Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BELIEVE by Lauren Dane

Sequel to Second Chances
Carina Press
December 6th, 2010
BDSM Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by self-purchase


Rori has moved on after her late husband’s death with her childhood sweetheart, Jude, who is a man who loves her one hundred percent. But Jude has one tiny issue to deal with and for their first Christmas together, he wants to start new traditions with his love, Rori. So when she loves the idea of going away to a secluded cabin with him, he hopes this is but the first step in finally laying Zach to rest and maybe just find the way to having what he wants more than anything-Rori to belong to him body, heart and soul.

When I first read Second Chances, I was eager to find out if these two characters would get a chance to have their own story told completely. I was thrilled to see that Ms. Dane didn’t disappoint with her follow-up in BELIEVE. This is all about Jude and Rori and that is what makes this so special. Their love, commitment and finding ways to make some new memories of their own moved me to tears at times. Jude has watched Rori become a woman who has dealt with a tragic loss, found her way back and is grateful for the second chance she took on him but Rori wants to show Jude she is his in every way.

BELIEVE is about second chances, love and trying to find your way in a relationship that has ghosts that haunt you. Ms. Dane captures Rori and Jude in all their glory-vulnerabilities and all perfectly in BELIEVE and I loved how they talked frankly on the D/s lifestyle and some funny moments concerning characters you met in Second Chances had a smile on my face.

Ms. Dane delivers a beautiful written story of two people finding their way, of falling in love and looking toward the future instead of clinging to the past. What really got to me was how committed these two were to one another. Jude and Rori loved one another completely and when the scene with the new Tattoo Rori got for him, it made me blush and smile wider. Ms. Dane is a masterful storyteller who knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats and eager for more. You don’t have to read Second Chances to understand this one but I highly recommend you do just to see how these two wonderful characters get together again. Though I do want to mention there are several scenes on D/s lifestyle that may not appeal to everyone here in this story. Lauren Dane crafts complex and strong characters in her stories and in BELIEVE we find Rori may be a sub in the bedroom but outside that she is no pushover, which is what I love about these two. Sizzling D/s scenes keep the heat factor on boiling so I hope you have a bag of ice nearby to cool you down afterwards.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.


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