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#BookReview #DarkRomance #TBT // Isak & Red by Cari Silverwood

Isak & Red
The Possession of Red #2
by Cari Silverwood

A “blast from the past” review.


Wordless, and with her own eyes gleaming a strange darkness as if I’d infected her with my vileness, she trailed after me. It was just the night time shadows, although the idea of her joining me in my murderous, lecherous world was intriguing.

For those that don’t know, this is the conclusion to the story that began in Used, the book that made suitcases a trigger for me. Whilst this can read standalone, reading it definitely works so much better if you read Used first, imparting a clearer understanding of what went before. There are also references to what (I believe) was a fairly brief scene in Wolfe, but you definitely don’t need to have read that one to follow the plot of this.


Mesmers are men infected by a virus allowing him the ability to control the minds of susceptible women. It also brings out – enhances? – any darkness that resides in his soul, and boy does Isak have an abundance of that. I absolutely hated him by the end of Used, though thankfully he does travel the path to redemption in ISAK & Red. At the start of the book, he is still very much a monster, a man with no redeeming features at all. Even his obsession for Red is riddled with evil, with him not truly caring about her welfare at all.

I had taken Red and used her like a toilet roll to assuage desires, then thrown her away until I wanted her again. A human man was more than lust. Should be more. Yet the sadism called me. The blushing reds striping her ass. The minute trickles of blood. The straining of her mouth and her whimpers as I whipped her then made her come in almost the same second.

As the story progresses circumstances, and a concussion, bring Isak to a new awareness. A new consciousness and conscience – almost. Despite having free reign, the monster in him remains unsatisfied, feels discontent. The world is boring, bland, colourless, an amorphous blur even when he lets his most base, most deviant, most perverted desires run free. So Isak embarks on a journey to regain (some of) his humanity, but it’s a path littered with pain, fear and whippings, well it is if your name happens to be Red.

Don’t. This way lies death. Did it, though? Crux point. Pivotal point. Go this way or go that way. Is this what I wanted? I didn’t like the fear I saw in Red. Or the amount of fear to be precise. I liked fear, just not this stark intensity. I did not like the me that had made this happen. Stopping myself though was entirely different.

As some of the old –the real? – Isak emerges, Red finds herself starting to like him. And therein lies a conundrum, after everything he has made her endure – the suffering, the humiliation, the degradation – how can she ever forgive and forget? The scorching hot, kinky sex and mind-blowing orgasms go some way to persuading her, but even that isn’t quite enough to do the job. Red miscalculated in the past, she seriously underestimated the threat Isak posed to her very sanity and wellbeing. Thankfully this is a girl who has learnt from her mistakes, but untangling herself from the web she is caught in will not be easy.

Could the drug do this? Could it make him think like a normal-ish man? I did not know. He might by lying. I wished he wasn’t but wishes weren’t real.

I found myself as easily captured by this story as a woman entranced by a Mesmer. I didn’t want to put it down, mesmerised by the writing and curious as to what would happen next. And I wasn’t ever disappointed. We are given adventure, action, sex, kink and a bad, bad man who is so very good at certain things. Plus a pretty awesome heroine too. For those who don’t mind darker themes in their stories and kink, this is a great story.

Little did she know how close I had come to being bad. Being good was not easy.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Erotic Capture Fantasy

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57231793-isak-red

Synopsis
Red fell into my hands and I kept her. Full stop. Done deal.
I’ve been wading in a sea of crime, abduction, and depravity for so long that it’s nothing to me.
Until the day some men discover I can make most women do anything for me. These jerks want to use me to make them millions? They think they’re powerful? If they persist, I will destroy them. But the way they hurt Red… it makes me look at myself.
“I need you to help me become human again,” I tell her. “Do it and I will release you.”
Is this love? I can see her wondering, but I’m messed up. I’m dead inside. I’m stone.
Love is impossible, and I will never release her.


Guaranteed to contain dark themes, a HEA (happily ever after), and triggers.
This is the conclusion of the story of Isak and Red.
Part 1: Used
Part 2: ISAK & Red


Book Review · Erotica

// REVIEW \\ ISAK & Red by Cari Silverwood

ISAK & Red
by Cari Silverwood

Photo by Daniel Spase on Pexels.com

Wordless, and with her own eyes gleaming a strange darkness as if I’d infected her with my vileness, she trailed after me.
It was just the night time shadows, although the idea of her joining me in my murderous, lecherous world was intriguing.

