Sunday, December 12, 2010
When I first saw the self-advertisement for Shiloh Walker's BEG ME, I was intimidated by the subject matter. But after reading the reviews, I couldn't help it - I had to read it for myself. The book deals with a heroine who lost her husband Kyle, was raped and now believes she can take back her sexuality, which includes extreme fantasy, by sharing it with a man she can fully trust. She turns to Drake, Kyle's best friend and now her primary support system.
In its most basic form, BEG ME is a story of a woman finding the strength to take the power back in her life. Because Tania and Kyle's intimate relationship involved rough sexual role-play, the rape leaves her feeling as if even her sexual relationship with Kyle was wrong and that her inner desires are dirty. The story quickly shifts as the heroine begins to take back her life, not only the power of her sex life, but the power to love again.
Aware Drake has the same type of sexual preferences, Tania asks for his help. Though Drake questions if he can give Tania what she needs to heal while not losing his own soul, he cares for her and is willing to give her what she wants. Tania doesn't realize how much she's asking from Drake but as they cross that moral line, they come to some realizations about each other and their relationship changes forever.
This was an emotionally charged book. Walker does an exquisite job of exposing the heroine's psyche, allowing the reader to view the story through her eyes. Even though the sexual encounters did not appeal to me, I enjoyed the emotional thread woven throughout the book. Tania finds the strength to fight back with the help of a man willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. Is there anything more real, more beautiful than that? It's because of these messages - strength, sacrifice and love - that I recommend BEG ME. It is in a category all by itself.
Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers.
I give BEG ME 4 chocolate-dipped strawberries.
This review originally posted at The Romance Reviews: