Series: Finding Anna, Book 1
Author: Sherri Hayes
Format: Ebook provided by author for review, also received from NetGalley
Published: July 28th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.
As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.
Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.
Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.
Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?
Stephan is a Dom. He’s been in the lifestyle for a few years, but currently he is alone. That’s when his friend, Darren, tells him about a girl who he saw that looked very uncomfortable in the presence of her master. She wasn’t just a sub, she was a slave. And seemingly not a willing slave. This shook Stephan, and he decided he would help. But how? How do you rescue a slave from a man who is rumored to be pretty ruthless? Well, you buy her from him, obviously.
The slave, Brianna, is brought before Stephan for inspection. Playing the part up well he even goes so far as to check her teeth. The deal is finalized and he brings her home, where she promptly throws up her first meal with him.
Brianna is broken. And not in a good way. She is the very essence of a slave. Do not speak. Do not look anyone in the eyes. And kneel, for Pete’s sake. The list of rules is long, and she obeys them like it is her first nature. But Stephan doesn’t want a slave. But Brianna is in no shape to be released out into the general public. And so he takes great care to be gentle with her. The only thing I didn’t understand in their initial communication and interactions, is why didn’t he explain the situation to her? He sees she is basically a robot, incapable of the smallest decisions without permission.
I can’t say how much I loved this book. You get the view from both Brianna and Stephan, and it is really eye opening, how they each perceive each situation. If you are looking for an erotic story, this isn’t the book for you. In fact, other than one sort of encounter, there is any sex in this book at all. I really had a hard time putting this book down it was so good. In fact, I went right to NetGalley and got the next book in the series, Need.
Sherri Hayes does a superb job painting the scenes in this book. The characters are multidimensional and intricate. The emotions are raw and right there. You love both of these two people, and you want to see things set straight and good. But good isn’t always easy. Stephan is a real man. Strong and in control, no doubt, but he is also extremely caring and gentle. And thoughtful. In my opinion, he is perfect. And then you have Brianna, who is pretty much a kid. She has such horror in her past, your heart will break for her. And you will feel her fears.
I definitely recommend this book who has interest in the BDSM scene, even though its not a BDSM book per se. This book will open your eyes and your heart.
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