Thursday, November 24, 2016

Review: To The Edge - Anna del Mar


To The Edge (At The Brink #2)
by Anna del Mar
Published: November 14, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Military

To learn about kink, she had to learn the ropes. Yet she never expected to be so compromised she'd need rescuing. And by him. The first man she'd ever loved. The former navy SEAL who'd broken her heart.

Clara's gone wild.

Naked. Cuffed. Caged. Is this the sweet senator's daughter I left behind?

I didn't know it was her when I rushed into that room filled with flames, but I'll never let her go again.

She's proposed a unique way to thank me. It could bring us both to the edge of ecstasy—or to the point of no return.

Clara wants to submit. To me. Totally. Damn any limits. The very thought of it has brought me back from the dead.

But a stranger is watching from the shadows. He's made us his fantasy. And he plays rougher than I do. Where he's taking us now is somewhere so dark, and so dangerous, that this time it could be inescapable.

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4 Stars
Packed with steam and a second chance romance, To the Edge introduces readers to Clara and Noah, two individuals with a 15 year old past and a shared interest in BDSM. Clara wants to be independent of her mother, she's built up a following with her sexy, open discussion blog, but a chance for more presents her with a problem, a locked in a cage with handcuffs kind of problem. Noah never forgot the vivacious, young Clara, he always wanted her back, but didn't expect to find himself making a deal with her to teach her how to submit. As the two embark on their journey old emotions flare up, but a lurking darkness must be dealt with before the two can find their lost happily ever after.

I am a fan of Anna del Mar for a reason, she always brings the heat and the suspense, and To the Edge is a great example. The characters are interesting, filled with hurt that has shaped them and a shared history that had them separated for 15 years for a reason. It is apparent from the moment Clara and Noah are in the same room that the flames of their chemistry never burnt out, but rather grew and aged with them. Both characters were so frustrating for me, held back by the threads of their past and allowing themselves to be flawed individuals, but as the book progressed so too did the characters. Their BDSM fling is interesting, I wasn't sure I was comfortable with it at first, but their history and growing lust allowed both to be very transparent and made the separation of roles all the more interesting. As Noah pushed for Clara's submission each faced their painful separation and it allowed them to grow past it together, but in a very sexy way. 

Then there's the backstories, the growing suspense that threatens everything, and the secondary, yet still influential characters we meet through out the novel. Noah has PTSD and works in some very high level secret security, but he's also home bound. While the PTSD is an invisible threat, it is a heavy one, and Anna del Mar writes it authentically. Clara's mother is a high-profile political woman with an agenda of always being the best and the best includes Clara meeting every expectation. Clara's mother has had a hand at everything ugly in her life, but the betrayal runs deeper than even Clara, or I, expected it to. Unbeknownst to everyone there is a larger threat lurking, one that has a seedier goal in mind, and will do anything to reach it. I enjoyed the suspense, especially since I didn't guess it at all, but I wish it had played out through out the entire novel and not just predominantly the latter half. 

As a standalone novel, To the Edge is a great romantic suspense with a hefty side of BDSM and erotica. While the previous novel in the series, At the Brink, is still my favorite, I really enjoyed this read and suggest it to all fans who like some kink with their second chance love.

About Anna Del Mar

Amazon bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories are about strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who fight with all they’ve got to protect the women they love.

She’s the author of The Asset, The Stranger, At the Brink and her newest, To the Edge. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats. www.annadelmar.com.
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