Friday, 6 January 2012

Away From It All by Elizabeth Coldwell

Alyssa’s tired of playing by the rules, but when she meets Drew, she’s bound to obey him...

When the promotion Alyssa Morton worked so hard for goes to someone else, her friend, Kay, books them both into an exclusive spa for some serious pampering. Kay falls ill on the eve of the trip and Alyssa, tired of playing by the rules, decides to go on her own. The spa’s policy is to seat single guests at the same table, and she finds herself sharing her evening meal with handsome American actor, Drew Jefferies.

Drew recognises in Alyssa a submissive streak she’s never dared explore, and in the luxurious surroundings of the spa, free from distractions, he vows to teach her what it means to be dominated. He offers her a chance to give up responsibility, if only for a little while, and surrender to a loving, masterful man. By taking her into subspace, Drew offers her a whole new way to get away from it all. But can this ever be more than just a three-day fling?

Reader Advisory: This story contains candle play and has been previously released as part of the Subspace anthology by Total-E-Bound

What stands out most about this book is the wonderful Britishness and the striking voice. Elizabeth Coldwell has a way with words that feels as though someone is relating this story to you—as though it’s an audio book playing in your mind. I found that fascinating, and “listening” to the nuances, the sentence patterns, and the every-so-often wonderful beat of certain lines was a total pleasure.

Drew and Alyssa are the perfect couple for me, each wanting to explore, each, for their own reasons, with that inner voice which gives them vulnerability, making them wonder if their meeting is just a chance one where they’ve had a good time and then go their separate ways, or whether they’ve found true love and will meet again—will stay together.

With a clever near-ending that had me guessing—will they/won’t they—Elizabeth Coldwell brought Away From It All to a delicious and satisfying conclusion, which had me grinning with happiness because I’d invested a lot of interest in this couple.

Verdict: Well-written, great voice, great plot, very memorable characters. Yes, I recommend Away From It All—highly.

1 comment:

elizabethcoldwell said...

Thanks so much for the great review, Miz Love - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

Elizabeth xx