A modern day, dark, fantasy novel full of hot Roman Gods. Beauty’s War by Anna Edwards & Claire Marta is AVAILABLE NOW for $2.99 or in KU. GET YOUR COPY HERE:mybook.to/BeautysWar
BLURB:Vicky thought she knew who she was — a young woman from Devon, England with a love of drawing. However, a trip to Rome reveals there are ancient forces at work, which she never knew existed. Beauty in her world is dying. Can a handsome stranger save her from the encroaching darkness and allow her to find her true self before it is too late? Mars is the God of War and Masculinity. If he wants something, he takes it, that is the force he wields in a world blinded to his existence. The enemy has arrived, and a war is coming. Can he find the control he needs to overcome evil or will his feelings toward a human woman bring him to his knees?The power of the gods and their eternal battle of good vs. evil is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Is it possible for Mars to reawaken Venus before the God of the Underworld captures them in his deadly trap?Beauty’s War is a dark modern day, fantasy, paranormal romance based upon Roman mythology.
About The Authors
Anna hails from the rural countryside near London. She previously worked as an accountant, and while she still does a bit of accountancy on occasion, the majority of her time is now spent writing and looking after her family. An avid reader herself, Anna turned to writing to combat depression and anxiety after her diagnosis in 2015. She loves travel, hunky heroes with dirty mouths, demure but spunky heroines, and dramatic suspense. You will find all four woven into each of her magical stories.
Claire has a passion for writing and finally took the plunge getting published. She has always been a fan of everything paranormal, especially romance books. A native Brit, she lives in Italy with her husband and daughter. When she is not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, she enjoys taking photos of her adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.
Set in Victorian England, this erotic BDSM novel features a courtship between a young woman and a dashing rake.
Gabriel, Earl of Cranborne, is in need of a wife–preferably a sweet, submissive, well-trained wife who could run his household during the day and obey him in the bedroom at night. When he meets Miss Vivian Stafford at a friend’s wedding, he finds himself drawn in by the exact traits he was looking for in his own wife and immediately moves to make her his own. Once the betrothal papers are signed, he arranges for her to attend Mrs. Cunningham’s Finishing School. This very special school will prepare her to be the wife of an Earl . . . and also prepare for her the very specific demands and discipline she’ll receive from her new husband at night.
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.
She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.
She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.
One powerful serial killer. One visceral connection.
One deadly secret that should have stayed buried.
Men like Ethan Reilly should never fall in love. Dark, enigmatic and dangerous, Ethan is the perfect predator until he meets Lily Simpson, a woman passionate enough to placate him and strong enough to surrender to him.
For a while Lily’s love is enough.
But the darkness inside Ethan is too powerful to contain, and soon it spills into their burgeoning love affair. As he wrestles with his demons, Ethan must come to terms with who he really is, but if he does, what happens to Lily? Can any love be strong enough to survive a past as terrible as Ethan’s? And what kind of future can they forge from the ashes of his awful admission?
Read Flawed, a Dark Necessities prequel, and discover the making of not one, but two monsters.
Felicity Brandon is a top 100 Amazon bestselling author. She loves the darker side of romance, and writes sexy, suspenseful stories, with strong themes of bondage and submission. You’ll find her either at her laptop, at the gym, or rocking out to her favourite music.
I’ve had this on my TBR list for what feels like forever. Now I’m mentally kicking myself for not having jumped into this series sooner!
Wicked Ways slips between the cracks of any one specific genre, not quite paranormal, not quite contemporary. It IS dark though, full of dubious consent that teeters very much on the edge of non-consent but not quite rape. Zorie is a woman susceptible to a certain type of male, those known as mesmers. These men can induce mind-numbing lust in those women. They can command their actions through spoken words or thoughts, the closer they are the more powerful the compulsion.
Zorie falls into the clutches of Reuben, a not very pleasant man who uses his power to indulge the whims and sexual fantasies of himself and his perverted friends. He abuses Zorie in the most depraved and disgusting of ways and OMG there is something wrong with me because they are some of the most ridiculously hot scenes I’ve ever read! The worst thing about it all? Whilst she’s in his clutches she loves every single second of it, she adores being used as a fuck-toy, she loves having a man in every orifice whilst others look on and cover her in their come, she loves being put on display and treated like a whore. It’s when she’s no longer totally under his powers that the horror begins.
