Book Review – Blossom In Winter by Melanie Martins.
I thought this was a fantastic dark, romance read… in the beginning. However, I felt it inconsistent and slow. The characters needed more development and so did the story, in my opinion. It’s classed as a romantic thriller so I was waiting for something to happen with maybe her best friend Emma, seeing as she liked to torture a boy or 2, but no. Or maybe there’d be some stand-off between her and Alex (the love interest) for Petra’s affections as it’s later revealed Emma seems to have feelings for her, but no. Instead, apart from at the beginning, Emma’s scenes are fleeting. I don’t even understand why Petra was best friends with her as she was a horrible person!
I couldn’t quite believe the relationship between Petra and Alex Van Dieren or that her dad came around to the idea of Petra dating and ultimately getting engaged to his best friend. The relationship just progressed too quickly!
It surprised me to find out quite late on in the book that Alex was a dom. Although it was hinted at that he had a dark sexual side and had a fetish/kink quite early on in the book, the author didn’t go into any detail until he mentioned about the girls that he had dom/sub relationships with. And this was only mentioned in passing in his narrative, it wasn’t a big revelation.
“If I recall properly, only my former subs used to beg me to f*ck their asses. Wow. I tremble at the thought that Petra might actually want to become one.” Page 388
That is well over half way through the story. There IS a contract drawn up but this is in relation to their relationship and the media (he’s a wall street businessman in his 40s, she’s just turned 18). Hmm I do wonder what a person living the sub/dom lifestyle would think to this book…
He never actually discusses this dom/sub lifestyle with her so he just comes across as controlling. Especially with him giving her rules such as not leaving the table without his permission and having to change into a nightgown when she does so. But also when he forces her to have sex with no warning at all just so he can selfishly get his rocks off! She had absolutely no idea what’s going on and is so confused and upset by it. Later, out of nowhere, Petra’s personality then changes and she goes on to be the dominatrix when she next sees him. I mean, I get her thought process, she wants to beat him at his own game and prove she’s not gonna be walked over BUT this isn’t explained. It’s just as though she’s turned into someone else. She’s also portrayed as naive yet mature but they don’t really go hand in hand and it was shocking to see her go from virgin to wanting to explore everything sexual within weeks of losing her virginity! Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t wanna try anal so soon after having sex for the first time!
In the end I just really struggled with this book. The dialogue was cringey at time’s, especially during the sex scenes when Petra would say, “Ahhh…” instead of the author simply stating that she groaned/moaned. I was expecting more thriller alongside the romance but it left a lot to be desired and a lot of unanswered scenes and questions! Scenes which could have lead the book into a thriller but didn’t really take off. The sub genre is more taboo (age-gap plus he’s her godfather who brought her up like she was his own) than anything else.
this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review