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I wasn't expecting much from this book as I was really dissapointed with his last one [Saturday]. I was also a little sceptical that he might have just churned it out quickly in order to ride the wave of publicity that has come his way due to having discovered a long lost brother. Anyway, scepticism aside, this is a fantastic book. Beautifully written, simple subject and very observant. The characters aren't particually likable but I'm yet to come across a character of McEwan's that is, Florence was almost actively dislikable. I'm pretty sure feminists might have a lot to complain about with this book but I thought it came across as very honest and completely tragic. Another potential tear-jerker.

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Finding Eden is a prequel to Beyond Eden, which came out last year. In this book we discover how Paul and Danny’s relationship started, and just to what extent Paul goes to feel pain. Paul and Danny have been friends for a long time and they both are in love with the same girl Eve. But Eve leaves to go off to college. (Beyond Eden starts with Eve coming home ten years later) Paul and Danny are left floundering in her absence. Paul and Danny both don’t have the greatest home life. Paul’s father is a marine and expects his son to act a certain way. Danny’s father is an alcoholic and even though his mother tries to make up for it, Danny can’t stand to be at home. Danny is bi-sexual, and very, very good at pleasing both men and women in bed. He has always been very attracted to Paul, but has never let on. That is until he discovers what Paul has been up to. Because of a childhood filled with never being good enough, Paul has an extreme pain fetish – and put in the hands of an inexperienced or irresponsible Dom, things go very south for Paul quick. He refuses to use a safe word, and the Dom goes too far. Danny puts an end to it, but Paul needs someone to submit too, and wants Danny to be that person. But Danny doesn’t know if he has it in him, but wants to care for his friend more than anything in the world. Finding Eden really explores how Paul and Danny fall into a physical relationship and how Danny finally decides to become the Dom that Paul needs. This can definitely be read as a stand alone, however it ends with not a lot of resolution. If you read Beyond Eden, most of that resolution is resolved with the HEA. I still think Kele Moon is able to write another book that takes place before Beyond Eden because although this one explores Paul’s submission, we still don’t see how Danny comes to be this extraordinary Dom. And that is something I would love to see. We get some very hot sex scenes – Kele Moon is one of my favorites for how she writes her sex scenes. Very intense, erotic and just plain out sexy. I’m more of a fan of m/m than m/m/f (which is the case for Beyond Eden) so I was happy to just have m/m scenes in this book. I don’t think the emotional depth is as great as the first book, although I think Paul’s desperation to find who he is is portrayed well. And Danny rides that line of being a total jerk…but not. I love his alpha behavior. He is kind of nasty, but it works so well for him…and Paul. Through this book Danny must decide if the next place his life goes is learning how to be Paul’s dominant. I wish we would have seen more of that. It ends rather abruptly, and I would have loved to see that part of Danny explored more. This is a darker, erotic, bdsm book but I actually think I was taken more out of my comfort zone with Beyond Eden rather than this one. Or maybe I just knew what to expect more. Either way, both books I recommend Rating: B