We want to advise people before they read this book, that it contains sexual abuse, in both the hero and heroine’s past. Although not graphic, it is a major component in the plot of this trilogy. With that said, Sylvia Day has written an excellent series (the final book is set to be released, June 4th).
Why we gave it 5 Teacups:
This book is a departure from a lot of BDSM novels, where you have a male hero sweeping in and solving all of lifes problems for the meek little submissive. The alpha male gets all the pleasure of introducing the female character to the BDSM lifestyle, forcing the women’s inner submissive out. This novel differs because it is not an instance of the male fixing the helpless female, but of them working together to conquer demons from their past. Gideon Cross is a dominant alpha male, who falls obsessively in love with Eva Tramell, a submissive female who often challenges his tendency to dominate her. They both come from wealth and privilege, but are horribly scarred by sexual abuse in their past. This is a story of two dysfunctional people, who fall crazy in love, and try at a chance for normalcy. Even though it seems that Mr. Cross has all the control as the series progresses you discover that Eva has all the power in the relationship.
We fell in love with Gideon because he would do anything for Eva, to be with her. His sole focus is her health and happiness, even if she fights him on how he goes about keeping healthy and happy. Oh, did we mention that he is wicked HAWT?!
Eva is an excellent heroine, she is not meek but strong, this however does not stop her from being sweet and vulnerable. Unlike Gideon, she has come to some sort of peace with what has happened to her, while he is just starting to deal with the horrors of his past. This story is their journey, as they heal one another along the way. It is one of the things we like most about this series.
Why we gave it 5 Handcuffs:
In addition to some sensitive subject matter, the series deals with an alpha male Dom and a very disobedient sub. The sexual encounters between the two are frequent and detailed, with some exploration in naughty play. Nothing is left to your imagination. This series will get you hot and bothered. Make-up sex is the best, wait until you get to the library, scene you will need a cocktail or two!