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The Dark Garden [Kindle Edition]

Eden Bradley
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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This riveting tale of complex relationships takes readers from California's BDSM clubs to private playrooms where they discover an alternate lifestyle of pleasure and pain. Bradley's well-crafted descriptions help you to visualize the edgy and erotic scenes.strong characters surround the main couple, and a deftly handled subplot rounds out this amazing novel

4.5 Stars

" (Romantic Times Book Reviews)

"THE DARK GARDEN is a masterpiece." (Larissa Ione)

"People are constantly looking for books similar to Fifty..well look no further, I have what you need! .Eden Bradley writes the most sensual books I have ever read" (My Secret Romance Reviews)

Book Description

If you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, get ready to enter The Dark Garden...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553589733
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753541297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753541296
  • ASIN: B008PU96UC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write lush and sensual erotica and erotic romance as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin. I find those moments when we are our most primal, basic selves the most fascinating and revealing, and that's often most apparent during sex.

I was taught to read at age three when I complained there were never enough adults around to read to me, and began to write when I was eight years old. I've written a number of erotic and romantic novels, novellas and short stories as Eden Bradley, and have just begun my career as my alter-ego, Eve Berlin. You can find my books at your local bookstores and the usual online outlets. For more info about both my Eve and Eden books, visit my websites: www.EdenBradley.com or www.EveBerlin.com

I also blog as both Eve and Eden with my fellow authors R.G. Alexander and Robin L Rotham as the Smutketeers. You can find both of us there: www.Smutketeers.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Yet another erotic romance being compared to Fifty... this is far (far) better written but is, at heart, nothing more than an old-fashioned Mills & Boon dressed up with some explicit sex scenes and a bit of obligatory BDSM window-dressing.

By that I mean that both our heroines, April and Rowan, have the best sex of their lives when all the game-playing is dropped and they revert to standard, missionary, vanilla sex - nothing wrong with that, of course, but it does rather invalidate the more risqué label.

I found this full of romance clichés: every time Christian (yep, really) is mentioned, we get another description of his blue-green eyes (like the ocean, like the sea, sometimes a stormy sea, no less). I particularly hated the way the women spend most of their time weeping, and the way their men seem to carry them around everywhere: for heaven's sake, they have legs of their own and can probably even walk on them!

I thought this might be a fun, switch-off bedtime read and, to some extent, it is - but it's also very predictable, corny and a bit tedious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A taste of things to come 19 Nov 2012
By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Rowan Cassidy is a mistress in an exclusive BDSM club in California. As a dominant in Club Prive, it was she who got to choose her partners, not the other way round. That's what she thought until a man entered the club and she felt things not usually associated with dommes. This Eden Bradley novel is the tale of how Cassidy ends up discovering her real self and what she really desires.

Yes, there isn't that much of a story behind it all but does anyone who reads these books care about that? Whilst Rowan gets up to all sorts of things with this new man, who bets that he can convert her within 30 days, club member, and good friend of hers April, is busy with Decker, an Irishman. To be honest, the parts that involve April are a better read and, dare I say it, more exciting. As with Rowan, April, a submissive with a penchant for being chained, finds out what she truly wants.

Surprisingly for an erotic novel, there's no girly action and the `c' word is conspicuous by its absence. The only problem with books such as this is that when you've read one or two, there isn't much left to be told. There is a finite number of ways to describe what can be done with a vibrator and even fewer ways in which a girl can moan with pleasure. Mind you, the way in which Bradley describes Decker nearly had me fancying him too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Boring Copy 28 Oct 2012
By A. Williams VINE VOICE
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I have to say having read this book I thought I was reading the first book of "Fifty Shades of Grey" it is almost word for word the same. The only difference being Rowan is a Dom,and she meets yet another Christian,and no need to guess the same thing happen as in Fifty. I found is really boring and thought I was actually reading Fifty Shades again. Why on earth this book was re-published I've no idea, personally not worth the one star.

