Review //\\ Make Me Yours Evermore

Make Me Yours Evermore
by Cari Silverwood

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Oh my lord I believe I may have fallen down a dark, dark rabbit hole straight into a very depraved Wonderland.


I enjoyed Take Me Break Me and Bind and Keep Me, in which both Kat and Chris have fairly minor roles. Book 2 in particular had some darker aspects, though the situation in that book happened more by accident than design. However Make Me Yours Evermore totally bypasses ANY sense of morality and dives straight in at the dark end. On a side note this book can be read stand alone.


I’m pleased I took a break between reading books 2 and 3, because my love for Klaus and Jodie might have altered my perception of this one. I might not have disapproved of Chris quite so much and found as much empathy for Kat. Chris uses the flimsiest of excuses, or at least fairly convenient circumstances, to take do something very, very bad. Only you know what they say about the best laid plans…


There might be those who find Kat too much, maybe too bitchy and belligerent (I’m always surprised by that – as though an alpha male is so wonderful a woman should be perfect at all times around him). I really, really liked her. To me her actions were those of a strong woman, determined to not be broken by the situation she finds herself in. I loved how she, along with Andreas, had more effect on Chris than he did on her.


I’ve felt recently like I’m suffering from dark-lag, no longer seeing the depravity and horror that others did. Well hot diggity dang, in this one I felt every single moment of the corrupt degeneracy of morals and the total lack of compassion or humanity demonstrated by Chris. I was shocked by the immoral and debauched desires that he not only gave free rein to, but considered his by right. I cheered every single time Kat fought back, supported every rebellion, commiserated when her libido ruled her mind. Especially since her feisty attitude led to ever more inventive punishments and humiliations. Never was a book more NSFW than this one!


Added in to all the hot kink and general steamy smexiness was an intriguing plot and some very unexpected twists. I loved every word, page and paragraph of the book, it dragged me out of a reading slump, fizzing my brain and enervating my reading mojo. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark BDSM Menage Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518593-make-me-yours-evermore

This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers.
Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.
Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.
But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance. More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.
Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom. Sometimes there is no choice.
Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

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Review //\\ Bedroom Hymns

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Bedroom Hymns by Morgan Reeves


I first read this book in 2017, it is a book that has stayed with me – no small feat when I read well over 300 books each year. I had a craving to see if memory served me well or, as has proved true of many books, if time and changing tastes would have altered my opinion of it.

I felt drained; empty. All the energy I’d mustered with Dominic had drained away, leaving me exhausted and sad. I didn’t want this to be my life. I didn’t want this to be the sum of my parts.
I needed to do something for myself. I needed to escape from this horror show that was my life and find one, shining bit of peace.
I couldn’t do this anymore.
The lies, the shame, the rage. I couldn’t stand questioning the motives of everyone around me and knowing that the only person who cared for me was me.

The re-read left me with just as much of a sense of WOW. I loved it as much this time as I did the first time. It’s so twisted! And even though I had vague recollections of how it ended I still loved every dark and messed up moment of this.


This still remains my favourite quote from the book –

“We’re all monsters,” I said flatly. “I just don’t pretend to be sane to protect your delicate sensibilities. You want to think that you saved me. That you made me this wonderful thing. That the other girls you do this to will benefit in the end. Well, I’m here as your reminder that all you create are lies. Filthy, stinking shit covered in silk and sent out into the world to build your fortune.”….
I stepped toward him and satisfaction slid through me when he backed up a step.
…..He played up what they did in his mind until he half-believed he was the shining knight he said he was.

Since my opinion hadn’t changed I felt no need to alter my original review.


This was a one sitting read. It was an “OMG I can’t put this book down” read. It was a “can I give this more than 5 stars?” read. It was a “what else has this author written because I need to read them all now” read.


Dark. Twisted. Sick. Broken. Strong. Words are swirling through my head but I just can’t put them together in a review that does justice to how amazing this book is.


