The Sanctuary

Eros' Edge, #1

Eve Lauren left for an extended vacation to Finland. She is heartbroken over her fiancé’s betrayal and wants time to reevaluate her life. She goes to Helsinki, a place she thinks of as dark and moody. However, she meets a man Val Ruska, who is more famous than she is. Val brings a different side of Eve, one she enjoys exploring with Val. However, there relationship makes her question everything around her.

The beginning of the story leaves you intrigued to know more. By the end of the first chapter, I was excited to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a steady slow pace from the first page to the last. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting and realistic. I really liked that neither Eve, nor Val were perfect. Each of them had faults that they each had to deal with making them realistic.

The point of view stayed with Eve all the way through. At times, I would have liked to hear his side of the story. He was a bit of a mystery. The main conflict of the story is the relationship between Eve, and Val. Both move at warp speed and tend to keep secrets from the other. They both seem head over heels in love with the other however secrets become an issue. The level of conflict was perfect, not too much or too little. The dialogue between the characters was honest and distinct. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. This book keeps you on your toes all the way through with all the twists and turns. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for The Sanctuary

Eve Lauren is seeking solace from the pain of a broken heart with a vacation in Finland. What she finds there is a world of sex and love she never knew existed. Filled with over-the-top passion, The Sanctuary is Book 1 of Eros’ Edge, the intense, new romance series from author Arika Stone.

Eve Lauren has it all — an elite New York City wedding and event planning business and a fabulous jet-setting life. When she discovers her fiancé, Jude Wright, cheated, she loses the joie de vivre for everything wedding related and gives up on ever finding romance. She escapes to Helsinki for vacation — a place she describes as “moody and dark.” It’s exactly how she feels after being burned by Jude.

Val Ruska isn’t looking for love. Infamous for being one of the most elusive rock stars to bed, the musician turned brooding artist can have any woman he wants, but doesn’t. Not any woman will do. But he’s intrigued by Eve, a single American woman dining alone, and invites her to dinner.

Val rocks Eve’s world as hard and fast as the music he plays. Eve explores her deepest erotic fantasies with him and finds a side of herself that she didn’t know existed. Their relationship causes Eve to question everything she believes about sex, love, and starting a family. Val can give her everything she’s ever dreamed of, if she’s willing to submit to his desires. But is she ready to give up her life in exchange for his? Reality sinks in when she returns to New York City and Jude seizes the opportunity to win her back—but Val isn’t so eager to let her go.

Content Notes: Intense, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, D/s Elements, D/s Elements Dubious Consent, Lifestyle, Sexual Fetish, Non-Sexual Graphic Violence, Spanking, BDSM, Contemporary, Musicians

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 4.00