Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Reviewer: Amber R.
No safe word can protect the heartInfamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.
Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.
But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.
Alright, to all you 50 Shades fans out there. I've got something to say and you might not like it. This book gives Fifty a run for his money. Fifty read this book to get all his ideas. This book is so twisted and awesome and so friggen hot. Fifty wishes he was as depraved as Nora and Father S. or Soren as she calls him.
Soren and Nora have a true dom/sub relationship. They don't do "vanilla". Soren is a true sadist. And Nora takes all that's he's giving out and then some. This isn't only a hot sex book, which is definitely that. The story line is really GOOD. All the characters are self aware or on a journey to becoming self aware. I actually enjoyed the characters, the story, and the the bdsm, while sometimes violent (which isn't really my thing; personal preference), was really hot. The story isn't only about Nora and Soren and while they are two main characters, everything is so combined and there is a lot going on with other characters stories as well. Even though the other characters aren't as much as a driving force as Nora and Soren, they're as important to the story and with their side stories you aren't left for wanting. Although, I am interested in learning more about Kingsley.
This book was seriously amazing. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read more of this series. If you guys haven't read yet, you should check it out. These characters and this story rocks!
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