Finding Anna Series #1
by Sherri Hayes
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House (July 2011)
Genre: Romance, Dark, Adult
Format: eBook (276 page)
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.
As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.
Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.
Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?
At A Glance
This was not what I expected, but in a good way.
I wanted to start with a preface. This book is not erotica since the main couple mostly just kiss, but I am pretty sure the series as a whole will be erotica.
So I got this book because I have seen a few people rave about it. By the title and cover I thought it was a dark erotica, and it was dark, but this book is about learning how to heal and trust after a trauma, not sex. Brianna has gone through the unimaginable at the hands of a sexual sadist. Her life is hell until Stephan comes along. She assumes, when he buys her, that Stephan will just be another horrible master. But he is kind, gentle, and understanding. And it confuses Brianna to no end. I felt so bad for her. She is in a state of constant confusion. When all you know is pain, even when people are nice to you, you expect the abuse to start again. I loved watching Brianna gain her stride back, slowly but surely. She really was an inspiration.
Stephan was such a good man. I didn’t always agree with his methods, but he always had the best intentions. He was so slow and gentle with Brianna but he still retained his dominant nature. He knew when to push Brianna and when to just be there for her as she broke down. If I was into the whole BDSM scene, I would want Stephan as my Dom.
This was such an emotional read. I mean, the FEELS! I almost cried so many times. My heart hurt a little after reading this book. I am just sad for the whole situation, but in a good way. I enjoyed the ride.
I did like the concept, but it felt unrealistic. I don’t know about slave/master mentality but if Stephan really wanted to help Brianna realize she is not a slave, then why did he keep her as a slave? A well treated slave, but a slave none the less. I think Brianna needed psychological help, not Stephan’s unorthodox methods of ‘fixing’ her.
The ending was kind of abrupt and unsatisfying. I expected more to happen, more resolution, and more progress.
You would think with the title that we would be getting some hot BDSM or something like that but no. Brianna and Stephan’s relationship is all about slow trust building, so Stephan does no more than kiss Brianna. However, there is some sexual scenes, especially with the horrible flashbacks that do show sexual assault. This is for an adult audience, but it’s not a very sexual book. Don’t read this to get your lady boner on. (OMG, I totally just said that)
I definitely enjoyed the book but I am not sure if I want to read book 2, only because I don’t want to get another non-ending. But I kind of need to see what is going to happen next. Arg! I am so conflicted. Recommended overall.
“I am giving you a choice, Brianna, and it is an important one. If you choose to wear this, you will be mine. Your needs, your wants, your well-being will belong to me. And you should know something else. I do not share. You will belong to me and only me for as long as you wear this.”
“I pulled her closer to me and tucked her head beneath my chin. She leaned in to me, and I thought I felt her release a small sigh. ”I would never let anything happen to you.”
“The Thought of buying a woman turned my stomach…..I couldn’t leave her there that was certain, not if she was there against her will.”
Joy @ Thoughts By J
The cover looks a little scary to me, and I couldn’t even tell that it was a slave/master book. I don’t agree with Stephan’s methods either, of course his weird intentions would confuse Brianna!
Yeah, the cover kinda creeps me out.
If it were me, I would wait until all the books are out. That way the non-ending would have to be resolved by the series ending book. It’s not my kind of read though so I’ll just enjoy this review and any others from this series you choose to do 😉 I liked the lady-boner quote…hilarious! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.
Yeah, I think you are right. I think most of the book are already out. I will have to read other’s reviews and see what’s up.
Non-endings scare me off too. But a bigger problem than that (for me) would be the I-want-to-help-you-not-need-to-be-enslaved-by-keeping-you-a-slave situation. Aside from flat characters, illogical premises are the hardest thing for me to reconcile while reading. I know that lots of people can breeze past it, pretending, but I cannot. I just sit there thinking, “this makes no sense,” over and over again. So yeah . . . probably a pass for me on this one, BUT excellent review 😉
Jessica @ Rabid Reads
LOL, I am in the middle, It bothers the crap out of me but I can also look past it and enjoy the book.
I have trouble with that whole slave thing. I can handle sub/dom better. Great review 🙂
Yeah, it is a tricky, scary subject for sure.
Maybe you could wait until all the books are released to finish the series, Jennifer? I don’t always like to wait (okay, most of the time) and a non-ending would probably piss me off. But if I liked the story, I’d read it through once it’s complete. But there’s also the issue of the unrealistic feel…hmm…maybe it is best to skip the rest. Nice review. 🙂
I know, I have been thinking about skipping it all together. There is just too many great books out there.
Ah yes I have a problem with non-endings stories too. I didn’t know this one I confess but I’m not sure it’s for me after reading your review. I’m glad you had a good time with it though.
Yeah, it is definitely for a certain audience.
This seems different than the usual master-slave books, but then again I’m impresses with Stephan. Helping her emotionally rather than making her sleep with him. I’m not really sure if I’ll pick up this book, but I’ll be watching out for your review on this series.
Still undecided if I will pick up the second book.
Woo for a dominant and caring dom. I have looked at this one more than once and like the sound of Stephan
I would be interested to see what you think.
Christy @ Love of Books
Lady boner – I just burst out laughing! That gave quite the visual.
I do enjoy a dark read… I might actually give this a try. Maybe after seeing where the second book goes.
Happy to hear that you are open to this one. It was good despite by gripes.