- The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
- Release Date
- July 2012
- Book 2 of Finding Anna
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn't an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?
Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna's past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jul 23, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
198 people found the following review helpful
NEED by Sherri Hayes is the second installment of the Finding Anna series. The often times heart wrenching nature of the story, the quiet strength of the heroine, and the loving dominance displayed by the hero absolutely made this story for me.
Short recap: Brianna has been with her new Master, Stephan, for a while and she just found out that she's no longer a slave. The revelation that she was rescued from the horrifying captivity she endured for ten months and is now considered "free" shocks her more than she or Stephan could have realized.
Stephan, on the other hand, has fallen in love with Brianna and has a hard time reconciling his desires with what he knows is best for the scarred young woman. As they try to build a relationship, they have to deal with outside forces that threaten to keep Brianna from finding the person she was before she was enslaved.
NEED is one of those books that draws you right in. Starting off right where Slave (the first book in the series) left off, you are right back into the thick of it with Brianna and Stephan. Because of this, I think that if you haven't read the first book, you would be lost starting with the second.
Stephan is such a great hero. He's what I love in BDSM romance. That loving dominance that shows that a D/s relationship can be so much more than what's stereotyped. He gives Brianna exactly what she needs even when he's pushing her limits.
The story doesn't move along as much as I would have liked but there is some great progress in Brianna and Stephan's relationship as well as some serious barriers. It was captivating watching them negotiate through those situations. There was quite a bit of drama in this one beyond just Brianna and Stephan and that made up for some of my ire at the lack of progress in the story.
I am not usually fan of the first person point of view in these kind of stories because I'm always wondering what the other person is thinking. So, I actually love this series because it switched back and forth between Brianna's and Stephan's viewpoint to give both of their perspectives.
Overall though, I am fascinated with this series and look forward to its continuation. NEED ends on a cliffhanger, so I'll be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book.
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