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The Sleeping Serpent: A woman's struggle to break an obsessive bond with her yoga master by [Saint Claire, Luna, Bowen, Virginia]
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A darker and more deeply etched Big Little Lies
 
The debut psychological thriller that dips into the dark seedy side of yoga
 
As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, and twisted as Gone Girl - a gripping account of the seductive manipulations of a sociopath. This can happen to anyone!
 
Fashion, Passion & Yoga - I had an obsessive bond with this book! - Mary Carlomagno, author
 
Whether by free will or fate, Luna's encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn't blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico's life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman's obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.

"She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him--of something larger, and somehow more alive."


 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1865 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1928816762
  • Publisher: Compelled Books (19 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016LUUB1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was an interesting read that I'm giving 3.7 and bringing up to 4. We're told the story from the third person point of view which for me is not a favorite but you're still able to stay with story. We're introduced to Nico, a yoga teacher that seems to have split personalities and more often then not I want to knock him out. The way he has these women believe they need him so desperately is unbelievable but at the same time I can understand and relate. Nico has a way of getting deep into their heart and minds. There are times when I think Luna will go one way and then at the last minute she spins round and heading in a whole other direction. As I've read further along Nico was making me more and more frustrated with his views and perception on how his life should be. When you can feel such passion towards a character whether good or bad you know the author has put their heart into their work and story. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
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Luna is living in Hollywood with her husband. She is a costume designer and loves her job. She is unfilfilled and bored in general. Without realising it, her vulnerability stems from her uncertainty and makes her the perfect prey for a narcissist.
Nice is a Yoga Guru with an enigmatic aura that reminds you of a spider luring flies in with his web. He is easily able to enamour Luna with attention when she is at a personal low. He offers to help guide her and reawaken her senses with yoga. This guy definately talks the talk and is seductive with his dialogue and presence. This book is so hard to review because it is multi faceted in all ways. I felt everything on every page. Psychological and erotic with heart slamming moments. Every page was seducing me. Is this a true story because it felt so darn real and vivid. I felt like I was on the edge of insanity for this book. My sister had a brief affair with a man like this and I always wondered how she could let herself be lured in. I can now understand. The author weaved a tale of a man with all his wickedness and yet somehow he came across as hot and endearing. I actually had to question myself when I fell under his spell. Here we have a man who is apparently spiritual yet exhibits psychological warfare on others to gain internal satisfaction. I felt exhilarated yet exhausted by the end. It also made me want to go book a yoga class with all the descriptive yoga content. This book is disturbingly psychological, erotic and thrilling. There could be triggers for some people. I wouldn't call it a dark read but it's not light either. This gave me such a great insight into the psyche of a narcissistic persona. I would recommend this book for anyone who like me is fascinated with personality types.
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The Sleeping Serpent: A Woman’s Struggle to Break an Obsessive Bond with Her Yoga Master- is a psychologically disturbing, dark, twisted and yet, hypnotically riveting, debut novel by Luna Saint Claire.
Luna Saint Claire is a talented and highly successful costume designer, for a hit television show. She loves her husband Tyler, who is a Philosophy Professor and together, they have made a comfortable life for themselves in Los Angeles.
But Luna is a little bored with her routine and even though some would say she has an enviable life, she feels like there is something missing. Her age is also an issue for her, she no longer feels as confident or alluring as she used to.
While out dining one night with her husband and some friends, Luna meets Nicolás Romero (Nico), at his Uncles restaurant. He is incredibly good looking, very charismatic and exudes a raw sexuality. Being with him was like being drawn into a very powerful gravitational force.
Nico is a Yoga Master and Energy Healer, who has just opened a Yoga Studio. He suggests to Luna that she take up Yoga, as a way of turning back the clock.
She takes him up on his offer. Unable to deny the ardour or desires that he triggers in her, she is drawn into his world and it’s like being thrown into a powerful vortex, one she is unsure that she will be able to break free from.
This story is about how a very charismatic, sexy and mysterious man uses his powerful magnetism and sexual prowess in a cunning and calculated way, to get what he wants. He is a master manipulator of epic proportions! It’s also about the women caught in his web.
I really don’t know where to begin; I have had my mind majorly screwed with!
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This book promised a dark erotic journey into the mind of its characters and delivered on its promise at every twist and turn of the plot.

Nico is a manipulative, narcissist who must control the women around him and I started out liking this character but eventually grew to loathe him.

The female characters, although strong, socially well placed women, fall into his web of manipulation. They fall for his charisma and charm, something not so hard to believe. Quite realistic in its premise.

I enjoyed this story by this new author, apart from the multiple points of views, which were sometimes difficult to keep track of. This writing style didn't detract from the overall story though. Quite enjoyed the darker, mind play by the protagonist.

