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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    very good

    I normally don't write reviews. I normally just read what others have to say. But this book definitely deserves a review. I only read BDSM erotica and this boom was nothing like what I'm use to and was sooo good. Normally there's actual sex scenes throughout the entire book. A book of a woman finding herself and becoming new and renewed was refreshing. Very good. Definitely recommend. Nice change of pace.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    What a great book. I have to give props to Elene Sallinger this

    What a great book. I have to give props to Elene Sallinger this book was beautifully written and was very hard to put down. The characters were explained well and there were things that everyone can relate to in the story line. I would highly recommend this book to all readers.

    I enjoyed a many parts of this book. I loved that Claire was true to her heart and would not be with Evan without a chance of having a relationship. I love that Evan was so true to his feelings for his wife and that in the end was able to realize that he could love both Marianne and Claire for themselves. Bridget was such a great character being a friend to not only Marianne and Evan but also a great friend to Claire. I love that Claire meet Evan in a bookstore that he owned while going to a book club.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿ It's been fifteen years since Clair

    My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿

    It's been fifteen years since Claire Ryan has engaged socially without her ex-husband by her side. A year since he finally gave up on her. A year she spent mostly shielded from the world, only accompanied by her one trusted companion, her dog Chester. Scared as she is, Claire is ready to start living again. She is thirty-five years old and without direction, without fulfillment. Having spent most of the past year reading, a book club seemed like the least threatening way to venture out among people again, without exposing herself too much.

    'Bibliophile' was a dream Evan Lang realized after his years in the military. A comfortable and somewhat eclectic bookstore, where one could quietly browse through the shelves, sit in a comfortable chair and read or join in one of the book clubs hosted there. Evan's life is content. After losing his wife years ago he doesn't expect anything more, since he hasn't stopped loving her. So when a small fragile woman walks into his store and suddenly stirs up his long dormant Dominant instincts, Evan is not pleased with the disruption.

    Oblivious to Evan's response to her proximity, Claire is greeted by a very handsome but surly man, who seems to have focused his foul temper on her. Almost enough to make her turn tail and not return to the book club. But the store holds some interesting books Claire would like a closer look at. Erotic books about BDSM that have her body responding in a way a she is not used to. In a way she has always craved. And when she imagines herself in such scenarios, it is the grumpy Evan she sees dominating her.

    Evan has observed Claire's response to the book on BDSM and it confirms his suspicion that she likely is submissive. He is concerned however, for her to start experimenting on her own and decides to try and 'guide' her education. At first he does this by leaving appropriate books for her to find around the store, but eventually it becomes too difficult to keep his distance and he reluctantly offers to train her as  a submissive. He makes it very clear that there will be no emotional relationship, nor will there be intercourse. 

    Claire, already half in love with Evan, despite his attitude toward him, trusts him and is excited to be shown down this path. On the other hand, Evan is barely holding on to his control, with his body threatening to betray his heart at every step. With every liberating step Claire takes on this new path, Evan loses the ability to resist.


    Oh wow......... This book gave me a real buzz. 

    Not just because of the incredibly sensual writing, but because of the self-discovery taking place. Whenever I read books about characters stuck somewhere in their life, for whatever reason; be it pain, grief, fear or complacency, and then I see them struggle their way out of their immobility and start searching and finding, it motivates me. In the past two days I have read two books that have been a kick in the pants for me, and this is one of them.

    Claire deals with a childhood that was filled with denigration and verbal cruelty, leaving her feeling unworthy and causing her to lower herself to the standards imposed by others. This leaves her filled with self-loathing for what she has allowed herself to become and the damage she has inflicted on the way. So uncomfortable with and untrusting of her value, she is in a constant battle to hide inner self, only able to release that part of her when pain and/or pleasure strip all of her defenses away leaving her exposed and open.

    Evan has shut himself down emotionally after his wife passed away. As a Dominant it was against his very grain to sit by and watch his wife wither away at the hands of cancer, unable to keep her safe, rendering him impotent in his role as her Dom. Symbolically, in the years since her death, although physically able, he has mentally shut down his dominant and sexual instincts to a point where his body no longer had natural sexual urges. In his mind, he was not over the love he felt for his wife, when in fact he had never dealt with the failure he personally felt at her passing. 

    A beautiful emotionally complex story, which challenges you to broaden your mind. Encourages you to think about the deep emotional implications a Dominant/submissive interaction or relationship might have. What one might see as the total giving up of control, might actually be the grabbing of the ultimate freedom to think, say, feel and be who you really are, knowing that sharing all of you will only be treasured, not judged. Pretty heady stuff, when you think about it. Powerful.

    I'm a sucker for stories of people who fight to live instead of be satisfied with existing. AWAKENING gave me two such heroes. 

    ¿Haunting, erotic, compelling and fiercely provocative!¿

    **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca in return for an honest review.**

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed Awakening, I love romance novels with an extra

    I really enjoyed Awakening, I love romance novels with an extra added spice and this was perfect for me. Both Claire and Evan were grieving, Claire from her relationship break-up and Evan due to his wife dying. Evan really fell for Claire but refuses to get over his dead wife, there was a lot of emotional baggage on both sides.

    I liked that Claire and Evan got to know each other a lot first and that for those contemplating BDSM, with trust building too. I would imagine if you do not trust the other person completely that the whole scene would be very scary.

    I liked that Awakening was written with compassion and there is a good story to it and not just about sex, Obviously there was some BDSM and sex in the book but not too much to detract from the main story.

    This is the first book I have read from the author Elene Sallinger and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for more of her work. She is a fantastic author.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    A fabulous read with characters that one can relate to!

    A fabulous read with characters that one can relate to!

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    Posted January 28, 2013

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