Author: Nikki Gemmell
Series: Bride Trilogy
Published December 31st 2013 by Harper Perennial
The next alluring novel from internationally bestselling author Nikki Gemmell-a companion to The Bride Stripped Bare and With My Body-the final installment in the captivating "Bride" trilogy
"One of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time." -Time Out New York
Internationally bestselling author Nikki Gemmell has spent the last decade exploring the hidden lives of women. First, in The Bride Stripped Bare, she offered readers a glimpse into the life of a new bride, a young woman whose dark and sensual double life shocked readers. Next, in With My Body, Gemmell showed the world a wife and mother, a woman marked by memories of lost love and deep secrets. Now, in the final installment in the "Bride" trilogy, Gemmell plunges into the mind frame that With My Body concluded with-the story of a woman safe within her marriage, yet bursting with desire and the will to act upon it.
Under her Chanel suit and designer lingerie, Connie Carven is no longer the typical banker's wife. When Cliff's horrible skiing accident shifts the balance of their relationship, Connie becomes a willing submissive to her husband's every desire. Cliff is eager to explore new, and troubling, avenues of passion. Connie, ever the dutiful wife, follows wherever he leads. While at first she enjoys a perverse sense of freedom within the ever-tightening bonds of her marriage, Cliff's dark and seductive desires soon consume her entirely. She finds herself surrendering to an act that will forever remind her that she belongs to her husband alone-to be unlocked only by him, whenever he pleases.
But, it is also this act that awakens Connie from the numbness that has taken over her life. In the communal garden of her posh Notting Hill home she meets Mel and discovers the thrill of true intimacy…and the price of risking everything for it.
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I am torn in my feelings for this book. It was a great storyline and I love Mels character, I don't know how I feel about Cliff or Connie.
I am very happy Connie and Mel got their happy ending but I'm conflicted over Cliff. He was cruel but also had been dealt a cruel hand. I think I would have preferred him get a happy ending as well than the cruel comments he ends on. But I can hardly blame him when his wife cheats and leaves him.
Then again can't blame her when the marriage is what it is. So I'm very conflicted and that is why I give only 3 stars. But overall a great read that shows you money never has bought happiness. A good story well worth the read.
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