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**WARNING** This book is intended for mature audiences only due to the graphic violence and psychologically disturbing nature of some scenes.
Sometimes you reach a point where you just can' take anymore -- a breaking point some call it. The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn't just break; it exploded like a full magazine's worth of hollowpoints firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47. Literally.
I am no longer his American Princess, not am I his slave. Now, I'm a murderer in hiding. My name was Brileigh Carter Oliveira and that was my story.
Translucent is one woman's story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.
Though it would be a darker story but it was more erotic. The teaser was misleading.
The opening was a great teaser. Unfortunately, that teaser never lead to what I believed to be a dark and suspenseful story.
All the gaming talk completely threw me. The gaming talk is boring since I'm not a gamer myself.
Madden's instant attraction to Blake is unsettling. From one look he is smitten. On the same day he meets her in the board room he decides to take her to dinner. From then on he has demanded lunch and dinner dates. In one weeks times he is determined to win her trust and protect her. He already senses that there is an underlining issue with her and he is determined to figure it out. For me I cannot find the connection. With Blake's hesitation towards getting involved with him and him determined to have her submit to him it just feels like a recipe for disaster.
I was hoping the story of a killer would enfold and instead we get snippets of her life with a killer through flashbacks. For me it was not the same as a story about a killer. This is the story about Blake living in the witness protection agency with a new life hiding from her ex-husbands father. Blake lives in fear that Vincent is looking for her.
Again the story is more about Blake's new relationship with Madden and what he discovers about her. He desperately wants to care for her and protect her.
The self mutilation during her nightmares is odd and needs further explaining. I sense this is put in the story to add appeal for the benefit of Madden caring for her. It just does not fit. Not to mention for a year and a half Blake was free from her husband so how in that time span was she unable to get the help she needed to overcome these self mutilation injuries?
I do not need Madden's weekly itinerary about work. Who cares how he spent his work week while waiting for Blake to contact him. Another itinerary that is unnecessary is when Blake is at the hospital and at Madden's home recuperating.
Let me get this straight Madden is captivated by Blake because he notices the marks on her lip and abdomen so he decides the best way to make her feel better is to perform oral sex. Then because he cannot get enough of her he insists that she wear his t-shirt, sleep in his bed, and take a shower in his bathroom. For a person who is supposed to have trust issues these scenarios discredit her fear.
If Erin was aiming to repulse me with her husbands demeaning sexual demands then she succeeded. Not sure what this was supposed to add to the story.
The best words I ever read "the end". Too boot there is another story. This one ends on a cliffhanger. This one should have began the way this one ends.
Translucent means light so I'm guessing Madden is Blake's light in her dark world.