Subliminal Sins : The Sin Series Book 2 by C.D. Blue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a tantalizing foray between good and evil, we peer into the life of an abused woman and the inevitable magnetic pulls she has toward one man. Decidedly taking a stance to avoid love and its dramatic entanglements, Bianca Baudoin enters into a subliminal experience, colored with pain, ecstasy, and generational curses.
Emotionally introspective, the story chronicles the reconciliatory love between two married adults, sadly pulled apart when one their spouses is found dead. Mixed with mystery, intrigue, and vivid sex scenes, the smoothly, unfolding tale is driven by mounting attraction between Bianca and Omar. Blue creates magnificent tension, constructing the uncertainties in their feelings and patterning complications and misunderstanding followed by sensual reconciliation.
Though slightly sexually voyeuristic, Blue uses a “soft focus” to overlay this emotional love story with broad strokes of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness. Along with hurricanes and destructive tidal waves, sex and love yield one of mankind’s most commanding, prodigious, and radically transformative storms. The breadth of the human experience is clearly seen in this story – love, lust-ridden power struggles, sexual surrender, emotional solace, and persuasive temptations. Subliminal Sins encompasses it all!
Cleverly employing synesthesia, a literary device where words take the form of a medicinal salve, stimulating the release of responses using multiple senses, Blue leverages this technique in communicating her ideas to the reader. This is clearly evident in the love scenes, which shamefully I indulged in (after chastising myself for skipping them). Her ideas are vivid, adding layers of meaning to the text merely for our reading pleasure. Frankly, the love scenes were like poetry-in-motion! With a few words, the numinous potency of her skillful symbolic illustration of love and romance seized all of my senses.
While reading the story, I agonized over how the title fit. Addressing the question of where the sublime exists in this tale can be seen in Blue uses boldness and grandeur in her characters’ introspective dialogue, raises their passions to the highest degree possible, and gracefully expresses skillful application of feelings. Blue stretches and surpasses all rationality through ostentatious thoughts, drawing the reader out of their communal philosophies regarding the existence of soulmates and plunging them into a cerebral abyss where they must think and perceive in a mode beyond familiarity.
Blue crafts the sublime in language and thought, with irresistible prose enthralling the reader. The sublime, then, is masterfully crafted in a delicate force of language overcoming rationality, causing the reader to submit to unfathomable beliefs, feeling an overwhelming awe of the literary experience that just transported them into the subliminal.
The concept of the sublime pollinates and brings forth an experience normally accessible using mystical models. Moreover, the literary birthing experience is one of transcendence into love and the aesthetic appreciation of human nature.
The experience, afforded by this story, touches on the anthropological dimension. For, it is about what it means to be an emotionally tormented woman longing for sensual wholeness, while simultaneously experiencing the fear of the unknown. Far too often, women have defined themselves by their desire for, and ability to acquire, romantic transcendence. However, Blue creates a literary masterpiece, serving to encourage the reader’s romantic transcending reconsider any existentialist philosophies regarding soulmates and spiritual attraction.
While I used to subscribe to the fallacy of the existence of soulmates, I no longer embrace this ideology. Like some women, I no longer exhaust myself with unnecessary emotional labor in refusing to confront the sublime feelings of desire and the harmonious human interplay of reason and imagination.
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