Review: Away From Me by Lexi Blake, writing as Sophie Oak


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Three years into their dominant-submissive relationship, Gabrielle Sullivan has realized that Callum Reed will never put a ring on her finger and exchange vows with her. It's not his fault. After all, he made it clear from the beginning that what they have is a purely dom-sub arrangement. So what if she lives in his home and basically does things you would expect a romantic partner to do? Gaby is in love with Cal, and Cal...isn't in love with her. The loss of his wife four years ago affected Cal in ways that have him keeping whatever it is he has with his submissive strictly to the letter. No romantic notions, no declarations of love, no promises of happily-ever-after. So why is it that Gaby's decision to leave the house they lived in--to leave him--has him feeling broken? When they see each other again ten months after Gaby walked away, Cal takes what's left of her heart and shatters it, only to stumble upon information that Gaby purposely kept from him. Remorseful and wanting nothing more than to have her by his side, Callum is heading to an island resort intending to assert his claim on his Gabrielle--both her body and heart.

I admit it: I seriously did NOT like Callum for the first couple of chapters of Away From Me. He was an absolute jerk and his treatment of Gabrielle was rather callous, especially when their paths cross again after their break-up. However, the man slowly but surely won me over at the same time that he was winning Gaby over. Among all of Lexi Blake's re-released Sophie Oak-penned books, this one is my favorite. I loved Gaby's independent spirit, her desire to move forward with her life, even if it is one that no longer has the man she loved and still loves and after the challenge that she met head-on without him by her side. Stories that involve BDSM are not exactly at the top of my list of favorites. I like them, but I don't actively look for those types of stories. However, it's well-written books like Away From Me that clue me in on what I've been missing, and I certainly know better than to say "no" to a Lexi Blake-written tale. This isn't an overly long book, and it's an ideal read if you're looking for something to warm you up in this cooler weather we all seem to still be experiencing. I'm giving Away From Me five of five stars. ♥

Re-Release Date: 06 February 2018

Date Read: 23 January 2018

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