Summary: Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book… if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.
Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining… and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him… or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
Review: ** Spoiler Alert **
I cannot say I found this uninteresting; otherwise I wouldn’t have finished reading it. The author succeeded to pique my curiosity.
First, learn that the main characters are Eleanor (Elle for her friends and, later, Nora for her clients), a teenager (who is only 16 years old at the beginning of the novel), and Sren a priest new to the Catholic parish of the teenager. At his previous parish, Father Sren denounced the pedophile priest, which is why he ended up in Eleanor’s village (demotion). He was demoted to have smeared his parish’s reputation.
There are many excesses in this novel:
Apparently, for the author, everyone is a rapist, a pedophile, a killer or a victim of them. The number of rapes and abuses in this novel is amazing. As for the sadism, you would think that for the author, if you’re sadistic, you may at any time lose your mind and seriously injure or even kill someone. So sadists must make great efforts to control themselves in order not to become murderers.
Sren before he had sex for the first time with Eleanor reveals that:
• when he was a teenager, he killed a classmate who wanted to rape him (everyone violated everyone else at this school), and that’s when he experienced his first orgasm (during the killing);
• his sister was raped many times by their father;
• still a teenager, he was raped by his sister while he was sleeping but erect, and then he began a very violent incestuous SM relationship with her (according to him, there isn’t a single sexual perversion they didn’t try);
• during an SM scene (not with his sister), he lost control, and his sexual partner had to be taken to the hospital;
• and later, he emasculated his own father.
After these revelations, he admits to Eleanor that he isn’t sure he could control himself during or outside sex and that she’ll have to help him to do so. He also suggests her to ask Kingsley (Sren’s best friend—maybe more) if it’s risky to have a relationship with him. I think we very well understood that it was dangerous. Does this mean that he did worse than what we already know?! But all this doesn’t deter Eleanor to have sex with him soon after.
With all the horrors that go on at the beginning of this novel, it’s hard not to be curious about what happens next. So despite what I described (or maybe because of that), I kept reading this story.
This novel is well written, the characters don’t lack depth and the story sustains our interest. We can say that Harlequin isn’t frightened by sins of flesh anymore.
I hesitate between 3 and 4 hearts, but I chose to give 3½ because of the misconception about sadism the author promotes.