What happens when your need for change leads you down a path of dark desire? Do you explore the unknown? Or follow the most likely path of shying away? For Natalie ‘The Haven’ is that something unknown and that something dark. And to her own surprise she’s willingly exploring it.
Natalie is determined to change the direction that her love life is heading in; stale, unsatisfying and always ending with the man walking away. After she discovers ‘The Haven’ and her darkly handsome tutor Simon, Natalie knows that after two weekends away at the adult only retreat, her love life will never be the same again.
Natalie is a business woman; strong-minded, opinionated and successful, but when her time at ‘The Haven’ requires her to take on a submissive character, she struggles against it. In the beginning of the book the reader sees Natalie as a woman who knows what she wants and how she’ll get it, but at the end she’s someone who has learned to adapt, change and comes to understand that different can not only be good, but it can be great. I enjoyed Natalie’s inner turmoil on the ever present question in a woman’s mind, “what should I do”.
The story follows Natalie on her two weekend stay at ‘The Haven’ and her quest to change her love life. Most of the book is pretty one sided but in the early stages of the story one chapter is narrated by Simon Ellis, Natalie’s love interest. His chapter gives the reader just enough insight into his character and first impressions of Natalie and then leaves the reader guessing for the rest of the novel. I thought this chapter was well placed and left me on edge, was I going to get another sneak peak into his mind? Was Natalie reading too much into his actions and words? Were Natalie’s feelings mutual? It all just became a guessing game – the good kind.
I enjoyed the overall flow of the novel, it was easy to sit down and quickly read 50 pages or so and get lost in what was happening. Much like the way Natalie was learning about ‘The Haven’, her body and the darker side of desire, I felt like the reader was on that same journey and right there with Natalie on her weekend. The book had a certain sense of discovery that kept me turning the page because not only did I want to know what was happening to Natalie but I also wanted to know what was going to happen next to those around her.
But while I enjoyed the story, I finished the book, I did feel that there was a certain level of depth lacking to the story – side note; I feel this way about all Marina Anderson books I’ve read this far. It might be the book’s sudden ending or it’s lack of ‘they get married and life happily ever after’, but I did want a little ‘more’ and was left unsatisfied – excuse the pun.
But for those looking for insight into the darker pleasures that’s out there and the journey of an everyday woman looking for it, then Haven of Obedience is a good place to start. If you’ve read Marina Anderson’s Haven of Obedience then leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the book. Or if you have any book recommendations you’d like to suggest leave a comment below and I’ll add it to my list.