Erotic, arresting, and as deeply distressing as it is sensual, this story is brazen in its depiction of D/s. It gets to you through its uncomfortable intensity rather than complex plot twists, but Ms. Joseph has a magnetic talent with words. Despite the heavy doses of rough sex, it is meaty for a peddler of its type. If the taboo explicitness was moved behind the curtain, the psychological elements alone could carry the story.There aren't any breath-catching moments of sappy relief for the reader, as the characters develop--softening and hardening--they push you well past your comfort zone. And it's all the better because of it. The plot loses none of its tension as the pages turn.This is a raw and defiant piece of work, one of the best in dark, gritty BDSM romance. Ms. Joseph creates an assault on the libido, one that will leave you feeling both filthy and aroused. The sex scenes and characters practically tug at your girly bits with ironclad clamps, and you'll beg for more despite yourself.