Possession by Jaimie Roberts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not a favorite
I wanted to like this. After reading the blurb I stopped my current read mid-book and immediately launched into this one. And then… found myself thoroughly confused. And a little mad, at times.
This story had so much potential! But in the end, it didn’t quite work for me. I was so annoyed with Evelyn and her waffling back and forth. Drake did HIDEOUS things to her, and she would always forgive him and look upon him with lust within a day or two.
Folks, he r*ped her. Many times. And there was nothing dubious about this lack of consent- this was forcible, and clearly against her will. On more than one occasion she was restrained for it. On more than one occasion he demeaned her, calling her a wh*re while he r*ped her. The first time? On her 18th birthday. When he took her virginity. After pulling her out of a bar he’d stalked her to, and throwing her in the back of a limo. And is he sorry about these r*pes? No. No he isn’t. He doesn’t even acknowledge that it was r*pe because he says he can do whatever he wants to her.
Does that get your girly bits all aflutter? Because it sure doesn’t do that for me.
On another occasion Drake has gotten upset with her again, and drags her into the basement. As he straps her onto a frame, suspended in the air while he cuts her undergarments off with scissors, she says she “can’t help her p*ssy from throbbing.” I wonder if that is still the case four days later when she is still strapped up there, and has been violently r*ped over and over?
A little bit of his sweet pillow talk (delivered with a side order of more r*pe): “That’s right, little wh*re. Take me. F*cking take all of me.” Heartwarming.
The book did try to explain his actions and behaviors, but I found those explanations insufficient. He always said he was trying to keep her safe, but that isn’t an explanation. Either he would do that by making her a treasured significant other, or by making her a personal property/slave. There is no reason he would have to treat her horribly behind closed doors to “keep her safe.” No one else even knew about it, so it served no purpose other than Drake satisfying his desire to r*pe and control her.
So, yeah. I don’t like Evelyn. She is too weak. I don’t like Drake, either. He is unforgivable. So that’s where we’ve landed.
There are also a notable number of editing oversights that proved a bit distracting. I’m not petty about this- I only mention it if there are enough of them to distract me.
That said, I loved the epilogue. It was clever, and the highlight of the book.
So, if you are cool with an overly forgiving heroine and an irredeemable hero with an affinity for r*pe, then by all means, maybe this book will be for you. It was not for me. I don’t mind a jerky hero, but if he genuinely hurts the heroine on purpose, and there is never remorse, I am done with him. #byefelicia
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Possession by Jaimie Roberts