A story of love and hate….
Chateau Rouge caters to all it’s clients sexual proclivities but it is a virtual prison and at times a nightmare for those who ‘work’ behind it’s closed doors… this is an intense and at times dark book there are erotic aspects but mostly this is an emotional story of Angel, a young woman, living an unenviable life and faced with an unenviable decision…
…in many ways this is contentious subject matter sensitively written and told from Angels’s perspective filled with sad observations and irony at the world in which she is forced to perform sexual acts for little or no reward…there is a self loathing there but also a strength of character that rises above the sordid life she inhabits; Angel may be an experienced ‘whore’ but there is a sweet naivety about her inner voice…and her customers whilst mostly thumbnail sketches have a depth which hint at the melancholy and predilections that find them entering the Chateau…. into her life enters Felix, an artist, and everything she believed before is challenged…
I was intrigued by the premise of this story…there are two types of individuals described within these pages….there are victims and there are those who exploit them but it is not always clear which character is which…there are some humorous moments providing light relief from the jaded world of the Chateau…I particularly loved Angel’s reaction when asked whether she was a professional in certain aspects of BDSM….
….this is rather a sad story of manipulation and exploitation but there is also a hopeful message of love that does not judge and can be found in the darkest of situations……the ending left me with some unanswered questions and a desire to know more about the future lives of the inhabitants and customers of the Chateau Rouge….. I received a copy of this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review
For fans of: Ashley Jade, Dani Rene