This review may contain spoilers for books one and two.
This review will also be reposted closer to the release date of the book.
Author; Sherri Hayes
Series; Finding Anna, book three
Genre; Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Sociology > Abuse, Adult, Contemporary.
Source; Publisher, in exchange for an honest review
Format; Physical Copy
Publisher; The Writer's Coffee Shop
Publication Date; July 25th 2013 (This could change at any time without notice.)
Synopsis; The third instalment of the Finding Anna series.
For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring. There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.
Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer? As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on, and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known.
Goodreads Average Rating; 4.37*s
My Rating; 4.5*s
Would I recommend this book/series? Yes, I would.
Will I be reading anything else by this author? I have and I will.
My Review; This isn't the last book right? There is another book after this? Because I thought this was the last book in the series, but it can't be! It just can't be!
This book. Wow I think I'm trying to get my thoughts in order. I can tell you that I need the next book - there is a next book, right? Right?! - ASAP!
This has to be the best instalment of the Finding Anna series so far! At least it is in my opinion. I just felt the characters emotions and I felt like I was there. I was smiling with the book, I may have leaked a tear or two with the books.
In this book we are introduced to some new characters. We see most of the old ones, but there are some new characters. Some wonderful characters, some that seriously help Brianna and the story.
We get a few of the answers we've been searching for... We also get some more questions to go with them.
We also dive deeper into Stephan and Brianna's life in this book. (I seriously cannot wait for more from these characters!)
Brianna. Well, she's a little bit too innocent in my opinion. For her to be such a strong woman, to overcome so much, to go through what she went through... It is unrealistic that she remains that innocent, but, at times, I also understand this innocence. At least, I understand some of the innocence. That is my only problem with her character though. Otherwise I actually really like Brianna's character.
Stephan. I wish I had his patience. He has amazing patience. The way he looks after and cares for Brianna, the way he tries to help her get back into the real world. He is patient with her, he is kind to her when some people would probably just get pissed off with her a lot of the time. He cares for her and that's why I love Stephan and Brianna together.
Okay, so there are issues with their relationship (as there is with any real relationship.) Stephan bought Brianna to try and save her. That was fine, it is what any person with the money should do if they ever came across a situation like this in real life and there was no way to involve authorities without proof or possible damage inflicted on the person.
It is Stephan's buying of Brianna though that makes me have this next slight problem with these books.
In a way this relates to Brianna's innocence... My slight problem is the way Brianna clings to Stephan. I understand that he saved her, cared for her. He helped her understand things, he took away from (that bastard) Ian. He is her hero I guess. But they way she clings to him, the way that she can't seem to be fully calm unless Stephan is there. The fact that she is numb without him, that she feels empty if he is not right by her side.
I understand the need and want to cling to someone after all she's been through. I seriously do... It's just that it is too clingy. She was afraid of him at first and now...it is like she can't breathe without him there.
I don't like that. Sure, she needs some support. A heck of a lot of it in fact. But she should not need Stephan by her side that much.
Or does she?
I don't know how victims of this kind of situation would feel. Or should feel. I really don't. And so the question stands on whether I really have any idea what I'm talking about. Or whether I should even address that situation.
Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about, but it just seems slightly unnatural. Too clingy.
Saying this though I do love Brianna's and Stephan's relationship. I just can't help but smile at some things.
It is wonderful to see how far Brianna has come in the previous two book though. She's got a long way to go, but I believe it can be done.
There is a warning at the beginning of this book;
This book contains conversations, flashbacks, and various other items regarding abuse that may disturbing to some readers.
This warning is not to be taken lightly. I mean, personally, I didn't find it disturbing because I've read darker books and I've never experienced anything like this, but to some people, this book could be pretty disturbing. The scenes certainly had me feeling bad for Brianna and some even made me shed a tear.
To conclude; I loved this book and I really love this series. The characters, the emotions, it was all just so real to me. I cannot wait for the next book in the series (if there is one) and I can't wait to read some more Sherri Hayes books. If you haven't read the Finding Anna series yet then I definitely recommend it to you. It is an amazing series (so far) despite any faults of flaws it may have.
That ending though... *cries softly whilst clutching book close to chest barely resisting the urge to throw across the room* (Although I would totally pick it straight back up and probably say sorry over and over again to the book if I actually did that. But I'd never throw a book across the room anyway...)