When Molly loses her longtime Master, she feels lost, angry. Confused. She’s unsure of her future, even her calling to the BDSM lifestyle. She knows her Master always intended her to go to his friend Mephisto next, but their emotionally—and sexually—fraught history is still a confusion of desire and fear in her mind.
Mephisto wants to help Molly, but he doesn’t want to force her into service she’s not sure she wants. He owes it to Clayton to help her find happiness, but how? Molly and Mephisto advance and retreat from one another as they try to untangle their complex feelings for one another. More and more it seems their tense standoff will only end one way…
This 63K word novel contains consensual BDSM play, Master/slavery, sado-masochism, anal play, objectification, caging, and other consensual activities which some might find offensive.
Review by Brittany
I was told by Annabel to have tissues ready for this book, and while I didn’t cry, I was deeply saddened and had some very strong outbursts at the beginning…
Molly is a slave to her Master, Clayton. She has been for many years now. She lives to serve him, it not only pleases Master, but her as well. As you can guess, she’s just a pleasure slave.
At the end of books one and two, which are essentially the same, just written in different points of view, we see Clayton discussing with Mephisto, a good friend of his, what he would like for Molly if he were to pass tomorrow. He expressed his desire that Mephisto help Molly find whatever she wishes, whether it be a new Master or a vanilla lifestyle.
So, as you can probably guess, Clayton passes away. Here’s my reaction (along with my five-year-old brother who was sitting beside me as I read):
Me: Oh my God! He died!
Me: The guy in my book!
Caleb: Who? Shawn Dawson? (And you all know I love him)
Me: *laughs* Oh, god, no. Clayton. Clayton died.
I was very upset. I said to myself, “This is going to kill Molly.” And at first, she was deeply hurt. She was very upset, angry at the world. She came to the conclusion that she was sick, that Master’s were abusive and she was sick for enjoying it. She decided to try a vanilla relationship.
Yeah, guess how that turned out. So of course she fled right back to Mephisto, who she came to like after that one week two years ago when her Master left her with him when he went on a “business trip.”
I love Annabel Joseph. I was hooked from the very beginning of Club Mephisto. She enraptures you with the inside knowledge at the Master/slave lifestyle, the BDSM community, and the kinks that come out in the dark.
The way that Annabel writes, there is really no words for it. It’s elegant, which is the only way I can really describe it. It’s not big words and fancy talk, but it’s written in such a way, that it really lends something to the lifestyle that you’re reading about. And I bet that’s how these people really talk…elegantly, with sophistication, even though what they live for is anything but.
Annabel definitely threw a curveball near the end, something I was not expecting. Nothing bad, well, depending on your stance. I won’t tell you what happened, that’s for you to find out.
Five stars for Burn for You! This is definitely a new favorite series for me, one that I would recommend to those that REALLY enjoyed Fifty Shades, ones that really enjoy the darker (but not totally dark) side of romance.
About Annabel Joseph
Annabel Joseph is a NYT and USA Today bestselling BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real--even flawed--so readers are better able to relate to them.
Annabel publishes with Ellora's Cave and Loose Id in addition to her own imprint, Scarlet Rose Press. She also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the name Molly Joseph. You can sign up to receive Annabel's newsletter here: http://wordpress.us7.list-manage.com/...
Some of Annabel's favorite authors are Laura Kinsale, Judith McNaught, Jo Beverley, Flannery O'Connor, Molly Weatherfield, and Anneke Jacob.
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