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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Slave By Sherri Hayes (Finding Anna Book 1)

Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

Holly's Review:

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but what I got was a beautifully told, heartbreaking beginning to a story about tremendous heartache, pain and finally hope and love! This is indeed a story about a woman who was a slave to a very abusive master and was rescued by a decent man who helps her on her journey to become whole again.

Stephen has been a Dom for quite some time but has yet to find the submissive that he wants for keeps. While having lunch with Darren, his friend and mentor, he tells him about this girl who he believes is being held against her will as a slave and is not a willing submissive to Ian, who we discover is a super abusive A-hole! Stephen sets a meeting with Ian to see this slave and ultimately purchase her, which does not sit well with Stephen, purchasing a human being, one of our first signs that Stephen is a really good guy.

When all is said and done, Stephen agrees that Brianna is being held against her will and plays the part of interested buyer and purchases his 'slave' - Brianna has no reason to think that Stephan is any different that the bastard Ian so things progress very slowly. Ian has spent 10 months completely breaking Brianna so Stephen has a long road ahead of him in putting her back together, if that is even possible. They begin slowly as Stephen knows that Brianna needs structure but he encourages her to make he own choices at small things and tries to give her small freedoms. She is in no way ready to function on her own,it is very heartbreaking to read.

The hardest part of reading this story was the knowledge that one person can destroy another human being so thoroughly, I may have forgot to mention that Brianna is only 18 and was sold to Ian at 17 - it's horrific when you think about it. The story was not overly graphic so that helped in making it easier to read the horrors that Anna went though. As the story progresses and Brianna trusts Stephen more and more, Stephen begins to fall in love with her but is completely aware that she may never fully heal and be what he needs.

This story drops off abruptly and book two picks it right back up. I highly recommend if you read this one that you also read book two, and as I am going to review that one also, I will tell you, though I have no idea when, there is hopefully a book three!

1 comment:

helpmerhonda72 said...

Nice job Holly, I have this in my growing TBR pile.

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