This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance
Released on April 8, 2013
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Elisabeth is broken in a darkly personal way even she doesn’t truly understand. The delight comes in seeing two different men learn to address it and it not turn into a menage story. Make not mistake, she gets it from both men both in the form of BDSM and sex. Truly erotic and painful to listen too.
Enslaved is the first novel in the Enslaved Trilogy about The BAD Boys—Trevor Brooks, Marc Wilde, and Roman Chase. Hanging out at the Whipper Snapper they are known for their money and their unique interest in BDSM. When Trevor sees Elisabeth Anderson, he goes about finding out who she is and what she wants. After a failed marriage, he now wants to build a D/s relationship and hope it forms into love, and Elisabeth is the one he thinks it will work with. Taking over her care, he lets her use his estate with only two rules: always answer the cell phone and to always obey and submit to him.
Elisabeth is at a loss as to what to do with her life. A submissive to a gay man, she is given to Trevor for safe keeping. Up to her eyeballs in debt, she literally wants only to be cared for with pain and to be left alone. She doesn’t want anyones money. But when things get heavy, she starts turning bratty and breaks both of the rules that Trevor has set. Driving him to drastic measures is the only solution Trevor feels he has open. Either Elisabeth learns to submit to his buddy Roman or their relationship is over.
Specifically I was asked to review the audio version of this book. At first I struggled to figure out what bothered me as I was listening, but then I figured out the narrator dragged out the last syllable in each sentence. Once I really understood, this seemed to stick with me as I listened, drawing my attention at times away from the story. Otherwise, the narrator’s voice was well modulated, and pleasant to listen too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to lose myself in the story this way.
Elisabeth’s character was dark. A past has made her feel like she wasn’t lovable. Once she realized what Trevor wanted, she rebelled not only against that love, but to protect her own heart. She wants the pain, it’s a release, but the emotions that are tied to it. With her debt, she feels like nothing. When she is turned over to Roman, her emotions go haywire. Roman starts training her and for her to get the pain she needs, she has to stop being bratty. He also trains her to take pleasure, making her masturbate as he watches. As a few days turn into more, her own heart becomes confused as to which man she truly loves.
Trevor on the other hand wants love, but in a D/s relationship. So instead of falling in love and getting to the D/s, he goes for it the opposite direction. Puzzled as to why Elisabeth can’t love him in return, or even find pleasure in their acts confuses and hurts him. While he trusts Roman, there is a darker edge of jealousy still in play.
A side story of Elisabeth’s former Dom and a bartender play out as well. Sadist scare me …. a lot! The immense amount of pain at times we see in this story really isn’t my thing.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, had a few problems with the narration, but in the end, I found the interaction between the characters to be a fascinating degree of mental work. There is not cut and dry emotion, they jump all over the place. Unfortunately, I think I would have rather read this story than listened to it.