Review: Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

Posted June 12, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Willing Victim by Cara McKenna
Willing Victim
by Cara McKenna

4.5 Stars


Released: Aug. 6, 2010
Series: Standalone
Published by Ellora's Cave
Pages: 281
Format: eBook


“If you’re looking for something dark, but very well written, Cara McKenna will always deliver. ” ~ Under the Covers

WILLING VICTIM is a top favourite with Cara McKenna fans and there’s a good reason for it. She tackles the taboo and sensitive subject of rape fantasy in this one. Now I have to warn readers up front that the sex is rough and violent as you would suspect, so if you’re in any way sensitive to rape or may be triggered by rough sex, then this book is not for you.

All sex is consensual, but in their roleplaying, Laurel struggles and a lot of the scenes will get rough. However, it’s not all like that. There are tender moments as well where they choose not to engage in the rape fantasy and I think that’s a sign that something is different between them. There is something special.

Michael Flynn is a very unique character. He isn’t the least bit tortured about what he likes. In fact, I think he embraces it and that for me is what make him stand out. Despite his fetish for rough sex, he is careful with who he sleeps with and also makes it clear at the beginning of what he likes. At any point, Laurel could have walked away if she wanted to.

Laurel, on the other hand, has her own messed up demons. As she tries to confront them, they fight and I think it weaves a more realistic story for them.

There are two things that I have to point out about this story. I felt that the situation with Pam could have been handled better. She was just thrown out of the picture and we didn’t really see a good resolution concerning that. Also, I felt that the ending seemed a little abrupt. I wonder if it was due to the fact that I was enjoying the story so much that I didn’t want it to end or if it really ended too quickly.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for something dark, but very well written, Cara McKenna will always deliver.

*ARC provided by author

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About Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna writes smart erotica—sexy stories with depth. A little dark, a little funny, always emotional. She also writes red-hot romance under the name Meg Maguire. Her wonderful publishers are Ellora's Cave, Harlequin Blaze, Loose-Id, Penguin / Intermix, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes, and bring one another to their knees.


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Hmmm I like cara mckenna but this may too dark for me…thanks for the review


Sounds good…Thanks for the review

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ve had this on my wishlist forever I may need to breakdown and buy it.

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