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Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of ...
Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?
But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?
Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; M/f as well as one m/f/f/m scene; BDSM themes including caning, spanking, bondage, and needle play. Also contains one beginner Dom who is exploring sadism but is still working out how and when to stop.
Posted March 27, 2013
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Jenifer& posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
"I happen to love dark BDSM and this one ranks up there as one of my favorites for its unique perspective and psychological depth." ~Under the Covers
Take Me, Break Me is my first Carri Silverwood read and Book 1 in her new Pierced Hearts series. I happen to love dark BDSM and this one ranks up there as one of my favorites for its unique perspective and psychological depth. Jodie wants to make a documentary on one of her biggest fantasies: to be kidnapped and held hostage as a slave. She's a reader of BDSM erotica and theoretically knows the motions, but hasn't played them out in real life. Her ex-boyfriend, Klaus, is an accountant and judo instructor. Though they never played at D/s, she thinks he'll rise to the occasion and be her perfect captor. She has rules for the game: no sex, no nudity. But as the game begins to progress beyond the first few hours and days, Klaus realizes that he has a sadistic Dom side beyond what he thought he was capable of. Jodie comes to the realization that she craves not only submission, but the pain that punishment brings. In the end there are no rules, no safewords, and a month to live out the fantasy as deep as Klaus will take it. The question remains that without any reins, will Klaus and Jodie go to a place that neither can dig their way out of?
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I haven't read a BDSM story with chapters that alternate perspectives. I always thought that I preferred the sub's POV over the Dom's, purely due to my ability to identify with it more readily. But seeing the inner psychological workings of a new Dom, his fears and insecurities...was mind-blowing for me. His intensity as a Dominant made it clear that he was meant to fill the role. He is commanding, charismatic and scary at times. But we see his vulnerability, his inner struggle in accepting himself in his role, his fear that he's going too far. Jodie is a complex character as well. She knows she has submissive tendencies, but is shocked at how deep those waters run. She falls easily into the role of true slave and questions her own needs for both the pleasure and the pain, of having no responsibilities but pleasing her Master. When it comes time to end the fantasy, the conflict of how both parties react was very authentic to me. There's a wonderful examination of how two people come to terms with going too far and how to enter a D/s relationship the right way.
The book comes with some warnings about dubious consent and that's fair, though for me, I do believe that Jodie would have been able to leave the arrangement had she truly had enough. The play is intense in terms of punishment: spanking, crops and lots of caning. It's often corrective and not meant to be pleasurable. There is humiliation and fair amount of bondage. And yes, there's needle play (!) For those looking for a light read, look elsewhere. It's an intense ride and even the punishment scenes without sex are hotter than Hades. We get even a little snippet of m/m/f /f in there as well. Read it alone!
*Review copy provided by author
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Posted March 13, 2013
Jodie and Klaus embark on an adventure of a capture fantasy. However, things don’t go always go as planned when they start out with some basic rules. Klaus finds he loves the power he has over Jodie and even better yet, he thrills at causing her pain. At the same time, Jodie slowly starts to embrace her submission and also desires the dark side of Klaus. Klaus is finding out what it means to be a Dom, he does a lot of research, but in the end, he feels he has failed Jodie with when his sadist side comes out as Jodie falls deeper and deeper into his Mastery.
I truly enjoyed reading both of their point of views, as each chapter was dedicated to either Jodie or Klaus, we are able to get into their heads, what they are experiencing. Each of them has a moment of self-discovery and it was amazing the way it was written. Though the story does come with a warning of ‘Capture fantasy; dubious consent’ don’t let that turn you away, the story was intense and gives you a very emotional view into the lifestyle.
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Posted August 14, 2014
I had met author Cari Silverwood in a Facebook DE group her and few other authors were running. We had got into chatting and I confessed I had never read her books but was familiar with her name. So I promised I would read one of her books and let her know what I think. Of course I did a mad scramble to see if I had anything and luckily I had a boxset she was in. As I read the book and gave a bit of insight at the end of each chapter this is a sum of my feelings. This is for you Cari.
My review of Take Me, Break Me. YIKES! What a book. Really, I didn’t know what I was getting into. The blurb caught my attention but it doesn’t begin to cover what actually happens in the book. You have a woman of (IMO) questionable intelligence wanting to make a documentary about capture fantasies so she asks her good friend/ex-boyfriend to help her out. The mind boggles on what could possible go wrong.
My initial impression of Jodie is she is NUTZ! As a reader of capture fantasies she should know better than to put herself in that kind of situation…even if it was with a friend she trusted. Careful what you wish for you coo-coo banana twit. I never warmed up to her which is rare for me. I usually like the female leads in my book. In this case…NOPE. To be exact I disliked her so much, when Klaus was ‘punishing’ her I kept cheering him on – Beat her! BEAT HER! You’re not hitting her hard enough. HARDER!!!! Yes maybe that was wrong of me but well, I just didn’t care for her.
As for Klaus…I’m in LOVE! I thoroughly enjoyed his progression from sweet to sadist. IMO he was the true star in this book. How his mind is works, the introspects all of it deliciously told in 1st person. His actions, how he planned out each scene, the toys, the way his punishments would go from shocking to Jodie eventually accepting and letting go, I was eating it up! His evolution from being tame to sadistic captivated me so much that when I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about it. I loved everything he did except for the needle play. *Shivers* Not a fan. To have it come up twice in the story…I got that it played a very important part to the plot line shifting; however I was cringing the entire time.
So the story ended and I was all smiles. I still adore Klaus and still not a Jodie fan. Obviously his discovery of his sadistic side never swayed me from like his personality. My initial opinion of him being sweet never changed. I went from full on detesting Jodie to feeling a strong meh. The plot was exquisite with its twistedness. There only one thing I disagreed with. Take Me, Break Me is being dubbed as a Dark Erotic. While it certainly is very erotic, sadistic and almost, ALMOST, non-con, it does not match up in my disturbed mind to what a DE story is. Other than that teensy disagreement, I loved the book.
Stars – 4, Flames - 5
Posted July 26, 2014
Posted May 29, 2014
Wow. Just... wow. It took me a few chapters to get fully into the book. But once the fantasy started to play out I was hooked. I'm not sure I've read a book this hot in a long time.
Klaus.... WHEW! That is one hot man and sweet Jodie, asking for something, then getting it and slipping so fully into the submissive role was amazing.
This book is well written and did I mention hot? Follow these to as they end up discovering things about themselves they never knew. The struggle with letting go of who they were and embracing their new life together. Beautiful.
Posted March 10, 2014
This book is on the darker side. I really enjoyed it though.
Jodie wanting to have a capture fantasy done. Klaus being totally against it (at first).
Them having a previous relationship helps a little in my opinion with their trust of each other. Klaus had no idea what he was capable of until he let his dark side out. I'm sure that finding out you are a sadist would be a bit of a shock.
Jodie didn't realize how far she would want him to go until he pushed her.
A story of 2 people finding themselves and their love. This one doesn't really end in a cliff hanger, but the next book is a continuation of their story.
Posted November 7, 2013
What happens when a woman's fantasy runs much deeper than she'd initially thought? And what does she learn when her exploration of that fantasy is taken almost totally out of her control?This is the captivating premise for this novel.
Ms. Silverwood's skillfully crafted story sneaks up on you, introducing you to the heroine Jodie, a woman with complex motivations, and the hero Klaus, a man of outwardly serene, even uncomplicated, demeanor. Right away, you want to learn more about these people, and what's really going on between them -- and the author gives you just enough to keep you feverishly turning the pages. Then, like a roller coaster plummeting down that first exhilarating drop, the story takes hold of us and doesn't let go.
There is some great writing here: crisp, efficient characterization, flawed, but appealing main characters you can't help but like, and a fascinating (and arousing) evolution of the central relationship at the core of the story. Most of all, this story is just plain smokin' hot.
I was very impressed with the author's ability to dance right up to the edge of the non-con abyss, giving you a nice, long glimpse into the darkness, but never quite shoving you off the precipice. She makes you care for these characters, to root for Jodie to finally embrace what she really wants, and how she feels, and for Klaus to stop denying what he really is. I loved them both, even though at different times I wanted to shake some sense into each one of them.
As for the content, those readers averse to dub-con, or consensual non consent, are not going to be comfortable with this one. At all. If you're looking for gentle Doms and doe-eyed innocent subs, you should look elsewhere. If you want a "sub-is-the-real-one-in-control" dynamic, you're barking up the wrong tree here too. These are real people confronting the gritty realities (and erotic possibilities) of the exploration of a dark sexual fantasy.
For those readers who enjoy dub con, or non con, or a not insignificant amount of pain, you're going to love, LOVE this book. The D/s in this is real, and honest, and raw, and not for one second do you find yourself not believing the story as these two explore it. I had to put it down several times and just mutter an awed "whoa". To me that is the sign of a great book.
This is an excellent BDSM erotic romance. Do NOT miss this one.
Posted October 12, 2013
Posted September 17, 2013
From the very beginning, I found Klaus and Jodie engaging and interesting characters. I loved watching their journey of exploration as the month continued, as they both learned more of their desires. I found the S/m and sex scenes outrageously erotic. Toward the end of the book, as the Happy-ever-after came into sight, sighs joined moans as Klaus and Jodie figured things out. It was beautiful to watch S/m become BDSM. I thoroughly loved the find stretching of the Australian English slang throughout.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2013
Posted September 7, 2013
What a journey Jodie goes on with Klaus! It started with a capture fantasy and turns into something that was unexpected.
Both Jodie and Klaus grow with one another to find out about themselves what they didn't know. Jodie release a big bad sadist in Klaus that he didn't know existed in him and Jodie grows into a submissive she didn't know was there.
Cari writes a great book 1 of this series.
Posted May 26, 2013
Read this book twice!! Great character development. Love this book, it's well written & gives you great insight into the characters' feelings from their point of view. I felt like the characters jumped off the page. I found myself sympathizing with both Jodie & Klaus as they struggle to find themselves & each other. An interesting take on what leads people to makes the choices they do, specifically regarding BDSM, and how people define love differently.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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