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Erotic with Emotion.
on 23 July 2013
The Silver Chain: The Unbreakable by Primula Bond
The Silver Chain is the first erotic/romance novel in the Unbreakable trilogy. It's a story of a meeting between two troubled souls; who meet in London one dark cold Halloween night.
Serena Folkes, an inspiring, young photographer makes her way to London from her childhood home in Dorset. On the train journey you are introduced to a glimpse of her past through her heart rendering description. "Even though they are finally gone, even though the coldness and the silence, the sneaky feet and surreptitious fists, that never left a mark, even though the dead eyes and lovelessness are all gone, it's still horribly creepy."
On her first night, she goes out with her camera and sees a party of children celebrating Halloween, Ms Bond's descriptions captures the scenes through the camera lens. "A ragged crocodile of little witches, snaking their way across the quiet garden square". "The little witches and wizards in their costumes seem to float a few inches above the frosty grass now, some looking down as if contemplating their sins, other gazing at the night sky like miscast angels".
During her shoot she is approached by a tall, dark, pale stranger who takes her for a voyeur or a Peeping Tom. After some dialogue, she decides to take a gamble that he isn't a murderer and accepts his invitation to go for a drink with him, Gustav Levi. However, within a short time, their drinks are disturbed by a phone call to Rena (Serena) from her cousin Polly with an invitation to a party nearby. In her haste to leave Gustav, who is having quite an effect on her, she leaves behind her camera. Thus begins the encounter which will change their lives.
The Silver Chain is a novel with highs and lows, Ms Bond's skilful descriptive qualities demonstrates her writing talents. Without spoiling the plot, there were some scenarios though that I could not get my head around. The silver chain being invisible through a throng of people. Also, in the copse, "Hooves drumming nearer. Twigs crack, leaves rustle, and at last Gustav hurtles back into the copse, stopping with a dramatic rear upon its hind legs ...." when it's only a very short walk away from where he would have stopped, before realising Rena was missing.
Rena is a young, immature, inexperienced young lady, who finds it hard to adjust emotionally to Gustav. At times, she is very feisty and at others, incredibly naive, this is probably due to her troubled childhood. I did love her sense of humour.
Gustav, is considerably older and rich but with a handsome physique. He too has a vulnerable, flawed past with his ex-wife, Margot. A man, with vision and artistic tendencies.
Polly, Rena's "cousin" has a high flying career taking her all over the world and a very handsome lover, Pierre. She was the salvation in Rena's childhood.
Crystal, works for Gustav is a lady of many talents, quite an eye opener beneath that demure facade.
Dickson, also works for Gustav and, like Crystal, he has a past and has many talents.
On the whole, I enjoyed The Silver Chain and the skilful writing of Primula Bond, she captures the emotions exceptionally well and I really enjoyed the descriptive qualities, particularly that of "the Witches". She encapsulates the erotic without it overtaking the plot.
Book two, The Golden Locket should prove a good follow up to the Silver Chain. There is the chance to develop a lot of the characters including that of Crystal and Dickson and their secrets. Also the spectre of Margot, whom I don't think will vanish. I look forward to reading it.
ARC courtesy of Harper Collins UK, Avon, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.