by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Black Room #3
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on November 18, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Cowboys, Erotic, Historical
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Who is he? And who will he be after you’ve stepped over the threshold of the third door?
Will he dominate you? Share you? Love you?
To find out, you know what you have to do:
Turn the knob…
Step through into THE BLACK ROOM.
Warning: reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions, fantasies, and relationships. Mature readers only, please.
The Black Room: Door Three by Jasinda Wilder is part of a serial and definitely should be read in order. Hands down, this is my favorite door in this collection so far.
I think it’s fair to describe Door Three as a historical story. Normally, I don’t read historicals and wasn’t aware of this prior to reading it since I’ve been doing my best to avoid spoilers for this whole series. As somewhat frustrating as it is not knowing what’s happening at any given moment, I have some guesses and it’s fun trying to solve the mystery. And although it technically takes place during a historical time period, the dialogue and writing have more of a contemporary feel, if that makes sense. At times, I forgot that it was supposed to be set in a different time period.
Finally, we have names for these characters! In this door, the man (Conrad) is a strong and capable but broken man on the frontier who literally buys the woman’s (Hannah’s) freedom. Wait, what? I wasn’t expecting that at all and had a lot of issues with it initially. As the plot unfolds, Conrad’s true intentions are revealed.
For some reason that Conrad can’t quite articulate, he’s drawn to Hannah, but he treats her with care and respect. Although he wants there to be more between them, he waits until she’s ready. He makes a deal with her and gives her a choice as to whether she wants to stay with him or not.
The intensity of emotion is what really drew me in. Conrad is a deeply broken man who has suffered great losses in the past. Like him, Hannah doesn’t fully understand why she feels connected to him in return–she just knows that she does. When they give in to their attraction, holy smokes. Their sexual compatibility is obvious, but beyond their physical relationship, their emotional bond is what makes the sex so meaningful. I didn’t want their story to end and was sad when it did.
I loved the story until it took an inevitable shift during the last 10% of the book. Still, it’s a solid read for me and one I know I’ll return to in the future. Since it’s novella length, it’s a quick read, but I wished that this could have been a full-length story because I loved these characters so much.
Rating: 4.5 stars