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Haven of Obedience

Haven of Obedience - Marina Anderson This is a book for those who like steamy reads and not a lot of romance...

Natalie is the editor and owner of a magazine targeted to single business women. She doesn't have much time to invest in relationships, and the very little time she finds here and there, doesn't do much for her. She's as bossy in her relationships as she is at work, and apparently the men she dates are not into a woman ordering them around.

Natalie is concerned about her friend Jan. Since her friend went away on a weekend retreat, Natalie has hardly had any contact with her. When they finally connect, Jan lets her in into her little secret and Natalie wants in. What does she have to lose, right?

Natalie never expects to end up at a place where she is forced to lose her inhibitions, and open her mind up to trying out new things, and let others do to her body whatever they want. The whole point of it, is to teach her how to let go of control and in return she's supposed to enjoy more all the dark pleasures they're about to teach her.

Then, there is Simon. He happens to be her private tutor, and makes her do things she never once thought about doing. In his short interaction with her, it turns out Natalie is the kind of woman he likes. The problem is that at The Haven, tutors cannot fraternize with their students, so he tries to ignore the attraction. But he's not the only one feeling that way, Natalie does too.

Overall it was a sexy read with a lot of hot scenes e.g. M/F/M, F/F, you get the idea. The one thing that bothered me is there was never any mention of protection. The men had intercourse with one woman, then the next, in the same scene.

And yes, there is a HEA but not the kind normally found in category romance. Here the HEA are two couples and more sex.

Anyone who likes steamy reads and doesn't care much for romance would like this book.


Twenty-something Londoner Natalie Bowen is envied by many, but her personal life is a disaster. Men can't cope with her career success and Natalie thinks she'll never find real happiness. When she hears about an exclusive weekend retreat called the Haven, a place that specializes in introducing visitors to pleasures they could never have imagined, she is shocked at the idea—yet unable to resist finding out more. Natalie decides it's time to put her fears behind her. Once at the Haven, she meets the enigmatic and disciplined Simon, a man who is used to getting what he wants. Natalie may very well have met her match.