Title: The Silver Chain [The Unbreakable Trilogy #1]
Author: Primula Bond
Genre: Adult Erotica
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
This book is compared to the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, and that sets the bar pretty high for most. Unfortunately, The Silver Chain did not live up to such expectations, as it was a book with many flaws. It took all my willpower to finish this book, and you all know how hard I try to always soldier on until the end. Somehow, the journey seemed a lot longer with this novel.
The Silver Chain has the newly popular equation set: small town girl trying to make it meets rich billionaire who’s ready to get it on. When I first picked up this book, I thought it was another BDSM, contracted relationship. However, while there was such things in the novel it lacked the overall idea of a BDSM contract, and instead became more kinky sex than anything. It’s true, there is a contract, but while Anastasia Steele had an extensive list of cans and can’ts, Serena basically signed up to be Gustav Levi’s whore, trading sex for money, or in this case, for fame in the art world. Until her exhibition sells out, or until Christmas, Serena was supposedly at Gustav’s beck and call, and honestly, this idea was one of the things that turned me off of the book, especially since she insisted that she wanted to stand on her own two feet and be independent… um kay, then why are you signing up for this?
The second thing was Serena. By gods. This girl switches from amiable, to crazy, to sexy, to jealous, to panicky, to insecure, to confident, to upset and tear-stained, to happy. I think her mood swings gave me whiplash. And I’m not kidding about how quickly her mood changes. It’s a serious problem, and it had me whirling in confusion wondering how we got from point A to point B to point Z in twenty pages. I also had an issue with Serena’s selfishness and disregard for the feelings of those around her. I understand that she has trust issues, but my goodness, when you throw a fit like that after seeing the church in which a guy, who’s not even technically yours, got married to his ex-wife… I think you need to calm the frick down and BREATHE. Nothing Gustav ever says to her gets through her thick skull. She’s not fazed by an insult, and when he says someone’s dead to him, she still insists that said person is a HUGE part of his life and that he hasn’t moved on in the least.
And this girl had MAJOR jealousy issues. Like I understand you are falling for this guy, okay, that’s great. But when you haven’t made these feelings obvious, or even told said guy, he’ll still keep thinking you’re a-okay with being his whore. So when you start feeling jealous, and start whipping out insults and shit on this guy, well, he may be a tad confused. Also, the fact that Gustav brings her to help him get over his past, and she starts making the trip all about her, her jealousy, insecurities, and just her, her, her, you have to really wonder what he sees in this girl.
The dialogue is hard to get through. At times, it doesn’t seem like they’re really living in the present day, where the London Eye is spinning around happily, and art has a high price in society. Instead, it often feels like their living in the Elizabethan age where the guy has to be a gentleman, and his words are all poetic and when read, makes you imagine them being said by Romeo and Juliet with a cardboard balcony in the background. With all the poetry, and references to Pygmalion and Orpheus, the dialogue got bogged down and just didn’t flow right.
Adding to all that, some of the stuff Gustav says is downright demeaning, and yet Serena finds it utterly attractive and sexy. But when Jake says stuff like that it’s crude. So it’s okay for a pretty rich guy to call you a whore, but it’s not okay for your ex to call you a tease… OKAY.
Although I didn’t mind the symbolism the silver chain brought to the table, it was overdone throughout the novel, and fairly unrealistic at some points. Also, I don’t care how invisible the chain it, to wear that in public, especially at an art opening where lots of people are milling around, isn’t practical. And the fact that no one seemed to notice made it absolutely unrealistic.
Continuing with the writing issues, Bond seems to have a love for similes and analogies. They are everywhere throughout the book, and I could have lived without at least 80% of them, if not more. There’s also so many questions. Why this, how that? A particular favourite of mine was:
On my feet is another pair of fluffy white socks. How did she know I’m at my most comfortable in socks or bare feet?
Um… isn’t everyone like that. I don’t know a single person who’s content with wearing high heels, or even comfy sneakers, 24/7…
Overall, this book did very little for me. While the author tried to add depth to her characters, with screwed up childhoods and messed up baggage from the past, it just didn’t hit me hard or make me feel anything ’cause there was WAY too much drama from Serena’s ME ME ME show. There were a number of plot holes too, like Serena’s fear of thunder or lightning. It affected her once, but all the other times throughout the novel, not a single frick was given. The only things in this book that peaked my interest were the descriptions of the art and photography, and, unfortunately, the end. Therefore, as hard as it was to drag myself through this book, I now feel the need to read the next book because of the last, like, ten pages.
The Silver Chain was definitely not my cup of tea, but I’m only one person. All in all, this novel could have been so much better…
World Building: 3/5
GoodReads Rating: 2.96/5
A copy of this book was provided by Mischief Books, of HarperCollins UK, Avon, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.