The Sanctuary

Arika Stone
The Sanctuary
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
June 2015
Book 1 of Eros' Edge
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Eve Lauren is seeking solace from the pain of a broken heart with a vacation in Finland. What she finds there is a world of sex and love she never knew existed. Filled with over-the-top passion, The Sanctuary is Book 1 of Eros' Edge, the intense, new romance series from author Arika Stone.

Eve Lauren has it all - an elite New York City wedding and event planning business and a fabulous jet-setting life. When she discovers her fiancé, Jude Wright, cheated, she loses the joie de vivre for everything wedding related and gives up on ever finding romance. She escapes to Helsinki for vacation - a place she describes as "moody and dark." It's exactly how she feels after being burned by Jude.

Val Ruska isn't looking for love. Infamous for being one of the most elusive rock stars to bed, the musician turned brooding artist can have any woman he wants, but doesn't. Not any woman will do. But he's intrigued by Eve, a single American woman dining alone, and invites her to dinner.

Val rocks Eve's world as hard and fast as the music he plays. Eve explores her deepest erotic fantasies with him and finds a side of herself that she didn't know existed. Their relationship causes Eve to question everything she believes about sex, love, and starting a family. Val can give her everything she's ever dreamed of, if she's willing to submit to his desires. But is she ready to give up her life in exchange for his? Reality sinks in when she returns to New York City and Jude seizes the opportunity to win her back-but Val isn't so eager to let her go.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 10, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
198 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT your typical rock star erotic romance, thank gawd!

"Luxe Life" event planner and jetsetter Eve Lauren needed to pack up and get out of the states for a few months, particularly after catching her fiancé cheating. Shortly after arriving in Helsinki, Finland, she meets artist Valo Ruska, a romantic and attentive Finn she can't out of her head. Val is no starving artist, he's a European sex symbol, a popular rock star known for his chaste-ish nature as well as his good looks. The pair are instantly smitten, quickly falling into both love and domestic bliss. Soon enough, reality intrudes on the happy couple, and with Val's tour schedule and Eve's business, friends, family and the press are all screaming that the two of them are a HUGE mistake. It isn't long before both of them start to wonder whether they're compatible after all...

Now THIS is how to come out as an author! In Ms. Stone's debut novel, we have something dark, edgy, romantic, sexy as hell and well written to boot! THE SANCTUARY is the intense first offering in the Eros' Edge Series, and Eve and Val's story will leave you wondering how you could possibly love either MC after the destructive ways their relationship plays out. Val captivated me, this mixture of zen hippie and brooding artist in the beginning, yet utter and complete rock star when the time came. He was dominant and pushed...shoved...Eve into submission over and over until she decided to give in and give him what he wanted. It wasn't pretty, AT ALL, but I can appreciate the gamut of emotions that Eve went through, half-heartedly agreeing to things she had little interest and less experience in. The relationship, while whirlwind at the beginning, felt so realistic as the two dealt with cultural, family, financial and sexual was raw and sometimes gritty and sexy and frustrating all at once.

I kept wondering just who was the actual dominant one in the relationship, until my suspicions were echoed by Eve's friends. It made me look at various incidents in a whole new light after all hell breaks loose between the couple when they come to the US. I loved every minute of the twists and turns in THE SANCTUARY, and those just added to the excellent writing and delicious sex. The sex was an erotic mix of vanilla, lite BDSM, harder BDSM, some exhibitionism, some voyeurism, some girl on girl make out sessions…a little something for everyone!

Bottom Line: Hate him or love him, Val is one MC who is hard to ignore. I didn't know what to expect when diving into THE SANCTUARY, but I definitely didn't anticipate the depth or emotional pitfalls. All this from a debut author? Serious talent here, folks!
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Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Oct 13, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
When Eve Lauren fled to Finland to nurse a broken heart, she never dreamed that the next chapter in her life was about to begin.

In THE SANCTUARY, author Arika Stone introduces Eve to Val Ruska. Both are looking for a safe place, free of cameras and prying eyes. What they find is a shared passion, although Eve isn't quite as comfortable with the BDSM lifestyle that Val embraces.

Outside the bedroom, Eve is a powerful woman with vast resources. Whether she can fully submit to Val's tastes in the bedroom is another story. While the story has plenty of development, I found myself getting frustrated with Eve's "on again, off again" attitude.

Packed with plenty of high intensity action, this marks the first installment in the Eros' Edge Series. If you can handle angst with a side order of kink, this is the perfect read for you.
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