Sacred Secrets by Roxy Harte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
SACRED SECRETS was a very emotional book. It had a unique beginning and an unexpected ending. I am not a fan of 1st person point of view story telling--also not a fan of the Piccoult style switching of narrators. I find it somewhat confusing as it interrupts the flow of story and I frequently found myself flipping back to see who's POV I was reading. I eventually got into the groove of the story and really enjoyed it despite my dislike for the narration structure.
SACRED SECRETS is a story heavily laden with BDSM and a serious D/s culture, specifically, total power exchange. The characters are dynamic and three-dimensional. The story told is very emotional. Based on the cover and description, I expected there to be lots of steamy, hot sex, but the sexual situations are mostly implied. In my opinion, that did not negatively impact the content at all, in fact, I didn't even realize the sex scenes were fade to black until I finished and began to think about how the book made me feel.
Being that I have no personal knowledge or experience with BDSM or D/s culture, it is difficult for me to understand and sympathize with the players in this arena--especially when extreme pain and punishment is involved. Make no mistake about it; this book focuses heavily on “the lifestyle”. If you have any aversion to pain and humiliation or round the clock role-play, then this may not be the book for you, but if you are willing to open your mind a bit and experience the darker side of the culture, then this is a great read. After I finished, I found that I am really looking forward to book 2. I am hoping for more romantic emotion, but I will be happy to see where their journey leads them.
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