Author: RE Hargrave
Series: The Divine Trilogy #3
Genre: BDSM, Erotica Romance
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Audiobook Release Date: April 6, 2017
🎂🍸🎂Happy Birthday Jayden!🎂🍸🎂Summary:
***2015 FINALIST for BDSM Writers Con Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM Novel of the Year***
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? Is life that easy?
Jayden Masterson first opened his playroom to Catherine—a provocative Irish beauty with a penchant for pain—and then his heart to her everyday persona, Erin. For him, life has never been more perfect . . . Or more confusing.
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.
The travesties of Erin's past still haunt her, and as the couple move forward in their merging relationship, they must now cope with the physical damage left behind by her abuser.
Catherine and her Master have a lot to learn—about each other, and about themselves. If Jayden and his jewel can overcome the challenges they'll face on the next leg of their journey, their ending just might be . . . Surreal.
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***
Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom—she thinks. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final limits and fantasies will be realized. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?
While Catherine faces dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden finds his own inner strength being tested. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others?
To Serve is Divine #1
Original Review for eBook/Print Version July 2013:
I really enjoyed this first installment of the Divine Trilogy. I would've liked to have had a little more detail into Catherine's horrifying time with her previous Dom but we still learn enough to understand her hard-limits and why she's been away from the lifestyle for awhile. I really enjoy the chemistry between Jayden and Catherine as well as Micah. Can't wait for the next one.
A Divine Life #2
Original Review for eBook/Print Version August 2013:
This was a perfect 2nd installment for the Divine Trilogy. I didn't really think it possible but this is even sexier than the 1st book. Erin's limits are tested as is the relationship between her and Jayden. We learn a little more of her past with the despicable Spencer through a flashback/memory. Even though the time frame is considerably shorter than what was covered in the 1st book, I think that both characters actually grow and discover more, not only of each other but themselves as well. We're also introduced to a few new characters and others that are "expanded" on, which in my opinion only heightens both Erin and Jayden's places in the Dom/Sub atmosphere. I am eagerly awaiting for book 3.
Original Review for eBook/Print Version March 2015:
I'm not going to say too much in my review, as I don't want to risk giving anything away. Now, I will say that I think this is a perfect way for this series to end, if it must end. It's like seeing a story come full circle as well as the characters involved. I think we finally get to see just how far Catherine has really traveled. Throughout the series, we've seen Catherine blossom but in Surreal, she becomes the Rose Parade. We are always learning and growing in life and this is a great example of how even Jayden, who is so confident in his role as Dom, can still be taught a few things. If you're looking for a true story that involves the BDSM lifestyle, than this is the one for you. In my opinion, 50 Shades doesn't hold a candle to RE Hargrave's Divine Trilogy.
Domestic engineer. Author. Burgeoning editor. And quite possibly certifiable. Believing every story can shine bright with a bit of tenacious tough love, R.E. Hargrave is thorough and to the point. An international bestselling author, she takes storytelling and manuscript polishing seriously, working with her authors and on her own creations to ensure they come to life, crawling from the pages and into the reader’s souls.
Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX and is married to her high school sweetheart; together they are raising three children. A native 'mutt,' she has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal, to the erotic and horrific—on location in South Carolina and Texas.
Surreal Life #3
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