For those that don’t know, this is the conclusion to the story that began in Used, the book that made suitcases a trigger for me. Whilst this can read standalone, reading it definitely works so much better if you read Used first, imparting a clearer understanding of what went before. There are also references to what (I believe) was a fairly brief scene in Wolfe, but you definitely don’t need to have read that one to follow the plot of this.


Mesmers are men infected by a virus allowing him the ability to control the minds of susceptible women. It also brings out – enhances? – any darkness that resides in his soul, and boy does Isak have an abundance of that. I absolutely hated him by the end of Used, though thankfully he does travel the path to redemption in ISAK & Red. At the start of the book he is still very much a monster, a man with no redeeming features at all. Even his obsession for Red is riddled with evil, with him not truly caring about her welfare at all.

I had taken Red and used her like a toilet roll to assuage desires, then thrown her away until I wanted her again.
A human man was more than lust. Should be more.
Yet the sadism called me.
The blushing reds striping her ass. The minute trickles of blood.
The straining of her mouth and her whimpers as I whipped her then made her come in almost the same second.

As the story progresses circumstances, and a concussion, bring Isak to a new awareness. A new consciousness and conscience – almost. Despite having free reign, the monster in him remains unsatisfied, feels discontent. The world is boring, bland, colourless, an amorphous blur even when he lets his most base, most deviant, most perverted desires run free. So Isak embarks on a journey to regain (some of) his humanity, but it’s a path littered with pain, fear and whippings, well it is if your name happens to be Red.

Don’t. This way lies death.
Did it, though?
Crux point. Pivotal point.
Go this way or go that way.
Is this what I wanted?
I didn’t like the fear I saw in Red. Or the amount of fear to be precise.
I liked fear, just not this stark intensity.
I did not like the me that had made this happen.
Stopping myself though was entirely different.

As some of the old –the real? – Isak emerges, Red finds herself starting to like him. And therein lies a conundrum, after everything he has made her endure – the suffering, the humiliation, the degradation – how can she ever forgive and forget? The scorching hot, kinky sex and mind-blowing orgasms go some way to persuading her, but even that isn’t quite enough to do the job. Red miscalculated in the past, she seriously underestimated the threat Isak posed to her very sanity and wellbeing. Thankfully this is a girl who has learnt from her mistakes, but untangling herself from the web she is caught in will not be easy.

Could the drug do this?
Could it make him think like a normal-ish man?
I did not know. He might by lying.
I wished he wasn’t but wishes weren’t real.

I found myself as easily captured by this story as a woman entranced by a Mesmer. I didn’t want to put it down, mesmerised by the writing and curious as to what would happen next. And I wasn’t ever disappointed. We are given adventure, action, sex, kink and a bad, bad man who is so very good at certain things. Plus a pretty awesome heroine too. For those who don’t mind darker themes in there stories and kink, this is a great story.

Little did she know how close I had come to being bad.
Being good was not easy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56886195-isak-red

Genre – Erotic Romance with paranormal elements

Burn out the bad to get to the good.
Red belongs to Isak. She has survived and become his talisman, reminding him of what he once was – a vaguely good and normal man – even as he drags her around the world, using her.
He still has the big suitcase and sometimes he needs to see his toy in there.
Holding her hand will never make Red forget the killings, the depravity, the madness. Can a monster ever turn back into a man?
He must be f***ing joking.

Guaranteed to contain dark themes, a HEA, and triggers. The continuing story of Isak and Red from Used.

Book Review · Erotica

// REVIEW \\ The Game

The Game
(The Game #1-7)
by L.P. Lovell and Stevie J. Cole

I was intrigued by my original review for this book, could only remember very vague parts of the plot, so decided to give it a re-read via Kindle Unlimited. The re-read didn’t quite live up to my expectations, and I found myself downgrading the books rating.


I was disappointed by the number of editing errors in this, given that sufficient time has elapsed, since it was first release, for updates to have been made. Whilst I still enjoyed the story and appreciated how well the authors ratcheted up the tension – you certainly feel on edge frequently through this story – I did find myself rolling my eyes at how far fetched parts of it were. I also found myself skimming parts, particularly the overly long and overly frequent sex scenes. I mean, yes they were hot, but the book would have been half the original length if they were all deleted from the manuscript!


