Released: March 27, 2014
Genre: BDSM suspense
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.
Reality is much worse:
A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.
I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my
Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:
Resist and die.
Or submit, and sign my life away.
Being on her own for many years, Lilly is a spirited and independent young woman. She’s completed three years at Yale and has a massive amount of student loan debt. Making the most of her educational experience, she’s quickly excelled and has won a prestigious award along with her choice of internships. After spending the summer and her practicum for a company in California, she’s offered a one year contract to extend her work. Spending the one year away from school will wipe her debt clean but it’s too good to be true as everything falls through just a couple of week later. Now she’s left with no job, no place to leave, and can’t even return to Yale until the spring semester at the earliest.
This story has one of the most peculiar prologues I’ve ever read. The duration of this story is quite heavy. It’s a combination of current time and flashbacks which highlight significant events bringing you to the current date. I think the present situation is somewhat difficult to read not due to the author’s writing style but the content of the material. You have Lilly who has been kidnapped and is being held against her will and really given the choice to submit to a mystery person or starve to death. She is presented multiple times with a contract of enslavement and in said contract it states that upon signing she was in no way coerced to do so, which is moderately laughable considering she’s been kidnapped and is wearing a shock collar. Presuming she gets out alive, I’d say that’s not a legally binding contract.
The first 75% of the book isn’t necessarily slow but it doesn’t give many answers, however, the last quarter of the story opens up the plot line to show more of what’s happened to create the situation. In some ways, it starts to give a great deal of answers but it also creates more questions as it setup the narrative for part two.
Overall much of the book reminds me of reading Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. It has an eccentric and unexpected quality emanated throughout. The last portion of the book is really what has me interested in continuing the series because I’m left wondering why she would consider the contract given Lilly’s circumstances especially after she figures out who’s her capture. I also suspect she has a plan for the future, but am curious if she will complete it and how.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.