Elene Sallinger is a lover of all things lingual, a warrior of words, and a vixen of vocabulary. Her goal is to titillate, provoke, empower and move you with her work which ranges from the erotic to the dramatic and everything in between.
'Awakening was one of many entries which explored BDSM and relationships involving male domination and female submission but it stood out not only because of the quality of writing, but because it was by far the most romantic entry. I was gripped by the conflicted attraction of the hero and heroine, and found myself longing to know what happens as the story progresses. I'm sure it will be a perfect addition to Xcite's range of books.' Festival of Romance Judge Five star Must read I really enjoyed Awakening, I love romance novels with an extra added spice and this was perfect for me. Both Claire and Evan were grieving, Claire from her relationship break-up and Evan due to his wife dying. Evan really fell for Claire but refuses to get over his dead wife, there was a lot of emotional baggage on both sides. I liked that Claire and Evan got to know each other a lot first and that for those contemplating BDSM, with trust building too. I would imagine if you do not trust the other person completely that the whole scene would be very scary. I liked that Awakening was written with compassion and there is a good story to it and not just about sex, Obviously there was some BDSM and sex in the book but not too much to detract from the main story. This is the first book I have read from the author Elene Sallinger and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for more of her work. She is a fantastic author. http://StressedRach.co.uk Though the search for healing through dominance and submission is a theme that has been extensively explored, Sallinger brings a fresh voice to the genre and makes it her own in this second Chrysalis book. Her scarred, tortured characters are both trapped in their pasts and their pain, and their journey together is one filled with emotional intensity and soul-searching choices, as well as steamy scenes and fiery chemistry. Though there seems to be an inordinate number of villainous men in this novel, each plotline is engaging for fans and newcomers alike. -- Bridget Keown Romantic Times