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My Body-His

My Body-His - Blakely Bennett Spoilers Ahead - Don't say you weren't warned.When I wrote my review for [b:Consequences|12368985|Consequences (Consequences, #1)|Aleatha Romig|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1350233855s/12368985.jpg|17349258] I compared it to [b:Fifty Shades of Grey|10818853|Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)|E.L. James|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1300842729s/10818853.jpg|15732562]. But the fact was that the book that came in a close second was [b:Comfort Food|7920450|Comfort Food|Kitty Thomas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1281078667s/7920450.jpg|11221308]. Consequences was Comfort Food but instead of isolating Claire from the rest of the world the way Emily was, Anthony convinced the outside world that Claire wanted to be there.This takes it to the next step. Instead of kidnapping Jane, Luke skips that step and convinces her that she wants to be there. They still end up in the same place - with her convinced that she wants to give him total control and the outside world believing they are in a normal, loving relationship - but this is the most insidious yet.Now, of course, the question that should come to mind is - why do I care? I don't object to consensual total power exchange stories automatically. So why does it bother me that Jane submits to Luke?The Nudity Rule - Molly in [b:Club Mephisto|9944698|Club Mephisto (Club Mephisto #1)|Annabel Joseph|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1292640626s/9944698.jpg|14838126] and Dana in [b:Safewords Davenport and Chiffon|15722578|Safewords Davenport and Chiffon (Safeword #5)|Candace Blevins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340671236s/15722578.jpg|21396748] - pretty much naked all the time at home. But not in front of the outside world. You have to draw the line somewhere and that is where I draw it. The movers scene was weird. The delivery guy scene was cruel. The wedding - it was terrible when it was just her friends and family. And then you find out that Luke had invited 45 of his "business associates" to the wedding - I almost stopped reading.The Website - He puts naked photos of her online without her having any idea. That was wrong on so many levels. She should have left him, hired a good attorney, and taken him to the cleaners. And along the way, find all the other women in the photos.The Lack of Contact - Every time he goes away he became totally incommunicado. That should have been a huge red flag.The Rage over touching his Laptop - “What's yours is mine and what's mine is my own.” Another red flag.I came away feeling like I knew very little about Luke and what I did know I couldn't stand.I really had a problem with how Jane kept getting aroused during the punishments. There should be a line between play and punishment and this kept blurring it in a way I find way disturbing. There is a difference between BDSM and Abuse but it was difficult to see where it lay in this at times - which just makes it Abuse to me. There was also the fact that except in some random instance where he smiled at her she was always unhappy.So the Rating - It was actually very well written. No major editing issues at all and I thought the story flowed pretty well. I made myself a rule that if no innocent person dies or is murdered in a story, I wouldn't give it a 1. I could give this a 3 but I am afraid it just pushed me too far.The second book is coming out soon - I will read it eventually to see where this goes - but I can't say I am looking forward to it right now.