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To be completely fair I should preface this review with a qualifier ~I couldn't get through the whole thing~.
Book one of this series wasn't spectacular, but it was okay. This may be the worst second installment in history.
Anna's inner dialogue makes her sound like an ill-bred golden retriever. She is depicted as being so damaged and so traumatized that it makes Stephen's desire to make her his submissive creepy.
The final straw for me came about two hours into the listen ( nothing erotic having happened up to that point) when she is so broken she can't manage to say his name without sounding it out like it was swahili.
Submissives are wonderful because they are strong and empowered by their service and sexual freedoms. That is nowhere near what this is.
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This book follows on from Slave. Anna makes the decision to stay with Stephan and become his submissive.
Even though Anna is still haunted by her time with Ian she does start to embrace her new life but she still suffers panic attacks, is unable to cope with crowds and would have difficulty living in anything but a very controlled environement. Consequently her life is still very isolated - though I guess this is how Stephan wants it anyway.
One of my issues with the book is that it does tend to portray Anna as child-like, especially in her vocabulary, thoughts and self-perception. I'm not sure if this is due to the narrator's influence or if Anna's personality would still come across this way if I read the book in it's written state.
Because I see her as a child, I now view Stephan's behaviour as predatory. Possibly that isn't fair - but that's where it is.
Again this book finishes on a cliff-hanger.
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