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Eden Bradley’s GIRL (The Training House Book One)

Girl Book One Eden Bradley

Girl (The Training House Book One)
Eden Bradley

In those breathless moments between pleasure and pain lie the most poignant truths…

These books contains material that may be difficult to read about and/or cause triggers for some readers, including consensual non-consent and other scenes that could be disturbing. Do NOT try this at home!

I have signed myself over to The Training House: my devotion, my obedience, my body. It is what I have always yearned for—to lose myself in powerlessness. To be made to. But this place is more than anyone could possibly prepare for, especially the Master of the House. He is too stunning, too commanding, bringing out a yearning for submission in ways I have never imagined, and I am lost in nearly unbearable desire. He uses my body until he brings me to tears, then tenderly wipes them away, enslaving me to him instantly, body and soul. I cannot imagine existing without him, without his wicked touch, his strict and sensual command…

Until I meet another slave, and he changes the game of kink for me forever. How can I decide what my heart wants most, without risking losing it all?

Eden Bradley, who also write as Eve Berlin, has never shied away from intense BDSM sexuality and action in her romances. In the first offering of her new The Training House series, she does not just push the envelope, she rips it wide open, offering up extreme BDSM and kink.

Bradley sets the stage from page one, with a Contract and Terms of Agreement for Servitude which her protagonist, Aimee, has signed. It is blatant. It is slightly terrifying. And it is irrevocable. So we are already on a keen edge as we begin the journey with Aimee when she arrives at The House, where she will be known from the first moment only as “Girl.” What she undergoes and experiences is all the more intense because there is no turning back.

Aimee’s extreme desire to be controlled, humiliated, beaten—to have her very essence subsumed by a potent Master—has yet to be fulfilled. She needs that depth of submission and her prior Master, knowing he would never be able to give her what she needed, surrendered her to The Training House and a new Master. And it is a Master who leaves Girl quivering from the outset in anticipation. Her desperation to please him, to be used and owned by him, reaches new and surreal heights that leave her raw and unbalanced.

Yet even as she is offered an startling and unexpected bliss, even as the rules are bent, and protocols abandoned; even as an attraction to another slave, a feisty and rebellious young man who also holds the Master’s favor, blooms, Girl’s world is thrown into upheaval.

What follows for Girl, and the reader, is a shock. Be warned that this novella is a cliff-hanger. In true BDSM mind-f**k style, you will be left hanging in delicious, frustrated arousal for the second book.

In addition to the intense BDSM action that goes beyond the boundaries of the usual kinky erotic romances, there is also complex attraction and love at the heart of this short but powerful novella.

In a kinky romance, what is often given the lion’s share of coverage are BDSM play, scenes, and the sexual component of the relationship. But in order to breathe life into the characters and the story, a vital component is an exploration of the psychology of the players. Why they do what they do. Conveying to the reader the characters’ motivation and desires: What drives them to seek out this alternative form of intimacy and bonding?

Eden Bradley never fails to deliver the goods on that score. She is open about her own submissive lifestyle and participation in the BDSM community, and her portrayal of her characters’ emotions and psychology is always riveting and insightful. That said, by staying within Girl’s point of view, the dearth of insight into her Master’s own thinking is a marvelous tactic that keeps him mysterious, keeps the reader guessing his motivations and real feelings even as Girl straddles that razor’s edge of uncertainty too. Another stealthy mind-f**k!

This strength of emotion, coupled with Bradley’s keen descriptions of kinky activities, of Master/slave lifestyle rituals and protocols, make Girl a standout story filled with raw sexuality and powerful emotion.

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