Swan Lake by LB Alexander #Duel5BlushReviews


Swan Lake

And then, there was quiet.

Physically, I knew nothing had changed. My heart still raced. My legs still shook. My breaths were short and shallow, and my stomach continued to flip.

But there was an unmistakable hush, and I couldn’t tell if that exquisite solace was sourced from my body or from his. It was as if I’d spent my entire life surrounded by white noise, and I was experiencing true, absolute silence for the first time.

My fearful body was not dancing to anxiety.

It was dancing entirely to arousal.

The swan is not as innocent as she appears…

All April wants is a moment of quiet. But due to an ongoing struggle with mental illness, silence has become an elusive privilege she fears she’ll never capture. A violent attack has brought her burgeoning ballet career to a sudden halt, and a traumatic experience in a strict rehabilitation facility has rendered her more humble than ever. Now that she has returned to her native Southern California, April is content to conceal the dangerous half of herself she fears under a tenuous mask of control.

But the façade is disrupted when April meets William – her older, mysterious, and disgraced new employer. She finds unexpected freedom in him, for like her, he is also two-natured.

There’s a mask he shows the world.

And a dark, true half he hides.

A novel in three acts.


Dawn’s 5 Blush Review

A Top Pick of 2018!
It’s hard to believe Swan Lake by LB Alexander is debut novel. It reads like a well-seasoned author wrote it. Ingeniously written and thoroughly captivating. Its dark and mysterious synopsis is what caught my attention, but did little to prepare me for the journey it would take me on. A unique and eloquent story that is filled with vivid details, strokes of darkness and absolute beauty. It’s emotional as well as salacious. Swan Lake is an unfathomable love story about two extremely different people. Both are filled with darkness and light. They are judged by what they project to the world, yet transparent to each other. Hidden desires are awakened and can no longer be contained while feeding into their hunger and sating their needs…

The first chapter was the perfect portal into this dark fairytale. I was completely enchanted by it’s beautifully written, poetic and expressive words.

“You are mine, little swan.”

The struggles of April Ekdahl were shocking and heartbreaking. This poor girl is internally and externally broken. Her body once a temple is now merely a shell of its former self.  Her strive to be more set her on a path of destruction…. Now, she is desperately trying to get her life back on track. She lands a dream job, working closely with her elusive and drop dead gorgeous, boss and CEO, Willian Wolfe. She is drawn to his power immediately. His dominance excites and scares her. As their relationship blooms,  April continues to fight her demons…

I fell hard for William! He is a king amongst men. He exudes with confidence and sexuality. His contradictory personality intrigued me the most. The perfect combination of hard and soft.  A vicious predator, as well as a  kind prince.  William has a secret… He has unique tastes and preferences that he keeps hidden behind closed doors.

When he meets April, he sees all of her. The broken and the beauty. He doesn’t see her weakness only her strength. Drawn to her innocence and wonder. William and April’s relationship was INTENSE. They are ridiculously hot! But their intimacy is what I felt the most. I could not get enough of them. Now I am impatiently waiting for the next book!!

I loved how LB Alexander incorporated the arts throughout the book. She did her homework. It was reminiscent of Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. This is one new author to keep your eye on…. I expect more great things!

Kerry’s 5 Blush Review

Swan Lake is an extraordinary story of a young woman named April. She is beyond broken. April has a profound psychological/emotional condition and aches to be normal.

Willian Wolfe is owner/ CEO of Wolfe enterprise. He is incredibly intense, dark and handsomely devilish. He has a reputation which isn’t what it seems, but he’s far from a prince.

William is struggling with keeping his distance from April. He wants to make a claim on her but is she willing to let him? William is like the Big Bad Wolfe and April is Red Riding Hood. Will April allow William to show her a world she had no idea about? Will April be submissive to his needs? April knows if she falls for William she will never recover and will be broken beyond repair.

L.B Alexander is on my radar. Her words have slain me. It’s been a long time since I have lost myself into the world of BDSM.  Swan Lake was flawless. Alexander writes like a seasoned author. Her poem, in the beginning, gave me goosebumps; just beautiful. I loved how she intertwined art and culture into her story. One of my top reads of the year! Bring on the next book! April and William’s story isn’t over. It’s just beginning.

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