Haven of Obedience by Marina Anderson

Haven of Obedience by Marina Anderson
Publisher: Hachette Group
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (327 pages) Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Toys, BDSM, Menage, Voyeurism, Spanking, Masturbation
Rating: 2 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Twenty-something Londoner Natalie Bowen is envied by many, but her personal life is a disaster. Men can’t cope with her career success and Natalie thinks she’ll never find real happiness. When she hears about an exclusive weekend retreat called the Haven, a place that specializes in introducing visitors to pleasures they could never have imagined, she is shocked at the idea—yet unable to resist finding out more. Natalie decides it’s time to put her fears behind her. Once at the Haven, she meets the enigmatic and disciplined Simon, a man who is used to getting what he wants. Natalie may very well have met her match.

Talk about a journey into the unknown!

Natalie is tired of being boring. She wants more zest from her life. She wantss to live a little more. So what’s a girl to do? Go to the Haven, of course. Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t go to the Haven right away, but then again, I’m not Natalie. Still, her journey is interesting.

Interesting or not, I had some problems with this book. One of which is the writing. The overuse of adverbs pushed me right out of the story so many times. I walked away from this book and had a hard time picking it back up. I didn’t feel immersed in Natalie’s world, but rather like I was looking in and most of the time confused by what was going on. I didnt’ feel like I was shown the story, but rather told what was happening.

Another thing that turned me off was the words used. If this is erotica, then ‘viscous milky fluid he gave her’ seems way off. There is a lot of purple prose used. Again, for being labeled as a follow up to a certain other hot book, I didn’t get the idea this book was hot, but rather trying so hard to be hot but not quite making it.

I give Natalie props for experimentation. She wasn’t sure what she liked when she went in to the Haven. Great. Does she figure herself out? Well, you’ll have to read the book for that. No spoilers. But one thing that didn’t necesarily bother me, but might discourage other readers is her lack of protection. I get she’s trying to experiment and experience sex in different ways, but good grief. I hope all the partners were tested at least. No condom use and lots of swapping. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea. She’s also very controlling and this makes her grating on the nerves at times. I wanted to her to loosen up and even in the Haven, she still comes across as being almost too power-hungry.

There is a definite connection between Natalie and Simon, although the romance is lacking. I liked Simon and the way he took control of her. He knew the ways to push her and make her come undone without actually touching her. I enjoyed his parts of the story the most and wanted him to get a larger role. I’d also love to see what happens after the book. Having read extensively in the erotic romance and erotica genres, I’ll admit, this wasn’t my favorite story but it might work for others.

If you’re looking for a hot read that’s heavy on sex, then this might be the read for you.

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