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    Truly Exceptional

    Another fine Hill-esque example of hidden pain but also, hidden depth in individuals, and how *not* to rely on first impressions. And it all evolves in a very layered story that slowly allows the reader into the pain that molded the man. The gradual unveiling is extremely effective in helping a reader embrace the seemingly unembraceable man that is Marius. And it makes one appreciate the individuals who have the gift of seeing the rose amongst the thorns; in this case Tyler (The Man!) Winterman, Marguerite, and of course, Regina. As a reader, I appreciate a strong female Heroine, be she submissive or Dominant in nature. Regina stands out on the page as a confidently Dominant woman who does not compromise any aspect of her life, including the man with whom she can share it completely. And even though Marius struck that chord, and even though she went all-in to reach the man at the core, she knew she could, and would, walk away intact if he would not see himself. Marius is a power sub. To the core. Like Regina, he is a 3-D character and as is the case in most of Ms. Hill's books, being a consumer of the story is like being a fly on the wall of the lives therein. Investment in Marius' journey is a given...said the spider to the fly...and to watch this truly gentle man-at-heart find himself; find a way to understand himself, is a thing of beauty. Life was harsh for him, people were harsh to him, and no one was harder on Marius than Marius himself. Time, patience and a supremely confident Dominant gave him the security to accept what his past had dealt him, but more importantly, to accept and embrace what his future could hold if he believed himself deserving. I really loved this journal-of-life, and it more than merits in place among the stories that show us "The Nature of Desire".
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    Whips and Chains and Ball-Gags... OH MY!!!

    Once again, Hill proves why she is "top of the heap" in her genre. Truly Helpless was about so much more than a Dom and her Sub. It was about being vulnerable and baring your soul, thus allowing someone else to see all of your torment and pain and the stark ugliness that lurks deep within. It was about unconditional acceptance of not only someone else but of self, as well, flaws and all. It was about being taken right to the edge of your limits (not just your sexual ones) and then discovering that, once you release your fears, you could push beyond those self-imposed boundaries and become so much more than you ever thought you could be. It was about learning to trust and the healing power of love. Marius and Lady Regina were both extremely complex and multi-dimensional characters. I like how their many "layers" are peeled back slowly, allowing the reader to savor each new level of their persona that is exposed. I especially liked the moment and circumstances that brought Marius to realize that he was not "a monster". That scene had me crying as piteously as a newborn kitten for its mother. It was written so well, that I felt Marius' cumbersome burden lift and flow away. I felt the light flood back in, reaching to illuminate even the darkest recesses of his tortured soul. It has been a very long time, since I connected so intimately with a character. At the conclusion of the scene, I felt as emotionally wrung out as Marius appeared to also be. I had to step away, have a cup of hot tea and decompress... all because of a BOOK CHARACTER'S palpable emotions!... which is a testament to the absolute brilliance of Hill's writing and why she is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to bring characters to life is second to none. The heat level in this book was OFF THE CHARTS! I mean: Whips and Chains and Ball-Gags... OH MY!!! I had never read anything with such strong and detailed BDSM elements. And, I will unashamedly admit to finding myself googling various terms or phrases on more than one occasion... and swiftly clearing my browser history shortly thereafter! I've never thought of myself as "vanilla" before but, now, I am starting to wonder. Pony play? Really??? Not MY thing, but I guess whatever tickles your withers. LOL! Although this book is part of an ongoing series, it can be read as a stand alone. This was the first book in the NoD series that I'd had the chance to read, and I am very interested in now going back to read the previous books in the series, as well as looking forward to any future offerings. This was a solid 5 out of 5 stars! Great job, Joey! You NEVER disappoint! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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    This book is everything one is used of Ms Hill

    This latest addition to the Nature of Desire series is again an outstanding tour de force through the dephts of the human psyche. With her inimitable flair for language, her deep understanding of the workings of the minds and bodies of her protagonists, Ms Hill once again shows her skill and dedication to her craft. With agonizigly slow steps she shows a deeply scarred sub, with his selfdestruct-button firmly pushed, and a skilled Domme, set on the task of getting him off the ledge. She provides the boy, drowning in violence and guilt, a life raft to safe himself, and finds that in helping him find his way, she gets herself a reward beyond expectation. As the story is set within the The Zone, we get to meet old friends and aquaintances of this circle, and visits from a "Knight" and his sub, and a certain "dogtrainer" with personal experience of PTSD. Interspersed with the D/s dynamic we get Ms Hills very sensual and downright furnace level, play scenes. And all this together makes this book a well written, well researched, an absolutely sumptuous piece of work. It is everything one is used to, and expecting of Ms Hill.
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    A great addition to a favourite series

    This is one of my all time favourite series. Nobody writes characters that need so much work like Joey W Hill. Marius, what a truly tortured soul he was; my heart just about broke for him at times. I so wanted him to be come through the darkness and into the light and honestly if anyone could do it then it is Lady Regina, a strong, powerful Domme with a heart of gold. It was also great to see some of my favourite people from the series make an appearance. Although a stand alone, you may get more enjoyment if you have read the previous books. I loved this book. Truly Helpless was at times a hard and distressing story to read, and although predominately about a BDSM and D/s relationship, to me it was love story, one of courage, and sheer determination to come from a world of darkness into the light. The main characters are Mistress Regina and Marius, an employee of The Zone and a man in need of a strong Mistress who is willing to fight for his sanity and in the process risk herself. This book was such an emoptional roller-coaster that at times, I feared that Regina would not be able to help her”sweet boy” as the dakness and the anger closed in on Marius. The scenes are hot, yet emotional, drawing the reader in so much that you almost feel that you are witnessing it first hand.The road they travel to get to their HEA is long, winding and bumpy, but they do eventually get there. This book, as expected with any book that Ms. Hill writes is extremely well done. A wonderful addition to one of the best series I have read and I look forward to reading more from the supremely talented Joey W Hill. 5 Stars all the way. (less)
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