If you think it looks better than Fifty Shades, don't bother, you'll be bored after one chapter, certainly wouldn't recommend, terrible read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Garden 20 Sep 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Dark Garden was originally published in the US in 2007 and has just been released for the first time in the UK. The story has been recommended for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey (FSoG) but the only real similarities between the two books are that they both have a main character called Christian and that they both include light BDSM. Having said that if reading FSoG gave you the inclination to find out more about the BDSM lifestyle then this book makes an interesting next step.

Rowan is a Domme at an exclusive BDSM club but has recently been finding her time playing with the submissive boys she usually favours has started getting a little dull. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to Dom Christian but has learnt from experience that being a submissive doesn't work for her. Christian is convinced that deep down Rowan is more sub than Domme and just wants a chance to prove it to her. He asks her to give him 30 days to show her her submissive side and its an offer she can't refuse.

I still consider myself fairly new to the erotic BDSM genre so I wasn't too sure what to expect from The Dark Garden. I was a bit nervous that it might be too hardcore but it was actually much lighter than I expected it to be. I did learn quite a bit about the BDSM community as I was reading though. I'd never come across things like subspace or vampire gloves before but they were introduced in a way that made them fascinating and left me wanting to find out more.

I really loved Christian's character, the way he is so caring towards Rowan and he works so hard to slowly bring out her submissive side was really sweet. Although he is a Dom he was very patient with her and took the time she needed to gradually push past her fears.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This was first published in 2007. I assume it had since gone out of print after failing to make much of a splash. Now with the success of Fifty Shades of Grey it has been hauled out of obscurity and given another chance.

Does it deserve to turn up in bookstores again?

Yes, in that it's a BDSM novel that can't be categorised as porn, and fits perfectly into a new popular niche that didn't previously exist.

No, in that it's a so-so book that had its chance. It failed to make an impression and faded away. Survival of the fittest, and it wasn't fit enough. It's too average to have made it back into print on its own artistic merits alone. [For all I know it's never been out of print, and it's merely being reprinted in order to give it a new cover.]

Apart from its new commercial potential nothing has changed. It was so-so when it was published in 2007, and so it remains in 2012. I've not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I've been consistently told that it's appallingly written. So it seems an easy stretch of my imagination to say that this competently written book is probably a much better, and more readable, book than the market leader.

I've called it so-so, but that's a little harsh. It's decent enough. It's just that it doesn't rise above average. The main problem is that it's quite a small story that would have been better suited for the shorter novella format. At nearly three-hundred pages it's simply too long. I have to confess I was page counting the last third with an eye on when it would finally end.

The story is too simple and linear. There is the main plot concerning Rowan and Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Ordered this on behalf of my sister so asked her if she liked it, she replied "I read it, didn't i". Read more
Published 3 months ago by marmitelover
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark garden
What a struggle past demons can put people through when you are lucky enough to meet a soul mate to have past memories interfere its very hard to come through and live
Published 8 months ago by Lebuchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I just could not put this book down. I was gripped right from the first page. The story was good and the writing was excellent.
Published 8 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Garden
This is another Eden Bradley book and was really good. It was another of those books that I could not put down once I started to read it, although one has to stop because you need... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. S. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars a romantic take on sm
I think this will thrill the romantic rather than the dirty reader . yes there are great descriptions of the sm club and of the ideas / difficulties of being dom or sub , but also... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I loved this booked, prefered it to another well known book ! Great holiday read although you need to check who is over your shoulder! Great story and was lost in the book! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Congrats, Eden Bradley!
As brilliant as Forbidden Fruit (AMAZING read!), a little slow, very similar to fifty shades - this is a read fifty shades fans will treasure. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Beverley Gover
4.0 out of 5 stars sexy
I enjoy reading from this author, quality of story and setting is lovley, great read, easy without too much drama fairly safe read. Still sexy with second story also passionate.
Published 14 months ago by dreamy housewife
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear...
If anyone has read my review of "Fifty Shades Of Mr Darcy: A Parody", they will know what I mean when I say that this is one of the EL James copyists my step-daughter was referring... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Graeme Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars more feather duster than riding crop
This purports to be another BDSM book. Another one following in the wake of the success of "Fifty Shades" and I have to say that I was overly disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Su
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