Reuben isn’t the only mesmer that has Zorie in his sights. However Mr Black wants her for entirely different reasons, somewhat selfish reasons. Reasons that scare Zorie even more than his ability to control her mind. Add Grimm into the mix and you have both hope and heartbreak. I’m not quite sure who I want Zorie to end up with at the moment, I do know she needs to kick some mesmer ass!
Be warned, this story twists and turns you into knots. Just as it offers hope with one hand, it slaps you back down into the gutter, whilst you weren’t looking, with the other. It offers salvation that turns out to be a prison. It f*cks with your mind just as much as those damn mesmer guys do. This was very much a book that I just didn’t want to put down. I was sneaking reads of it at every opportunity, even when I shouldn’t have been.
Whilst it does end at a point where you *could* step away and leave the story, it is so addictive and captivating that I immediately started reading Book #2, Wicked Weapon.
If you like it dark and twisty, then I really do recommend this book.
How do you ever get your mind around being violated in the most depraved of ways, when you also loved every second of it whilst it was happening?
Zorie, Zorie, Zorie how my heart bleeds for you. Ms Silverwoodis the cruellest of authors to put you through such pain, suffering and heartache. Just as you escape the grasp of one deranged mad-man you fall into the clutches of two vile and evil mesmers. Who to trust, what to believe, how to save yourself? When your mind is so manipulated that up becomes down, left becomes right, how do you fight back? What can you do when you don’t even know if your memories are real or imagined? Truth or lie, choice or compulsion?
The manipulation isn’t confined to Zorie either, oh no. Just when you believe one thing, whiz, bam, boom, everything is flipped on it’s head, until you are so twisted up that your mind is just as messed up as it would be had a mesmer played with it. The worst of it is that you will delight in the depravity, get hot when you should be horrified, lust when you ought to loathe and desire when you would normally be disgusted.
If you’re British and old enough you might remember a TV clip of Boy Scouts eating their packed lunches on the Revolution ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Lets just say it was more than messy by the end. Well that’s a perfect analogy for what this book did to my brain. Orange juice up my nose, cheese squashed to my elbow and crisps down my cleavage.
Oh and those damned mesmers, one who offers salvation but at a price. Convinced that he can craft Zorie into a lethal weapon and extract revenge on the men who destroyed his daughter. Zorie isn’t so convinced, not when she can free her mind but not her will. She might be cussing and brewing up a storm in her head, but only whilst her body is following every lurid instruction given to it. Then there are some so evil that you want to stab them in the eye with a rusty spoon, dig out their brains and dance amongst their entrails. No scrub that, it would be far too quick and easy a death. Lets dance on their guts first and then gouge out their brain.
There were so many times when I wondered who the hero was, and indeed if there WAS a hero, or if at some point Zorie was going to be her own hero. This story will make you scream, cry and shout at your kindle in anger. In the best way possible. In a ‘This Is My Favourite Series Ever’way.
I loved this so much that I wasn’t even half way through and I’d downloaded the next book in the trilogy. This book will mess with your mind big time and I really recommend it. Highly recommend it.
Just when you think it’s safe to go out on a killing spree….
After all the sugar honey iced tea that Zorie has been through, it’s no small wonder that she decides mesmers need to become an endangered species. The actions of Reuben, Einar and Kaage enraging her to such a degree that she is now a woman on a mission to eliminate every ‘collector’ she can find.
A close call with one seemingly innocent mesmer finds Zorie questioning herself and her future. Despite all she has been through and all the wrong she knows Grimm and Mavros have done, she only seems to find peace when with them. But how long will that peace last when there are those determined to exact revenge on Zorie and whilst a particularly evil force is interested in Grimm. Adding into the chaotic mix is the bug slowly eroding away the Grimm that we all know and love, threatening to leave behind a monster.
Remorse wasn’t enough to make me throw myself under a bus for a man. Grimm wasn’t any man thought. He’d stood by me past the limits of anyone I knew. If the bug was eating his brain, I was going to do my crap-tastic best to figure out a cure.
Zorie, Wicked Hunt
Wicked Hunt has less of a mind-control aspect, than the previous two books, but it was just as dark and twisty. There are some very nasty scenes, ones where you’ll need to turn on the lights and watch from behind a cushion. Then there are the plots, lies and schemes of so many different bad, or semi-bad, guys that, yet again, you will be left with your mind reeling, unable to put the book down.
