Rating: 2 stars
Series: Chapter 8 #1
Elsa had a brief encounter with Victor. Then she discovered that he was stalking her. He wasn’t too fucking sly about it. His way of enticing her was downright creepy. He offered her a no strings attached sexual relationship. Victor wanted to discuss the terms in a few days in a private place. She decided to meet him. The desire to have an uncomplicated sexual relationship makes sense but meeting a strange stalker at a private location when no one else knows who you’re meeting or where you’re going doesn’t. It irked me that the danger of this situation never crossed this intelligent woman’s mind all because Victor was attractive.
Then Elsa and Victor’s dominate/submissive relationship began. It wasn’t a healthy relationship though. Elsa was a true submissive; she did what was asked, but he took advantage of her. Victor used several different ways of humiliating her and sometimes abusing her. The worst part is she freely chose to submit herself to this. She could have walked away at any time and didn’t. It didn’t make sense that she stuck around for this.
Victor was a domineering asshole. He had this whole I’m damaged complex going on. He wasn’t evil and deranged like he thought; he was just a jerk. It was like he was trying to convince himself that he was inherently evil to excuse his piss poor behavior. I didn’t like him.
Their relationship left a lot to be desired. The chemistry wasn’t there. Most of their relationship was about sex. It turned into an emotional one mainly because Elsa figured she could save him with love, which is a trope I loathe. For the life of me I can’t figure out what these two saw in each other. They both lied and kept secrets, which is a shitty foundation for a relationship. There is another book in the series, but I won’t be reading it.