightly spacy by forcing her to take a cold shower, for hesitating to kiss him on his command by taking away her books, the one thing he's found that makes her happy after all the abuse she's suffered. In other words, her "saviour" just abuses her further. Sure, he's not beating her until her bones crack, but he is quite aware that she cannot truly consent to what he is doing due to the abuse she has already suffered, but he still doesn't get her the help she needs. A GED is all well and good, but therapy would be infinitely better.
That this book romanticizes human trafficking, minors being sold as sex slaves, is simply vile. There is nowhere that this book, let alone its sequels, can go that would redeem them.
First off this is not an easy read. It features the very real aftermath of sexual abuse, torture, and sexual slavery. This is a hard read and I was hoping that what happened to Brianna wouldn't be glamorized. It wasn't. Brianna is broken. Seriously broken. And Stephan for all of his patience is not a psychologist. He knows the BDSM scene. And so does the author. But after something like Brianna went through psychology is a must. And I was sad to see it wasn't there. I also didn't like Stephan punishing Brianna for inattention. It felt like a betrayal of her trust.
Ultimately while well written this was too hard for me to want to continue.
For me, it comes down to the fact that (Bri)Anna is, in my opinion, unable to give informed consent. She has been in sexual captivity since before her 18th birthday and has never had consensual sex with a man. When Stephan rescues her, she is unable to even speak due to the abuse she suffered. I find it morally reprehensible that Stephan would pursue any sexual relationship with her, much less a D/s relationship, no matter how badly he wanted to cure her.
I think the general storyline (slave rescued by kind master) is a good one, but the choice of a badly-abused, barely-18-year-old main character ruined it for me.
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While not convinced at times, specially in the beginning, that Stephan is going to be able to be the greatest source of help to her, I did change my mind, somewhat, as I got near the end! Brianna is so broken and I feel, as a woman, SO protective, towards her, as the same level of anger and loathing towards VILE Ian, wanted to kick his nasty, twisted butt far away into the nearest available black hole!
This is one that I have wanted to read for a long time and I am so glad that I did.
Firstly, If you are reading this with the expectation of lots of steamy kinky scenes, then walk away right now.
I know...Dang!...right? No but seriously, this is something else.
It's a story that deals with healing a broken and tortured sole. Brianna, 18 years old, and an unwilling sex slave. That is all she is now, lost and serving in her owners world of sadistic submission. Slave to a brutish, monstrous and sadistic Master, who's only purpose is to break her body, mind and spirit. And he does!
Stephan is a Dominant looking for the right submissive. When he hears about a young unwilling slave he is compelled to save her. He cant walk away from the situation.
" THE THOUGHT OF BUYING A WOMAN TURNED MY STOMACH "
"I COULDN'T LEAVE HER THERE THAT WAS CERTAIN, NOT IF SHE WAS THERE AGAINST HER WILL"
What he finds is Brianna, beautiful, and broken. The only emotion she expresses is fear.
"SEEING HER, ALL MY RESERVATIONS VANISHED. SOMETHING INSIDE ME SCREAMED THAT I NEED TO PROTECT HER. I WOULD BUY HER NO MATTER WHAT THE COST."
Stephan is incredible, I am in love with him, not because he is dominant, tall, dark and handsome (which he is). It is his compassion and caring. His overwhelming need and dedication to care for Brianna. Don't get me wrong, he wants her, as in really WANTS her, but he needs it to be on her terms, her choice. But Brianna knows what she is, she has been trained, and slaves don't have a choice or a will of their own!
"SHE WAS BROKEN, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY. IT WOULD TAKE A LOT OF WORK TO REBUILD HER SELF-WORTH, BUT I NEW THE END RESULT WOULD BE WORTH IT."
Oh Brianna, my heart breaks for you. With her every action and thought, my heart broke a little more for this beautiful lost girl. Stephan knows nothing about her and in his endevour to earn her trust he attempts to find the real Brianna.
Yeah, so this book is a beginning of finding Brianna/Anna. The author leaves a lot of questions unanswered and the story itself is without an ending or resolution, which is disappointing but knowing that the next one is going to be released on the 26th July makes it okay.
I can wait.
I cant recommend it enough, perhaps wait until the next one if you need to. But whatever you decide, don't ignore this one.