Monday 19 August 2013

Review: The Silver Chain by Primula Bond

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

Review: I'd not read any erotica for a while so I was very much looking forward to starting this one. It was nice to know that it as a part of a trilogy, that this was going to be the foundations for something more. I was worried that it would be the same generic formula as those others who have followed the fifty shade phenomenon but this was something quite different. Definitely a slow burner. I felt the start was pretty slow to get going and this meant I didn't get into it as quickly as I had hoped, but when I look at the book as a whole,  I realise that this was all part of this slow burn, that it was a lot of build up, plenty of foreplay before the main action took place.

Serena was quite a different character for me. I loved her profession as a photographer and thought that having her show as a sort of lynchpin in the book was a good asset to the storyline. I also like the fact that she wasn't entirely inexperience. She had had a boyfriend before and had moved herself to London for her art, this meant that she wasn't being totally shown the world by Gustav, the male lead. I thought that Gustav was interesting too. It was slightly predictable that he should have some sort of dark secrets in his closet, but this didn't take away from any of the enjoyment of the book.

The sex was definitely not the main thing in this story, there was a slight bondage/s&m quality to it, but it wasn't all riding crops and whips and indeed there was one scene in particular where the two of them completely rejected the leather and whips in favour of rolling around on the bed together. I really liked the ending of this book. I think ending on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of the storyline worked really well, and showed that this novel wasn't just about the sex scenes, there was a good a balance or erotica, romance and action.

My only complaint with the story was the amount that serenade bit her lip,nit really started to grate on me, I think it is something that is slightly overused in erotic fiction, and whenever a character does it in a book, I have to do it too, even though I would never otherwise do it. If you are a fan of erotic fiction this is definitely one you should read. It is a nice easy read and the sex scenes will definitely ease you in gently if this is not a genre you would usually pick up. I enjoyed the story, I love the cover and I definitely can't wait to find out what happens next...

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