"Exquisitely beautiful, touchingly heart-wrenching, and hedonistic enough to keep your body on fire."—Coffee Time Romance, 5 stars
So Many Possibilities...
The minute Claire walked into his shop, she aroused every protective instinct Evan ever had. She looked so fragile, so lost. He ached to be the one to show her a world she's never dreamed of, to awaken within her the passion she was so ripe to share. It only takes one touch for him to see how open and responsive she is to his dominant side. But the truth test will be whether he can let go at least and finally open his heart...
What Readers are Saying:
"If Fifty Shades of Grey intrigued you, Awakening will take you to a whole new level of desire, submission, and unforgettable romance."—Judge, Festival of Romance Contest
"One of the absolute best BDSM novels I have read. (And I've read quite a few.) This one is absolutely amazing!"—Autumn Jean
"Finally! A well-told story that shows the characters' vulnerabilities and how they learned to trust and love again."—A. Hirsch
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.