Graphic designer Devin Delaney's life is about to change when a girlfriend takes her to Club X on fetish night. Devin is mesmerized by the scene before her. Two hot, sculpted, shirtless men flogging women. She meets Shaye Vincent; he's handsome, mysterious, and charming. Shaye is all Devin can think about the entire next week. Devin wants to be one of the women who can give up control, but she has a lot of issues to overcome first.
Shaye gets off by mastering women; he gives them great pleasure without getting emotionally involved and he is fine with that. He doesn't need a long lasting or permanent relationship with a woman. One night he sees a beautiful, innocent woman watching his scene at the club. He reads her body language well and charms her into coming back the next week.
Devin is all Shaye can think about the next week. When Devin comes back to the club, Shaye gives her a small taste of the flogger; she loves the feeling and she is still unsure about giving up all control. The more time Shaye spends with Devin, the more he wants to take her to Sanctuary, a private BDSM club he's a member of. Shaye starts to realize he's having feelings for Devin and his old demons rise up to taunt him. Can Shaye overcome his darkness within and give Devin a chance to be in his life?
Sanctuary is the first book by Eden Bradley that I have read. I was quickly drawn in to the story and I had a difficult time putting it down. As the story progressed, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. Devin had a difficult childhood and had to grow up fast and be the responsible one in the family by taking care of her mother when she was ten years old. I really liked Devin and found that I connected with her character very quickly. She was strong willed, driven, responsible, and self employed. I admired her ability to trust Shaye quickly.
Shaye is all bad boy on the outside, but he's damaged on the inside. He finds it nearly impossible to trust and fall in love with a woman. I liked Shaye too; it was like I could almost feel his charm through the pages. He is to die for gorgeous and knows how to please a woman. Ms. Bradley pens a fantastic story that has a lot of emotions with a surprise or two thrown in with some steamy sex scenes. I'd love to read more about Devin and Shaye in a future book.