When I began reading this book, I was a little taken aback with the outlandish premise of a man wanting to marry a woman he does not know, but since this was billed as an erotic D/s book, I was totally willing to just roll with it. That being said, it became harder and harder to get through each page without getting supremely frustrated at the repetition of the heroine's backstory. Normally, when I read a book that has a traumatic event that takes place before the start of the story, the event is laid out to some degree, and then it is acceptable for the author to refer back to said event without outlining the *whole thing* all over again. This book was written in a way that rehashes past events and current emotions to a level of repetition that became almost insulting to the reader, and left me feeling like I just wanted to plow through it to get it over with.
After reaching the 40% mark (reading on a Kindle), I started to just skim the pages, looking mostly for dialogue and the overall gist of each paragraph so that I could simply make my way through it. The extent to which each emotion in the characters' minds was excessively drawn out and lamented over was simply excruciating in the first half, and I just could not coerce myself to sit through it any longer.
The real shame here is that I wanted to like this book. I wanted the heroine to come to terms with her past enough to participate in a healthy relationship. I wanted the hero to help her get there. I guess that in the end, I got those two things - albeit the story jumped past some major plot devices that were thrown out and left unresolved (the heroine's therapy to say the least), but in all honesty this book could have achieved a far superior literary package by cutting about half (no joke, AT LEAST half) of the emotive material, and focusing more on **story** development.
It was a very painful read (no BDSM puns intended). The writing style needs some serious development, and the author totally overused certain phrases ("feel/feels good", "gaze rested on", and a few others) to the point of distraction. End result, I would not recommend this book at all. I really tried to think of a target audience who may like it, but I could not think of one.
Kindle formatting notes - there were some mildly bothersome formatting issues of odd line returns and subsequent line indentations. The eye stalled on those points every time, and I had to reread those sections once or twice to get the cadence right again. Also, there was no TOC or Indexing, meaning you could not skip ahead chapter by chapter, only page by page.