Slave: Finding Anna
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House [link to buy]
Rating: 2 out of 5 Paddles
Stephan is a wealthy and powerful Dominant who has been in the lifestyle for years. When he learns from a friend that a young woman is being held against her will and forcibly trained as a slave by a vile sadistic man, he realizes he has to help her. The only way to get her away from her abusive Master is to buy her. So, ignoring his disgust at the thought of buying a woman, he plays the role necessary to gain her release. Once he meets Brianna, he realizes that the abuse has broken her and vows to do whatever is necessary to help her.
As a reviewer, there are books that are easy to review. Was the story good? Easy to read and enjoy? Great! Give it a good rating. Then there are books that aren’t so clear cut. This book falls into the latter category. I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me quickly into the story. Learning what Brianna has been through, reading how she reacts to things the rest of us just take for granted, your heart goes out to her. You understand Stephan’s frustrations as he attempts to help her. I enjoyed the hints of chemistry between the characters even while they are dealing with major problems. I really appreciate that Ms Hayes didn’t try to make Brianna “recover” in a single chapter like some books I’ve read.
The book is told in first person. That is not my preferred style. Yet, Ms Hayes managed it well. The parts are clearly defined so as not to be confusing and I quickly adjusted. Once I reached the end of the book, I think the story would have lost something if she’d written it in third person.
I enjoyed “Slave: Finding Anna Book1″ but, there are some pretty big issues. For this book, the classification is inappropriate. It is labeled as erotica, yet there was no sex in the entire book. It is positioned as a BDSM book. While I do believe you need to be familiar with Master/slave relationships to understand the story, there was no overt BDSM in this book. Despite that, based on the ending of this book, I suspect Book 2 will easily fall into those categories, so I assume that this is a series classification more than the book itself. I know I would be unhappy to read a book classified as a regular story. Then come to find out, the rest of the series is under a classification I do not have any interest in reading.
My biggest hurdle was that I didn’t realize this book is not a stand alone. When I hit the end of the book, I literally had to ask other readers if that really was the end. I kept hoping someone would tell me my copy was missing the rest of the book so I could keep reading! Yet, while I usually prefer a nice bow on the end of my stories, I enjoyed this book so much, I am chomping at the bit for book 2!
I think your enjoyment of this book comes down to what you want out of it. If you are looking for immediate heat or a cleanly wrapped up “Happily Ever After”, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a book where you come to care about the well written characters with a story line that grabs you and carries you through the highs and lows of the story, then give this book a chance. Just know the following: 1. Yes, that really is the end of the book; 2. The next installment isn’t scheduled until Summer 2012; and lastly, 3. I’ve learned this story will span approximately 4 books total.
If I was rating this book based on the story, I would give it 4/5 stars. Nevertheless, on a site specifically for BDSM books, I have to give it 2/5 stars.
Side note: I am familiar with the BDSM lifestyle. I believe that each person should have the freedom to choose their kink, and level of intensity, without fear of recrimination from others. So, please, do not come after me for referring to a sadist as an abuser. In this case, he is definitely an abuser. Luckily, he is involved in very few scenes of this book.
Reviewed by Riane