Deep in the Woods by Annabel Joseph
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (126 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe
Sophie finally finds the courage to reenter the Atlanta BDSM scene after extricating herself from an abusive relationship. At a local munch, she meets Dave, a funny, laid-back erotic photographer. When she sees him again later at a dungeon, Sophie is surprised by her strong attraction, and nervous about starting a new relationship, but Dave eases her fears. They embark on a sexy, thrilling D/s relationship and Sophie finds healing and fulfillment in Dave’s arms.
But Sophie is still haunted by nightmares of her past. On a dark night in the woods with Dave and his friend Ryan, frightening memories overtake her. She knows that in order to move on, she must uncover the tragedy that haunts her subconscious.
Sophie’s quest for answers brings her face-to-face with her previous tormentor. She finds herself once more in the deep woods, not only fighting for answers…but also for her life.
This story was a very intense read full of emotion and depth. From the first time Dave sees Sophie he knows that he must meet her, but Sophie is just coming off of an abusive relationship and is very wary about men. As Dave and Sophie begin a tentative relationship the reader is treated to an interesting read. The love that the two feel for each other shines right off of the pages.
Sophie is a strong woman. She endures many hardships and even though she is still working through some things, she still strives for happiness. Dave is a smart and honest man who loves with all his heart. He is a Dom and loves to play hard but he always watches his subs and makes sure that they are safe. As Dave and Sophie play he is always watching and aware of her reactions and emotions, making him the good Dom that he is. I enjoyed reading about the deep connection that Dave and Sophie had, it was a wonderful read. It was also nice to see Sophie going to a therapist throughout this book showing the reader that one can get through abuse and continue to get better. The author takes a serious look at what happens to people who are abused and what happens after.
Annabel Joseph does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into her world and keeping them entertained all the way through to the end. Add in the over-protectiveness of Dave’s dog Cerberus, whom I loved and you have a great read that should not be missed. My only comment would be that readers should be aware that this story contains some very strong BDSM play that may be a bit much for some. However, I enjoyed this book and will be sure to watch for new work from this author.