Today’s book review is on Luna Saint Claire’s book – The Sleeping Serpent. This book was far from the genres I usually read in but I was curious to read it from the description depicting the main character who was a narcissistic sociopath who grabbed my attention.
The book is categorized as a psychological thriller with erotica. I’m really not a reader of erotica and I’m not sure I would call it a thriller, more of a psychological drama, a compelling, although a disturbing read. I say disturbing because it’s difficult for me to listen to stories about women who relinquish their power to those who bully them with psychological threats and treating them like shit, but offering them enough sugar to obtain whatever it is wanted from them to keep them coming back for more.
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.”
My 4 Star Review:
The Sleeping Serpent is aptly titled to fit the main character, Nico, a slithering snake whose mission is to lure women into his power with his charismatic charm and sexy, Adonis-like appearance.
Nico is a yoga master who uses his talents to draw women into his lair once they become intoxicated by his charms and surrender themselves to his sexual prowess and then ultimately, to his abuse. Nico will demean, domineer, use emotional blackmail, and extort whatever he can get from these women without them realizing that they’ve submitted to his power with barely an ounce left of their self-esteem. Nico is a narcissistic, sociopathic, soul-sucking vampire who will resort to whatever it takes to keep all of his lovers at his beck and call.
Throughout the many relationships Nico cultivates, his friend Luna, who has also been taken under Nico’s spell, is a constant in his life except for the rare times she denies a request from him, where he’ll banish her from his life as punishment. The power he holds over these women is uncanny.
Luna is a Hollywood costume designer whom he uses to advance his career but insists she’s his best friend, as he builds her ego and then constantly threatens to dismiss her from his life if she doesn’t comply with his every whim. Luna is so magnetized by this vulture that she puts his whims and many demands ahead of those of her own husband.
I didn’t find this book to be a thriller as much as I found it a psychologically disturbing tale because I found it mind-boggling to watch just how far Nico’s harem of women would allow themselves to be used and abused and stripped of their self-esteem just to have the honor of being in his presence, and for the opportunity to have stimulating sexual encounters with him. Having first-hand experience of recognizing the sickness in a narcissistic sociopath and knowing how easily they can snare us into their power, this book was a difficult read for me. I personally can’t comprehend how naive these women were to sacrifice their own self-worth to please a man who they thought boosts their self-esteem when in fact, he shreds them of their own dignity. But as disturbing as I found it, the storyline was intriguing. Saint Claire’s writing was beautifully descriptive and as disturbed as I felt by the subject matter, she did a wonderful job with her story, enough to stimulate my emotions. If you don’t mind reading EXPLICIT erotica (and plenty of it) and can tolerate the subject matter then this book may be for you.