The Golden Locket (Unbreakable #2)
Mischief / November 21, 2013 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital
The second novel in the Unbreakable Trilogy, The Golden Locket follows Gustav and Serena to New York.
Ensconced in their Manhattan penthouse, all seems blissfully happy for Gustav and Serena. Still in the first flush of love, they have every satisfaction they could need.
But as they enjoy their New York pleasure ground, ghosts start to emerge from Gustav’s past, and when his damaged younger brother, Pierre, comes back into his life, he brings with him a dangerous threat…
With temptation waiting at every turn, can Gustav and Serena survive all the excitement that the Big Apple holds?
In the second book in Primula Bond’s Unbreakable series, The Golden Locket, Gustav Levi sweeps Serena Folkes off her feet and whisks her away from London to New York. As their relationship has deepened, Gustav has loosened the boundaries of the silver chain he used in the first book to keep Serena tethered to him in The Silver Chain. While he still uses the chain during lovemaking, Gustav replaces his stamp of ownership with a golden locket that he places around Serena’s neck—one that contains a mysterious object. Serena can hear the object rattling around within the locket but Gustav tells her she can’t know what it holds until she is ready.
After a devastating confrontation between Gustav and his estranged brother Pierre, Serena finally learns all of the ugly details about how Gustav’s ex-wife engineered a kinky scene in which Gustav whipped her ruthlessly until Pierre caught them in the act (all prearranged). Margot, the ex-wife, then played the abused wife, ran to Pierre and took his virginity. Margot took off with Pierre, brainwashing him to hate his older brother. Serena defends Gustav against Pierre’s accusations, but is determined that the two brothers find some common ground. She insists that they continue to talk, and then plans are made for the two to meet in the new year after Gustav and Serena have moved across the pond.
But all is not as it seems with Pierre, who is almost a mirror image of Gustav. Pierre is defensive, overly solicitous and frankly smarmy. He acts quite differently towards Serena when Gustav isn’t around, making his motives seem suspect. Pierre has a commission that he wants Serena to take on, photographing his burlesque show. There are hints that Pierre may not be working alone. Is Margot still pulling his strings? Is Margot still in New York? What did Margot actually do to Pierre after she stole him away from Gustav?
Meanwhile, with the loosened silver chain, Gustav gives Serena permission to explore her sexuality, to grow and experiment, to find out what turns her on. He knows that Serena is a natural voyeur, one who loves to watch others’ intimate moments and capture them on film. But as she continues to take erotic and sensual photographs, her sexual desires grow. Gustav accompanies her on many of her assignments, giving her the confidence to do a striptease for a room full of men at an elite sex club and to engage in sex play with two women while doing a pre-wedding shoot for one of the ladies. Gustav gives Serena room to play, trusting her to come back to him.
Yet Pierre is determined to cause trouble. During a trip to Venice, he masquerades as his brother, trying to fool Serena. Unfortunately, she comes very close to falling for his seduction before his scars give him away. Is it because he truly loves Serena? Is it because she accepts his scars? Or is there something more nefarious going on? Is Margot behind it all? Does Margot want to make Gustav suffer? The Golden Locket is the second book in a trilogy, so Bond does not answer these questions. One can only imagine where Bond plans to take things next.
Once Gustav does make it to Venice, he finally reveals the secret of the golden locket, hoping to cement his relationship with Serena. All seems fine until a package arrives in the closing paragraph leaving readers to wonder what will be next.
The Golden Locket follows Gustav and Serena as their relationship matures and as Serena begins to explore her sexuality. Gustav has to let Serena go, breaking the bond created by the silver chain and replacing it with a locket that holds a secret. Lies, secrets and passion abound, although where it will all lead is anybody’s guess.
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