A tragic accident in the middle of an immobilizing blizzard joins Gavin Fletcher and Chloe Cabot, uniting two tarnished souls on a life-changing journey that defies the odds of their haunting pasts in BLEMISHED, the new novel by Amazon bestselling author of erotic romance Juliet Braddock.
Beautiful and imaginative, Chloe struggles to survive the daily grind of life in Chicago. An artist who never dared to explore her dreams, she takes pride in her independence and fends for herself at all costs.
A young advertising executive who’s rising fast within the industry, Gavin has built an ordered and precise life, but he’s much more lonesome than he’ll ever admit.
Both exist in worlds veiled in secrecy.
On the surface, Gavin’s life exudes perfection. He’s building his own thriving business, but beneath that slick exterior, he’s hiding the truth about his enigmatic lifestyle.
Chloe, on the other hand, has been dealt a rough hand in life. As details of her heart-wrenching past emerge, she fears she might lose Gavin for good.
Together, though, they discover solace in each other’s arms. While Chloe blossoms as Gavin’s submissive under his tough but tender tutelage, she wonders if he might just be the one to break the façade of fear that surrounded her heart.
Just as emotion transforms them from reluctant strangers into unlikely but enduring lovers, heartbreak strikes their relationship again, forcing an unforeseen reversal of roles.
4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
Blemished a truly unique and enjoyable read, a lot of people would think that a 700+ page book would become mundane and or boring at that kind of size. However, since Blemished really is more of a duology the size is quickly forgotten. Part One is called Claiming Chloe, and the Part Two is titled Saving Gavin.
Chloe Cabot is a young woman trying to make it in Chicago in the middle of winter. She’s lost her boyfriend, she’s lost her home, and she will not lose her independence. Gavin Fletcher is the type of man most women dream about. He takes Chloe off the street and into his home, following her being injured and spending a week in the hospital.
I relished the D/s aspect of this book. I have read so many, but few ever took it to the point that Blemished did, and for that I heartily applaud Ms Braddock. This book truly shows the most beautiful and scintillating aspects of Bdsm and D/s.
“We still have so much to talk about, Chloe. I need to know your hard limits. While I’m teaching you how to enjoy the pain, I don’t want to hurt you.”
Ms Braddock dealt with several heavy impact issues in this book. Each one is used exceptionally. They make the reader feel and they make the reader pause and ponder. Several times I had to walk away and take time to reflect. Gavin and Chloe’s relationship grows and blossoms. Growing slowly and gaining strength as it soaks in more and more sunlight.
‘She’d endured more than he could imagine, but she always picked herself up and moved forward. She suffered so much, and she held everything so close to her heart. Somehow, though, she got out of bed every morning with a smile on her beautiful face.’
Strength and endurance played a very large aspect of their relationship. The stronger of the two was often in flux, neither was the strength without question. Each learned to lean on the other when they needed to. Taking what they could and giving back so much more.
‘He had to be her strength. He had to prove to her that she was worthy of a life without struggle. He had to let her know just how much he cared…”
Blemished started off slow, a small fire crackling to life. Setting the scene and drawing the reader in. A book this long can be a journey, and such an emotional rollercoaster. I’m so glad I took the chance and read this book.