- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop (July 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612133037
- ISBN-13: 978-1612133034
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 353 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,566,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.