Recommended for readers who like a deeper and darker erotic romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Blew My Mind 22 March 2016
By Nina DuBois - Published on Amazon.com
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I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

This book completely blew my mind. The complete shock and utter disbelief left me reeling from its all too realistic storyline. Luna Saint Claire did a wonderful job writing this book with so much detail and ease. I was hooked. Even though just about all of the characters made me angry and want to slap them silly I could not put this book down. I was scared to see how it would all end.

The story is based around yoga instructor Nico and his many relationships with different women. Luna did an excellent job shaping each characters personality and displaying the level of narcissism and manipulation that each women went through. It was so sad it was almost tragic. There are people out there like this and I think Luna gave a great example of it in this book. I loved every minute of it while simultaneously hating Nico and these women. This book will definitely get to you psychologically.

I really enjoyed that this book was erotic, dark, and heartrending all in one. I don't know how Luna made Nico so hot and alluring and oh so hot, but so terrible at the same time. I had so many different emotions running through me while I read this book and I guiltily loved every second of it. I have not read another book like this. I loved that it was different and something I have not read before and that it talks about a serious relationship issue. I applaud Luna Saint Claire for creating this masterpiece. She no doubt did her research. The amount of yoga information in this book totally blew me away. It made Nico seem not so bad at times because he was supposed to be this spiritual and kind person who could never do anything wrong. As much as I thought I had it all figured out, this book took me on a whirlwind of twists and one emotion to the next in a matter of seconds.

I highly recommend anyone read this book. I loved it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chakra and Kundalini Magic Spells 20 April 2017
By Yecheilyah - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sleeping Serpent follows Hollywood costume designer Luna and several other women and their obsessions with their manipulative yoga instructor Nicolas or Nico. Appropriately titled, this book is deceptive on many levels. First, it could have easily been an erotic read just as much a psychological one. (Which was surprising to me as I didn’t take it for an erotic one).

Nico uses Chakra and Kundalini magic to put women under a spell that makes them cling to him in more ways than one. Falling victim to his elegant speech, smooth words, sex, and laced tea, the women become drawn to him without realizing it. Not only do they allow him to abuse them physically and emotionally, but they also invest in him financially and comes under the captivity of doing whatever he wants them to do and despite how he berates them, the women cannot get enough.

Nico is not just a yoga instructor. Nico is a warlock, a sleeping serpent preying on the vulnerability of successful women in an attempt to turn them into his mother. I think the most powerful portrayal of Nico’s spell is over Luna herself. While she is not as clingy as the other women and on occasion tells him how it is, I feel that the mental hold Nico has on her is stronger than the physical hold he has on the other women. Though married, Luna will drop everything to be with him.

The book is written well and maintains good pacing, although after a while I did start to think the story was just repeating itself as Nico captivated woman after woman and sexes them crazy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yoga with extra sessions of mind screwing. 5 March 2016
By Melissa Feist - Published on Amazon.com
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A dark twisted soulless yogi, Nico Romero is an empty vessel. Watching Nico systematically insinuate himself into the lives of women, through the guise of "helping" them achieve their potential was brilliant and diabolical. An extremely sexy and erotic cautionary tale...it leaves you exhausted and in a mind funk, you won't forget this book. Great storytelling with richly written and exposed characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of yoga! 20 April 2017
By Paul DeBlassie III - Published on Amazon.com
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The dark side of yoga leaps front and center in this action-packed spiritual/erotic thriller. There's the constant feeling of being on the edge of your seat as you turn page after page astounded at how deceitful, duplicitous, the human mind can be. As a psychotherapist specializing in treating victims of abusive religion, I thought the writer expertly tapped into the dynamics of a troubled mind at work under the guise of spirituality and healing. I kept wondering how the protagonist could be so taken in; then I realized that such evil takes place all the time, right without us taking seriously what we see in our ashrams, churches, and yoga studios. Readers beware - this powerful read is only for those of daring and intrepid spirit!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is hard not to sympathize with Luna Saint Claire as she navigates new territory and tries her best to control an uncontrollab 29 March 2017
By Mary Carlomagno - Published on Amazon.com
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I had an obsessive bond with this book! I simply could not put it down. Truth be told, I don't usually read books that have this much "steam" but the story and characters were the true driving forces of the story and the explicit descriptions helped to build quite the story arc. With equal parts, fashion, passion and yoga, it was highly visual and spiritual. The LA scene of agents, marketing and branding was totally spot on. It is hard not to sympathize with Luna Saint Claire as she navigates new territory and tries her best to control an uncontrollable relationship with a truly despicable antagonist. I heard that there will be more in the compelled series and can't wait to read more!