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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Trap by Indigo Wren

The Trap by Indigo Wren
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, BDSM
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

There’s no escaping the man at the heart of his memories.

Three years ago, David and his college roommate, Ethan, were on the brink of unimaginable success, ready to revolutionize an industry and reap billions. Then David accidentally revealed the attraction he’d never wanted to feel, and certainly never meant Ethan to see. Mortified, he ran from everything that mattered—the fledgling company he’d helped to build, the bright future he’d worked to secure, and the man he couldn’t let himself want.

Now he’s built a new life for himself. So what if it’s not the one he hoped for? He’s learned to look only forward, and not to envy the success Ethan achieved without him. He’s even learned to cope with the nightmares. The panic attacks. The failed relationships with women.

When an opportunity arises to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime getaway to a private island resort, David never suspects a trap is about to be sprung. One where he’ll be forced to face the truths from which he’s been hiding—and the man from whom he’s never stopped running.

David Holmes is horrified to discover his vacation at a posh island paradise was carefully orchestrated by old friend and college roommate, Ethan Locke. Will the two men work through their misunderstandings and find their happily ever after?

When David abandoned Ethan on the eve of their business venture taking off, he relinquished all rights not only to the business but also their friendship. For the next three years, he found himself plagued with nightmares, panic attacks, and failed relationships with the women he has been dating. The island resort sounds like the perfect place to get away from yet another breakup and finally put the past to rest. When he discovers Ethan is behind the vacation, he is furious yet he allows Ethan to convince him to stay and try to resolve their relationship. Ethan knows David better than David knows himself. Dominant Ethan recognizes David’s submissive nature, and he is ready to assume control of their future. But is David ready to submit to Ethan?

The Trap by Indigo Wren is a well written novel that has a slow beginning but gains momentum about a quarter of the way through. The Trap is a character driven novel told through David’s point of view. His character is well developed, and readers gain an in depth understanding of what is going on inside his head. Ethan, on the other hand, is an enigma. While Ethan sees past the walls and barriers erected by David, he does not reveal much about himself. With Ethan’s careful probing and astute observations, David undergoes a great deal of introspection which brings to light some startling revelations.

The Trap is an enjoyable read. The slight BDSM theme of the novel mainly explores the Dominant/submissive nature of Ethan and David’s relationship with a little bondage and spanking experimentation. Ms. Wren does a superb job of explaining the Dominant/submissive relationship, and The Trap is the perfect book for readers who are new to the BDSM genre.

The Trap by Indigo Wren is a thoughtful and reflective book which is lightened by humor and friendship. David’s journey of self-discovery is engaging and leads to an uplifting and heartfelt ending.

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