Throughout the trilogy I had my hopes for Zorie’s future, and I have to say I was not disappointed in the outcome. It was all that I could have wished for and more. But the journey there is far from easy, it will involve pain, suffering and heartache in equal measure for Grimm, Mavros and Zorie. There is no guarantee of a HEA, certainly not for all of them, and some tough choices will have to be made. However I’m fairly certain that, if you’re read this whole trilogy, you won’t be disappointed by how it ends.
All three books in the series are standard length (approx 3.5 -4 hour reads) and I’ve completed them back-to-back over three days. They are seriously addictive. So much so that every time I had a few spare minutes, I made sure I had my kindle to hand so I could read a few more words, lines or pages.
If a slight paranormal edge (the mesmer mind control) and a damnably dark story line sound good, then this is a series I massively recommend.
Meet the members of Club Risqué and follow their D/s exploits as love worms its way into even the kinkiest hearts.
It was supposed to be fun. They are both experienced in the club singles’ lifestyle, but from the moment Connor and Laurel meet, sparks fly, heat spikes, and everything suddenly gets complicated.
Laurel wants something long term with Connor and is determined to get it, even if it means having to push him out of his comfort zone. Little does she realize just how close she is to pushing him over the edge.
When Connor pushes back, everything becomes twisted and distorted until they both end up facing their own dark consequences. Can they find their way back, or will the secrets of Connor’s past destroy them both?
Publisher’s Note: Book four of the Club Risqué series is a steamy, dark, sensual story which includes themes of power exchange.
Laurel swallowed convulsively. She knew without a doubt that if she used her safeword, everything would be over and that would be the end of it. Probably for good.
His harsh words made her feel uncomfortable. In truth, he really hadn’t hurt her. Certainly, he hadn’t given her more pain than she was capable of handling. She was just miffed that he had gotten the upper hand. Maybe it had been a mistake to agree to scene without negotiating the details in advance.
Laurel had never realised how invested she had become in manipulating the outcome of a scene to her own advantage until now. And now that Connor had effectively called her on it, she was ashamed to realise just how much she always topped from the bottom. She was embarrassed by the mild disdain that she could feel him assessing her with. As if she had touted herself as an experienced submissive, but he was finding her sadly lacking. Perversely, the idea had her all the more eager to please him and prove him wrong in his judgment.
Taking a deep breath, Laurel settled herself. “I’m sorry, Sir,” she apologised carefully. “You just took me by surprise and I wasn’t ready.”
“So, let me be clear, Fluff.” Connor pinned her with a look. “You are happy to continue and do not wish to safeword and end our scene?”
Laurel ducked her head and stared at the floor as if it was the most interesting thing in the room and just nodded meekly. Of course, he wasn’t going to let it go at that.
“I need you to verbalise, Fluff, so there’s no mistake.”
“No, Sir. I do not wish to end our scene.” “Then we’ll continue where we left off,” he warned. “Yes, Sir,” she acknowledged, an unexpected thrill shivering through her at the firm authority in his deep tone. Maybe this is what she had craved all along, someone to take her in hand and not take any of her nonsense, a Dom worthy of her respect, because he demanded it and accepted nothing less. But one who still knows how to temper autocracy with soothing understanding, so he doesn’t just come off as an arrogant asshole, Laurel thought as Connor relented fractionally and drew a comforting hand down her back from her neck to the base of her spine.
“Good girl,” he praised, and for some reason beyond her comprehension, those two little words were all she needed to put her whole world to rights.
Once she was settled, Connor gave her five more strikes. They weren’t even as hard as the first five, but for some reason, they had tears pricking at the back of her eyes. It wasn’t because of the pain, Laurel realised as they began to fall. They were tears of gratitude and appreciation that he had held firm and not given in to her. It meant more, somehow, that he had stayed true to his word and he had expected no less from her. The fact that he had stood his ground did something for her, and Laurel felt her desire and admiration for him growing exponentially. This man really was a true Dom, and she knew, if she wasn’t cautious, he could ruin her for anyone else.
EXCLUSIVE BLUSHING BLOGGER Author Interview
What is your writing process like?
My writing process can be a bit hit and miss and sometimes I am guilty of procrastinating for so long that I get nothing done at all. So I’ll be like ‘I really need to tidy up and do the laundry and clean the bathroom and vacuum etc, etc, but then I feel guilty that I’m not writing. Just as likely I’ll sit in front of my laptop and think, I really need to do some marketing and promotion, or some re-writes or some editing and equally I’ll get nothing done in either scenario. It wasn’t until my husband gave me the very obvious advice to timetable my writing time and do everything else around it that I managed to knuckle down. That along with meeting some other fantastic UK authors at a writers retreat and was introduced to the art of ’sprinting’. Now I also do that every day in a writing support group and my productivity has literally tripled.
Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
I really can’t tolerate music while I write. In fact I prefer it to be completely silent. My office is next to the laundry room and I even find the hum from the washing machine or the tumble dryer irritating!
Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I’m a bit of a ‘pantser’ when it comes to writing. Although I generally have a basic idea of the story line, and the characters, sometimes the finished article is very different from what I imagined it would be. That’s actually one of the things I love most about writing though, the fact that it can be as much of a surprise to the writer as to the reader.
How much research do you typically do on a novel?
The amount of research I do varies depending on whether I have a specific theme going on. I read all the time, it’s what I do to relax, since I rarely watch TV, so I feel that a lot of my research is simply ongoing. For Ties that Bind I did more research than usual as I needed to know all about the history of Shibari, the names of various types of ropework, descriptions of how different ties were achieved. I looked up images of what the finished article looked like and I even practiced some basic knots and ties for myself to get an idea of how complicated it was and how long it might take. (You can see photos of the finished results on my FB page or my website)
EXCLUSIVE BLUSHING BLOGGER Character Interview To Laurel Q. What would you say is your strongest character trait?
A: I am a go-getter and I’ll never apologise for that. If I see something I want, I go after it, you can’t just sit back and expect everything to just fall into your lap. I want Connor. I know he’s a bit cautious and reserved but I fully intend to destroy all the barriers he puts up.
To Connor Q. You seem ambivalent in your relationship with Laurel. Why is that?
A: Laurel reminds me of my step mother. She breezed into my life when I was six years old, all fun and carefree, I adored her. But nine years later she broke me, broke my relationship with my father. I try not to think of Laurel the same way, but old habits die hard and my past colours the way I see things. I just can’t help that. It makes me nervous and that’s not something I want to be. I refuse to let anyone make me vulnerable ever again.
Five Fun Facts
My own love life could be part of a book plot! I met my husband when our spouses ran off together. I had been married for ten years, but my now husband had only been married for four months!
After twenty-four years together and twenty years of marriage, we are planning to renew our vows this year. Sometimes fate just takes a hand. [Symbol]
When we married, I wore a long, full, princess dress which I made myself – It was purple!
I also made a lot of the wedding party outfits: 7 cravats, 4 waistcoats, 2 maid-of-honor dresses, 2 bridesmaid dresses and 2 flower girl dresses.
We have a wedding date that even the most absent-minded husband could not possibly forget – 9.9.1999
Poppy Flynn was born in Buckinghamshire, UK and moved to Wales at eight years old with parents who wanted to live the ‘self-sufficiency’ lifestyle.
Today she still lives in rural Wales and is married with six children.
Poppy’s love of reading and writing stemmed from her parent’s encouragement and the fact that they didn’t have a television in the house.
“When you’re surrounded by fields, cows and sheep, no neighbours, no TV and the closest tiny village is four miles away, there’s a certain limit to your options, but with books your adventures and your horizons are endless.”
“You scared the living hell out of me, and you can believe I’m going to spank the devil out of you.”
Forever is a long time to live with the wrong decision.
Newlywed Molly O’Connor loves all kinds of mysteries and solving them gets her blood pumping almost as much as her new husband Cián O’Connor. Cián wants his wife to ease into her new life and is open to any way she finds comfortable. Soon, however, it becomes obvious that running a clinic, orienting to a large Irish family, and dealing with her protective husband isn’t enough excitement for the love of his life.
When things progress from a little harmless fun to horse thefts, assaults, kidnapping, and even murder, Cián puts his foot down. Despite his admonitions, his bride is too enmeshed in the events going on around them to heed his warnings for long. Molly becomes secretive, refusing to let go until it’s too late, putting herself and her family in grave danger.
It will take help from the entire O’Connor clan along with some special friends to ensure the young couple’s forever isn’t over before it begins.
Publisher’s Note: This sweet contemporary romance contains elements of domestic discipline.
Cián nodded and signaled for Jane to bring him a menu, effectively dismissing Mr. Carpenter. Jane came quickly with a menu and a coffee pot. He paid special interest to the cup of coffee he was supplied. The waitress paid special attention to Cián before she walked away.
