Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: SLAVE (Finding Anna Book 1) By Sherri Hayes

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?

My Review:

I've always been fascinated by books that include glimpses into the lifestyle.  It has a very intriguing and seductive pull, as many fellow readers will agree.  But this book is a little different.  It shows the darker side of BDSM and how some people don't choose the lifestyle, it's chosen for them.  Brianna has known nothing but fear for the last 10 months.  She has buried everything in the back of her mind about her life before and does nothing but focus on doing what she is told and making her master happy.  But when she is sold a new fear begins to take hold.  What could this man possibly want from someone like her? 

Stephan has taken a bit of break from the lifestyle, not because of lack of offers, but lack of interest.  He is picky about his subs and isn't into sharing them will anyone.  He loved being a Dom, but was a one sub kind of guy.  When he receives a phone call from one of his old college buddies who is also in the lifestyle, they agree to meet for lunch because Daren needs to discuss something with Stephan.  But what Daren has to say shocks Stephan into taking action.  The lifestyle isn't for everyone.  How could someone be forced into it?

Even before seeing Brianna, Stephan has decided to help her.  Knowing what horrors were possible from a Dom who misuses his power, he hurriedly arranges a meeting to pose as a prospective buyer.  After seeing Brianna first hand, its obvious she isn't a willing participant, but has been broken, severely.  Stephan plays along with the facade and purchases the poor girl.  But Brianna is well beyond the point of being able to function without help.  It will take a lot of work to get to the bottom of who this girl really is and what happened.  But in the end, who is the master and who is the slave?  This was an unusual read for me but it was remarkably well written and definitely page turning.  The story shifts back and forth between Stephan's and Brianna's POV, so you get to see whats really going on in the characters head. It really is something to read about someone having their individuality and humanity stripped from them.  I can't begin to imagine a worst fate.  Excellent read!!

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