Review of The Sleeping Serpent - Luna Saint Claire
Author: Luna Saint Claire and Virginia Bowen Title: The Sleeping Serpent Publisher: Compelled Books Cover artist: Ilene Segal EBook: Yes $2.97 Paperback: Yes $16.97 Length: 428 pages Publication date: October 15th 2015 Book blurb... Whether by free will or fate, Luna's encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn't blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain. Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico's life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity. Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman's obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want. Compelling...a gripping masterful account of the seductive manipulations of a sociopath. My Review...
This beautifully written, hot, gripping story sucks you in, deeper and deeper much like the character of Nico. Nico is enticing, he knows exactly what women 'need' and his yoga and healing centre is how he seduces them. He's a Svengali figure, preying on the insecurities and self doubt of the women he 'uses'. I felt as if I could really empathise with the emotions of the procession of women Nico seduces and conquers.
Luna is sensing the passing of the years, feeling at odds with life. Nico's ability to suck in the women he wants is cleverly described through the emotions of those women but Luna is harder to capture, she's married for a start and wiser, more worldly. But capture her he does, slowly through friendship, using her need to help him and her growing love for him.
Luna knows her dependence on Nico's approval is wrong, it's a craving she can never satisfy, but it takes a long time for her to act on that knowledge and seek help. Nico's control is likened to a vampire sucking her life-force, a psychic attack. When Nico tries to make their relationship sexual and becomes abusive Luna is shocked and uncomfortable. As Nico's behavior spirals out of control can Luna escape?
This book is not always easy to read, it made me go through every emotion I had at my disposal! But I felt compelled to bear witness to Luna's story, her descent and subsequent fight for freedom.
***I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review a copy of this book. ***