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I thought I knew exactly where this book would go. I have read loads of BDSM and an apprehensive submissive usually ends up falling head over heels when she meets the right Dominant. This book wasn’t like that at all. Awakening had characters that were true to their beginnings and a twist that made me rethink who was saving who. The author, Cassandra Carr, snags the readers attention right away and keeps it.

Awakening by Cassandra Carr

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After reading The Payment Series by Cassandra Carr, I was thrilled to be given the chance to review something else by this author. I really loved that book. I don’t know what I was expecting, but maybe I should have waited to read something else. Was it too soon? I never read the same author back to back unless it is a series. Luckily, this story is just as exiting. I was hooked after the first page. Seriously. I wanted to get lost in this book, and I did. It didn’t have quite as many sex scenes, and it wasn’t as much of an adventure for the characters. The depth of characters is better. We get to see what each of them is thinking. We get to know their friends, i.e. sounding boards. There were a few things I recognized about the style, but all in all, this book is not the same type of erotica.

The female lead Vanessa is a college student trying to finish her bachelors degree. One of her final assignments has her write a research paper and she chooses the subject BDSM. The subject is intriguing to her and she loves doing research. The only problem is that her only place for research is the internet, so she seeks out a BDSM club owner willing to be interviewed. She wants to see it for herself. As luck would have it, the owner can’t make the meeting and instead she meets a Dungeon Master instead named Will. Vanessa and Will are instantly attracted. Will has a past and a dangerous day job. Vanessa is new to everything and has very little sexual experience.

I don’t want to give too much away. This book had some twists that I didn’t see coming. The characters goes through some rough patches. They are both true to form without betraying their beginnings. He isn’t just attracted to her because she is new, she isn’t just attracted to him because he is Dominant. The characters are original. I enjoyed this love story. The BDSM element is both a main focus and not. There isn’t too much sex for this to be porn-ish. There isn’t too much love for this to be classified as strictly romance. It is another Cassandra Carr story. As original as it is entertaining.

CASSANDRA CARR is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories about love and sex while most others struggle with commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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