I would kinda maybe recommend it still. Eh, it’s worth a try!


~~~~And if you’re interested here is my original review~~~~


I feel like I could give this both 1 star and 5 stars for a whole variety of reasons, which I will try and explain.


I’ve never read any work by either author and from the little bit of blurb I was expecting a book along the lines of JA Huss’ “Taking Turns”. Oh boy was I wrong. The book is seriously dark, savagely twisted and morally corrupt. So dark it was like coal. At times I felt like you do when you pass a serious car crash… you don’t want to look, you know you shouldn’t look but somehow your eyes are drawn to the carnage. I’ve read other dark books (e.g. Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas and Beast by A. Zavarelli) but this makes those look like a child’s bedtime story. It almost needs to come with a warning – and is not a book for the faint-hearted. Oh and I’m not referring to the sex – some of which is taboo and all of which is steamy. No I’m talking about the mind f***ery that goes with this book.


I both loved and hated this at the same time. Parts of me said ‘as if you’d make that choice’ whilst another part said ‘who knows what you’d do in the same situation as Ella’. A part of me thought ‘as if you’d really be able to set up those games/get away with them’ and that other voice replied ‘who really knows when you have untold wealth and the power that brings’. I frequently questioned why I was reading the book and yet I kept on doing so.


I also felt there were many unanswered questions. Were there only ever the same three men involved? How many other games had been played? Did games overlap or run one straight after the other? And quite frankly how did these men actually keep their business afloat as they seemed to spend more time ‘playing’ than they did working? Had Three purely set up the game just because of Ella? There was an attempt to explain why he had wanted Ella to play the game but I was confused as to what he wanted to shape her into and what he truly wanted/expected to happen. Also if he was so obsessed with her why Day 3’s game?


The only true explanation I could come up with for why they played ‘The Game’ was very unpleasant and made me really dislike those taking part. We’re richer than you (hence more powerful) so we’re superior to you also appeared to be another unpleasant theme.


I didn’t feel any love or romance or ‘normal’ caring in this book at all and the epilogue chilled me even further and almost made my stomach turn. I did feel the love between Ella and Tobias though.


And yet I gave this 4 stars. If I hadn’t had those unanswered questions I would have rated this 5 stars. Why? Because it is an extremely well written book and despite reading this almost as I would watch a horror film (through my fingers and hiding behind a cushion) I wanted to know how the story would end. I wanted to see how The Game would end and whether there would be a HEA. The characters were not necessarily likeable or pleasant but they were believable, intriguing and captivating. The Game is meant to mess with Ella’s mind and the book certainly did the same to mine. Unique plot line isn’t in it, and part of me is almost thankful for that.


I think this is one of those books that I’ll need to read again at least once to fully appreciate the story. It’s a good book, it’s an amazing read, I would recommend it but ONLY if you don’t mind how deep into the murky depths of human depravity this will take you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35607451-the-game

What would you do for one million dollars? Or rather, what wouldn’t you do? Would you play a game?
One contract. Two Guys. Three players. Four Strikes. Five rules. Six zeros. Seven days.
No safe words. No questions. Complete submission. Are you game?

BDSM · Book Review · Erotica

Review //\\ Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Pleasure House #1) by Kitty Thomas

Scorching hot and satisfyingly twisted

Her panties were soaked again. She wasn’t in the best position to make a rational decision. Most people weren’t when they were that horny, or they wouldn’t make half the stupid sexual choices they made.

Despite guessing the twist from the off (since there’s plenty of foreshadowing), I still absolutely loved this book. The richness and enjoyment of watching, of experiencing, Vivian’s battles with her submission was quite simply captivating. Added to that the excitement of wondering just how the twist would play out, how Vivian would react to the revelation had me on edge too. This is very much a story of forced submission, if that doesn’t float your particular boat then this might not be for you. Vivian, however, is a very repressed submissive though, so her conflict comes much less from what she is subjected to and much more from allowing herself to accept her feelings and desires.


As is so very common in a Kitty Thomas book, this is unusual in that there isn’t a clear “hero” character, nor is there a traditional HEA. Not really a HFN. In fact I think we need a new acronym of KVOHEAWTHGWSN – “Kitty’s Version Of Happy Ever After Where The Heroine Gets What She Needs.” I found my feelings of Michael, Gabe, Lyndsay and Anton very much reflected how Vivian felt about them, because we only have her perspective, her feelings and emotions to guide us on both characters and events. It’s capture/rape fantasy at it’s finest, a smorgasbord of everything our lusting little hearts and minds could desire. Those who don’t have these kind of fantasies, or who are as in denial about it as Vivian is, might feel that this is abuse, that it is degrading and criminal. As Vivian learnt, there should be no guilt or embarrassment in admitting and indulging in those baser desires, however “wrong” society tells us they are.


