Forced Submission by Claire Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**Warning Extremely Dark, Non-Con, Contains possible spoilers**
This was a dark read, taking a woman down a very dark path of pain, humiliation, and brainwashing and it's gut-wrenching.
Mia accepts a job with the very handsome, very rich Ellis L. Hughes and she's very excited to start her new life. She gets a new life alright, but the job is bogus, her "job" is to become the perfect submissive for a cruel and sadistic Ellis and her training starts within the hour of walking in the door to start her new job.
Ellis chose Mia out of over 20 applicants, not because she was his perfect woman, but because she had no family, no boyfriend, and no kids. No one to miss her or come looking for her. She's a little overweight, no worries, he has the perfect diet plan for that.
He takes everything away from her then does everything to break her, but there is still a resistance in her that he vows to break. And he does. It's when Ellis cuts Mia's beautiful hair off and shaves her head. The moment I knew what was coming I had to actually put the book down and walk away. The author's description of this was heartbreaking. When I came back and started reading again, I really didn't think he would do it. He seemed to waver, but then it became about power and control and he *knew* he had to go through with it. It was the obsessive need for total power and control over another living person that seems to drive Ellis, and above all the other sadistic things he did to Mia, this was the one thing that fractured her and completely broke her.
She lives a harrowing "life" as Ellis' slave. She is forced to sleep in a cage at night beside his bed, most times bound while inside the cage. She is denied food and water on a whim, and when he does give her food, it is usually only a few bites a day and only after she has pleased him. She is only fed from his hand while she kneels next to him. There is also a punishment cage in a dark closet for those times when she *doesn't* please him. There is water torture, breath play, anal, and any sadistic "toy" you can think of on a regular, if not daily basis, including stocks that she is locked into for hours at a time.
This book is not for the faint of heart. It's dark, twisted, and brutal. But I will say that there are some pretty good twists that will make you want to keep turning the pages faster and faster in a race to the finish. I read this book in one day, just couldn't put it down.
Claire Thompson is quickly becoming my "go to author" when I need that dark, non-con read.
Solid 4 star read.
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