“We have some things we need to discuss. I’m sure this is as good a place as any.”
“Cián, he said he knew you.”
“Really? That’s not what he just said.”
“He said that in front of Mr. Archer, or I don’t think that he would have left me alone.”
“Well, we hadn’t met before and it was a certainty that you hadn’t.”
“I’m finished eating, Cián. I’m going home. We can talk there.” She made to get out of the booth but Cián didn’t move. He continued to observe his cup and then took a sip.
“I imagine we can talk here. I’m sure there are other, pressing things to do when we get home.”
Finally, Cián turned a questioning face towards Molly, his left eyebrow hiked up. “Do I need to spell it out? All right. After you explain yourself to me while I eat my dinner, we will go home. Then you will immediately strip, present that lusciously naughty bottom to me and I am going to spank it ruby red. Anything after that will also be on my terms.”
USA Today and #1 International best-selling author, Alyssa Bailey, lives amongst the beauty of Southeast Alaska. She lives where the sky meets the rainforest on the mountains; the mountains touch the ocean, and the wildlife frolic on land, sea, and air. Humans, the ultimate interlopers, are wedged in where allowed and are properly thankful for the privilege.
Alyssa loves writing realistic romance for the naughty in all of us. Writing power exchanges between strong, intelligent, sassy women who are not afraid to make a stand and men confident enough to give his woman space, but Alpha enough to keep her safe despite her choices is a common theme. She loves series.
If she can throw a little humor, or suspense in her stories, it’s even better. Her characters predominately live in Regency England, Ireland, and Scotland amongst lords and ladies, in the Contemporary Realm amongst men and women of the world, and of course, hard-working Cowboys and fiercely romantic Indians.
Note about penning this book:
This last trilogy and especially the last book was difficult for me. I have grown as an author during the writing of the O’Connors. If you start from the beginning, with Liam and Jocelyn, you will not only follow the progression of the family storyline but the story of my writing.
There were plenty of ups and downs and growing pains but at the end of the day, like the O’Connors, I like where I am. And like them, the next generation is in full swing and their third generation is beginning to find love as I am beginning to spread my own wings to spaces and places I never thought to go.
I hope you have fallen in love with the O’Connors. Would you like to know of other new and wonderful places my writing might take us?
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I’ll share one right now. As a teen, I discovered Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Kathleen Kellow, and Jean Plaidy (all the same woman) whom I devoured for the gothic style of writing, the Victorian settings, and the mystery. The crime and mystery style gave way to the gothic romance mystery in her later career.
Library or bookstore?
Is that a real question? Library of course. I have spent hours surrounded by books my whole life fueled by my mother who is a lover of books. She shared that obsession with me. She dabbles in writing as well. I think most people who have love affairs with books–the feel, the smell, the weight of an old book in your hand, has the craving to create them in some form or another. I tackled my demons, built worlds, and met my first lovers in the library.
What type of book do you like to write the most?
Honestly, I like a taste of suspense, but don’t have the patience to write mysteries as in Agatha Christy types. I want a book that shows character connection to others. It’s hard for me to draft a book that isn’t a series because I tend to think in groupings. I immediately identify the main characters in the first book, adding as the story morphs. I want to fall in love with my characters, laugh and cry with them. Then I want to share who have become important to them in a next book, creating that sense of community that weaves in and out of each other’s lives as they tend to do.
What was the hardest part about writing Forever Molly?
The ending. It was the last book of the series. I imagine I might do a novella, or free stories for my fans of this huge family, but the last sibling is now married, all the main characters have been settled. It was time to move on. They are a part of my life now but it’s time allow them to raise their families in peace. Time to eavesdrop on the lives of another community.
Now that the last of the O’Connor Series has been written, what is next on the 2019 horizon?
I have several other trilogies and series that I’ve started. I’d like to finish those. Clearwater Ranch series is a trilogy-book 2, Camille’s Second Chance, is coming out soon. In Forever Molly, we re-introduced Saving Sharlee characters, Jacquard, Sharlee, and Kaden. I have a few moody alpha men to get through there. Finally, I think I will write another book to my Lords and Little Ladies. I already have a novel in a rough outline.
Prophecy of Magic – 20+ Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Novels.
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From five of the BHP authors and a word about their story.
Because He’s Perfect is a charity anthology with all proceeds being donated to the Movember Foundation. Twenty-two authors ranging from first time writers to long-term storytellers, seek to dispel all the myths from the romance world about what a perfect hero should be.
