Translucent by Erin Noelle
Series: Luminous #1
Published on June 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more – a breaking point some call it. The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a magazine firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47. Literally. I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave. Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira and that was my story.Translucent is one woman's story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.
At seventeen, a naïve Bryleigh was swept off her feet by an older, charismatic, powerful man. Being young and innocent, she thought he was perfect and rushed into a very serious, very adult relationship with him right away. Not long into their marriage she discovers he is not who he seems and once its out in the open, things couldn’t get worse for Bryleigh. Her husband, Ishmael is a sick, sick man – some of the things he does in front of her and makes her do are truly revolting and hard to stomach. After one especially horrible act, she knows she can’t take it anymore and does the only thing she can, she kills the bastard.
At the beginning of the book, we’re briefly introduced to Bryleigh’s horrible situation with her husband but within a few pages things quickly shift to her new life. Now twenty-two, living as Blake Martin in witness protection, she’s trying live a normal life, working and just being a regular person. Within the first few weeks at her new job, her company is hired to consult for Decker Enterprises, where she meets the enigmatic Madden Decker, CEO.
Madden is intense, he commands attention and knows what he wants. After their introduction at a work presentation, Madden starts pursuing Blake rather quickly. Honestly, I didn’t really like the insta-lusting going on between them at first. Madden wants her so badly and Blake is completely confused – as was I. He knows she has a rough past, but her timid nature draws him in and once he sees there’s more to her he’s even more intense about proving to her that they should be together. I decided to go with the flow and just see how things go with them, not overthink it too much and I’m so glad I did.
“If you can fins it in yourself to allot me the tiniest sliver of faith, I will do everything in my power to help you break free from these demons holding you hostage.”
Blake has some very traumatic events in her past, as I said, her husband was a total psycho. Even though he’s dead, she may not be in the clear from his family and not only that but she’s haunted with night terrors and violent spells triggered by flashbacks. Her episodes are super intense, often physically doing harm to herself without her even being conscious for it. They really kind of broke my heart and that’s what made me finally get on board with Madden and Blake as a couple. Madden is so convincing and genuine in his feelings for her and his need to help her overcome her past. I really came to respect how he cared for her and the way everything plays out. He’s incredibly patient with her, doesn’t force her to share her past with him, and just supports her 100%, although at times he’s a bit alpha about it (which I kinda loved).
“He made me forget everything and every else in the world, past and present, and nothing mattered except him and me… nothing but us.”
Erin Noelle did an excellent job of depicting the dark past of a troubled woman through vivid flashbacks and with such great emotion. Even though Blake is in a weakened state many times throughout the story, she’s such a likeable character and her strength through it all still shined through. I loved the overall feel whenever Blake and Madden were interacting and wow… there are some really well done sex scenes. Unique, descriptive, hot, hot hot, these two definitely had some off the charts chemistry.
After the ending of this, which had me madly flipping pages to make sure I was really reading “The End” and not hallucinating, I am dying for the next book!