Sophia is the victim of a despicable crime but throughout it all she strives to be anything but a victim. The world she was dragged into made her behave well outside the bounds of the law and societal norms but my word she is my new favourite bass-ass heroine. She is ‘da bomb’, with an steel core forged from the trials of both her childhood and her ‘training’ to be a slave.


I knew then that any HEA would be on her terms and was not going to look like unicorns and rainbows.


There are no heroes in this book, well perhaps one or two hapless ones, where being the hero shortens their lifespan. There is Cole the disturbing and twisted leader of the trio, Jackson who likes to think his actions are actually helping the girls he ‘rescues’, Dominic with his sadistic inclinations and Detective Aaron Jacobs. I was never really sure if any of these would be the saviour of Sophia. Not that she needed anyone to save her, but what she did need was someone to love her unconditionally.


She does get that someone in the most unexpected and twisty endings to a book that I have read in ages. This plot had me from the start – and no wonder because it kicks straight in with the ‘tough stuff’. The author had a good balance between actual described scenes and implied actions. This stopped the book feeling too heavy and dark, whilst allowing it to still be gritty and intense. I may have also cried.

Like the fool I was, I realised that I was crying. The tears were hot as they slid down my face, and I choked on a sob, tightening my grip. The fear was still there. It still hovered around me like a thief in the night. But, for this one moment, I let myself feel that joy. Let myself feel that elusive love.

The book is well written, the characters had depth and I believed in them, even as I didn’t like some of them. The pace and plot had me turning pages and unable to put the book down. I definitely need to read the rest of this authors work. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Bedroom Hymns
Author – Morgan Reeves
Genre – Dark Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36110296-bedroom-hymns

They took me, broke me, remade me in their image. I am branded by their twisted ambitions; martyred by their greed. They ground me down until I was everything they wanted and more, and at the end I thanked them for it.
Jackson.
Dominic.
Cole.
They forced me to love them, and then they cast me aside like yesterday’s trash. But they taught me to be the best. So that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Because in the end… Revenge is sweeter than love.
And they’ll never see me coming.


Review // Inheritance (Fragile Ties #2)

Inheritance (Fragile Ties #2) by Jennifer Bene

I’ve just completed a re-read of this, ready for Redemption and loved it just as much. It’s so wrong but just feels so very right.

The only promise he’d ever break was the one he’d made to leave when she told him to go.
That promise they’d broken together. Tonight. But every promise he’s made on the cold tile he’d keep. He’d die to keep them, because she was his hill to die on.
His world, his future.
His everything.

I need to start by reassuring Ms Bene that all the angst, all the heartache, all the tearing at her hair, cursing at her keyboard and despairing at her first drafts was so VERY WORTH HER TIME AND EFFORT. In fact I would go so far as to say that all her suffering, all her emotion, bled into this work and made it SUCH an emotional read. Once started, it is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down until you’ve read every word. It’s way beyond the mere 5 stars available to bestow upon it.


David and Lianna are where they want and need to be, with each other. Yet everything is wrong. Instead of being left alone to rebuild her and their life, outside forces are determined to hold them back and drag them down into the corruption that both are desperately trying to claw their way out of. I need to add at this point that Inheritance isn’t a stand alone book. It’s the second in a trilogy, Destruction must be read first to fully understand David and Lianna’s tale.

Inheritance is full of power, passion, and pain. So many times it slips back into the dark waters of David’s soul, leaving marks both physical and mental on the both of them. Yet that suffering and hurt are necessary, for there lays the path to light, hope and redemption. Lianna and David continue to burn up the sheets with their explosive, and ofttimes violent, chemistry. Theirs is a raw, visceral and twisted relationship but, as two sides of the same coin, they somehow make it work.


