Review: Hers To Cherish
Hers To Cherish by Patricia A. Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ms. Knight is a must read author. She's written three stories in a row which I've thoroughly enjoyed. The reason why she is so appealing is her viciousness. The way she eviscerates the evil characters is satisfyingly blood thirsty. She still doesn't go graphic, but she does set up the scene so well and then smugly interjects the bloody aftermath. This is very cleverly done because it gets the point across without offending those who are "against violence", even in fiction.
Book three of this fabulous series brings forth the badly tarnished knight. Ramsey's been knocked down several times. His will to survive is admirable as it shatters his idealism. Even if he turns to a life of crime, his heart is still pure.
Ms. Knight creates black and white characters of good versus evil. One could argue that Ramsey is her grey. Yes and no. Ramsey never really comes across as evil. He's always been the one trying to get ahead of the unfortunate hand he's been dealt. For me, he's always the "good guy". This clear delineation between good and evil usually makes a story pretty flat. Ms. Knight overcomes this with solid character building as well as good world building. Her story is very cohesive and flows so smoothly. It's hard to put the book down once started. Every single book, I've started at late night thinking I'd read only a few chapters only to end up around two in the morning finishing the book. It's that damn good.
The BDSM in this story is hawt. It is fantasy in some ways but still so arousing with the sexual slavery theme. The bedroom submissive through the powerful mercenary Steffania only adds to the heat. The initial erotic power struggle between Steffania and Ramsey is frustrating. When Steffania gently yields and submits to Ram's expert rope work and devious sexual torture, it's panty wetting material.
With this story in a sci-fi techie world, Ms. Knight fully takes advantage of some of the more extreme BDSM fantasies. Rather than placing them in the hands of the good, she ups the ante by giving it to the evil. This non-con sadistic slavery only makes the consensual one that much more appealing. Well done! Also, where does one purchase these nanobots? They sound divine. This kinky sci-fi romance is highly recommended to romance lovers. There is a happily ever after once the brutal rape and torture ends.
*I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review
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