Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon (twitter: @RdotSpoon)
Genre: Romance… with a little murder… and a lot of BDSM.
Rating 4/5 stars
TW: Assault, murder, blood (all in the beginning)
I am generally not a fan of romance books especially ones that involve BDSM. I blame 50 Shades of Grey for this. It always feels like there’s a lack of consent in these books, an uncomfortable feeling that the female main character feels like she can’t say no without upsetting the male MC or ending the relationship.
After seeing so much hype around this book and seeing a rave recommendation from The Book Voyagers on Twitter, I decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed.
HAVEN follows Claudia and Shep, two strangers who are thrust into each other’s lives after Claudia and her brother are the target of a pair of serial killers. After saving her life, Shep finds that he can’t quite get her out of his mind… and Claudia is feeling the same. Claudia comes back to the mountain, and to Shep, looking for closure on a terrible part of her life but ends up getting more than she bargained for.
This book is filled to the brim with consent, witty banter, and a woman who takes no shit off any man- dom or not. Too many of these BDSM stories play out with the woman taking whatever the man dishes out (sexually, emotionally, and otherwise) but Weatherspoon has created two characters that understand you can be dominate and submissive without letting that part of your life completely overtake you. I’ve read BDSM stories where the female MC has a smart mouth and the “dom” feels he has to break her of that and by the end of the story, the female MC is a completely different person. That doesn’t happen here. Claudia is sexy, witty, and a complete and utter smartass from start to finish and Shep loves every minute of it.
If you’re looking for a sexy BDSM romance that isn’t over the top with whips and chains, this is the book for you.