This is the story of Claire Ryan and Evan Lang. 35-year-old Claire joins a local book club for romance readers in order to get over the breakdown of her 10-year relationship, there she meets book shop owner Evan, a dominant man who has never recovered from the sudden death of his submissive wife.
As their relationship develops and they embark on the path of Claire’s submission, it becomes harder and harder for Evan to keep his emotional distance. Claire is open and responsive and he wants her badly, but refuses to let himself go.
As Claire falls deeper in love with Evan, she realises that he is holding back and decides to end their relationship, forcing Evan to confront his own past and his feelings in order to save his new love.
Winner of the New Writing Competition at the Festival of Romance 2011
Sallinger s debut follows a novice s exploration of BDSM, coming across more as a handbook for nervous explorers than as an erotic story. Recently single, Claire Ryan seeks a new social life through a romance book club, where she befriends confidante Bridget and eyes the store s owner, emotionally congested widower Evan Lane. Claire lingers after meetings to read erotica about submission and kink, which Evan secretly curates for her education. Sallinger s earnest, didactic tone ( Her underlying need was one many people had ) contrasts oddly with the emotional melodrama related to Evan s excessive self-denial, possessiveness, and clich d misunderstanding of Claire s relationship with her brother, all of which undercut the scenes of sex and play. Dominant Evan s dramatic emotional journey both helps and occasionally hinders Claire s increasing acceptance of her desires, until she confronts him and brings about a happy conclusion. Sallinger s research is too much in evidence for simple sexy entertainment, but neophytes will learn a lot.
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Great story. Could not put this book down. My heart went out to Evan and his struggle for finding love again. The scenes were out of control.