Salvation (NYC Doms #4) by Jane Henry
Released: November 16, 2018
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Publisher: Jane Henry
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Seven years ago, she was sheltered. In need of guidance. I was a newly-ordained priest with a vow of celibacy. Our love affair was torrid, and wrong, and ended in heartbreak.
We broke it off and went our separate ways.
I left the priesthood. She left her home.
Seven years later, she’s stranded in my NYC Club while a blizzard rages outside, and she wants a taste of dominance.
I won’t let another man lay eyes on her, much less touch her.
She’s still my everything. My salvation.
And there’s no way I’m letting her go...
Axel is a complicated man with a past that haunts his dreams. He had put so much faith into his priesthood, but then everything came crashing down around him causing him to question his beliefs and who he was. He's found a new start, and his new gig at Verge is a step in the right direction for who he wants to become. Memories from his priesthood suffocate him, and the control he craves as a dominant allows him to breathe again. The last thing he ever expected to find at the club was the one woman he regretted leaving behind.
Chandra has had every piece of her life carefully planned out for her, plans that she never wanted. The control her parents had over her left her feeling as though she was drowning, struggling to breathe and gain control over her life. She only ever felt free when she was with Father Noah, but after everything fell apart he left her to pick up the remaining broken pieces of her heart alone. She has worked hard to distance herself from her parents and has created a whole new life for herself. She's finally ready to jump into the waters of writing erotic romance, but when she went to Verge to research she never expected to find Father Noah. His name may have changed, but the ache he left in her heart still remains.
Holy mother of Toledo. This is how you write a second chance romance. You can feel the electric pull between Axel and Chandra from the moment they stumble upon each other at Verge. There were so many broken pieces, secrets, and demons between them that they had to over come in order for them to fit together again. They both thought they needed to distance themselves from everything in their past including each other, but when push comes to shove they needed each other to feel complete and help wade through their new selves. Axel needs Chandra to help him make sense of his demons and to help him forgive himself for who he is. Chandra needs Axel to help her find the release of submission without the overwhelming feeling of having no control. The events of their past broke them completely; it took 7 years, forgiveness, and faith in one another for them to piece themselves back together.
The complexities that Jane Henry brings with her characters and BDSM is fascinating. The concept of a former priest struggling with his dominant tendencies was flipping brilliant. Axel's struggles with his bruised faith and his fear of enjoying being in control of a submissive were interesting to see play out. To see a Dom so afraid of his dominant side and reassured by his Submissive was tragically beautiful to watch play out. Chandra taught Axel that her submission is a gift and that being able to give that gift is where her power lies. She chooses who she gives control. It's a give and take relationship, she needs to give Axel her submission just as much as he needs to give her his control.
“I wonder, right here, while the club members pursue their interests, isn’t this the battle of selfish versus selfless? Good and evil? Right and wrong? They need to trust one another, and they strip away all that holds them back when they bring and bared, vulnerable selves here to play, both dom and sub alike. When given the choice, submissives can choose to retain their own control or relinquish it to someone else. Dominants wield authority that has the power to build or destroy.”
The plot will keep you on your toes and surround you with a mystery you will yearn to solve. The story is captivating and will have you feeling everything her characters are going through with your own beating heart. Jane's characterizations are multi-faceted and a beauty to watch unfold. She isn't afraid to show you the good and the ugly in people, that her characters are flawed and human. Jane brings a fresh take to the BDSM and isn't afraid to challenge the normal kink narrative.
Axel and Chandra pulled me in from the first moment in the bathroom. A moment that felt so raw and where demons threatened to be too big for real closure. Love isn't easy, but Axel and Chandra weren't afraid to give everything they had to fight for each other. Chandra was Axel's salvation when he believed he was beyond redemption.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.