Savannah/Savi escaped eleven years of abuse at the hands of her father and finally made a safe life for herself and her daughter. But when her father once again threatens her peace of mind—and her daughter’s safety—Savi runs to Damian Orlando for protection. Eight years earlier as Savannah, she shared one perfect day with Damian that changed both their young lives and resulted in a secret she no longer can hide. But being with Damian reawakens repressed memories and feelings she wants to keep buried. After witnessing a scene with Damian on Savi’s first night at his private club, however, she begins to wonder if he could help her regain control of her life and reclaim her sexuality and identity.
Damian, a wounded warrior, has had his own dragons to fight in life, but has never forgotten Savannah. He will lay down his life to protect her and her daughter, but doesn’t believe he can offer more than that. She deserves a whole man, something he can never be after a firefight in Iraq. Damian has turned to SM to regain control of his life and emotions and fulfills the role of Service Top to “bottoms” at the club. However, he could never deliver those services to Savi, who needs someone gentle and loving, not the man he has become.
Will two wounded survivors find love and healing in each other’s arms?
Review: The author states in the beginning of this book that the books in this series should be read in order to get the most impact while reading, as characters that were in previous books would be in the next book. I had a hard time keeping up with each character as I had not read the previous books. I was able to understand the story, and the plot, I just wished that I was able to read the series in order to get the full effect, but I still enjoyed the book.
The author had mentioned that the herionie of this book had some serious sexual abuse and trauma and if anyone has experienced any kind of abuse or trauma, to tread carefully while reading this book. I would like to also extend that caution as well. I have not had any kind of physical, sexual or emotional trauma, but it was hard for me reading about what happened to Savi when she was a little girl. Unspeakable, awful, cruel stuff happened to her. I want the reader to understand that the author goes in some very dark places with her work and to be aware that some of the contents in the book may be difficult to read.
Despite the darkness of the authors work, she’s very impressive with the amount of research she did on BDSM and the lifestyle, as well as PTSD, and trauma. Her understanding, compassion, and sensitivity comes across in her words, and the way the story plays out. Damian and Savi each have huge hurts, physical, as well as psychological, and she gives each of them their own voice, and their own time to heal.
Damian and Savi, two lost souls who find each other exactly when they need each other. That’s what happened to these two. They both have some serious hurdles to get through to achieve their happy ending. I was worried a few times that it wasn’t going to happen. Damian is patient with Savi, while Savi learns to trust, depend, and lean on Damian when her life seems chaotic and out of control.
I highly recommend reading this series as a whole, as the reader will get more out of the story line. Take a chance on this author, her work is excellent.