Review: Penance by Ann Mayburn

April 18, 2014 Review 0

Review: Penance by Ann Mayburn

When Wyatt and Michelle leave for Chicago to attend the wedding of an old friend of Michelle’s, and Wyatt has no idea how close his beloved Domina is to the edge. Michelle has been trying to ignore her own issues, focused on helping Wyatt with his PTSD, but the past refuses to stay buried and she soon finds herself spiraling out of control. More determined than ever to protect Wyatt from herself, Michelle tries to pretend everything is perfect with devastating results.

Wyatt can see that Michelle is losing it, but he doesn’t know how to help her when she refuses to admit there’s a problem. No longer able to deal with the pressure of pretending to be perfect, Michelle self-destructs. Wyatt is now faced with a bitter choice - leave the woman who owns his heart or start a long and arduous journey to rescue the other half of his soul from her own personal Hell.

Penance is the conclusion of Michelle and Wyatt’s tale of hope, loss, healing, and most of all forgiveness and unconditional love.

***This is the second book in a two book Long Slow Tease. It is HIGHLY recommended that you read 'Still' before you read 'Penance' as this is basically one giant book split into two.****

Title: Penance
Author: Ann Mayburn
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Still, The Fighter's Secretary, Exquisite Trouble, Exquisite Danger
Series: Long Slow Tease, #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Still
Published by Honey Mountain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: March 5, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 311
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: five-flames

Ann Mayburn writes a gripping story of love and forgiveness in Penance, the second book in the Long Slow Tease series.

Picking up where the first book left off, Michelle Sapphire and her submissive, Wyatt Callahan, are traveling to Chicago for a wedding and collaring ceremony. Throughout their relationship, Michelle takes care of Wyatt helping him cope with his PTSD. While dealing with his own problems, Wyatt fails to see that Michelle is on the verge of falling apart under the weight of her own issues. Michelle lives in her own private hell trying to be perfect at all things: lover, doctor and daughter. But, perfection comes with it own costs. Michelle’s overwhelming love for Wyatt exasperates the guilt she has for finding a new love when she promised her dead fiancé she would never love another. Michelle is cracking from the strain of it all. Survivor’s guilt coupled with a feeling of worthlessness lead Michelle to lie to Wyatt and completely eradicates the trust they have built in their relationship. Michelle’s lie all but destroys her and sends her spiraling into a deep depression. Wyatt digs deep and finds the inner strength to help Michelle, which just made me love him all the more. Michelle struggles with her need for punishment and for forgiveness. With Wyatt’s help, she learns that in order to be forgiven you need to forgive yourself too, which endeared her character to me even more. Even with their roles reversed, the sexual chemistry between Wyatt and Michelle is explosive, and their BDSM play is dramatically tense and scorching hot at the same time. Once again, I was completely captivated by this couple and needed to know that they would figure out how to forgive each other, how to trust each other, and how to love each other again. Needless to say, Mayburn doesn’t disappoint.

Penance is a well-crafted, character-driven romance with intense sexual situations, making it an emotionally consuming novel that is impossible to put down.

 

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