So much happens in this book, and yet in some ways not very much at all. It is very much a tale of personal growth, of accepting who you are but also realising that you can change that individual. Realising that the past doesn’t dictate the future. Acknowledging that the sins of the father do not need to be visited upon the son. I loved every single minute of reading Inheritance, even when it made me cower away in horror. And it builds such a twisty, tangled web of love, suspicion, hope and distrust that will no doubt fray and shatter when they find their final Redemption

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Inheritance (Fragile Ties #1) by Jennifer Bene
A dark romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44646352-inheritance
David took Lianna to destroy her… and then everything got complicated.
Falling for the girl he kidnapped shouldn’t have happened. Especially not Lianna Mercier, daughter of the man he hated, and heir to a family name steeped in blood and violence.
But, now she’s his entire world, and Lianna’s is burning down around her.
David may have lit the match that set her life on fire, but all he wants now is to keep her safe. With their future on the line… can he even ask her to choose him after all he’s done?

Review //\\ Destruction (Fragile Ties #1)

Destruction (Fragile Ties #1) by Jennifer Bene

I’m obviously as messed up as Lianne to also fall for David


I have had Destruction sitting on my kindle, waiting to be read for quite some time. Life, arc reading and buying too many books has meant that I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. However I do know the author is working on completing the second book, so I decided it was time I got myself caught up.


The title is very fitting in so many ways, including the devastation to my soul. This is a pretty dark read, with non-con (albeit it’s enjoyed, but she definitely says no), sadism, violence and what is possibly a healthy dollop of Stockholm Syndrome.


David is an antihero of the first order, doing bad things for misguided reasons. He and Lianne share some very warped but extremely hot chemistry. There are passages that make for uncomfortable reading – because you really shouldn’t be turned on by such depravity but you are. Lianne is very easy to like and connect to, their is a very natural and likeable feel to her character. I disliked David for so much of the book, but that’s because he is written to BE hated, until you don’t.


The writing held my attention, the characters interested me, whilst the plot and suspense was well paced so as to hold my attention. I was huddled in the corner of that dank, concrete cell. I was chained across that thin, worn mattress. The skill of the author put me into the middle of the story, had me screaming in the dark and crying in misery alongside Lianne.


If you’re looking for your next dark erotic read then you’ve found it here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title – Destruction (Fragile Ties #1)
Author – Jennifer Bene
Genre – Dark Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36671520-destruction

Vengeance and destruction are all he has left.
Lianna Mercier has everything. She’s beautiful, well-educated, her father is rich, powerful — and she works for him. The perfect little princess, raised to be just like daddy.

But it’s all a lie.
A bloody, screwed up lie, and David Gethen is about to tear it all down and destroy Lianna in the process. He wants revenge, he wants to finish the plan his father started years ago — but after he takes her, after he tortures her, he begins to realize just how wrong he may have been.

Book Tour & Review

The Game Maker

by Kitty Thomas

A dark contemporary standalone romance

Blurb:

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me.

Someone else did.

And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me.

Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.

We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.

“Kitty Thomas is a one-click author for me!” Anna Zaires, NYT Bestselling Author of TWIST ME.

Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.

Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths (view spoiler) ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

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Excerpts from THE GAME MAKER (c) Kitty Thomas 2020
Used with permission.


He doesn’t repeat his request, just continues to watch me. After a few minutes, he stands and walks across the cell. This is the first time he’s been this close. I flinch when he reaches me.

He ignores my reaction and sits on the ground beside me, but he doesn’t make any attempt to touch me. Instead, he sighs and says, “Starvation is a bad way to die.”

“I know,” I say.

“I don’t think you do.”

I start to cry. It’s the first time I’ve broken down since those first moments in the cell. Supposedly, if we have sex, we’ll get food. And I want food, but then what happens? The longer I can delay this, the longer I delay the next steps in whatever sick game our captor is playing with us.

“You know what has to happen,” he says, echoing my exact thought of only minutes ago. “What’s the point of letting yourself get sicker and weaker than you need to be? You need your strength. You need to eat.”

“You mean you need to eat,” I say, unable to hide the bitterness seeping into my voice. So the nice guy act is finally ending? The gallant chivalry finally coming to an end. Everyone has a limit. And now I know his.

