Ashe Barker
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Totally Bound
Release Date
April 2016
Book 1 of The Dark Side
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Who knows where pain ends and pleasure begins?

The chance of a new life out in the wilds of the Yorkshire moors sounds too good to be true to shy musician Eva Byrne. Stifled and smothered within the cocoon of her brilliant academic career, Eva yearns for something different. Something real and exciting. Something she can feel.

Excitement. Passion. Pleasure. She finds that sexy, enigmatic Nathan Darke can provide all these and more when she moves into his home as violin tutor to his young daughter. But Eva's sensual encounters with her demanding, domineering new employer quickly evoke her deepest fears, as he introduces her to the trauma of submission and marks her with his particularly dark brand of love.

But will Eva's natural curiosity and thirst for new experiences be enough to withstand the sting of Nathan Darke's exquisite touch? Will simple surrender be enough as he challenges her every inhibition, taking her on an erotic journey of self-discovery and liberation?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Aug 04, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
As the first book in the Dark Side serial, DARKENING introduces readers to Eva Byrne and Nathan Darke.

I could immediately tell that this would be a memorable story because of the heavy dose of angst. The pairing of Eva and Nathan certainly fits well with the series because it's a combination of light and darkness. Eva's untapped sexuality is well matched with Nathan's expertise as a Dom.

This installment is all about the getting to know you phase, with plenty of spice. The BDSM elements are well developed, particularly for someone new to the lifestyle like Eva.

Luckily for me, I had the other two installments ready to go after I finished this one. There is a significant cliffhanger at the end, so to avoid disappointment and withdrawal, I strongly encourage having all three books on hand.
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