Ever wondered who you would be if your formative years were different? How much impact does a trauma have on a person? Jonah and Vivienne unfortunately ask those questions constantly and when they found each other, purely by chance (and a blabby ex-boyfriend) they find a balm for their tortured souls. Jonah and Vivienne’s experiences have damaged them, if you will, and they are flip sides of the same fetish; a perfectly matched pair. Past events bubble to the surface to haunt them both, and it’s more public than either would like.
Vivienne’s nemesis has been a part of her family for years and she’s lived with her mother and sister treating her violation as a non-event or a minor inconvenience. How painful that must be but Vivienne bears it until Jonah. He lends her confidence and strength, and their shared games are giving her more insight into her issues, with the help of her therapist. The depth of her family’s denial of what happened is totally revealed in this book and left me with my mouth literally hanging open.
Jonah deals with his own specter from the past. Raised in a ridiculously wealthy blended family, his controlling psychopath of a stepfather continues his machinations with his biological and stepchildren, but the siblings are and always will be united due to their horrific upbringing. Money and denial can only mask a problem, not bury it completely. Jonah is highly intriguing, and the introduction of his siblings is intriguing as well. I would so like to know more about them and how they have coped.
I wanted to read this book immediately following the first, and while it was extremely busy with the side stories, I interpreted them as threads that weave Jonah and Vivienne together so tightly they can’t bear to be apart. What starts as a fantasy role-playing game turns into something much more, but instead of that making things better and healthier, it adds confusion and an additional minefield to navigate so they can be together in a wholesome manner. The cloud of public doubt around Jonah is almost the straw that breaks the couple completely, but they find their way through hard work and sacrifice.
The author had me snagged with the first book and captivated with this one. A very thought-provoking read and glimpse into how a person is never “done” but rather a work in progress. Jonah and Vivienne take an unconventional route in their journey towards one another, but it works for them. An excellent read.
The provocative author of Asking for It once again explores the dark side of erotic obsession, and the secrets that make it as dangerous as it is irresistible.
Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.
Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.
A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...