Top critical review
on 27 June 2016
I loved the premise of this story. Rebecca is in a passion-less relationship with Matt, a true city metrosexual. While they get on well and have similar interests the physical side of their relationship is lacking. So when Matt surprises Rebecca by inviting her to a Swinger's weekend at a mountain lodge resort, she reluctantly agrees in the hope that it might spice up their relationship. Only it doesn't... instead, she realises she's not cut out for the swinging lifestyle and probably not for Matt either. She gets herself into a predicament and meets Logan, the lodge owner. And he in turn introduces her to a life of submission.
Unfortunately, like other Cherise Sinclair books that I've read (Shadowlands book 1), there was lots and lots of sex, but not enough story or emotion to back it up. I'm not a prude, I'm happy to read about sex (obviously), but I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing here... namely the story. I couldn't quite connect with the characters because of all the gratuitous sex. Logan and Rebecca's relationship was too instalove-ish, and it made me a bit uncomfortable with how quickly it all moved, especially considering her naivety with the lifestyle. There was no discussion of limits or even her experience. He didn't establish at what threshold she'd safeword. There was pretty much no communication whatsoever, and no aftercare either. In fact, he wouldn't even sleep next to her because of his nightmares... it was pretty much 'your safeword is red, now I'm going to restrain you' followed by sex, sex and more sex, followed by sleeping in separate rooms before it all starts again. And there were a few scenes where I couldn't help but feel that he pushed her way too hard - the scene where he allows Jake in the room while punishing her made me cringe, and also the scene at in the club where he uses her for a demonstration after she's been restrained for non-sexual BDSM training by another dom. Both just felt wrong and made me really uncomfortable.
I personally would have loved to have seen a little more exploration of the deeper issues that were touched upon - his PTSD and his military history or maybe a bit more exploration of her self-esteem issues.