Review: The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley

Posted July 12, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley
The Dark Garden
by Eden Bradley

4.5 Stars


Released: May 29, 2007
Published by Bantam
Pages: 320

This is probably my favorite Eden Bradley book that I’ve read so far.  Highly erotic and sensual but this book is about so much more than just than.  It is truly a story about self discovery, about a woman who might be just a bit confused because that’s how she’s coped with life and who now finds herself with the opportunity to experience what she really wants.Rowan Cassidy has been playing as a Domme for a long time.  After a bad situation in her past she thought she wasn’t wired to be a submissive and she has found pleasure in controlling men.  Then Christian Thorne comes into town and offers her a deal.  Be his submissive for a month, no sex.  Just to prove that’s who she really is and what she needs.

Rowan is a very complex character and she doesn’t go through the change and realization easily.  I liked that about the story.  Ms. Bradley wasn’t trying to wrap this up with a tidy bow and make things perfect.  It obviously takes work and it’s very emotional to overcome some of the issues Rowan had, and we got to see some of that in the book.

Then of course there’s Christian.  I think Rowan hit the Dom lottery with this one.  He truly cares about her, to the point I could almost believe in love at first sight with their relationship.  And being that their deal was no sex he really got to work with the emotional aspects of her being a submissive.  He handled her perfectly.  Pushing when needed and understanding other times.  But always showing her that she was loved and cared for.

There’s is also a secondary couple and although we don’t see as much of them or the development of their relatioship, we do get to see them actually having sex when Rowan and Christian weren’t.  And boy oh boy RAWR they were hot too!

All in all I think this book was a great read, emotionally involved, excellent story and believable characters.  None of them are perfect but they are trying to achieve their happy ever after, even though it scares them to death.  Now I’m just intrigued to see if there are more books about Club Privé, sounds like a great place to hang out 😉

*Review copy provided by author

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About Eden Bradley

I’ve been reading and writing for as long as I can remember. When I was 3 ½, even though I wasn’t quite clear yet on my alphabet, I decided there were never enough adults around to read to me and demanded to be taught to read myself. My Auntie Mo took the time to teach me. At age eight, I volunteered for summer school so I could take a creative writing class. My friends thought I was crazy; all they wanted to do was climb trees, go roller skating, swim. But I knew even then that what I was doing was even better.

I wrote my first novel at age twelve with a good friend who is also still writing, as far as I know. At a sleepover at her house, instead of sleeping, we stayed up all night crafting a rather horrible romance novel. Hopefully I’ve improved since then, and I now have enough sense to sleep at night and write during the day. Usually.

I didn’t get serious about my writing until the summer of 2000. I went into it writing romance novels, since that was what I thought I could sell, but eventually I returned to what I truly love: writing erotica, and eventually blended erotica and romance in many of my books. It’s been a difficult and wondrous journey, learning about the craft and business of writing, but well worth it. And now, here I am, doing what I love.

Fortunately, someone other than myself loves my work, too. I write for Bantam/Delta, Berkley Heat (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin), HQN and Harlequin Spice, and Samhain Publishing, and I have a few self-published novellas out, as well. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but mostly it’s wonderful and exhilarating. I also love to cook, eat, go to the beach, hang out with friends, shop – especially for shoes – and read everything I can get my hands on. I’m fascinated by art, tattoos, and what goes on inside people’s minds, which is what I love to explore in my books. I’m dying to travel more, and would love to spend a few months at an Italian villa, cruising the Greek islands, or exploring Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, I get to write, and someone actually reads my books, which is a pretty good life!

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