Never the Face

A Story of Desire

Sands, Ariel

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Never the Face
The heroine of Never the Face is searching. She's dissatisfied with love and bored with sex. In her experience, all lovers are predictably dull- and she longs for more, for an intensity she knows exists but has yet to discover. Just after her thirty-third birthday, she runs into an old flame who's now married. David invites her to dinner. Then he says, "I spent the weekend choosing a stick to beat you with." With these words, unable to resist the allure of sexual submission, she falls into an abyss of violent intimacy and excruciating pleasure. But as their brutal bond begins to unravel, carrying them together into an unfathomable territory of increasing violence and sexual extremes, she begins to discover the full, destructive power of obsessive love- and gradually spins out of control.--From book jacket.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312563868
Branch Call Number: FICTION SANDS 2011
Characteristics: 216 p. ;,22 cm


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A deeply detailed look into one woman's journey into sadomasochism and obsessive love.

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Apr 30, 2014
  • walden20 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely, a good read. The story centres on a thirty-something woman who, as the books opens, finds herself bored with the relationships she has had to date and is searching for “an intensity she knows exists but has yet to discover” (publisher’s blurb). And does she ever! She meets up with an old-flame from years before who is now married. From the slight edginess of an affair with a married man, the intensity of their relationship soon ratchets up several notches where she becomes his sexual submissive. Although D/s, or dominance and submission imbues their relationship, the more intriguing part of the story is understanding the downward emotional spiral in which it takes her. Although outwardly an independent woman, each and every time she is faced with a decision to end the relationship with him, she ends up rationalizing in such a way that it takes her back to him in the hope, perhaps, that she can get closer to a fulsome relationship with him. The reader’s mind is drawn to compare to the image of the image of a moth being drawn to the fire.
Ariel Sands, a pseudonym for a famous author we are told, has done an excellent job in capturing the intensity of a D/s love relationship and given us penetrating insights into our need for desire, for intensity in our relationships, and at the very heart of it all, our yearning for a satisfying permanent relationship.

May 24, 2012
  • kitkat06000 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

worse book i ever read

Sep 06, 2011
  • kukuli rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very strong. Did not like how she ended up. Too sad. Even for people that like very strong writting in this genre. Good book but I did not like the end.


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Nov 06, 2013
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black_leopard_100 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 19


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