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Published by Ellora's Cave on 2013-04-12
Reviewed by Vanessa
Five years ago, a terrible betrayal tore Roman and Savannah apart. Roman's burgeoning interest in the world of BDSM and his desire to master Savannah led them deep into the heart of sexual fetish. A weekend at the house of a high-powered Dom was supposed to be the next step in the exploration of their Dominant/submissive relationship, but when their host convinces Roman to turn Savannah over to him for training, their love is stretched beyond the breaking point. Savannah-believing Roman has given her away forever-flees, but not before suffering at the hands of the sadistic Dom. Roman knows nothing of what she's endured, believing Savannah left him because of his desires. When they meet again five years later, they must decide whether lies will continue to keep them apart, or if what they had is enough to rekindle a once-in-a-lifetime love. Inside Scoop: This story contains descriptions of nonconsensual sexual acts, hard-core BDSM play and graphic violence.
Savannah and Roman shared a past relationship five years before. However, after experiencing more than just a bit of “play”, they split up. There was a horrible betrayal that left more than physical scars on Savannah, and now she has crossed paths with Roman, her betrayer. Can Savannah and Roman work through the past to find their HEA, or will Savannah continue to find her own means of dealing with that experience?
Betrayed by Love was a dark book that needed a bit more fleshing out for me. I still can NOT get past that form of betrayal. It would seem that Roman should not have trusted a stranger with Savannah in a relationship that has trust as the very foundation. At the core of Roman’s betrayal, for me, seemed to be the fact that what he did was a selfish act cloaked in unselfishness. However, he wanted more than just a bit of bedroom play, he seemed to want a lifestyle of BDSM and didn’t tell Savannah that either. He seemed too trusting of the guy who broke Savannah and all too willing to hand her over to him in that situation in Betrayed by Love.
I could understand the duplicity involved in Betrayed by Love, but the ramifications that she now deals with daily….will she ever heal? There needed to be more on that than the simple love will conquer all ending. At times, I felt that his betrayal was treated more like being impolite than what it truly was. Betrayed by Love just didn’t work for me.