BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Shattered Dreams by H D Kelley
Publication date:April 14th 2016
Genres: Erotic, Romantic Suspense
Spencer James was no hero – cheating on his wife and all – but until recently, Spencer hadn’t seen what he did at Esoteric, the private BDSM club where he was a member, as cheating. What he did there – dominate women sexually – he did to protect Izzy, not to hurt her. Two very different sides to the same coin, each as vital to his survival as the other; Spencer needed the club like most people needed air. But falling in love with his submissive was never part of the plan. And now that she’d disappeared, he’d stop at nothing to find her.
A lifetime of physical abuse is what led Ashlan to Esoteric. She knew if her husband ever found out about the club, she’d die a slow, painful death. But even that hadn’t been enough to keep her away. In a life of hell, Esoteric was the only place she’d ever found peace…until she accidentally let it slip to Master Spence that she was being abused. Now she had no choice but to run.
This novel is essentially the back story to the tale which was told in Scattered Thoughts, but then goes on to fill in the gaps during the same timeline.
If you have read my review of Scattered Thoughts, you will know that I told the author that I wasn’t a big fan of books where the main character cheats. And I will say, right away, that I didn’t particularly like Spencer or Ashleen. Ashleen, at least, had motivating factors, but Spencer, for me at least, is a completely selfish, self absorbed character,with few redeeming traits. And in truth, it is a testament to the depth of the characters created by the author, that such a strong response was evoked.
Again, for me, there were certain elements of the plot which felt a little too contrived to be anything other than narrative tool set ups for the next book. Overall, I didn’t find this book as enjoyable as the first instalment in the series, but nevertheless, the author has delivered detailed and complex characters with the interactions that inevitably follow.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Growing up in a secluded mountain town where creative outlets were sparse, books quickly became a passion for Holly Dawn. When she ran out of books to read at her school library she decided to write her own. From the moment she finished her first short story she knew writing was what she wanted to do.
HD Kelley resides in Florida with her husband, two kids, and their Vizsla rescue.