“I’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll be fine a lot longer than you will. Are you going to let yourself starve to death?”

I chance a look into his eyes. “What do you think would happen to you if I did?”

He shrugs. “He’d probably take another girl, bring more bait to tempt me. He wants to turn me into a monster and you…or whoever… into a whore. That’s my running theory, anyway.”

He stands and holds a hand out to me. 

“What are you doing?”

“Remember what I said about the cameras and the bathroom?”

I nod.  

He’s still holding his hand out. I try to ignore it. 

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he says.

I am so hungry. Finally, I take his hand and let him lead me into the bathroom. He guides me to sit on the edge of the tub and turns the shower on. Then he starts to undress. I tense, part of me wanting to run back into the cell.

“We’re going to take a shower, you and I,” he says calmly. “I won’t touch you in any way you don’t want. And no one will see.”

I know what he’s doing. He’s trying to make this easier for me. In the end, I’ll have to fuck him in the cell in front of the cameras so our sick mystery captor can watch. My co-captive is trying to give us some privacy and the illusion of choice at least to start, at least to let me get used to his body.

“Come on, drop the towel and get in the shower with me.”

He steps into the shower and closes the door behind him. I know he won’t hurt me. He hasn’t yet. I think I’m safe with this man, and there’s only one way to get food. I take a few slow deep breaths, wipe the stray tears off my cheeks, and take off the towel.

When I open the door, he pulls me in under the rain shower with him. His mouth moves close to my ear. His words are quiet, almost dwarfed by the sound of the water.

“I don’t know if there are listening devices in the bathroom, but if there are, the shower may give us some cover. What’s your name?”

I pull back from him and look into his eyes—really look at them. I’ve avoided his gaze so much in my time here. They’re hazel, but they seem far lighter than they are because of his tanned skin and dark hair. He’s growing the beginnings of a beard. 

“Kate,” I finally say.

Kate. That’s a pretty name. I’m Seven.”

At first I think I don’t hear him right. “Seven? Like the number?”

He chuckles. “Yes, like the number.”

“Are you from a big family? Are your siblings all named One through Six?”

“No siblings. Only child. I can be grateful they didn’t name me One, I guess.”

“Yeah, no kidding.”

Review //\\ Cruel Idols

Cruel Idols by Sorcha Black

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That’s me banging my head for not having listened to all those people telling me I needed to read a Sorcha Black book.


Why have I left it so long to read this author’s work? I absolutely, totally and utterly loved this book, which is like Bass-Ackwards older, kinkier, more depraved brother. The really edgy one that scares you as much as he turns you on. It’s so fantastically wrong in all the right ways, full of unexpected twists and mind games that send shivers down your spine. And the emotions, oh the emotions, they slashed through my body like the sharpest of knives and caressed like the softest of lips.

The use was fast and hard and looked horribly uncomfortable, and the vicious expression on Vandal’s face was absolutely mesmerizing.

Vandal is such a humongous asshole, and I absolutely adored him. I equally wanted to thump him too, but he is one of the best heroes I’ve read in a long, long time. Zero was the perfect foil to him, and was also amazing and utterly delightful in his own right. The ying to Vandal’s yang, the light to his darkness. Amazing writing gave us two finely crafted and distinct male characters. Their kinks blended seamlessly together, allowing them to push Sadie’s submissive boundaries whilst also supporting her. I spent a lot of the book being incredibly jealous of Sadie, though I’m not sure I would have coped with their brand of crazy as well as she did.

He had a gorgeous smile when he wasn’t being a psychopath.

At heart this is a story of consensual non-consent, though SSC and RACK went out of the window pretty early on! At times both terrifyingly believable and sensually scary, this twisted love story had me on the edge of my seat, turned on and alarmed in equal measure. I was gripped, spell-bound, enthralled and beguiled by every single word, sentence and paragraph. From the first word to the last I couldn’t put this down.

