Swan Lake by L.B. Alexander is an Adult Dark Romance full of emotional, broken characters and the love story that follows..
And then, there was quiet.
Physically, I knew nothing had changed. My heart still raced. My legs still shook. My breaths were short and shallow, and my stomach continued to flip.
But there was an unmistakable hush, and I couldn’t tell if that exquisite solace was sourced from my body or from his. It was as if I’d spent my entire life surrounded by white noise, and I was experiencing true, absolute silence for the first time.
My fearful body was not dancing to anxiety.
It was dancing entirely to arousal.
The swan is not as innocent as she appears…
All April wants is a moment of quiet. But due to an ongoing struggle with mental illness, silence has become an elusive privilege she fears she’ll never capture. A violent attack has brought her burgeoning ballet career to a sudden halt, and a traumatic experience in a strict rehabilitation facility has rendered her more humble than ever. Now that she has returned to her native Southern California, April is content to conceal the dangerous half of herself she fears under a tenuous mask of control.
But the façade is disrupted when April meets William – her older, mysterious, and disgraced new employer. She finds unexpected freedom in him, for like her, he is also two-natured.
There’s a mask he shows the world.
And a dark, true half he hides.
A novel in three acts.
I am back on my dark romance kick, and this one went all the way..
Please note: trigger warnings for mental health and eating disorders
We follow a very broken, emotional heroine whose life has tore her down both mentally and physically. When a violent attack snatches her away from the ballet, this psychological story reaches madness..
Then bring in a dominate, gritty, passionate romance, and I was hooked! If you gravitate towards the BDSM side, this one won’t disappoint. It has all the elements of a dark romance inside and out, and I was so surprised to learn this was a debut novel!
I ended up giving this one a high 3 out of 5 stars. While I loved the general idea of the story, there were moments where the plot seemed to drag just a tiny bit. It was a steady read that I enjoyed overall.
Published: 4 December 2018
Genre: Adult Romance / Reimagining
How I Read It: eARC from Inkslinger Tours
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
L.B. Alexander is an American author based in perpetually sunny California, specializing in high romance and women’s fiction. An optimist at heart, and a true believer in happily ever afters, she strives to tell memorable, passionate stories that can intrigue, challenge, arouse and most importantly, inspire.
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