Uncharted Territory, (The Compass 3) Tamsen Parker


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Uncharted Territory, (The Compass 3) Tamsen Parker
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Erotica, Women’s Fiction
Well, Wow, I’d enjoyed the first two books but felt they were more sex than story, and I was always intrigued by What went Before. How India met Rey, how she met Hunter and what went wrong between them. This book answers all that ( and now I’d love one with Cris and his previous sub of five years….)
We meet India at 18, where she first comes across Rey at uni. He’s the man we love, the stalwart for her right from the start. they really do have a special friendship. we see more of her parents too and I feel I understand India better now. What a pair they ( her parents)  were…
Then she meets Hunter and the BDSM world via Rey, and its instant attraction on both sides, and they’re together as D/s for the next six years. He’s always pushing for more, and seems to resent any little attempt she does to keep a bit of independence. I feel what he really wants is a 24/7 D/s thing and India just doesn’t. Slowly though he takes over more of her life. What I love about some BDSM reads such as this is the way the psychology is explained, the way we get to see that even though we  ( I) feel that whipping, caning, leaving bruises etc is awful, some people need it, crave it and like India it gives them a mental release from their day to day stresses. I’d hate it, hate to give over control but this way I at least understand what some people get out of it. Its stressed too, throughout the book that safe words and consent are paramount at all times.  There are times though when Hunter in his quest for control goes too far, and the hairdresser scene had me really upset for India and so angry with Hunter. It illustrates what sometimes concerns me, when a sub is so anxious to please her Dom she will agree to something she really doesn’t want to do….it’s a fine line that a good Dom watches for, and more than once I felt Hunter ignored it he was so keen to be in total control. Then it makes me wonder why he needs that control, what happened to him? One could go on for ever ; –)
Then it all goes wrong, and its shock after shock. Her parents – what an awful thing to try, and Hunter – he’s like a different man, callous, vindictive and knows exactly where to aim his words for maximum effect. Thank goodness for the solid always there Rey. ( He needs a happy ending too- I love that man)
Its not a romance, its not a HEA sweet read, but it’s perfect at what it is, a prequel explaining how India got where she was, and the story takes precedence her over the sex perfectly. There is sex, but it fits. Its part of the story and not just the story itself. I loved this book, and it’s made me understand India so much better.
Stars: Five, fabulous, gripping read.
ARC supplied by author/publishers

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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