Ugh.
Why was I doing this without challenging them> Disobeying one of them was difficult enough – the double dose of dominance was overwhelming. It was also hot, which was really annoying.

Was Sadie mad for agreeing to what she did, insane in the flights of fancy her mind spun, or simply fanatical about her cruel idols? It was hard to know, but I’m pretty certain that girl was one sandwich short of a picnic. I wouldn’t say no to being her bestie though, so what does that say about me?

It was hard not to squirm, but it was easier to focus on how much I wanted him to touch me instead of dwelling on how much I wanted him to love me.

I have found myself a new favourite author to fangirl over and I really can’t recommend this book enough.

Title – Cruel Idols
Author – Sorcha Black
Genre – Menage Dark Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54417364-cruel-idols

How can my favorite author be such a suspicious alphahole?
All I wanted was an autograph, but Vandal Stokes is livid when he finds me on his property. The sketchy contract he makes me sign traps me alone with him and his gorgeous friend, Zero, for months.
While we adjust to the awkwardness, Zero volunteers to be my writing mentor and assists me with my creepy research. Vandal can’t resist getting involved, and the tension between the three of us ignites.
Our situation feeds into my most sinister fantasies.
Two against one.
Twisted games.
A dark basement.
No neighbors.
One torrid summer could very well change my life—and me—forever.

Review //\\ The Game Maker

The Game Maker by Kitty Thomas

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Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.


Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level. Just as you can kill them with kindness, you can ruin with pleasure.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths getting to nice and neat an ending ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

Title – The Game Maker
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54365965-the-game-maker

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me. Someone else did.
And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me. Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.
We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.
*This is a standalone dark contemporary romance.

Review //\\ Hunted

My Rating – 3.5 Stars

When we first meet Jared (and Harper) he is a really sweet, fun and caring guy, so his later transformation was really something else. His alter-ego is definitely sinister and poor Harper most certainly comes off worse when he’s around. Jared’s slow descent into “madness” was very finely crafted, and so terrifyingly believable.


I found it easier to connect with Harper, though that isn’t surprising since Jared wasn’t always quite himself. This meant I didn’t connect with the story with as much emotional depth as I prefer, but I still really enjoyed the story. With both characters being so adorable and cute at first, I was rather puzzled as to just where things were heading, though it quickly becomes clear that not all is well. The plot then rattles along at a rapid pace, with lots of darkness, lots of twists and lots of a very bad man.


Harper remains strong throughout, and I loved her resilience during her trial in the woodland. I did wish nasty things to befall not-Jared, and I had absolutely no idea how the situation would be resolved. Needless to say it was resolved in a very satisfactory way. Hunted is a good addition to the Dirty Heroes collection and shouldn’t be missed.

Title – Hunted
Author – Cassandra Faye (Jennifer Bene)
Genre – Dark Paranormal
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52259867-hunted

“It doesn’t matter how far she runs.
This is my forest, and I always catch my prey.”

As a Loxley, I know the rules, I just never took them seriously. I only knew when I finally brought a girl here it would be special. She would be special. And Harper is… perfect. Now we’re out here, alone, and something’s gone terribly wrong.
I broke the rules, I’m losing myself, and I’m afraid she’s going to pay the price. I need to fight this. I need to protect Harper. We’re meant to be, and I know she feels the same. I don’t want to hurt her but… I have to claim her.
I have to make her mine. Before I do something I can’t take back.

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REVIEW //\\ Something Twisted

Something Twisted by Ace Gray

“The world will eventually end in brimstone and fire, but I’ll still love you, Drea. You’re heaven and the religion I’ll worship to get there.”
“I love you, Niall,” she said from her spot at my feet. “Whether you’re my salvation or damnation, I don’t care as long as you’re mine.”

This was my first book by the author, and it’s now my firm intention to read more work by her!


