11 January 2015

Surreal by R.E. Hargrave

Catherine O'Chancey is a young submissive who has found her happily ever after with a man far better than she’d ever dreamed.

Or has she? When does life ever work out so conveniently?

Jayden Masterson first opened his playroom to Catherine, a provocative Irish beauty with a penchant for pain. Then he opened his heart to her everyday persona, Erin. For him, life has never been more perfect, or more confusing, since he's comfortable as a Dominant but still finding his way as a lover and equal partner. Jayden is also learning that he can't protect his jewel from everything—nor should he. Some battles she must fight on her own.

Erin's past still haunts her, and as the couple move forward in their merging relationship, they must cope with the physical damage left behind by her abuser.

Catherine and her Master still have a lot to learn about each other, and about themselves. If Jayden and his jewel can overcome the challenges they face on the next chapter of their journey, their ending just might be . . . Surreal.
The time has come for the end of this trilogy and I don’t mind saying, this is one of the hardest reviews I have had to write.  How do you put into words the love that has grown as we watched Jayden and Erin start out as broken souls and evolve into the people they become in this book Surreal?  The author has proven that with the right person, love and acceptance, you can bloom into the person you were meant to be all along and soar to heights that not even you could dream possible. 
So many times I was speechless as I tried to wrap my brain around the fact that the Jayden and Erin in Surreal were the same two characters in the first book.  Their love and devotion for each other healed the many fractures of their hearts and sealed a future with each other. They reached out to others in need in this book and showed them the same caring acceptance that they had found in each other. 
While we get to see weddings and new adventures for the two, the author also gave us a view into their future as husband and wife and what life had waiting in the wings to offer them.  The description and use of words by RE not only brought this story to life, it made the reader feel they were part of the scenes.  From the breath of Jayden on Erin’s neck, to the tender touch he offered her with praise and approval.  The trust that Erin had formed with Jayden to follow his lead and ask no questions brought a sense of peace to me like no other character could do.      
Their lifestyle and choices will not be understood by the majority of society, but with the authors talent and acceptance to let the characters lead her, she made it clear to us that this was not only their desired lifestyle, this is what made them the lovable people they are.  I challenge you to find two other characters that complete each other like Jayden and Erin.
The reading was so smooth and consistent it was the kind of experience that you forget the time and just feel the story.  As I have mentioned the characters have always been well developed but by this third book they had become friends and you felt you were on the journey with them.  Even the support cast all held valuable roles in the plot and became real to the reader.  While this trilogy isn’t for everyone, if you love reading a BDSM theme you will love this set of books.  The Divine Trilogy is not only beautifully written it is a fairy tale romance come true, with real life interruptions and passion to deep to be able to describe. 

When Jayden Masterson–a gentleman Dom with a taste for perfection–meets a submissive with a mysterious past and a natural desire to submit, he can’t resist the spark that ignites inside him. He wants to learn everything about Catherine O’Chancey; not just the intricacies of her body, but her mind as well. But does she want the same? Can Catherine stand up to her past and find the right Dom who can make her feel alive again?

To Serve is Divine (Book One of The Divine Trilogy): Amazon Kindle


A year has passed since Jayden Masterson collared his first submissive, Catherine O’Chancey. To celebrate, Jayden has orchestrated a special day for his jewel: one during which her final fantasies will be realized and his own inner strength tested. Are these two ready to move beyond just Master and submissive? Can they set aside their fears to tell each other the truth at last?

A Divine Life (Book Two of The Divine Trilogy): Amazon Kindle

R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.
A native 'mutt,' Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but its anybody's guess as to what the genre will be!

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