Saturday 24 October 2015

Review ~ Torment Me (Rough Love #1) by Annabel Joseph

Book Description:

Chere isn’t happy with her life as a high-class escort, but she can’t seem to find the motivation to change. Then she takes on a mysterious new client who won’t share his name, or even allow her to see what he looks like. Their first session is a headlong tumble into tantalizing sensation and fearsome control that leaves Chere picking up emotional pieces she didn’t know she had.

“W” is roughly seductive, and dominant to the core. His demands shock her as much as they turn her on, and soon the line between bad choices and emotional fulfillment becomes alarmingly blurred…

Note: This book is super rough. There’s love, but it’s rough. Hence, Rough Love series. This full-length novel is book one of a three-part storyline that culminates in Happily Ever After. But, full disclosure, it’s going to be a rough ride.

Buy Links:

Pre-Order Link for Taunt Me ~ releases 10th November

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“He made no sense. Violence and poetry. Choking and kissing. Degradation and caring.”

It is not often that a BDSM book grabs my attention, but a friend recommended this book and I trust her so I dived in blind. This book really grabs your attention from the start, while we have the BDSM aspect ever present we also have equal parts of suspense and intrigue and it is this that keeps those pages turning. You cannot help but get invested in this story.

Annabel Joseph weaves a tale of mystery as we delve into the story of Chere and our mystery man, who Chere has named “W.” Our mystery man also goes by the pseudonym of EE Cummings. His privacy and anonymity is of paramount importance and this man literally gives nothing away.

“He was the Resurrection Man. Or the Erection Man.”

Chere is a high class escort and one night she has a new client, she has to meet him at the Weston hotel and she needs to be blindfolded. This initial first scene is captivating. Chere is hesitant, nervous, scared as well as excited. Having been robbed of one of her senses she is extremely on edge and once “W” gets going it seems that she is soon discovering a side to herself that she never knew existed.

“He’d given me more than any other client, and yet refused to give me anything at all.”

“W” is an alpha and a sadist but he knows his way around the female body and shows Chere pleasure and peaks that she has never reached before. We all know that there is a fine line between pleasure and pain and is this line that Chere finds herself forever crossing and enjoying. While that fear was ever present, everything around her and within her was heightened and while she knew she should have been afraid and mortified her body definitely betrayed her mind.

“…and I realized that the only reason I ever pulled away from him was to be pulled back.”

Chere is living with her drug addicted artist of a boyfriend and she is the main bread winner as he is in a constant state of a high and cannot seem to put paint to canvas. Her home life is a wreck and the more meetings that Chere and “W” have the more she looks back at what she is missing. There is one major rule in escorting, “do not fall in love,” sometimes though this is easier said than done.

Our “W” is a man of poetry and it is through these words that we get a little glimpse of the man under the mask and I am loving what I see. I am sure he must have a good reason for his proclivities and his need for anonymity and this all piles on that intrigue that flows so readily throughout this book. Even at the end of this book, we still know nothing, not even his name…who does that!!! But “W” is generous to a fault and it is these little insights that help us paint a picture of the man behind the façade, he is obviously deep, he obviously cares and he is extremely protective.

“Shakespeare. Jesus Christ. He was bringing out the big guns.”

I am desperate for more, at the end I had so many theories, so many possibilities and my mind has been running rampant since finishing. I need to know the who’s, what’s and why’s.  We don’t have long to wait though as the next instalment is due November 10th and I have already pre-ordered. This is a fast paced story that I read in no time, no time to catch a breath, just devoured it. November 10th cannot come quick enough.

“Love lies. Love flies. Love dies.”

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