Taken By the Night
by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 262 pages
Publisher: Twisted Hearts Productions
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
What would you do if you were forced to come face-to-face with the secret part of your soul you’ve kept hidden your entire life? Would you expose that secret if it meant the possibility of living your greatest fantasy?
Hospice nurse Courtney Wells expected to encounter a commanding personality when she agreed to provide care for an old friend of the Romanian aristocrat, Baron Marcas Kalnovky. Confident, self-controlled, and independent- very few things could rattle her, that is until she meets the handsome and mysterious man with silver-gray eyes and old world charm. The moment she hears his deep rolling accent, her body quivers with a desire she can’t deny no matter how hard she tries.
From the beginning, Marcas demands something the young American woman’s not willing to give- submission. His desire for her takes him on a journey that forces him to face himself in a way neither he, nor Courtney, anticipate.
What the pretty little nurse doesn’t know is that the baron’s voracious appetite for ancient erotic art resulted in the unleashing of a dark curse. Not only does he nearly lose his sight, but his soul is literally split in two.
By day, he’s the same man he always was- controlled, calm, and commanding; but at sunset, he tears in half and his two opposite sides war against one another. The only thing they have in common is the beautiful, feisty woman who’s turned their life around. Both sides not only want her, but they also need her… all of her, in every way she can be taken… Together at night- which means they have to find a way to get along.
When Marcas finally confesses the truth, Courtney’s both terrified and intrigued. When she’s bound naked and helpless at the mercy of all of his desires, she’s shocked to find that she’s soon begging for both of him in every manner imaginable.
When she discovers the pain Marcas endures to be with her; she’s determined to find a way to help him. Little does she know that there’s more to curse than his being forced to face himself every night—it wants a sacrifice. A terrifying sacrifice that would cost Courtney’s life she’s compelled to come to terms with her own hidden darkness.
Will her love be enough to break the curse and heal his wounded soul? What about the cost? Would he ever forgive her if she succeeds in setting him free?
This was a nice little read when I eventually got into the story, but it did take me a little while to get into.
It’s a different and intriguing story line, Courtney is a nurse providing care for those terminally ill, she works for an agency and gets contracts given to her, so she has no personal ties or commitments anywhere, no house or relations. She gets asked to go look after an elderly friend of a Baron Marcas Kalnovky, she signs the contract not reading it and not knowing what she has let herself in for.
It seems the Baron has a fetish for kinky art, one of the pieces he collected was cursed and was released upon him when he opened it, damaging his eyesight and literally tearing his soul in two. By day he is his whole self, by night he splits and become two, but they are the the opposites of each other and are constantly at war with themselves.
The Baron has been looking for the one woman who can release him from this curse, he believes Courtney is it. He wants her, but more than that he requires her submission. But Courtney lives for her control, relinquishing her submission is a difficult thing for her and is something she has never done. She is fiery and sassy and has no problem telling he Baron off or putting him in his place, usually swearing at the same time. The Baron does not take kindly to this and has Courtney over his lap on numerous giving her a good spanking!
Courtney ends up falling for the Baron, both sides of him, and is unable to choose between them, but she is determined to try and help him. But the cure requires a sacrifice, and that means her looking into her own fears and darkness within herself, she’s not sure if she is willing to do that.
I enjoyed the setting of the story in Romania within the Carpathian mountains, which added to the gothic type setting of the story giving it a lovely atmosphere. There are lots of erotic / BDSM scenes within the story line as to be expected, but the fantasy / mythology / PNR aspect of the story were also well captured. Overall an enjoyable read.
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About the Author:
BDSM/AP lifestyler Breanna Hayse strives to give her readers truth and reality of the BDSM/Age-Play/Total Power and Erotic Exchange lifestyle.
Who am I?
I’m a native Californian gone ‘wild’, and had the opportunity to travel the globe and discover the world through the eyes of both a Marine Intelligence specialist and a BDSM lifestyler. I left the service to go into hospice nursing and grief counseling, eventually working as a marriage and family therapist for those involved in alternative lifestyle development. This experience has allowed me to gain unique inspiration for my books and offer realistic plots and relatable characters.
In 2004, my husband, John, and I joined forces to work with both submissives and dominants- teaching, training, listening and loving. Our goal was to take the mystery and fear out of the lifestyle and mentor people in safe, consensual and healthy relationships.
My first book, The Game Plan, was published in 2012 and opened the door to the now-booming world of Age-Play literature. Since that time, I’ve devoted my ‘spare’ time to writing, researching, community involvement, and private and group pro bono counseling in deviant behavior, alternative lifestyle, and addiction recovery.
I was formally ‘dungeon trained’ as a Domme before discovering my submissive side when I joined the service. My scenarios are pulled primarily from either personal experience or observation, including spending time in BDSM clubs as the safety/medical officer. My multi-faceted background allows me to glean from many avenues and give a unique and intelligent literary experience through elements of fantasy and fiction. I also discuss the questions and psychology of the lifestyle in a manner that is fun and informative, and based on ‘the real deal.’
I live with my husband, musician, and fellow-author, John Hayse, and two border collies in southern California. We practice a 24/7 D&S relationship with speckles of AP (and many trips to Build-A-Bear), and happily spend every moment together that we can. My hobbies include my puppies, hiding my vanilla salt-water taffy where John can’t find it, exotic art, collecting inspirational trinkets, and developing my own paddle line. You can also see me as a featured author/instructor in professional conference settings and as a Sexpert for kinkyliterature.com.