The Dark Garden

Author: Eden Bradley

Publisher: Bantam Trade

Release Date: June 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Rowan Cassidy is an ‘in charge’ kind of woman.  From her personal life to her life at Club Prive, she is in total control.  While the subs from the club clamor for her attention, Rowan is presently experiencing an inner restlessness.  Even dominating her favorite sub doesn’t seem to calm her personal agitation.  Rowan doesn’t understand what is wrong with her, only that she is not as content with her life as she once was.  When she meets Christian Thorne, a fellow dominant, Rowan acknowledges the attraction but will never act on it because everyone knows that two dominants in a relationship will never work.  The only thing that would make a relationship work with Christian Thorne is if one of them is a submissive.  Fat chance on that since Rowan knows that she is dominant to the core.  Or is she?

Christian Thorne is back in the states after a brief stint working overseas.  Coming into Club Prive, his eyes catch those of a female domme.  Asking for and being granted an introduction, Christian is surprised to find that not only is Rowan one of the most beautiful women he has ever met, she is also submissive as well.  It is with bated breath that Christian realizes that Rowan doesn’t know of or act upon her secret submissive tendencies.  If the way she is fighting her inner demons is any indication of the battle that is ahead of them, Christian knows that in order to win this woman, he will have to captivate, capture, and completely change her life.  He is up for the challenge.


Wow!  THE DARK GARDEN was nothing like I thought it would be.  Settling in for an entertaining read, I found myself immersed in Christian and Rowan’s story.  Rowan fought a good fight and I have to say that she was stubborn to the core and did not want to bend.  Christian wins a medal for being the most patient of lovers for his treatment and caring of Rowan.  Sometimes it is hard to go with what is in the deepest heart of hearts, but I have to admit that Christian was able to get to the bottom of Rowan’s inability to accept her hidden submissive.  Once he was able to do that, Rowan was putty in his hands.    


THE DARK GARDEN is an excellent read. A fan of the BDSM genre, I found the D/s scenes between Christian and Rowan tasteful and well-written. Edgy and often times sinfully sensual, I loved watching Rowan capitulate.  Add in the side story of two other characters, and I was in BDSM heaven.


THE DARK GARDEN released on May 29, 2007 from Bantam books.  I look forward to reading more from Eden Bradley in the future.    



















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