This is one of the most fascinating books I have read this year. Initially a coming of age novel, Fiona Cole’s Shame is so much more than just a story about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Dealing with sexual desires and needs that are outside of what is considered “normal” is not what most teenagers will openly discuss and this is where the blossoming and beautiful friendship between Ana and Kevin is just so perfect. To have found one another and feel safe together seems to good to be true - and this story illustrates this over and over. When shame for one’s desires becomes greater than the positive feelings that can come with finally giving in, Ana and Kevin both have to learn - separately and together - whether love can be greater than shame.
In Shame, Fiona writes about the sexual nature of dominance and submission in a way that is natural and genuine. Kevin and Ana’s desires are treated with respect while also allowing for more negative views from both the lead and supporting characters to be aired and explored. This shows the mark of a talented author who is able to show all sides of a topical issue without prejudice or forcing an opinion.
I hope Fiona writes more about Kevin and Ana because this story is definitely a slow burn friends to lovers and I know I’d enjoy seeing how their relationship continues to evolve.
Ok so I am going to preface my review by saying this book is probably not for everyone. If you like small town romance with an easy HEA this one's not for you. This book is definitely dark, definitely filthy and definitely amazing. My first read from Fiona Cole will not be my last.
Fiona's writing made me feel like I was experiencing everything right along with the characters. A voyeur of sorts. I felt like I grew up with them - experienced the trials of being a teenager, the heartbreak of first love, the experimentation of college, right through to the traumas life throws your way as an adult. This book packs a punch - straight to your heart.
This is the story of two best friends. Two like minded souls who can't help but love each other, but keep hurting each other. It's not an easy read. It's emotion packed, off the charts hot and beautifully raw. The sex scenes might shock some people, but they made me think of people who really live like this and respect them for being brave enough to own their darker desires and not settle for "normal". And while they may not be to everyone's liking in real life, you cannot deny that as a written fantasy they are seriously hot. Definitely one of my favourites dark reads of all time and for anyone looking for a different kind of love story please give it a chance.
Karen Moriarty's review Aug 16, 2017 · edit really liked it
This was the first book from this writer that l have read and l can honestly say it was a pleasure reading this story.... it was somewhat a coming of age story with some dark undertones... You very quickly become attached to the characters and find yourself championing them both on... I loved the vulnerability of Anna even though peoples perception of her was that she was such a strong independent woman who for the most part she was but under all of the responsibility that she had placed on her we got to see how she truly was... Kevin was a work in progress for me from the beginning of the story and l loved that he stayed true to himself... It was an emotional roller coaster at times and you found yourself frustrated for them. ..This lifestyle and choices that they were experiencing and trying to justify was an eye opener not only for them but the reader as well... it is a story that leaves you thinking differently long after the story has finished.. Personally l like these kinds of books...a truly enjoyable read....
More often than not we enter a story when the characters personalities, quirks and kinks 😉 have already been established for quite sometime for whatever reason and we learn those reasons, in short (and sometimes lengthy) explanations along the way. This story, however, starts at the beginning of the developing stage of the two lead characters. It was quite refreshing to read that somethings just 'are'.