I read this in order to lead a Book Of The Month discussion, in the Dark Erotica group. I have to say, well done to Dana for suggesting the book and to those who voted for it because this was a huge, huge hit for me. Trying a new author, especially in the dark realm of romance, always feels like a risk. I’m sure for every one book I’ve enjoyed there are a dozen that have missed the mark by a country mile. This one ticked every box for me and I found myself not wanting to put it down. It was also second-chance, which is hands down my favourite tropes ever.


The authors voice, the plot, pace and characterisation were all top notch. There was no effort involved in reading this book, well other than putting it down when it got VERY late into the night and my alarm was set for less than 6 hours later! Though I did have to forgive the use of ‘drug’ instead of ‘dragged’, but hey, no biggie. This really is an addictive read that wraps you up in it’s dark and depraved world, draws you into the lives of the damaged folk that exist there (because it could never be called living) and will keep you enthralled from the very first to the very last line.


Drea and Niall had so much history to overcome, had so much pain and sorrow weighing them down, needing to forgive and to receive forgiveness. There were moments in this story that made my heart melt, moments that shattered it into a thousand pieces, moments that made me gasp, or laugh, or cry, or swoon, sometimes more than one at the same time. This pair were never destined for a nice easy love story, and boy does the author drag us all through the depths of hell before we see any glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel.

This kiss was different than our others. Niall usually kissed me with fire enough to feel the burn but this was slow and smoldering, a little sad. The tears I’d been keeping at bay knotted in my throat. This kiss said goodbye.

The book starts off right in the deepest end of the dark pool. There are scenes of non-consensual sex and physical violence perpetrated on the heroine, some of which are witnessed, but not prevented, by the eventual hero. These were not easy to read, though Drea had been living this hell for so long that she was almost immune to it now. So it didn’t feel as emotionally harrowing as it could have. The author saved that for later when we learnt more of Drea’s reasons for leaving Niall. There were times when I disliked Niall, but he had his reasons, he suffered through his conflicted feelings and he earned his redemption at least twice. Why twice? Because this man was an insufferable idiot at times!


Whilst the second half of the book didn’t feel as dark, it was still gritty and, at times, violent. It’s difficult to go into details without giving away spoilers, but I felt that the consequences and events that followed Mac Ulster’s final manipulation of Niall were believable and hard won. There is no single handedly bringing down a whole mob family, no miraculous deal, just a whole world of misery and pain to endure. I could understand Niall’s struggle, his wanting to do right by his friends, even if it did mean he wasn’t thinking clearly on who to do right by Drea. That moment in the motel room was a huge wake up call for him and the future Drea could have faced.


This story didn’t follow the paths one would expect, right to the very end it defied expectations and gave something refreshingly different to a genre that is sometimes tired and cliched. I loved how this book didn’t pull any punches at the same time it gave us an epic story of endless love.

“I don’t thing you get to choose, Drea,” I softened.
“But I get to fight.” She smiled that same small, sorrowful smile. “And I want to fight for you.”

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53109226-something-twisted
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense

I’d spent my life as a plaything. A toy to be used by powerful and deadly men in whatever way they pleased. So I was just as surprised as anyone else that I had feelings left. Feelings that lead me to fight for true love while damning myself.
And that’s just where this story begins.
Desperate and alone I turned back to my childhood home. The first wicked place I’d known with the darkest villain among them. My stepfather. But I could weather his storm in exchange for safety. I had to.
What I didn’t expect to find was Niall McDonough. The only man I’d ever really loved had reappeared only to become one of them. Someone ruthless and cruel. He wants to ruin me. As my stepfather’s savage soldier he might just do it.
But then again, twelve years ago a fortune teller predicted I’d need just such a soldier to save both my heart and soul.

Review //\\ Clockwork Stalker

Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

Step aside Benedict Cumberbatch, there is a new sexiest Sherlock Holmes on the block.


With Clockwork Stalker, Cari Silverwood has brought us a delightfully immoral, deliciously depraved, titillatingly kinky and scorchingly hot deviant tale. A Sherlock Holmes with a gloriously malevolent and sinfully corrupt side to his personality. Also a Moriarty with a succulent body, a sardonic wit and a burning desire for all the bad things that cross Sherlock’s mind.

