Truly Helpless

Truly Helpless

by Joey W. Hill

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BN ID: 2940157453749
Publisher: Story Witch Press
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Series: Nature of Desire , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 127,225
File size: 699 KB

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Truly Helpless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another really good story by Ms. Hill. I've been wanting to know about Marius for a long time now. This book does not disappoint. Thank you!
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Nobody writes characters that need so much work like Joey W Hill. Marius, what a truly tortured soul he was; my heart just about broke for him at times. I so wanted him to be come through the darkness and into the light and honestly if anyone could do it then it is Lady Regina, a strong, powerful Domme with a heart of gold.  It was also great to see some of my favourite people from the series make an appearance. Although a stand alone, you may get more enjoyment if you have read the previous books.  I loved this book. Truly Helpless was at times a hard and distressing story to read, and although predominately about a BDSM and D/s relationship, to me it was love story, one of courage, and sheer determination to come from a world of darkness into the light. The main characters are Mistress Regina and Marius, an employee of The Zone and a man in need of a strong Mistress who is willing to fight for his sanity and in the process risk herself. This book was such an emoptional roller-coaster that at times, I feared that Regina would not be able to help her”sweet boy” as the dakness and the anger closed in on Marius. The scenes are hot, yet emotional, drawing the reader in so much that you almost feel that you are witnessing it first hand.The road they travel to get to their HEA is long, winding and bumpy, but they do eventually get there.  This book, as expected with any book that Ms. Hill writes is extremely well done. A wonderful addition to one of the best series I have read and I look forward to reading more from the supremely talented Joey W Hill. 5 Stars all the way.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
OMG! Joey W. Hill comes up with characters as tortured as can be and drags our hearts through the muck and mire as we join them on their quest for redemption. Marius has been through hell since the day he was conceived. He has found coping methods that while not necessarily healthy have worked for him. Till now. When things start to escape his iron control Marius starts lashing out. Luckily for him love is stronger than hate and his friends from The Zone can give him the tools to cope if he will only let them. I LOVE Lady Regina! She is powerful and patient and the one woman who could get Marius through the maelstrom his life has become. Warning! There are some intense emotional scenes and there may be one or two trigger scenes. If you can power through the story is so worth it. It was like coming through a horrendous thunderstorm to see the sunshine and rainbow on the other side. Another fabulous read.
TamWindsor_69 More than 1 year ago
Once again, Hill proves why she is "top of the heap" in her genre. Truly Helpless was about so much more than a Dom and her Sub. It was about being vulnerable and baring your soul, thus allowing someone else to see all of your torment and pain and the stark ugliness that lurks deep within. It was about unconditional acceptance of not only someone else but of self, as well, flaws and all. It was about being taken right to the edge of your limits (not just your sexual ones) and then discovering that, once you release your fears, you could push beyond those self-imposed boundaries and become so much more than you ever thought you could be. It was about learning to trust and the healing power of love. Marius and Lady Regina were both extremely complex and multi-dimensional characters. I like how their many "layers" are peeled back slowly, allowing the reader to savor each new level of their persona that is exposed. I especially liked the moment and circumstances that brought Marius to realize that he was not "a monster". That scene had me crying as piteously as a newborn kitten for its mother. It was written so well, that I felt Marius' cumbersome burden lift and flow away. I felt the light flood back in, reaching to illuminate even the darkest recesses of his tortured soul. It has been a very long time, since I connected so intimately with a character. At the conclusion of the scene, I felt as emotionally wrung out as Marius appeared to also be. I had to step away, have a cup of hot tea and decompress... all because of a BOOK CHARACTER'S palpable emotions!... which is a testament to the absolute brilliance of Hill's writing and why she is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to bring characters to life is second to none. The heat level in this book was OFF THE CHARTS! I mean: Whips and Chains and Ball-Gags... OH MY!!! I had never read anything with such strong and detailed BDSM elements. And, I will unashamedly admit to finding myself googling various terms or phrases on more than one occasion... and swiftly clearing my browser history shortly thereafter! I've never thought of myself as "vanilla" before but, now, I am starting to wonder. Pony play? Really??? Not MY thing, but I guess whatever tickles your withers. LOL! Although this book is part of an ongoing series, it can be read as a stand alone. This was the first book in the NoD series that I'd had the chance to read, and I am very interested in now going back to read the previous books in the series, as well as looking forward to any future offerings. This was a solid 5 out of 5 stars! Great job, Joey! You NEVER disappoint! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
JayceeCam More than 1 year ago
Another fine Hill-esque example of hidden pain but also, hidden depth in individuals, and how *not* to rely on first impressions. And it all evolves in a very layered story that slowly allows the reader into the pain that molded the man. The gradual unveiling is extremely effective in helping a reader embrace the seemingly unembraceable man that is Marius. And it makes one appreciate the individuals who have the gift of seeing the rose amongst the thorns; in this case Tyler (The Man!) Winterman, Marguerite, and of course, Regina. As a reader, I appreciate a strong female Heroine, be she submissive or Dominant in nature. Regina stands out on the page as a confidently Dominant woman who does not compromise any aspect of her life, including the man with whom she can share it completely. And even though Marius struck that chord, and even though she went all-in to reach the man at the core, she knew she could, and would, walk away intact if he would not see himself. Marius is a power sub. To the core. Like Regina, he is a 3-D character and as is the case in most of Ms. Hill's books, being a consumer of the story is like being a fly on the wall of the lives therein. Investment in Marius' journey is a given...said the spider to the fly...and to watch this truly gentle man-at-heart find himself; find a way to understand himself, is a thing of beauty. Life was harsh for him, people were harsh to him, and no one was harder on Marius than Marius himself. Time, patience and a supremely confident Dominant gave him the security to accept what his past had dealt him, but more importantly, to accept and embrace what his future could hold if he believed himself deserving. I really loved this journal-of-life, and it more than merits in place among the stories that show us "The Nature of Desire".