Shame is defined as: "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively. It is a conscious condition of what we can outwardly expose what we inwardly want to leave uncovered.
“There are many shades of shame, my dear. You just have to find the one you're most comfortable with...”
Shades of Shame is the prequel to Semper fi where we met Logan McNarry, the son of Senator David McNarry. He has a scandal that haunts his past and threatens his future. But Logan isn't the only one with skeletons in his closet.
Senator McNarry has a refined taste and insatiable appetite for his interns. He uses these traits to quench his thirst for his very own brand of kink in his “Den of Sin.”
“The tawdry encounters with women held little emotional importance and were only to satisfy his sexual cravings, nothing more.”
His relationship with his wife Elise is one that pulls at your emotions. All she really wants is her husband, and as you learn of his indiscretions and the emotional bond he has with her, you find yourself rooting for the happily ever after, which I always like in a love story. But this is not that kind of story.
Lelia, the daughter of Elise’s best friend Patricia, is one of the Senator’s interns. She is career minded, head-strong, and doesn't know what it means to have real unconditional love. Her daddy issues create a situation that puts her heart in the middle of her own emotional game of tug of war. Logan is not who she ever thought she wanted but his power of persuasion has the ability to turn her head his way. Is his love enough to fill the void she is so desperately trying to fill?
The book touches on the principles of BDSM, the domination/submissive relationship and the type of play that goes with that lifestyle. I loved the first book Semper fi, the story of Logan and Mattie. I looked to this book to provide me with the details of Logan’s past in order to explain some of his demons. At times, I found parts of this book seemed to contradict some of the first book’s storyline. I hope the third book will give me the explanations for my confusion.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story as a standalone book. The characters are developed and relatable even to this vanilla mid-western chick. I was a huge fan of Logan and his story and was not disappointed in his interactions with the other characters. I now have a clearer view of his past and why he made the choices that he did to be in that airport the day he met Mattie. I anticipate the third book will hopefully push the envelope and draw me in as the series continues.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)