Sublime Agony by Kora Anderson
Series: The Sublime Trilogy #1
Published by Self-published on December 15th 2015
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I fled from my home to another country—a place where I could have a fresh start. I was attending one of the top universities in the world and pursuing my medical degree. I wasn't proud of what I had to do to during the night to afford my dream, but I had to do what I had to do. My daily life was mundane, I kept to myself and avoided any unnecessary attention. Everything changed when the gorgeous, salacious, mercurial Kason Wright decided that he wanted me. I thought that I could keep my feelings out of our arrangement. I thought I wanted him, but I didn't just want him, I needed him. He gave me what I couldn't give myself. You may think that he took advantage of a broken girl, but it wasn't like that. I willingly gave myself to him and he glued me back together. He unraveled my layers, but in the process he opened the Pandora's box that was my past.
*Disclaimer: do not read if you are sensitive to expletives, capricious men, and kinky sex. Please be aware that there are references of self harm, drug abuse, violence, and suicidal thoughts. There are flashback scenes of abuse and rape, and this book is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.*
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sublime Agony had an interesting beginning, with the premise of a suspenseful story-line that caught my attention. Annalise is a struggling student with a mysterious past and adamant to do whatever it takes to reach her goal. She’s started afresh in a new country to pursue studies to become a doctor. Fortunate to have received a scholarship but it’s not enough to cover all her costs so Annalise works as an erotic dancer. This is how she meets Kason Wright and he presents an offer she sees no reason to refuse. In the beginning, neither knows each other’s past and they embark on an agreement based on needs rather than emotion. Of course, as they get to know each other they unintentionally take their situation beyond an agreement to a relationship.
Where I struggled initially was the story was written in the first person. I’m rarely a fan of this style of writing but kept reading. The synopsis warns of expletives, capricious men, and kinky sex…so I was forewarned and as a reader of dark stories was confident it wouldn’t be a concern. What I wasn’t prepared for was an inability to connect with the main characters’ relationship or Annalise herself. The suspense felt underplayed and although mentioned early on Annalise had escaped a horrific relationship, her ex didn’t come across as a threat in her current situation. This kept the focus on the relationship between Annalise and Kason.
Annalise spent most of the story sprouting about how beautiful, intelligent and talented she was, confidently airing opinions and cursing her way through most conversations…it became tedious and shattered my initial interest in her. I like a strong heroine, so strength of character is a quality I appreciate but it needs to be demonstrated through the story rather than the character straight out recounting it. Interestingly, Kason’s character came through strong and clear initially but not enough to bridge what thought was missing between them.
The copious sex scenes consumed the story-line in my opinion. It came across as two dimensional with analogies that I’m sure delivered a very different imagery to the one intended. Just saying, being impaled conjures up death not the promise of ’la petite mort’ as I’m sure was the intention.
Sublime Agony is the first book in The Sublime Trilogy and has the scope to grow as the series evolves. My hope for this is based on when Annalise offers to spend time with the young girls who seek her out. It was a moving moment where Annalise raised my appreciation of her but for me it was too late to have influenced my connection with her.
Sublime Agony can be purchased at Smashwords
Lily’s Rating: 2 Stars
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