Monday, July 8, 2013

REVIEW: Slave by Sherri Hayes

Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.  As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.
Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.
Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.
Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?


"So do you want to tell me what's up?"

"I will in a minute," he said, looking over my shoulder. His behavior gave me a negative feeling. "Do you know what you want, Stephan?"

"Yes. I come here all the time."

"Good." He sounded relieved.

And then Kelly was there asking for orders.

As soon as she left, I raised my eyebrow in question, but he ignored me. "You're still running the family business, I see."

"Yes," I said, not sure what he was getting at. I doubted it had anything to do with why he’d called me. "I'm still head of The Coleman Foundation, but since it's a not-for-profit, I'm not sure you could say it's the family business."

He waved it away. "Same thing."

I waited, but he didn't continue so I decided to play along. "You're still consulting?"

Daren released a sharp breath. "Yeah." He leaned toward me. "Are you still looking to collar a sub?"

So that's what this was about? "If I find the right one, yes." I noticed shoulders relax, and he sat back a little. "What does that have to do with anything?" I asked, truly confused.

The subject that I did not currently have a submissive came up in conversation last month at the party. I hadn't played with anyone in the last six months. No one had struck my fancy, and most of them reminded me too much of Tami.

Daren had been with his submissive, Gina, since college. They were well matched in likes and dislikes and were much more open in their relationship than I personally preferred. I did not share my submissives, nor did I play with others when in a relationship. Many did, like Daren and Gina, but I’d never found it to be appealing. What was mine was mine.

Kelly came back with our drinks, so Daren waited for her to leave again before answering. "Because I found a girl for you."

"Daren," I warned, shaking my head. This was another no on my list. I didn't enjoy being set up. Logan, I best friend, and his girl, Lily, had tried to set me up more times than I could count. I wasn't interested.

"Hear me out. She needs your help."

This aroused my curiosity. "What you mean she needs my help?"

"I know how much you like to help people, Stephan. I mean, look at what you do."

I was in complete disbelief. "Helping fund medical care for those can't afford it is a little different than taking on a submissive. Is she already a trained sub? She's looking for Dom?"

"She's a slave."

A slave. I didn't have a problem that, fundamentally. It was complete power exchange. Slaves gave up all control of their lives, their bodies, to their Master or Mistress. Some women, and even some men, choose to be slaves. For most slaves it was a comfort to have someone else make the decisions in their lives for them, to give up complete control to someone else. That didn't sound like the case here if she needed my help.

"Okay," I said, drawing out the word, still not quite sure where Daren was going with this.

"I was a party Saturday night. She was there. Her name is Brianna, and she belongs to Ian Pierce."

I knew of Ian solely by reputation. I’d never met personally. He was well-known in the community, from what I heard, he was in pain and humiliation. And he already had a slave. "What happened to his other one?"

"Oh, she's still there. Alex was at the party as well. Brianna is a new acquisition."

"You don't think she wants to be?"

"No," he said firmly. "I don't."

Excerpt taken from Sherri Hayes blog site LINK

My Review - 5 Stars!!!

I came across Slave by accident while doing a general search for a book. I have never been more surprised by a book cover, title or content then by Slave. Sherri Hayes is truly a gifted writer and has mastered her craft brilliantly Don't let the cover of this book deter you as it is the beginning to a beautiful love story just unfolding. Take a chance and dive right in you will not regret it.

Slave is an emotional love story with just a splash of mystery and suspense.

This BDSM book is unlike any I have read before. Stephan's and Brianna's story is one of a kind and is not based on sex but more about the building of trust and the rebuilding of a broken spirit. Sherri puts such depth and emotion into her characters that you can't help but lose yourself in the story. I immediately fell in love with Stephan's strong dominant character and his need to rescue and care for Brianna. My heart just ached for Brianna. You can truly feel just how much she has been broken. Stephan however is there to guide her and return to her the life that was so viciously stolen. Stephan and Brianna have many challenges ahead to face as they begin to learn and teach each other; Brianna how to survive in the world no longer a slave and Stephan how to love and patiently wait for that love in return.

I really enjoyed how Sherri Hayes folded in the BDSM theme as a tool to aid in Brianna's mental recovery. I cannot wait to read the continuation of their story in the second book titled Need and look forward to the story continuing.

Meet the Author

"Sherri is the author of five novels, Hidden Threat, Slave (Finding Anna, Book 1), Behind Closed Doors (A Daniels Brothers Novel), Need (Finding Anna, Book 2), Red Zone (A Daniels Brothers Novel), and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn't start writing them down until six years ago. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she's not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop."

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