In terms of captive romances this was not as harsh or violent as some. Gabe, Anton and Lyndsay might torment and punish Vivian, but no more than one would expect from a consensual BDSM relationship. That line of consent is incredibly smudged and blurry, it is crossed but at the same time it isn’t crossed. Vivian may have had options but they were very much a Hobson’s choice of between the devil and the deep blue sea. What is clear is that her “true” self is fully onboard, but social conditioning and moral obligations hold her back.


The sex scenes are scorching hot, kinky and depraved, and even when she was punished the men made sure she was never scared. This quote here nicely sums up the feel, the ethos one could say, of the book.

“I’m not going to hurt you. That’s not the point of this exercise. I’m training you to like this, not be terrified of it for the rest of your life.”

Lindsay Smith, Guilty Pleasures

Talk about killing with kindness, though this was more breaking down inhibitions and repression with pleasure and orgasms. I’ve now got a complete hankering to read the next book in this series… but then I do find Kitty Thomas’ work to be utterly addictive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Guilty Pleasures
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9922980-guilty-pleasures

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

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BIG SKY

BIG SKY by Kitty Thomas

This is a book that has been around for a little while, and when you read reviews you soon find out it’s a marmite book. It divides readers firmly into love it or hate it camps, which to me is a sign of great writing. A lot of the haters can’t accept the ending, many of them find the kink/darkness goes a step too far, others mentioned it was the ‘x‘ Kitty Thomas book they had read and hated. I do have to question why people continue to read an author they don’t ‘get’. Is it just so they can leave scathing reviews of a genre (dark capture fantasy) that they clearly disagree with?

I bought my copy a while ago, as part of a box set, The Capture Fantasy Collection. A Goodreads friend recommended it to me back in October last year. I had every intention of reading it then, but an over commitment to arc reading soon put paid to those plans! I’ve since stepped back from the majority of my arc teams, remaining on those where the authors only release a couple of books a year or where I love their work so much I need it asap.

One of those authors is Kitty Thomas, and it was reading The Escape Artist that triggered a need in me for more of her work. So I dug out the book that had languished untouched on my kindle for far too long, and jumped in.






Is this a romance? I’m not sure it is, and that ending…. my word I can’t remember the last time I felt that sad at how a story finished. Yet I loved the story, I devoured it in the same way Luke and the guys devour Ronnie’s milk. I gulped it down greedily and quite simply couldn’t get enough.

I’ll be honest, I read spoilers for this book and you know what? I’m glad I did. Forewarned is forearmed and all that jazz (and jizz). I knew this wasn’t going to be a ‘traditional’ happy ever after ending, and as I’ve already said it did feel sad. But it was that happy sad that only truly brilliant writing can elicit in you. Was Ronnie a victim of Stockholm Syndrome? Did it matter? At the end of the day, and the book, she might not have had everything her heart desired, but she was happier than she had ever been in her ‘before Luke’ life.


Was Luke crazy? I’m still on the fence with that one. Grief can make people do the strangest things. If Ronnie had hated the kink would he have pushed her the way he did? Who knows, that wasn’t the story that was written, and it’s fiction at the end of the day (even if it didn’t really feel that way when I was reading it.) There were times I wanted to hit the man, his actions were frequently indefensible, yet if Ronnie loved them were they truly wrong? And there we have just why I love this author’s writing. She takes such wrong storylines and weaves them into something that has you questioning your own morals and sanity.

I even questioned Ronnie’s sanity on several occasions, yet even as one half of my mind yelled at her to resist, to fight, to refuse, the other half pointed out that she was a girl with severely limited options.

To truly enjoy the story you do have to allow some flexibility on ‘reality’. Whilst I totally bought that looney Luke might take a vulnerable woman who reminded him of his dead wife, the complicity of the three ranch hands seemed to be pushing it slightly. But then they all had a ‘reward’ in keeping schtum, not forgetting that they had helped Luke keep other secrets that could get them all in trouble. So in the end I found that I could let it pass.

The book involves the sharing of Ronnie and hucow kink, if either of those is a hard limit for you then you will need to take a pass on this one. However Kitty Thomas knows how to write kink, even dark and depraved dub-con kink, in a smoking hot, can only read one-handed😉 manner, so if you’re on the fence get down and get kinky!

Oh and yes, I do recommend this one.







Veronica Cason lives in a small apartment with no clear view of the sky. It’s uncertain which might crush her first: her debt or the buildings squeezed in so tight that they surround her like ominous sentinels. She can’t breathe in the city. Her success is a lie, and her debt is coming to collect her — unless someone else gets there first.

When a stranger offers her a job at a ranch, it feels like salvation, but it could also mean her death if his motives aren’t pure. Which door has the tiger behind it? The claustrophobia of the city or ranch life under an open sky?







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