#Review: Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy

#Review: Sapphire by Jeffe KennedySapphire by Jeffe Kennedy

Series: Facets of Passion,
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Carina Press on October 24, 2011
Pages: 103
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars  

M. Taylor Hamilton is a woman who knows what she wants: success. She has worked hard overcoming her childhood and is on course to make her goals a reality, but all she has in her life is her job, grocery shopping and the gym. While working on a deal, she meets Adam Kirliss. Adam attempts to hit on Taylor, but she thwarts his attempts and he takes it gracefully…or does he?

With the deal complete, the CEO has a party on his yacht, but it gets spiced up when Adam handcuffs her to the railing giving her one of the most amazing orgasms. Taylor shoves off the memories of the night as succumbing to champagne, but Adam won’t release her. He sets up a date. A date she can’t refuse. The only rule being the safe word he gave her….and obey everything he tells her to do.

I enjoyed this book, but also cringed a lot as I read it. While I knew there would be elements of BDSM, it was very deep for a first encounter. First off, I don’t really know how Adam “knows” all about Taylor and what she needs. He pushes her hard, demanding she let loose and give in to him. He does say he doesn’t want a slave, which confused me on if this was just a one time thing or if she was becoming his submissive. The library is set up for BDSM, so I would say this was not a one time thing. He is in total control and nothing seems to be taboo or off limits. In fact they never discuss any limits on what he is allowed to do and what she will not let happen. I do applaud the use of a safe word, but I felt at times she needed to use it and was too stubborn to do so.

This book is very dark. It deals with a lot of internal feelings that are bottled up. Adam chisels at Taylor creating cracks in her glossy finish. The things he does to her are harsh and often I was saying her safe word for her. What I think the problem is, is that Taylor really had not been exposed to BDSM and to suddenly be in such a tough situation and take it like someone who has done it a while really concerned me. I know the book is a novella and you can’t just drag the book out, but it seemed fast for a first session in BDSM.

While I liked this book, it wasn’t the best BDSM book I have read. It does deal with spankings, anal penetration, being tied up, orgasm denial, etc. So be far warned, it’s not a typical romance book. It is deeper and darker than a lot of typical romance books. Not to be so harsh on Adam, he does have a lot of redeeming qualities, but you don’t see those until after the major scene in the book. It might have been nice to know more about the characters before going so deep. Overall, it was a good book, but definitely not a book everyone would be interested in.

About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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