Grand Central Publishing, November 2012
Obtained via: publisher
The cover for Marina Anderson’s HAVEN OF OBEDIENCE first grabbed this reader’s attention as it posed the question, Devoured Fifty Shades? Having read the Fifty Shades series and having loved the first book in the series, I decided to give the erotica title a read.
Natalie has a very successful career, but her love life is a disaster. She just can’t seem to keep a man. Her one close girlfriend comes back from a weekend retreat to The Haven, a sex club where people learn to find incredible pleasure through submission, a new woman with dates every night of the week and more sex than Natalie can imagine. She is both shocked and intrigued enough to sign up for the two-weekend package.
Marina Anderson’s HAVEN OF OBEDIENCE is erotica, plain and simple. What it has in common with FSOG is that both stories are meant for mature audiences. That about ends the commonality right there. Where FSOG is a romance with a dark edge that draws readers in with the way it shows its main characters’ vulnerabilities, HOO is the story of a lonely woman’s journey into the world of submission.
The main character, Natalie, is used to being in control and is surprised that she actually enjoys giving up that control in the bedroom. Sadly, there really is very little to Natalie for readers to make a connection with. This character is all about her own physical pleasure. Though there is a hint of romantic interest between Natalie and her trainer, it isn’t enough to carry the story or to get readers empathizing with either character.
That said; if you are a fan of erotica and are expecting a book filled with illicit sex acts, then HAVEN OF OBEDIENCE may be just what you are looking for. If however, the cover’s intimation that this book will appeal to fans of FSOG fooled you into picking it up, you are bound to be quite disappointed.
Reviewed by T. Barringer
"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."