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Cailyn Derys is a noble courtesan, following in her father's footsteps, who finds herself assigned to an unusual client. Teran Nivrai is something of a dark legend, a recluse with a taste for pain, who has gone so far as to have her body modified with retractable steel claws. She has selected Cailyn specifically because of her lack of 'dark' experience, which makes for an interesting dynamic. This is not a story of pain for pleasure, but pain for pain's sake. We're talking torn and ripped skin, lasting bruises, and long-term scars. It's bloody and intense, and not always an easy read.
What redeems (or perhaps justifies) all that pain is the political twist about halfway through, where Teran is called before the ruling council and forced to turn her perversions to actual torture. While I would have liked to see the philosophical aspects explored a little more deeply, it's interesting to see the contrasts of lover versus victim, and the fine line separating Teran's motivations for one versus the other. There's some significant character development during the second half, leading to an unexpectedly dark (yet somehow happy) climax, but it's hard to feel any compassion or empathy for the characters, with their violent passions so far outside the norm.
Steel and Promise was a unique book with unique appeal. I didn't like how consent or negotiations were sometimes approached, but I felt as if the interactions were true to the character, and I appreciate how Cailyn will not allow disrespect of herself or others for her profession as a sex worker. It wasn't a novel for me, but I can see Steel and Promise appealing to lovers of erotica who like a unique, chilly, heavily kinky approach.
Acquisition: I received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I received a free ebook from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
When i turned to read the reviews and see people talking about the BDSM in the first few chapters turning to torture in the second half and the mention of f/f/m I decided to stop.
I won't mark it down because I didn't want to read it, but be aware before you start that this is very dark.