The Submissive Muse
One man’s misfortune is another man’s destiny.
Elizabeth Wolfe’s husband, John, had been everything to her – protector, provider, administer of pain. Still devastated one year after his death, she decides to take her own life, but her plan is interrupted when she discovers an unconscious stranger in her barn.
Devan Carthy and John Wolfe agreed to an arrangement before he died: Devan is to seek out Elizabeth, exactly one year after John’s death, and bring joy to her life again – in exchange for a sizeable sum of money.
What begins as a friendship between a grieving widow and a mercurial artist blossoms into love as Devan reawakens her desire for living. His erratic mood swings and her need for pleasure and pain threaten their relationship, but it’s John Wolfe’s hold over them that may ultimately tear them apart.
Publisher’s Note: This dramatic love story contains adult themes. If any of this might offend you, please do not purchase.
OMG! This book was intense and deep. It is dark and emotional. An erotic read for those who can handle the sadist side of the darkness.
In this novel Elizabeth is a young and troubled woman. She deals with issues of deep depression. Her depression is a sinking ship and she can’t seem to find any way to stay above water. With parents who don’t seem to get her or understand. One day her depression lands her in the hospital where she meets and eventually marry a wonderful doctor John Wolfe. He understands her and knows what she needs to function in life with her issues. John and Elizabeth have a strong and unbreakable bond. Even in his death.
Devan is a struggling artist with erratic behaviour issues. He has boughs of depression and it has been affecting him as of late. His art to dark to sell, he is stuck to drawing sketches of tourists for cash. One day he sketches John and Elizabeth. A woman so beautiful it takes his breath away. He is amazed at the devotion and love that flows between these two people. He is so mesmerised by her he continues to paint and draw her from his memory. His muse.
His life changes one day when John comes by and asks him if he would like to get a drink. John has asked him to do a task for him upon his death. A task that no one should have to do. In exactly one year from his John’s death, Devan is tasked to befriend John’s wife and make sure she finds happiness again. Will Devan accept this strange mans request? Can Devan save Elizabeth and keep his own demons at bay?
This book was the most intense and emotional read I have read in a while. The characters were dark and have some real deep emotional issues that they deal with. I enjoyed reading Elizabeth’s journey. Not only was she healing herself, but she was healing Devan as well. One step at a time. Devan has a beautiful soul, but he battles many demons. Together they start to heal.
The story flowed smoothly and the story develops slowly with flash back scenes. Usually I hate the flash back story type books, because the author tends to overdo it and confuse the reader. But the author did well with these and I found myself not falling behind or getting confused. Nicely done.
I did feel the story could have continued for a bit more. I would like to have read more of the story after Devan makes his decision in the end. But it was a nice ending. This is defiantly a dark read and not for the faint at heart. So if you can’t handle a whip and cane then this book may not be for you. But if that dark erotica love doesn’t bother you then you will enjoy this book.
*ARC provided by Book Unleashed and Tiffany York
Upon first glance, one might not realize Tiffany N. York is originally from Brooklyn, New York–until she opens her mouth. Then there’s sarcasm and sassiness aplenty.
Because cold and grey days make her tired and cranky, she now lives in Southern California with her spirited son, diva Chihuahua, an ever-changing number of cats, and two screeching parakeets. To say she writes fiction to escape reality is an understatement.
She has written two romantic comedies, The Accidental Cougar and The Meatball Mistress. Her erotic romance, The Submissive Muse will be released 7-14-17. She loves to hear what readers have to say…about anything.
*Author Bio and Picture courtesy of Amazon