Review: Crave

Crave (Bonds, #1)Crave by Sierra Cartwright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are always two sides to a story.  What is the most precious gift of devotion to one is a frightening dehumanizing chain.  How can a couple so in love arrive at such different conclusions about the same object?  In Crave, Sarah makes a terrible mistake.  Frightened by something she found in her lover's drawers, she flees in a panic.  After her time without Reece, she comes to realize he is the only one who satisfy her sexual submissive cravings.  Taking a bit step to right her wrong, Sarah crawls back on hands and knees to beg for forgiveness.

This story is interesting in that the bad guy is a woman, not a man.  She's the cruel heartless one who shatters a devoted lover's heart.  She is also the one who must beg for another chance to regain what she discarded in haste and fear.  Ms. Cartwright's twist in the usual theme is different and quite enjoyable.  For those who understand the musings and needs of a submissive, this story makes so much sense.  Even with how Reece makes her pay for leaving him, it still feels right.  It's as if his punishment will atone her behaviour and perhaps they can start again.  The way Ms. Cartwright pens this story, it generates quite the submissive feelings in a reader who leans towards submission. 

The BDSM in this story is good.  This is a lovely blend of D/s and SM.  The flogging, caning and spanking are all frightfully enticing.  The struggle Sarah must endure to pay for her sins almost makes a reader pity her.  She doesn't want pity or sympathy.  She wants Reece to see her growth and ability to handle his intense desires.  The relationship is a good show of how two people can resolve their differences through shared experiences and forgiveness.  Reece is a lovely man who could take Sarah in for a ride and leave her all alone.  He doesn't.  What he does do is learn how his actions despite his best intentions caused a grievous misunderstanding.  Ms. Cartwright balances both character's flaws and shows how no one is right or wrong.  It's more complicated than just a person being the "bad" one.  It's nice to see both sides of the story create a complete picture.  This kinky story is recommended to those who love happily ever afters.



*I received this book as a review copy from the BDSM Group's R2R in return for an honest review



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