Possession (Camp Haven) – ARC review

by Adriana Anders
Release Date: March 10, 2023
Book # in the Camp Haven series
(aka Kink Camp)
Number of Pages:  356
Source: ARC from author
Erotic Romance
Ages 17 and up
CW: please see the author’s website
for a complete list of content warnings

Sexiest Man Alive
The world knows me as Zion Mason, but at camp, I’m just Zed—a masked participant living it up in my favorite place on earth. The only place I’m truly myself. Except this year, things are different. I’ve been outed IRL and now my career’s on the rocks, along with my very fake marriage to my sweet, straight-laced co-star Twyla Hernandez—the one woman I can’t have.

America’s Sweetheart
What’s a girl supposed to do when her husband, in name only, gets caught on video doing unspeakable things with another woman (one who looks weirdly like her)? And by her, I mean me. Never mind that I can’t stop watching the video and thinking about the video and imagining myself in the—
Well, it turns out I’m the kind of person who follows my husband to a top-secret retreat filled with people living the kind of life I’ve only dreamed of. Along the way, I learn way more than I bargained for and uncover secret desires I’ve been denying for an awfully long time. All of which would be fine if every single one didn’t revolve around the guy I’m working so hard to forget.

This story is so sex-positive, so body-positive, and so wonderfully proud. From the FMC discovering she is even kinkier than imagined, and it’s okay to embrace that, to the way MMC loves the perfect dimples on his love interest’s ass, and he’s not the only one. It’s all so yummy and sexy and hot.

There is an element of small-town romance in this series. While we get a touch of the characters’ outside lives, the main story is contained at this very private camp so it’s easy to keep everything tight. The way Zion’s friends band together to help him without coddling him, but also surround and support Twyla when Zion messes up is everything I look for in a small-town romance, but with an edge of kink.

Zion is a damaged hero who often pissed me off with his determination to pigeonhole his wife and not listen to what she had to say. In his real life (as opposed to his movie star life that is lived without him being true to himself) he is a Dom so it’s no surprise he is used to being in charge. But he’s never had an emotional attachment to any of his sexual partners so there is a learning curve. Somehow someone who is completely emotionally stunted ends up being incredibly romantic. His only desire, when it comes down to it, is for Twyla to be protected and happy. He has blinders on when it comes to that goal.

Twyla’s Hollywood career is much newer than Zion’s and she doesn’t yet have the confidence of a seasoned star. Once things fall apart in their 2-week-old fake marriage, Twyla decides to take the bull by the horns and have it out with her husband. As she goes through the process of finding him, she also finds herself. She’s in love with her fake husband, but she’s not going to let him derail her from this sexual and personal awakening she’s having.

I loved this story from beginning to end. The author does a beautiful job of explaining different aspects of the camp in a way that is sexy and fun and makes it clear that it’s okay to not like something, just as much as it’s okay to be into something unexpected. On top of that, the way the romance is interconnected with the erotic elements is so seamless and had me sinking into this story. I can only hope there will be more tales from Camp Haven and its visitors.

5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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