Banned Review: Sanctuary (Beards and Bondage #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

When she needs a sanctuary…

Targeted by a sadistic former client, attorney Liz Lewis needs a place to lay low. When a friend offers her his family farm as a safe house, she eagerly accepts, unaware that she’ll have to share the farm with her friend’s brawny, beautiful brother, Silas McInroy.

…she invades his…

Weary of a world that doesn’t understand him, Silas just wants to be left alone to grow the best produce upstate New York has to offer. Still, he’s not going to toss a woman out when her safety is on the line. But the only way to explain her presence on his farm is to claim that they fell in love online…and the last thing he needs is a fake relationship that threatens to become more and more real every day.

With her world turned upside down and danger on her trail, Liz knows that this temporary refuge can’t last forever…but leaving the comfort and ease of Silas’s arms and farm to face the reality of her life may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

*** WARNING: This book contains scenes of mild bondage and domination between a gorgeous lawyer and a sexy farmer who is terrible with women. And five farm dogs with varying degrees of loyalty to both the hero and heroine.***


The Meta Details:
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Length: 225 pages
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM, erotic romance
Content Level: Adult
Pearl Clutching Content: bad bitches like (Liz) are hard to come by…
Trigger Warnings: attacks, racism, ableism. None of which are from the main characters… Also, and this is unique to me, but there is a brief mention of a prep school in NH and I live down the road from one full of shitty little fuck holes who rape other students and are also raped by the faculty…
Featuring: all.the.dogs.


Scorecard:
Recommended for: fans of … okay, just everyone.
Rating: must read


Ginny Lurcock’s Thoughts: This review vexes me. I keep trying to write it and deleting it all over again. Write, delete. Write, delete. It’s like my own original fiction, but somehow worse. And it’s all my brain’s fault.

You see, my gut reaction was that I liked Haven more than Sanctuary. A simple statement that the review should back up, but when I type out the review… Well, let me show you what I mean.

Sanctuary is very much a successor to Haven. The characters are all well developed. They’re fully fleshed out and unique in every way from the hero and heroine straight through to the bagpipe playing cook. (Chef? Cook? I dunno… he’s the kilt wearing cousin even if he’s not actively in a kilt at this exact moment.) And don’t even get me started on the dogs. More attention was paid to the dogs’ development as characters in this book that some romance heroines I’ve read lately.

dogs’s? dogses?

Holy shit, I should not write reviews on two hours sleep.

The setting was unique and wonderful. The story line was incredible. The pacing, prose, and (originally I had another P word here and I loved the alliteration but I’ve forgotten it so…) peaches were all exquisite. The characters spend a lot of time discussing consent and BDSM. Liz is the dominant partner, which you don’t frequently see done at all much less done well. Silas is neuroatypical but doesn’t let that hold him back. The family dynamics were familiar and real. The problems Liz faces as a strong, confident, and statuesque woman are wholly relatable. It was an astonishing book, in short. A total gem.

The pile of praise I heap onto Sanctuary is larger and more enthusiastic than the pile for Haven. So I can’t even tell you why I think I liked Haven more than Sanctuary since the stats on paper do not support that assessment. I’ve tried poking at my brain to see if an answer was forthcoming, but it grumbled about needing more sleep and called for Honeycrisp to come snuggle.

I don’t know… brains are weird…

Clearly, though, I’m going to need you to read both Haven and Sanctuary so we can have a nice chat about both and so I can get to the bottom of this.

It’s okay. I’ll wait.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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