Review Tour - Rachel's Reviews on all of RE Hargraves books!


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R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.
A native 'mutt,' Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but its anybody's guess as to what the genre will be!

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Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***

BDSM with a BANG!

To Serve is Divine is fifty shades on steroids. I am not nor have I ever tried even the mildest form of D/s, but to say I wouldn't would be a lie. Ms. Hargrave truly has a talent to draw the reader into a story that goes above and beyond. She leads you into and instructs you within the BDSM lifestyle with truly amazing characterization. The dynamic between Jayden and Catherine is awe inspiring. Catherine is a young woman who was introduced to the D/s lifestyle in college. Her first real D/s relationship with Spencer was so emotionally and physically abusive that she no longer trusted herself, and left the lifestyle for a year. Standing outside a "new" to her club, Jayden spies her waiting in line and has her admitted into the club where he slowly brings her back to herself. This is book 1 of 3 and gets into a little bit of Catherine's past, Jaydens desires, Catherine's desires, and a slowly building relationship between the two.
It is so far from anything I know about, but so intriguing that even though you don't understand how someone could want to be whipped, flogged, degraded or humiliated you keep reading because your are embedded into the story and lives of Jayden and Catherine. Jayden wants only a submissive, not a "lover" or a relationship. Catherine is looking for someone to dominate her and she is falling hard for Jayden. It becomes more difficult for Catherine (the submissive persona) to separate from Erin (the day to day persona) and not fall in love with Jayden, who I really do think is swoon-worthy. Yes he has a submissive, yes he has another partner when he's at work and needs to let loose, and yes he has his chauffer (some m/m action) but he's not into Micah, nor is he into his secretary, but he is slowly falling for Erin, not just Catherine. TSID earned every one of the 5 stars it received from me and I can't wait to continue the story in A Divine Life.
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Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom—she thinks. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final limits and fantasies will be realized. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?
While Catherine faces dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden finds his own inner strength being tested. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***

Oh Holy Hell, BDSM like I've never read before!

I enjoyed To Serve is Divine, which was book 1, and if you haven't read it yet, please do not start this book until you do.
A Divine Life blew TSID away and me along with it. Oh Holy Hot! ADL goes so far beyond anything I have ever read before. There is a lot more extreme action going on, and you just can't stop. Some of Catherine's memories were so totally disturbing that I wanted to physically cry for her. Ms. Hargraves characterization and use of the written word takes you to another world where everything you've never imagined happens. And while you might be like OH MY GOD and you don't even know if it's in a good way or bad, you're hot and bothered..I don't care if you're technically enjoying the story or not, you just can't help it. You find out just how rotten Spencer was to Catherine and you also wonder just how much Jayden could possibly care for either Catherine or Erin when he gives her the "Big" surprise. I usually like to include little snippets of the story to make a point or explain why I feel a certain way, but honestly, I don't know if I could find a "tame" enough paragraph, this story is so HOT and messed up. If you're big into reading BDSM this is a must read for you. This story is so wonderfully written that I sincerely can not wait to read another by R.E Hargrave... I'm pretty sure that her talent for writing would make the dictionary enjoyable. Patiently awaiting book #3.
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***2015 Nominee for BDSM Writers Con Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM Novel of the Year***
Catherine O'Chancey is a young submissive who has found her happily ever after, with a man far better than she’d ever dreamed.
Or has she? Is life that easy?
Jayden Masterson first opened his playroom to Catherine—a provocative Irish beauty with a penchant for pain—and then his heart to her everyday persona, Erin. For him, life has never been more perfect . . . Or more confusing.
He's comfortable as a Dominant, but still finding his way as a lover and equal partner. Jayden is also learning that he can't protect his jewel from everything—nor should he. Some battles she must fight on her own.
The travesties of Erin's past still haunt her, and as the couple move forward in their merging relationship, they must now cope with the physical damage left behind by her abuser.
Catherine and her Master have a lot to learn—about each other, and about themselves. If Jayden and his jewel can overcome the challenges they'll face on the next leg of their journey, their ending just might be . . . Surreal.
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***

A Fabulous Ending to Jayden and Catherine's Hot as Hell Love Story

Let me start off by saying I waited a whole year for Surreal. Every couple of days I would head over to RE's facebook page and give a little nudge, asking if she's writing, and any time she put out a snippet of Surreal I would faithfully share. So I waited, and waited, and FINALLY it ended up on my kindle and I was SOOOO excited.

I read Surreal SLLOOOWWWLY so I could savor it. And savor it I did. I LOVE Ms. Hargrave's writing. She brings Master Jayden and Catherine (Erin) to life. Her BDSM scenes are sooo flippin hot. I really can't compare it to anything else that's out there because no one else that I've found is as comprehensive and realistic as Ms. Hargrave is. It's seriously panty drenching. No, really, I'm not lying or just saying this because she's on of my top authors. You can "see" all the work that goes into each and every novel she publishes, and Surreal is no different. At almost 400 pages and 50,000 words she puts her all into it and you can tell.

The storyline is so fluid, the characters are just so amazing and her wording...I swear I can feel Jayden's breath on my neck, or the rose lightly cascading over my skin, and yeah, she makes me think that I would love to feel the thwack of the flogger and the pinkening of my skin (yeah, I've never had the opportunity to foray into the world of BDSM but, damn, she makes me want to try!) and submit. From the world of orgasm denial, pleasure in pain, whippings, spankings, floggers, cuffs and blindfolds to forced orgasms, multiple partners, m/m, m/f/m, nipple clamps, and dildo's. Surreal has it all and more. Love, Commitment, Devotion, Domination, Submission. Surreal encompasses all of human emotion.

