08 February 2015

Safe Words (Safe Words #1) by Drury Jamison

  After years of alcohol and promiscuous sex, Detective Eleanor Silver is not the cop or the person she wanted to be. New doors and new worlds open up when the murders of sexually dominant women, involved in the world of BDSM, lead her to Dr. Anderson Wells. A psychologist and sexual submissive, Anderson offers to be her guide. They soon find themselves exploring on more intimate levels. He sees in her, the strong and forceful woman he craves. She sees in him, a man strong enough to surrender control.

As he escorts her into the world of kink parties, leather corsets and safe words she flourishes, becoming the kind of woman she never dreamed. Even as they become closer, both as lovers and as Dominant and submissive, new murders and his own lie make Anderson a suspect and then the target of a cop looking to clear his own name.

Events and passions collide with bite marks, pretty underwear and murder in a world where cops may be killers and lovers may hold whips. Eleanor Silver has to let go of her pain to claim for herself the life she wants and risk everything to save the man she loves.
This is a very interesting book in that it is kind of a hodgepodge of genres. It is a mystery, BDSM, law enforcement, romance novel.  Even though this novel contained many elements to initially attract me to it, it took me quite a while to get into this book. I think it was mostly because the main character was so hard to like and relate to at first.  Once she stopped denying herself happiness and started reaching for the things in life that she wanted I was able to really sink into the story.

This is one of those stories that is made for a TV show like Criminal Minds or something like that.  It has a few likely suspects and a bunch of twisting inter-related plot lines. It was a little disconcerting and annoying at first because things seemed like extra details and noise that was not needed, until everything converged in the end.  The epilogue was one of the best I have ever read it really helped to finalize all of the plot lines and give us a glimpse into the future of all of the characters, I was left feeling content and happy.

While it took me a while to really sink into this story I am glad that I stuck it out and was able to see the progression and maturation of all of the characters.  I really liked this story and actually would love to see it made into a movie because it really is an amazing story of one woman’s journey to find love and self-acceptance.


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