“How very nicely you behaved. You deserve a reward. Miss Moriarty, have you ever pleasured yourself as I pleasured you with my knee?”
Tersely, she shook her head, and he noted how she fought to minimise her inhalations.
“Good.” Sherlock reached out and tilted her face upward with the nudge of his knuckles under her chin. “Because you’re going to do it for me, next. I’ve seen how whores do it and am happy to instruct you.”
Her hushed 
no was delightfully horrified.

Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

The writing, the world building, the description, the language and feel of this story held me spellbound. I was inspired to highlight phrases and passages that called to me, ending up with over 50 of them! I wanted to grab this story, squeeze it between my clutching fingers, wring every drop of filth, depravity and kink into my mouth and devour its glory in side my lecherous soul.


I wanted to be the blissfully tormented, pleasurably teased and satisfyingly sated Wilhelmina. I lusted after being the plaything of my own malignantly affected Sherlock. Oh the degradation, the humiliation, the torment, the dominance, the red-hot down and dirty sex. Yeah, I’m probably oversharing but I could totally be down for most of that. The retractor? Hmm. No!  Maybe? *shudder*.

He rose from the chair, and she had to tilt back her head to keep a proper watch on him.
Funny, but she’d forgotten how tall the man was. Lord. Make that dominating, ruthless, evil and a whole lot of other adjectives that were managing to drive her insane with lust as well as slide a modicum of fear beneath her ribs.
“Very nice. Your legs and bust are duly recorded as being magnificent.”
Well.
“Sir, I am still a lady. Whatever you make me do is not to be counted against me.”
“You lodge a protest?” He smiled. “Noted. Discarded. I plan to see more of you, every part, naked, any time I ask you, even while we work on this machine of yours. Don’t ever think otherwise.”

Wilhelmina and Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

I’ve not even mentioned the actual story, with all its little Easter Eggs to unwrap along the way. From monkey paws to strange symbols.
Fantastic.
As always.
Brilliant, inspired and unpredictable.
But the sex… sigh. I have a hankering for some kitty ears.


Wilhelmina is unapologetically independent, snarky and revels in the acts forced upon her. Even when she protests. Even if she doesn’t mean those protests. Sherlock is dark, demanding and so, so dominant, he is grumpy, surly, closed off and icily aloof. Oh how the mighty fall! Right on top of a set of soft, pillowy bosoms in his case.

You are my Satan, my evil lust demon, and I’m sure you have invisible horns and a tail tucked away somewhere.”

Wilhelmina, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood.

Strictly speaking this is a gaslamp novel, rather than steampunk. Who knew that was a thing? It means it has more of a paranormal element, rather than the sci-fi background that steampunk arises from. The paranormal part is very minimal, based around a malignant energy force and a small event during the end battle, so even those who don’t normally read the genre should still enjoy this.

He had his excuse to punish, to defile, to violate…..
The power in this.
The sexual power.
He wanted to engrave it on his soul.
And yet, he knew she wanted this.  Her willingness made it less interesting, if anything.  Perhaps he could exceed her expectations?
Make her worry.  Fear him?

Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

Genre – Gaslamp / Steampunk Dark Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52259695-clockwork-stalker

What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?
She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.

He rose from the chair, and she had to tilt back her head to keep a proper watch on him.
Funny, but she’d forgotten how tall the man was.  Lord.  Make that dominating, ruthless, evil and a whole lot of other adjectives that were managing to drive her insane with lust as well as slide a modicum of fear beneath her ribs.
“Very nice.  Your legs and bust are duly recorded as being magnificent.”
Well.
“Sir, I am still a lady.  Whatever you make me do is not to be counted against me.”
“You lodge a protest?”  He smiled.  “Noted.  Discarded.  I plan to see more of you, every part, naked, any time I ask you, even while we work on this machine of yours.  Don’t ever think otherwise.”

Wilhelmina and Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood