Winner of the new writing competition at the Festival of Romance, 2011
River Rock, Vermont, 2011: This is the story of Claire Ryan and Evan Lang. Thirty-five-year-old Claire joins a local book club for romance readers in order to get over the breakdown of her 10-year relationship. There she meets book shop owner Evan, a dominant man who has never recovered from the sudden death of his submissive wife.
As their relationship develops and they embark on the path of Claire’s submission, it becomes harder and harder for Evan to keep his emotional distance. Claire is open and responsive and he wants her badly, but refuses to let himself go. As Claire falls deeper in love with Evan, she realises that he is holding back and decides to end their relationship, forcing Evan to confront his own past and his feelings in order to save his new love.
"Awakening was one of many entries which explored BDSM and relationships involving male domination and female submission but it stood out not only because of the quality of writing, but because it was by far the most romantic entry." (Festival of Romance Judge Elizabeth Coldwell)
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Great Story, excellent Narration
Sexy, intelligent, emotional
When Claire finally stands up for herself with Evan
Claire was my favorite character
When Evan remembers his last moments with his wife before she passed.
- Janet Maurantonio