Theme: Mental and Physical abuse in relationships.
Thesis: Sexual abuse in childhood leads to a controlling personality as well as an ignorant mind.
I really think the author is sexually frustrated, being married and having kids, she's letting her imagination run wild. Too wild if you ask me. Most of this is not something that would really happen, yes it's fantasy.
The general field of this book is erotica/romance, not too sure if it fits into romance though. Its more of a young girls fantasy, than romance. And it's written mostly for moms, ages between 30-45. It's mommy porn. It was boring, poorly written, the story is not that exciting, there is no climax, no anticipation, just a flat boring story. The writing style is very informal, not to mention the many grammatical errors. She really could have used the help of an editor
Christian is tall and handsome, oh and rich, He is very sure of himself, always right. He has a need to control Anastasia, as well as other women, he won't let her drive her car because it's old and "dangerous". Telling her when to eat and how much, and then the whole contract deal, I would be out the door already, but no. Naive little Ana thinks this is fine, he will change.
He was adopted as a child, his real mother was a crack whore, he was sexually abused for years as a teenager by his adoptive mothers best friend. Although he says it wasn't abuse because he consented to it and learned a lot. Learned what, how to tie up people to posts and whip them. I just don't get it. It somehow affected him nonetheless. He won't let Anastasia touch him, at all. He definitely has some sort of issues, and deals with them by having kinky sex. What's so attractive about him, his looks, which aren't described in much detail in the first place, or his money. Or his torture chamber, and maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't want to be told when to have sex and how.
But what about little innocent Anastasia, the smart 21 year old college student, who doesn't seem to be all that smart after all. Maybe she is supposed to be some nerdy girl, who has never beed around boys, because the first time she sees a hot guy she's literally tripping over her own feet. She also keeps talking to her inner goddess. What the F is that, who talks to their inner goddess. She is also insecure about herself, in the first chapter of the book she already says she hates how her friend, even when sick, looks better than she does on her best day.
She's got some self esteem issues, no wonder that as soon as an attractive male shows her some attention she is in love with him.
And of course she is a virgin, which Christian quickly wants to fix for her, because being a virgin is apparently a bad bad thing. What is the matter with her too though. On her first day over at his place, he shows her the red room of pain and instead of running out of there screaming, she thinks it's kind of kinky?
I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone I know, unless they really want to read it. I felt like I was getting dumber as I was reading it, there are no lessons to take away from it at all. I don't think I have any experiences even close to this, I would run and hide if I saw the Room of Torture. But maybe it depends on the readers personal life, if it's not as exciting as this than they might like it.
If you're looking for a good romance book with some hot sex scenes, but don't like the stupidity of this one, I would recommend "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons, and "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.