A DIVINE LIFE (The Divine Trilogy, #2) by R.E. Hargrave

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Book Summary

Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom — she thinks. To celebrate their collar-ing anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final limits and fantasies will be realized. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?

While Catherine faces dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden finds his own inner strength being tested. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others?

Excerpt

“So, how does that work? I mean, how does one draw the line between Master and husband?” Was such a complicated relationship possible? Could Jayden see her that way? Just thinking his name caused a funny feeling in Catherine’s chest. Her thoughts continued, now on overdrive . . No. Master didn’t do personal relationships. He’d said as much when they’d first signed their con-tract together. They’d both agreed to the understanding that this was nothing more than a sexual relationship. Hell, he was fucking two other people besides her that she knew of. If there were a chance that he wanted something more with her, he wouldn’t have handed her over to complete strangers today. Would he? Oh, God. Sir Jonathan’s offer to take Catherine on repeated itself in her memory, along with the knowledge that she had more sessions today with an unknown number of Doms. Was that what today was? Had the ‘inspection’ Sir Jonathan performed not been part of the scene? Was Sir Jonathan looking her over as a potential acquisition? What about Miss K offering to take her on back in February? Catherine’s stomach soured again.

“No. No, please, no. I — I can’t,” Catherine mumbled and began to shake.

“Erin?”

Her world began crumbling around her, and panic took root. Catherine gasped for air, wrapping her arms around her mid-section.

“Erin! What’s wrong?”

Paige’s shriek snapped Catherine to attention, and she raised her watery eyes to meet her new friend’s. “Paige,” Catherine started to cry. “He figured it out. I tried to be so good, so careful. He knows, and he’s going to get rid of me!” She thought she’d done so well at hiding her secret over the months, protecting her heart. Paige had wrapped her arm around Catherine and was rubbing slow circles on her back. With a wince, Catherine became quite aware of every lash mark from Sir Jonathan’s whip. They now burned to her core when Paige’s soft hands brushed over them. Catherine flinched away from her.

“Shh, Erin,” she said in a calming voice. “Who knows what, sweetie? What are you talking about?”

Turning wide eyes on her, Catherine choked out, “Jay . . . Master. He knows I’ve fallen in — in love with him. I wasn’t supposed to. He found out, and now he’s interviewing me with strange Doms to get rid of me. I broke the rules and he —” she swallowed a sob, “he doesn’t want me anymore!”

My Review

I wasn’t aware when I read this book that it was part of series.  I was asked to do a review for the blog tour so I happily accepted and by the first page I was hooked.  Even without reading the first book, which I now read and posted a review of that on this blog earlier this week. I was so attached to Catherine and Jayden.  I rarely fan girl over a book, okay there are a few series that I have instructed my husband to bury me with, but this is certainly a book that didn’t take much time to win a piece of my heart.

Even without knowing the back ground of these two, I knew there was something deep in this relationship.  Oh it started off with sex, I mean HOT sex, but there was clearly an emotional connection.  With every scene I was able to see the relationship develop more and grow into something so strong and deep.  Jayden displayed such concern and love for Catherine but it was clear she had something deep in her past that made her unsure how lovable she could be to him.  There were a few flashbacks of her past that we saw in this book that showed she has come a long way in the world of trust but I never doubted her love and loyalty and desire to please Jayden.

This was a story of pushing yourself to test new waters, see what your limits really are, not what you have imposed on yourself out of fear or lack of knowledge.  It was also a story of power and strength to over come the baggage that you carry from your past and emerge into the person you were meant to be.  Jayden showed us what love can do when you put the other person before your own wishes and comforts.  He was willing to give Catherine her chance to experience her dreams and fantasies, do it without his supervision because he put her first. .

After reading this book for the blog review, I knew I had to get the first book.  I enjoyed it as much as this one.  Please check my review of To Serve Is Divine and make sure you grab both books and dive into the world of Catherine and Jayden.  Ms Hargrave has given me another power couple that I will be following for a long time.  She was able to hook me on page one and never let go.  I am only hoping she is busy writing the next book in this story cause I am not sure how long I can wait to find out if these two get the happily ever after they both deserve. I hope you readers walk away with the same sense of power and determination to never let your past control your future and to be able to fully trust another to meet your needs and keep you safe is really a gift that you should treasure.  To see the love connection between Catherine and Jayden reaffirms my belief in true committment to another..

About the Author

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R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer for Renaissance Romance Publishing.

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JBJ says

5 Hearts rating

4 thoughts on “A DIVINE LIFE (The Divine Trilogy, #2) by R.E. Hargrave”

  1. Gobsmacked and teary eyed… Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • You are welcome. I really love this series, I hope you will allow me to promote the third book……………I don’t fangirl often but I did with this series. : )

      • I’m truly honored to draw that kind of reaction from you, and yes, without a doubt, once Surreal is ready, I’d love for you to be on board for that one, too. Slated for a March 2014 release 😉

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