The Darkness of Our Wounds: Ciarán

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Ciarán is a young, gay submissive, member of a very select BDSM club for the rich called the Downtown Private Gentlemen’s Club. He is a pain slut, and can achieve pleasure only at the sting of a bullwhip. Ciarán needs to have a breakthrough before it's too late and his pain need puts his safety in real danger.Richard seeks the help of one of the darkest dominants he knows to help Ciarán. More
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Xia Xia Lake decided a couple of years ago that she wanted to spend her free time writing stories and partying with vampires. She now lives in Transylvania with her fiancé, and is a big fan of Romanian cuisine.

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annob129 reviewed on July 7, 2019

Oh, this was good! It started dark, straight into an intense scene with the main character Ciarán. Emotionally in a bad place, his increasing abuse of physical pain makes the people around him who cares for him hurt as well. It's them, rather than Ciarán, that reaches their limits and now struggles with how to continue to help the young man. I won't spoil the storyline since it is a short story, but it moves from dark to light, not the other way round, which fits my reading preference perfectly.

There are a fair bit of trigger warnings in the beginning of the book, which made me a bit hesitant to pick this book up. But perhaps because I'm a mature reader, steeled by both real life and the many books I've read, I didn't find the story as heavy as expected. It's not a romance, and I don't see it fit the tag erotica either. Quite unexpectedly I found it filled with beauty. The beauty of true friends. The beauty of strangers unselfishly helping out. And most of all, the inner beauty a human soul only gains through difficult, sometimes traumatic life experiences.

The book may be dark themed, but it left me off in a good place. And in the process put a share of my money spent into a good cause. And I wholeheartedly look forward to read the future instalments without any of my previous hesitation at all!
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