Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery
Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.
Heal (verb): to make sound or whole
Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.
*this book contains dark elements that may be difficult for some readers*
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I enjoyed this one for the most part. It was a bit slow and repetitive at times, but overall it wasn’t a bad read. The writing was good. The pace as I said was a bit too slow for me. The plot was engaging. It wasn’t very angsty and had no OW/OM drama. Although the hero does go to the BDSM club and makes plans with a sub there, he realizes it doesn’t feel right and ends the scene. There are also flashback sex scenes of when she was being held captive. There was only a single sex scene between the hero/heroine that takes place at 75% into the book. But it was a very emotional and poignant scene that brought tears to my eyes.
There was a nice collection of secondary characters (couples from previous books). And both main characters were likable. Donovan had the patience of a saint, and I really liked him. Although I would have preferred the book had moved a bit quicker so we would have gotten more time spent with Donovan in DOM mode. Phebe was also quite a good heroine. My heart broke for her, but she was strong and determined to take her life back. I loved whenever she called Donovan out on him treating her like she was going to break. Lastly, it was all wrapped up in a short and sweet epilogue. This one gets a solid thumbs up from yours truly.