Monday, May 26, 2014

Reflection

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Reflection
By Elene Sallinger
ISBN: 9781492601036
May 6, 2014
Sourcebooks Casablanca, Erotic Romance
TP/$12.99 US


Elene Sallinger is known for providing an emotional perspective of the BDSM genre as well as seat-squirming scenes. Sallinger excels at exploring the psychology behind BDSM and explaining the emotional need behind her character’s deepest, darkest desires.

Reflection is the much-anticipated second novel from award-winning author Elene Sallinger. Reflection brings us inside the life of Claire’s intriguing best friend Bridget, whose encounter with sexy artist Connor leads to a life-altering and emotionally wrought, (and steamy) journey of sex, and self-discovery.


My Personal Review

I have to say that I read this book without reading the first in the series (Awakening) but I am definitely going back to read that first one after reading this! Not that I felt this couldn't be read as a standalone, cause I did. I didn't really feel like I was missing out on anything in this story however, you really don't know what you're missing without having the experience right?

With that being said I have to say that I really liked the storyline for this read. We have Bridget who is a Southern gal who has all the strength and independence that a woman can have but uses it to mask the insecurities she also harbors due to her upbringing and some experiences she has had. Then there is Connor who loves to be immersed in art and has a talent for it but due to some tragic events in his past he keeps it more as a hobby for himself & chooses to work a low key job that will cover his bills.

Bridget and Connor literally bump into each other one day at a park and there is an immediate attraction. It's not so easy to tell at first, since Bridget's reaction is a little more on the angry side, but we soon discover that it's just a protective shield that's been put in place and she isn't always able to prevent that from coming up. Connor can't stop thinking about her and Bridget, she feels bad for how she reacted & can't stop thinking about him. They soon run into one another again in their workplace, which happens to be the same place.

They begin seeing one another and through their relationship they both begin to learn a lot about themselves. Connor knows that Bridget is a woman that he wants to get to know better and he works to gain her trust so she will let her guard down. Bridget finds that she feels comfortable with Connor, and safe which is a big thing for her. Together they discover each other’s guarded past and, in their own ways, try to help exorcise each other’s demons. Connor opens Bridget's eyes to new views on the things in her past and while it takes her some time to accept and incorporate his views in with hers, she is able to let her guard down with him more than she has with anyone. In turn Bridget tries to help Connor see his potential and that it's something that shouldn't be hidden but he's a little more resistant to her views until he's put in a position where he has to face them if he wants them to ultimately be together.

There are some erotic scenes in the book but the story is really more about 2 people that find their true selves again while helping each other mend. 

Get your copy of Reflections now & while you're at it get Awakening also!


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About the Author

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Elene Sallinger first caught the writing bug in 2004 after writing and illustrating several stories for her then four-year-old daughter. Her writing career has encompassed two award-winning children’s stories, a stint as a consumer-education advocate, as well as writing her debut novel, Awakening – a novel of erotic fiction that won the New Writing Competition at the Festival of Romance 2011.

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I was provided with an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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