Release Date: May 7, 2015
Recommended By: Naomi's Paranormal Palace
Genre: Erotic Thriller | BDSM
Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.
She will never be a victim again.
Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.
When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.
Yet another dark and twisted novel here at Talk Supe. I hope I'm not starting to scare you off with my choices.
It was love at first sight for me and WITH VISIONS OF RED by Trisha Wolfe. That cover with the bound girl, the blood splatters, and that evocative blurb just called out to me like a lover. Again, please don't be creeped out. I'm just so desensitized by the usual sappy stuff that I find myself responding more to the extremes: romantic thrillers or the clean bubble gum romances. The ones in between hasn't been working for me much lately.
WITH VISIONS OF RED didn't disappoint. Sadie Bonds is a kidnap-rape survivor, however she didn't walk away from that harrowing experienced unscathed. Her unforgettable ordeal screwed up her sexual appetite which explains her taste for bondage. Now a criminal profiler, Sadie's working on a serial killer case whose style is very reminiscent of Countess Bathory. The 16th century serial killer dubbed as a vampire? Yeah, that crazy bitch has a fan in our century.
So this case. The murders are bringing up some of Sadie's past traumas to the surface, setting her on edge. But it seems nobody knows Sadie's past so she bottles it up until it runneth over. As luck would have it, Sadie's case led her to Colton Reed. Magnetic and handsome, Colton is a Shibari (Japanese rope play) enthusiast/practicioner/master, just what Sadie needed. And as these two were kindred spirits, it didn't take long before they did the whole Shibari rodeo with Colton tying up Sadie like some prized livestock much to the latter's delight.
WITH VISIONS OF RED worked for me not just because of Sadie's side of the story. Let's face it, survivor tales are fascinating. Witnessing someone try to live a normal life while the nightmare follows you in every waking moment, or is summoned by the most trivial of things, can be intimidating. Learning how someone navigates that and overcomes it is an instant draw for most people, myself included. I want to know how Sadie progressed from a victim to now a criminal profiler and how she's managing to merge these two points in her life.
The biggest hook for me here is TWolfe provides us with the killer's POV. So there's this cops-and-robbers dance going on here. The perp and Sadie doing this delicate dance filled with tension and foreboding. Then it breaks, and Sadie starts second guessing herself, her objectivity flies out of the window with the perspective of the story shifting with it. So is Sadie sleeping with the enemy? But it couldn't be Colton right? Because despite WITH VISIONS OF RED being an erotic thriller, it's still a romance and romance novels guarantees HEA. Right???
Well that's still up in the air right now. Personally I hope TWolfe swings the gauntlet sideways, not that I want Sadie to endure more than what she already had, I just want to up the ante and be kept guessing. The only thing that had me holding that 5th cauldron to my chest is the lack of forensics here. All the evidence fingering Colton as a suspect are all circumstantial. Sadie's in a bad place now and she want to be safe so paint Colton as the bad guy so she can walk away without any problem whatsoever.
But I don't want it to be that way *whines*!
Seriously, I hope the next installment has more damning evidence to make the situation less convenient and truly a super bad situation. You can do erotic thriller half-ass, you got to go all the way in. Take no prisoners. Spare nobody.
So TWolfe, if you're reading this, raise some hell. Make us angry. Go crazy. Be a fucking sadist, whip our asses until we bleed then give us a good bookgasm in the end. We deserve it.