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Surreal by R.E. HargraveSurreal by R.E. Hargrave
Series: The Divine Trilogy #3
Published by Self published Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
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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.***

I have been a voracious reader my whole life. Reading offers me the chance to escape to amazing worlds. I’ve read thousands of books in my lifetime and have enjoyed the adventures they have provided. But sometimes a special book will come along that is just pure magic. Surreal by R.E. Hargrave is one such book.

Everything about Surreal came together in a perfect, harmonious combination of elements – a literary symphony.  The characters resemble the woodwind family providing different sounds and notes. The drama is the percussion that beats throughout the story. The romance is played by the string family, with the deep, full sounds vibrating throughout. Ms. Hargrave was the conductor as she masterfully found the right balance of love, passion, conflict, and discovery to create a beautiful concerto of words.

Catherine and Jayden’s story continues in Surreal, the third book in the Divine trilogy. Over three books, I have come to know these characters inside and out and they have become family.  They are so perfect together and I have to admit to some envy over their undeniable bond. Ms. Hargrave created amazing characters that were so life like that I forget they were fictional. Throughout the three books, both evolved and matured; together they were much more than the sum of their parts.

One of the reasons this book, and the series for that fact, appealed to me was because of the realism of the plot. The drama that this couple faced was the normal drama of two people learning to love and discovering how to be together. Because of this authenticity, I was better able to relate to Catherine and Jayden. Even the secondary characters were fully developed and fit beautifully into the storyline.

Ms. Hargrave’s writing is so smooth and flows so naturally that I found myself completely immersed in the story and lost all track of time. Once I began reading, I did not want to put the book down and found myself staying up all night until I had reached the very emotional and completely satisfying ending. I loved every part of the story and couldn’t imagine Catherine and Jayden’s life being any different than the way it was written. Some plot points I was able to guess at, but Ms. Hargrave still had a few surprises up her sleeve that will delight the reader.

The Divine Trilogy was an emotional journey for not only these characters, but for me as a reader. I could not have asked for any more from Ms. Hargrave than what she did – write a beautiful story about intriguing characters that entertained me and touched my heart. And in doing so, she has earned not only my admiration and respect, but gratitude.  The dictionary defines the word divine as being supremely good or superb; in that case, The Divine Trilogy was appropriately titled because that’s exactly how good this series was. This is a must read series!