My earlier reviews of the first two books in the Divine Series say exactly what I still feel...that the Fifty Shades phenom has NOTHING on the Divine Series. It's like Sesame Street compared to Breaking Bad. Fluff compared to substance. Have I said yet that it's seriously panty drenching? My husband has enjoyed my 3 days of reading as well as I have.

Thank you so much R E Hargrave for delving into the land of BDSM and bringing it out amongst the masses that can only dream of that which you write
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Serena Peters has made her place in life writing an exclusive column for a popular foodie magazine. She has fame and fortune, what she doesn’t have is companionship or love. Chef Stuart Wellings comes from an embittered past and has had to fight for the simple way he lives. When Serena shows up to interview him and his small town diner, will an appreciation for food be the only thing they have in common, or will there be more?

MMhmm. I think RE Hargrave has found me a new career...if only the benefits would be the same!
What a smokin' hot and, that's where I was going with this. Stuart and Serena are awesome, and I'm amazed at how developed these characters can be in a story you can read in a couple of hours!
Of course, the disclaimer should read...DO NOT INHALE...take it slow, and enjoy, just like a gourmet meal. I promise you will leave wholly Satisfied!
5 Stars
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Marshall Chandler is a true American who grew up wanting nothing more than to serve his country to the best of his ability, by becoming a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. On the eve of his first assignment, he meets the woman that will haunt his dreams and change his life.
 A single night to connect, but a decade to realize it . . . when one man is torn between the love of his country and what might have been the love of his life, how does he stay sane? How does he cope? And will he ever get a second chance at love?
Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways.

Unchained Melody was a wonderful quick read.

 A day at the beach, a doctor's appointment, a couple hours of peace and quiet? You'll have time to finish this darling little love story! You like a little drama with your love stories? there's still a bit here, just not all of the repetition.
 Marshall and Melody meet in the service right before Marshall ships out. The tale that follows spans 10 years... Love, lust, regret...
A standalone novella, only about 42 pages long, well worth your time. Thank you Ms. Hargrave for giving us a little something while waiting for the last installment of your Divine Life Trilogy.
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Lacey Harrison has been dealt an unexpected hand in life: being a single mom. With her father's help and that of the residents at Royal Hills Nursing Home, she thrives and goes on to become a successful baker. She is content with her life but knows that she and her daughter Candy are missing something. Will things change for the better when Trent Childress moves into town and adds some spice to her sugar?

Short n Sweet... the theme for Sugar n Spice! What a wonderfully sweet love story. For easy to believe..
Coming from a smaller town I can easily see how a group of older folks with nothing to do and a 10 year old daughter can gang up on a couple of adults and nudge em in the right direction.
Lacey, Trent, Candy and a simple and sweet love story of learning to let go and let someone in.
Once again, an awesome novella from RE Hargrave, who never fails to entertain with great characters, simple stories, and excellent writing!
4.5 Stars
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Distracted by the everyday routine of raising children, being a wife, and keeping a home, Lorraine Morrissey let life pass her by. Her wake up call comes when she realizes that with their children gone, her husband Richard is rarely home, and she’s filling her solitary days with trivial tasks. A crazy idea to save her marriage leads to a summer beach vacation unlike any she’s ever taken; one that involves unknowingly buying a haunted house.

Like every book written by RE Hargrave Haunted Raine does NOT disappoint. How can she evoke such emotion in such a short book?
Lorraine's life has passed her by. Her kids are grown and like so many marriages the spousal relationship falls behind that of mother/father relationship and when the kids are gone the parents have to learn to reconnect as adults, lovers, friends.
So, a big leap of faith and lots of blood, sweat and tears find Rich and Raine refurbing an old house. We know what happens in old houses right? yep, freaky things...
I LOVE novellas because they are quick can feel great reading "a whole book" in a day LOL
and this is one you should really pick up. Lots of stuff going on, kind of a little something for everyone. Romantic suspense with a supernatural twist!
4.5 Stars!!!

Heather Marsden and Cody Stevens have been an item since their first year of high school. With their future planned and their college graduation within reach, Cody gets devastating news from his doctor. Heather must now cope with the knowledge that she might lose the man who was supposed to be her forever.
While trying to come up with a grand final birthday surprise for him, Heather ends up befriending the new girl in town. Suzanne Cross lives a hippie life full of color and extravagance, seemingly without a care in the world. In truth, she’s all alone and hides a secret.
Heather’s new friend is something more than human, but how far will she be willing to go to save Cody? Just how much faith in “love” can she muster?
***Contains adult material, including sex and recreational drug use. Meant for readers 18+***

Wow This was SO hot! The title is a forewarning of the contents, that's for sure.
Warning...M/F and M/F/ if you're scared of a little girl time...
The characters are awesome. Heather is so friendly and outgoing, and willing to anything for Cody's birthday...especially once she finds out it may be his last. So she designs a "Special" birthday present...and to top it all off there's a slight paranormal twist at the end.  I actually asked her if she could make this a picture book instead. LOL.
RE Hargrave is a wonderful writer. I've loved everything she's written so far be it BDSM based or one of her paranormal novellas!
Her characters are so heartwarming, even when in their best "DOM" space.

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From the desk of... R.E. Hargrave said...

Just, WOW. Thank you soooo much for all of the great reviews. I'm touched. It was so wonderful of you to take the time and effort to participate. <3