Review: What Happens After Dark by Jasmine Haynes

What Happens After DarkWhat Happens After Dark by Jasmine Haynes had a very interesting blurb on the back.  The book is about a woman who is forced to give up ultimate control to her Master.  She has been holding back and now he wants it all.  It sounded like the book was going to be right up my alley.  I was kind of excited to read it.

Wrong.  So wrong.  I had an inkling of what was to come when in the prologue the woman is begging the man to call her all manner of obscene names.  Not nice names and in a not nice tone.  It wasn’t like she wanted it; it was like she needed to be treated like crap.  Master even has thoughts about how sometimes it feels wrong when he calls her these things but since she likes it he does it.

Bree has so many issues that she was a complete turnoff.  She is quiet in a scared, abused way.  All she does is put herself down and think about what crap she is.  She feels that when men look at her they see a dirty person who needs to be punished.  And not in the fun sexual way a Dom will punish a sub.  I was so turned off by the writing of her character all I wanted to do was find a counselor for her.  I most certainly did not want to read about her.

There were several scenes in the book that also disturbed me.  Bree’s father is dying of cancer so she has moved in their home to help her mother.  Her father is unable to function on his own and refuses to move to hospice.  At one point, Bree has to help her father go to the bathroom.  Like help as in, unzip his pants and hold/aim his penis to help him get it right.  It was the worst scene I think I have read in a romance novel.  I know those are strong words but my stomach turned while reading it.

In another scene directly after her father dies Bree escapes to Luke’s house.  All he wants to do is comfort her but she wants to be abused.  She ends up lying to him and telling him that she slept with two other men the night before.  Luke becomes enraged and punishes her.  It was such and ugly, emotional scene that I had real difficulties finishing it.

The only thing that redeemed the book was Luke.  He tries so hard to get Bree to open up and to form a real relationship with him.  He is a stand up, honest guy that would be great if paired up with a semi-normal person.

My final thoughts are that I cannot recommend this book to anyone.  It was over the top painful.  I require strong emotions in most of my romance novels but not the type of emotion that stems from abusive issues.  F.

Rating: F
What Happens After Dark by Jasmine Haynes
November 1st 2011 by Berkley
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  1. says

    This…doesn’t sound much like a romance. Would it belong better on another shelf–drama, perhaps (or women’s fic)–or was it just poorly executed? I’m curious.

    • Jen says

      I am not sure either where it should go. Psychology or something of that type maybe? Not romance though!

  2. says

    Thank you for such an awesome review. I ALMOST picked this up in a book store today but finally decided against it. Whew! Am I glad I did! I doubt I would have liked it at all! :(

  3. says

    Yikes! There have been a few erotic novels that have pushed my boundaries and I ended up enjoying them. But from what you describe here I don’t think this one is for me.

  4. says

    At one point, Bree has to help her father go to the bathroom. Like help as in, unzip his pants and hold/aim his penis to help him get it right.

    Fucking EWWWWWW! I love my daddy to pieces but hell no I wouldn’t do that for him. That’s what male nurses/relatives/friends are for. Say no more! I will never read a Jasmine Haynes book after hearing this crap!

  5. says

    I’m sorry this one didn’t end up working out for you. I thought that it might have been just me. I read the first chapter, was completely turned off by the heroine and the sex scene in general, and had to pass it on to someone who might appreciate it more. Too bad that didn’t work out. 😛

    • says

      You set me up!!! Yeah….I knew from the first chapter too that it was going to be a stinker. But I muddled through. Had I not I would have missed her holding her father’s penis.

      Glad to see I wasn’t alone!

      • says

        *shamefaced* It sure seems that way, doesn’t it? I swear, I thought I just wasn’t the target audience! You know, the ones who like to be cussed at and demeaned by their partner… 😛

        • says

          Not to keep going on about this…but who do you feel the target audience would be? I love Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of Shadowlands series and there are some very well written stories about Dom/sub and sadomasochism in those books. This one wasn’t even close to that caliber.

          • says

            Don’t worry, I don’t mind going on about it. :) I just feel bad you didn’t like it either. It’s why I didn’t tell you my thoughts on any of the books when I offered them up for swap. I didn’t want to bias you against something you may like. I might have bashed it and then embarrassed you into not taking something you’d like once you knew my opinion on it.

            Anyway, back on track… I have no idea who would be the target audience. I don’t like much erotica and have found most of the things that I’ve seen touted as “hot” to be the complete opposite for me. What I like is tension and the slow build. I just try to occasionally stretch my wings with this genre. So when I didn’t like this book, all I knew was that it was just not for me.

            • says

              Snort…”then embarrassed you into not taking something you’d like” What kind of person do you think I am??? 😛 Ok, I would worry about the person that reads that first chapter and thinks yes, this book is right up my alley.

              So I had to check and there are a couple of people on GR’s that gave it 4 stars.

              • says

                Some of the positive grades out there are why I thought it might be a “me” thing. LOL.

                No, I didn’t read the first chapter and say, “OMG, Jen would love this!” Hahahaha. That would have been pretty funny if I had. Your face would have been priceless after you read the first chapter. You would have thought I was on crack.