Emotional or physical disabilities and illnesses are nothing to be ashamed of; in fact they can make a man. With the inclusion of a poignantly emotional foreword by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, this anthology will take you on a journey through comedic laughs, sweet contemporary romance, and into the world of darkness and bizarre.
Joining the authors on their quest are one graphic artist, two photographers, and two models donating their time and efforts to this project, which has inspired all involved.
We hope you will enjoy what you read, ‘Because He’s Perfect’.
Deep Breaths is a multi-layered title. It’s named for the breathing exercises used to alleviate symptoms of asthma attacks, of which the hero of my story suffers with. It’s also painfully ironic because it’s so damn hard to breathe when your lungs won’t allow you to. It’s also romantic, because have you ever met someone who simply took your breath away?
Don’t Sugar Coat it comes from a joke between my husband and I after his diagnosis. It was a bit of a shock and we were both numb. My husband ordered a cake from his hospital menu and was telling me what he’d ordered for lunch. I blurted out, ‘Don’t Sugar Coat it.’ We laughed so much. It was just what we needed and I knew that would be the title of my book as soon as I conceived the concept of the anthology.
Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light in the darkness. Don’t let the negative become all consuming. Balance whatever you can with a positive. I call it a ‘suck and sweet’, no matter what’s sucking right now, there is always a sweet of you look hard enough
“Worth The Risk” came about because of the challenges involved in having a relationship with someone when one party is HIV positive and the other isn’t. It just seemed to fit perfectly. I also wanted to showcase the immense progress made in treating HIV and how those living with the virus are now able to live full and happy lives. What a triumph of science and the indomitable human spirit.
Victoria L. James
I’ll be honest and admit that when writing this story, I didn’t have a particular title in mind. Faith No More actually came to me midway through, when I was immersed in the fact that so many sufferers of PTSD lose their faith in everything when then they’re stuck in this constant loop of past and present. This anthology is incredibly important to me, as is this story. It’s vital we continue to raise awareness and show that everyone struggles, no matter how they appear to the outside world, no matter how big or small their suffering may seem. We’re all human, and sometimes it’s hard to keep the Faith.
“Wow! His Salvation was an incredibly entertaining, fast paced, thrilling ride!”
“His Salvation is a sinfully, delicious dark thriller with mystery, suspense, action packed drama and sizzling scenes.”
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“Omg Claire!!! 5* is not even a drop in the ocean for what this book deserves.” –
This was a story of two halves for me, with the second part convincing me much more thoroughly than the first.
Overall I’d rate this 3.75. It’s a good solid read, with plenty of action, adventure and intrigue all wrapped up in a fast paced and well written plot.
So why the lower rating? I just didn’t connect with Kay in the first half and would have liked more convincing of Eve’s reaction to him. It had the makings of a dark romance but just didn’t quite hit the right note for me. Kay would make her strip, would touch her sexually against her will but we never heard why he was doing it.
Was it power? To intimidate? Lust? To prevent escape? It worked in terms of shock and dark factor but it didn’t help me understand Kay as a character. Was he being an a’hole? Was he overcome by lust? What type of man was he? An anti-hero? A sociopath? A bad man trying to do doing good things? A good man doing bad things? Too many questions for me to really sink into the book.
And before you assume I can’t cope with a dark book or an anti-hero please check my profile and my read list. Dark romances are my bread and butter, my go to read, my not-so-secret addiction.
Just around the half-way point we get a sudden one-eighty in the situation between Kay and Eve. It took a bit of squinting to make it look believable but it worked for me. Kay then became a much different man, one who I really liked, one whose actions and deeds were much easier to understand and interpret. He suddenly found his personality. He was a man driven to darkness by his life experiences, but at heart a good man doing bad things for the right reasons.
Eve was a much more defined personality throughout, easy to like and believable, picking her battles wisely and displaying an inner strength throughout the story. She, along with an engaging, fascinating and twisty plot, are what kept me reading this book. Usually an inability to connect to characters will have me abandoning the book as a DNF. The fact that I keptreading this book is testament to the overall quality of writing as well as what was a damn good story.
Claire Martais a new-to-me author and based on my experience of reading His Salvation I would read more work by her. This is definitely a good addition to the Cavalieri Della Morteseries and a dark-themed romantic suspense that is well worth reading.
A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoys taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.