This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Last Girl is a dark look into a relationship that is not the normal vanilla relationship and definitely darker than you average D/s relationship. Please note this is a work of fiction and while there is a lot of non-consensual acts, it isn’t totally non-consensual.
Christian has been around for a long time. Owning human pets is nothing new to him, but he also knows they don’t last long so he tries to give them up. When he and his friends break into a house, he knows Juliette is hiding in her closet. He is drawn there to her, but he never lets her look upon his face. Leaving, he allows her to grow up, but never to love another man physically or emotionally, constantly watching over her.
After the night of the break in, Juliette has know a disquiet in her soul that something is not right. She is still a virgin, both from not finding someone she really wants and also because something happens when it does get that far. She can’t sleep at night, haunted by nightmares of Christian that are also erotic. Her parents have since divorced and her mother owns a bakery where Juliette goes to mix unique colors of icing for her cookies. She’s in college, but nothing seems to satisfy her.
Christian finally decides it is time to make her his pet and where it gets so dark and confusing. Christian is brutally honest with Juliette. He will take care of her, but she will do things his way or experience agonizing pain and even death. He picks only the finest things for her, but he does this to prolong her life, knowing that what he intends to do will eventually kill her. She tries to escape once and you learn just how far he will go. He warns her that she doesn’t want him to fall in love with her because that can only mean more pain and a horrible death. While I didn’t want to like Christian and really I didn’t, I was drawn to his dark side. Like a car crash, I could not look away at what he put Juliette through.
Juliette on the other hand left me with mixed emotions, while she was probably extremely honest with her emotions. She wanted to be kidnapped by Christian, but it was a deep dark emotion she was unwilling to admit too. At one point she admits she is falling under Christian’s spell and accepting everything he wants to make him happy. She fights herself and weakly fights her situation in the beginning. As time passes she grows to accept things and even grow to have emotions for Christian beyond captor.
The ending blew me away, but after reading it, really it was the only way to end it.
While it was a well written book, do not confuse this with the normal stream of erotica or BDSM books. It is dark and deeper than anything I have read, that drew me into thinking about it more than just experiencing it. You can’t just read and enjoy without analyzing your own emotions on what happened.
The Last Girl
Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone and only thirteen. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him.
Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down.
Then she’ll be gone forever.
This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.
Warning: This book is meant for a mature audience and contains master/slave, group sexual activity, sadomasochism, girl-on-girl, oral and anal play, exhibitionism, blood play, edge play, as well as one other thing I’m not warning you about because it would be a spoiler… but it’s not a big taboo.
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Kitty Thomas writes dark literary fiction that explores power dynamics and sexuality (back in the olden days people called it erotica). This work is fiction and meant for an adult audience. The author does not endorse or condone any of the behavior carried out by characters in her stories.
Her work is not “erotic romance”. Often on some level it is about love and/or obsession. Often the couple in some way ends up “together”, but the work should not be expected to follow the conventions of any type of genre romance, erotic or otherwise. If you are looking for genre romance (erotic or otherwise), please read a different author. Erotic romance is “more explicit romance”. This is something different.
Inspiration for Kitty’s work comes from many sources including Story of O, Nine and a Half Weeks, and the work of Claudia D. Christian.
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