Sunday, May 27, 2012

Reconstructing Meredith by Lauren Gallagher

Title: Reconstructing Meredith
Author: Lauren Gallagher
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Meredith and Scott
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Carnal Passions
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
“Scott, I need your help.”

Five words from a woman he hasn’t seen in five years, and Scott Moore’s world is thrown off its axis. Ex-girlfriend Meredith has resurfaced with a past full of horrific abuse at the hands of a man who called himself a Dom, and she has the scars to prove it. Now she needs Scott’s help to reclaim her sexuality and put the past behind her.

Scott is more than willing to help, but he has no idea the toll it will take on him, not to mention his other polyamourous relationships. What’s more, while Scott and Meredith face down her demons, their own past won’t be forgotten. Neither will Scott’s feelings for Meredith…

My Review:
This was a really powerful story. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to enjoy it because it's really serious stuff that this couple is dealing with, but I absolutely LOVED this book.

Everything about this book was different. Scott is a Dom who has a couple of girlfriends. They also have a couple of boyfriends each. Seven years ago, he dated Meredith and although their breakup was amicable, it was not what he wanted. He never got over her and has always wondered what happened when she completely dropped off the face of the earth five years ago.

At the time of their original relationship, they didn't participate in a Dom/sub relationship, but now Meredith has come to him for help. She's a sub, but her ex-husband who acted as her Dom horribly abused her and tortured her for 2 1/2 years. Now he's in jail and she's trying to recover the pieces of her shattered sexuality. She needs a Dom she can trust to not abuse her. Scott knows there's no one else he would trust in that relationship except himself. Meredith is shattered and it will take tons of patience to heal her.

The most amazing thing about this book is Scott's character. The entire book is told from his POV and it's incredibly moving. He's shattered by what's happened to Meredith. He attends her therapy sessions with her and is constantly fighting against becoming physically ill when she describes what she's withstood. For me, the intrigue of the book was whether or not HE was going to survive this relationship with Meredith. While she's healing, it's almost like he's taking on her pain himself. It's all so incredibly personal to him because he loves her. Really emotional.

The book is also incredibly erotic. This book is entirely about the sex and usually that becomes redundant in a full length novel. That is not the case with this book. It's really, really fabulously done. 

This story line was riveting. The sex was hot. The characters were amazing. On the surface this is a book that I wasn't sure I could enjoy. I don't usually like reading heavy BDSM, but this book worked on every level. I could believe these relationships and how they worked for these characters. It was just an incredible book!!!

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