The Silver Chain
Mischief / July 4, 2013 / $1.99
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power at all times.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
In today’s erotic romances, dominant heroes use many different items (collars, leashes, necklaces, etc) to keep their heroines tethered to them. Gustav Levi, the hero of Primula Bond’s The Silver Chain, uses said chain, anchored to a silver bracelet on Serena Folkes’s arm and attached to his watch, as a visible reminder of his claim. The chain represents Serena’s agreement to belong to Gustav for the duration of an art exhibit of her photographs.
Serena is a young artist who is new to London. She is determined to make it on her own after having fled her unhappy upbringing. One night while photographing people for a new Halloween series, she meets the much older Gustav. Their first meeting is filled with sexual tension and intrigue. In a rush to meet up with her cousin Polly, Serena forgets her cameras. This mistake is a turning point in her life because Gustav is extremely impressed with her photographs and wants to arrange an exhibit for her. There is a catch, however. In exchange, Gustav wants Serena to become his sexual companion. The silver chain and bracelet become a symbol of their relationship. When he tugs, she comes.
Not only does Gustav use the silver chain during their intimate encounters, but also in public. He keeps Serena attached to him at her exhibit opening and is very deliberate about when he sets her free. She is his creation and his find. This visible tether works well at the event for Serena’s art opening given the erotic nature of her photography. In one set of pictures, Serena captured several sadistic scenes in a convent in Venice where the nuns whipped their young novitiates.
Of course, Gustav has reason for keeping Serena chained to him. A disastrous first marriage that ripped his family apart and left him devastated leaves Gustav afraid of love. His first wife enjoyed inflicting pain and eventually worked as a professional dominatrix. Gustav is both drawn to Serena’s fascination with whipping and repelled, having not come to terms with his ex-wife’s proclivities. But as long as Serena wears the chain, Gustav knows she is his.
Serena has her own ghosts. Raised by adoptive parents who were both physically and verbally abusive, Serena has always felt left out, as if she was an outsider. She used photography to escape the unhappiness of her childhood, while dreaming about running away from the small, seaside town in which she grew up. She is as afraid of falling in love in Gustav, often unable to trust in her own feelings or Gustav’s.
The silver chain is the bond that holds Gustav and Serena together in this story, at least until deeper emotions develop between the two. But what happens when Gustav’s past comes between the lovers? Is Gustav still obsessed by his ex-wife and her kinky legacy? Will Serena return home to her childhood sweetheart? When Serena breaks the chain will she also break her relationship with Gustav? Is there more between these two than just the fragile thread of the silver chain?
Because The Silver Chain is the first book in Primula Bond’s Unbreakable trilogy, we will have to wait to find out the answers to these questions.
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