CONTENT: Contemporary women’s fiction

Relationship violence,

date rape,

non-consensual sex

Customer ratings:

3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2 global ratings

AUTHOR’S NOTE: why I wrote ‘No Means No’ –  to bring awareness to a problem that is rarely reported. Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police. And 1 – 2% of “date rapes” are reported. A woman is sexually assaulted by forced intercourse every 17 minutes in Canada. Married women and women in relationships always has the right to say no.

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Matthew Blackwell smiled as he stirred Haley’s drink, spiked with enough ketamine to render her unconscious, hoping to have sex his way. He thought of Haley as no more than the girl who would offer him a night to remember; his send off party before university. Matthew believed that money was power. With it he got what he wanted and felt that he could do as he pleased where it came to women. And always at his side was his good friend, Ryan Crowe. Matthew had the financial means and Ryan had the connections. If Matthew asked, Ryan complied, including lining up women for dinners in private hotel rooms and for late-night rendezvous. But what Ryan did not know was that Matthew had a dark secret.

Nowadays, rape is labelled as non-consensual sex – watering down the vileness of it – further disrespecting the victimized women. Few women report such incidents – primarily because all too many perpetrators go unpunished – further feeding the problem. RAPE is an ever growing concern that must be addressed and recognized for what it is: a criminal offense.

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Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015
Jaron Summers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars – Great opening! Frightening.
Had me hooked from the first paragraph. This may be the 51st Shade of Grey when things really get out of hand. Well done, Linda!