REVIEW: Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

I am a fan of Annabel Joseph’s work, and have read a few of her BDSM themed series. This one, however, I felt was too similar to the¬†Rough Love¬†series, with its focus on pain and masochism, its involvement in the art world, the wealthy sadist scared of commitment, and the lack of a safe word. Unfortunately, I actually really enjoyed the other series, so to me, this felt like a less developed version of much the same.

Fort and Juliet just didn’t seem to have that believable a connection to me. There wasn’t so much of a plot, only scene after scene towards the end, showcasing Joseph’s ability to write (and not to shy away from) the brutality in sex scenes. They were erotic, to a degree, but I’ve found I’m less into the pain and more into the humiliation side of reading BDSM, so this will appeal more to ‘maso-sluts’.

I did enjoy reading it, and Goodluck was probably the highlight with his artistic rambling and comedic value. I just wanted to be a little more invested in their relationship than I found myself at the final page.

In a nutshell
What I liked
-The moment of conflict really did make me feel
-The brutality

What I didn’t like
-The one-dimensional characters
-The repetition of tropes and themes in Joseph’s work

~Evelyn (3/5)