Reviewed by Gitte
You know that feeling you get when you turn the last page of a book and think…huh, well that was not what I was expecting?! Well, I was immediately hooked on the stories and characters, however as the story progressed it turned into something completely different. So yeah, I have mixed feelings about this story. I really did enjoy it don’t get me wrong, but for want of a better expression I think Enthrall was confused as to what it wanted to be and the synopsis belies the story somewhat.
The writing was great, and it had well written characters. The storyline had humour, drama and some passionate moments. However, from about halfway through, the story lost its way, becoming rushed and all over the place at times. The anticipation and characters were built up and I think I was expecting something shocking or some big reveals that just never really came to fruition. Rather than having a boiling point, it just kind of simmered. I say this only because in my opinion this story could have been great, so it’s such a shame that it lost its fire, depth and detail.
We meet Mia who is a ‘virginal’ (…sigh…) twenty-one year old aspiring fashion designer. A job opening comes up which she can’t afford not to apply for as she is paying off a family debt. The salary is beyond anything she could ever imagine.
“Having taken me in after my dad died, Lorraine had saved me from life on the streets, and now it was my turn to save her.” – Mia
The job role is secretary to Enthrall’s Assistant Director. Enthrall is a fetish club for the rich and powerful and Mia is intrigued though very apprehensive and slightly mortified at what goes on there.
“We banish pain with pain.” – Cameron
Mia’s friend used to work for Enthrall, so she prepares Mia for the interview with the in-house dominatrix’s.
“These women specialized in the darker side of sex. If I wanted to work here I’d have to prove I could handle whatever they threw at me.”…..”I’d looked like a scared schoolgirl. I’d blown the whole thing.” – Mia
Mia was quite a refreshing heroine, despite the whole twenty something year old virgin theme which is just getting too repetitive in current fiction. She has a vulnerability which is balanced by her strength and humour. She is naïve yes, but endearingly so, mostly. She’s also quite feisty at times when she needs to be.
“You’re naïve.” – Richard
“I’m not.” – Mia
“You are, Mia. I’ve been sat here for the last ten minutes watching you with that ice-cream and you have no idea how arousing it is.” – Richard
“You’re a pervert. You all are.” – Mia
“Oh Mia…You have no idea.” – Richard
Her boss, the enigmatic Richard, is Enthrall’s main dominant. He’s gorgeous, loaded and very much closed off. Broken and damaged by a mysterious past which we learn about from snippets, as well as from his best mate Cameron who is a psychologist and Enthrall’s Director.
There’s an immediate connection between Mia and Richard. She wants him, though she’s quite frightened by what that entails. Mia’s not afraid to explore though but she has a fight on her hands.
“Nothing good can come from falling in love with a man who’s incapable of loving you back.” – Mia
Now, as for Cameron, he too is very intriguing and I have to say, I preferred him to Richard and he was my favourite bit about this story. I really loved his character’s intensity and the mystery surrounding him. At times I wondered about Richard and Cameron’s relationship, but that never turned out to be what I expected.
Cameron and Richard are extremely close and we slowly find out why. I have to say I love the power of their friendship. Cameron was an integral reason for why I enjoyed Enthrall, so in a way I guess I just didn’t quite get it. Again, I’ll probably be in the minority here.
Overall, I did enjoy Enthrall, it was good but it could have been great. Unfortunately the synopsis makes this book out to be something it wasn’t in my opinion. It was more like a light romance with an element of strong kink, some angst and quite a bit of humour. I did like it enough though to pick up the second book in this series, no doubt about it. I want some more Cameron!
Gitte: 3.5 Stars
ARC Supplied by author in exchange for an honest review
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