My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Silver Chain
2 out of 5 Stars
Any comment (for me) comparing a new release to either 50 Shades of Grey or Crossfire is a red flag. One, I wouldn't want to compare my novel to these bestsellers on the chance it may be weighed and come up short. Two, it sets an expectation. Not good.
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
An erotic romance novel perfect for fans of 50 Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.
The story starts out slowly, really sloooowlyyyy. Here and there are bits of the two aforementioned trilogies: the tall, dark, mysterious billionaire benefactor, the virginal beauty who doesn't believe she is one, abuse haunting the past, the more knowledgeable best friend, the car/chauffeur constantly in the background, an obsession with the arts... you name it, it's there. Finally, about halfway through the book, Serena and Gustav make a more tenuous move to be together. It's the first time the bracelet comes into play, the first time Gustav voices his intentions, the first time Serena looses some of her secrets. Why did it have to take so long?
This is also where it takes a turn from the sweetness of 50 and Crossfire and somewhat morphs into the Story of O.
I do however like the movie comparisons used. But while I can picture a twenty-something Serena likening Gustav to Edward Cullen/Zorro or her life to Harry Potter's with the Dursleys, I cannot reconcile their almost sexual encounter to being like Richard Gere and Julia Roberts' sexy piano scene in Pretty Woman. No. No newly graduated teen would have watched that movie nor would she have had the means to have done so when she was younger. Then quoting Apocalypse Now? It jars me badly.
And Gustav! Lord and Master of Delayed Gratification would be a suitable title for him.
I do wish the "comparison" marketing ploy could be changed. This is a haunting tale in its own right, albeit a little too leisurely in pace and prosy for me. But the foundations are solid, believable even, and would have made it interesting without the unfortunate shadows of the other trilogies fluttering over it.
Review based on ARC sent by Netgalley
Contributed by Ramona
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