by Ben Burgess Jr.
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: April 17, 2014
Publisher: Ben Burgess Jr.
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance Gay/Lesbian
Print Length: 174 pages
Samantha Miller didn't have an easy start. Molested as a child and subsequently forced into prostitution by her drug-addicted mother, Samantha learned at an early age that men were not to be trusted. Being constantly preyed upon taught her to be a predator. Her target was women-specifically, straight or married women. As the headliner at a local strip club, Samantha capitalized on the gifts she was cursed with. In turn, her life quickly spiraled down a dangerous path of violence, seduction, and exploitation. When Sasha is brought on as the new bartender, she becomes Samantha's newest target. The last thing Samantha anticipated was falling in love. When tragedy strikes, what was once a challenge may prove to be her downfall. Can Samantha heal from her abusive past, or will she always be Wounded?
Wounded by Ben Burgess Jr.
She was a sexual predator. She was finished being the prey and someone was going to pay; sadly, Samantha didn’t realize the one who would pay the most was herself. Wounded by Ben Burgess Jr. is the downward spiral of a young, sexually abused child who grew up to hate men, trust no one and to use her body to control those around her. As a stripper, she had the power to make men give up their money, as a lover, she tolerated men, but drove women wild. She made it her mission to awaken every woman to their lesbian side and sometimes she did her job too well, as they craved her like a drug. For Samantha, it was meaningless; a means to an end, to prove she had the power denied her as a child. She never thought of the pain she caused and what it could do her because she never thought she might fall in love, herself.
For any author to create so much darkness and pain within a character is a gift. For a male author to get inside the head and heart of a female character as damaged as Samantha and bring her to life so completely shows a truly creative sensitivity head and shoulders above many others. Ben Burgess Jr. is bold in his storytelling, never shying away from the grit and the darkness. His writing is erotic in the detail, yet as emotionally twisted as his character Samantha would feel it. Not for those who can look beyond the physical acts to the mental and emotional turmoil, each page can be painful enough to actually feel deep in one’s gut. Is there a true heroine? No, more likely there are several flawed victims, including the one with the greatest flaws, Samantha, a product of her environment and the dignity and self-worth stolen from her as a child. You will walk away from this one with a heavy heart for her past and a prayer she can finally move toward a brighter future. The real story is found between the written words where our own interpretation takes over.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.