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.
by Cara McKenna
Released: Aug. 6, 2010
Published by Ellora's Cave
“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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When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.
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