Meredith’s Awakening by Sierra and VJ Summers
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Mistletoe
Tony Renatto has worked five long years to make himself worthy of the beautiful, untouchable Meredith Worthington. He knows the truth—beneath her icy demeanor hides a fiery woman who deserves love. A woman he’s dying to break free.
Growing up with an abusive father and a brother who condemned her sexuality taught Meredith not to trust anyone. There’s no room in her life for a man like Tony, whose presence threatens her hard-won independence. Without it, Meredith is afraid she’ll fall apart.
Tony knows what his ice princess needs, even if she doesn’t. He’ll shatter her control with all the dark, forbidden things she craves. He’ll power into her soul by way of her body and teach her to trust again, even if that means pushing past her every sexual boundary. Tony loves Meredith, and he won’t stop until she’s free.
From the first and only night Tony has with Meredith, he knows she's the one but life has other plans for them and before he gets the chance to claim her she's whisked away out of his life. Their lives may be worlds apart but he has never forgotten her nor has he given up. When life gives him a second chance, so many years later, he's not one to waste it. Only this time he's met with a whole different person. The beautiful and trusting Meredith he knew no longer exists and a cold and distant woman has replaced her. Hopefully his love and understanding will bring the woman he fell so hard for back.
I enjoyed the storyline of this book but found the characters lacking, and a bit one dimensional. Tony's a good Dom but it seemed as if he took Meredith, a person who barely knows anything about the lifestyle, and instead of gradually introducing her to D/s he throws her into the deep end. She has feelings and enjoys the things that they do but I had a hard time seeing her do a complete 360 every time Tony wanted to do something more to her. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is extremely hot and consensual but it just seemed that Meredith acted out of character. She loves Tony and what he does to her body so much that she allows him to not only push past her boundaries but to blast them all to smithereens. It's as if doing this somehow fixes all that has hurt or gone wrong for Meredith in her past.
As this is the second book in the trilogy I'm hoping the unresolved questions involving the very reason for the near ending of Meredith and Tony’s relationship are answered in the next book. I liked watching Meredith begin to trust Tony and give herself to him and found myself hoping he could be the one to bring her back to the trusting and loving person she used to be. Even though this book may not be a top pick for me it was a hot read that many will enjoy.