Book Review · Dark

FORBIDDEN

FORBIDDEN (Dark Necessities Prequels Book #3)

Book #2 ended with Lily in the boot (trunk) of Ethan’s car, kicking out the tail lights to try and grab someone’s attention. What follows was NOT what I expected, Ms Brandon did not travel the more expected (and cliched) paths with Forbidden. This led to a story that, whilst perhaps, not as filled with drama and angst as the previous two books, allowed us to really (re)connect with both characters, to fall in love with their love story and to understand the choices they ultimately made.

The epilogue, from Connor’s perspective, was rather a sucker punch to the gut. Not only that but it actually altered my perception of him somewhat. Would I have felt differently about him in his books had I read these first? Who knows, it’s a moot point. Very clever of you though Ms Brandon because I now desperately want to re-read his story!

Back to THIS book, and what a journey it took us on. There are some fairly significant time line jumps in this book, though excellent writing ensures you are always aware of WHEN you are in the story. It might have been nice to have had some missing events actually included in the story, though that would have been more for my own preference than it actually adding anything of true value.

The way Lily and Ethan strengthened their bond towards the end was at times scorching hot and yet also heart breaking. Even though the very first book pointed towards a very specific outcome at the end of this, a part of me was waiting – indeed hoping – for some ‘trickery fakery’ to occur. I’m not going to say if it did or not because *spoilers!*,

The emotion of this book, the strength of feeling, was brilliantly portrayed throughout. Did Ethan do enough to make me forgive him? I don’t think you CAN forgive a man for this heinous crimes he committed, but you can love him despite them. And love him Lily did. He in turn clearly worshipped the very ground on which she walked. He also, as much as he could, loved his two sons. Sons that were going to be hurt as a consequence of his actions both past and present. 

It goes without saying that Ethan was selfish, particularly when he ‘slipped’, but even then I couldn’t bring myself to hate him. Even when his actions would devastate those he loved, when the resulting ripples threatened to drown those around him, he still managed to stay wedged in both mine and Lily’s hearts. This was both the best and worst ending to their story, the conclusion I most and least wanted. 

The Dark Necessities Prequel is an amazing trilogy. It is one that will raise you high before sending you crashing to the ground, broken into many pieces, before gluing you back together and starting the whole cycle again. It is full of delicious darkness, compelling kinkiness, terror, angst and love. I have loved following Lily and Ethan’s story and do recommend this story to those who like their stories on the depraved side.

BLURB

Once upon a time, I was a monster.

A predator who seized women just to get my kicks.
And then along came Lily. Lily–the light that chased my demons away.
Consumed with love for her, I finally put the sins of those torrid times behind me, until one dark day, everything changes.

I’m lured back into the shadows, the monster awoken again and now it will take every ounce of Lily’s submission to pull me back from the brink.
My betrayal sends our lives into a spiral of despair, and with justice looming on the horizon, it’s time we faced The End.

Forbidden is a gripping, powerful, and emotional page turner with a breathtaking climax for fans of dark romance with a twist of true crime. It is the third in The Dark Necessities Prequels trilogy.

This book contains dark and twisted scenes. You have been warned…

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Book Review · Dark

FALLEN (Dark Necessities Prequel) by Felicity Brandon

FIVE STARS – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Psychological, dark romance
Release: June 26, 2019
Cover Design: Eris Adderly.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45997110-fallen


This book made my feelings ricochet like a squash ball around a court

Wow, wow, wow. There were times when I almost liked Ethan, and there were times when I hated that man – especially by the end! How Ms Brandon aims to convince me that he deserves Lily is beyond my ability to imagine. I just know that he is one sexily gorgeous but very bad man.

There were a couple of occasions when I wanted to give Lily a good shake out of her naivety. However she IS only 18 and therefore I could understand these decisions. And so often it was a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea! I loved her inner strength, whilst the real life me would never agree with some of her choices, the fictional me loved every twist and turn arising from those decisions.

This book had me on the very edge of my seat for the vast majority of it, the tension is unparalleled and I don’t know how Ms Brandon managed to maintain it for so long. Honestly this is both gripping and twisted, a truly dark read that has the ability to horrify at the same time as it titillates – and in equal measures. 

Despite knowing the ultimate outcome for this couple, since both the prologue of book one AND the Dark Necessities Trilogy tell us, I’m still not sure if I want Lily to stick with Ethan or toss him aside. Ethan is an entire game of Snog, Marry and Kill all on his own. I absolutely adored some of the depraved games he forced Lily to play, probably as much if not more than she did. At the same time I hated his twisted thinking and illogical logic. So often his reasoning was UNREASONABLE and that is what makes him such a great anti-hero.

Oh Ms Brandon thank you so much for Ethan and Lily – I can not wait for the conclusion of their epic story!

Blurb:

She should have run while she had the chance…

Lily Simpson escapes, leaving her brooding captor to rot, but she’s still not free. Unable to resist the forbidden temptation Ethan Reilly offers, Lily is once again drawn back into his dangerous web of power and submission.

When they travel north, their desire blooms into something even darker—something Lily both detests and adores in equal measure. But when she learns of the fate of her best friend, everything changes. The question is, will there be a second opportunity to escape Ethan’s clutches?

Suspenseful, thought-provoking, and peppered with breathtaking scenes, this fast-paced psychological, dark romance will haunt you.

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In the Series:
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Taken (The Dark Necessities Book #1)
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Tamed (The Dark Necessities Book #2)
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Entwined (The Dark Necessities Book #3)
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Author Bio:

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. 

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FALLEN (A Dark Necessities Prequel) by Felicity Brandon

Genre: Psychological, dark romance
Release: June 26, 2019
Cover Design: Eris Adderly.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45997110-fallen

Blurb:
She should have run while she had the chance…

Lily Simpson escapes, leaving her brooding captor to rot, but she’s still not free. Unable to resist the forbidden temptation Ethan Reilly offers, Lily is once again drawn back into his dangerous web of power and submission.

When they travel north, their desire blooms into something even darker—something Lily both detests and adores in equal measure. But when she learns of the fate of her best friend, everything changes. The question is, will there be a second opportunity to escape Ethan’s clutches?

Suspenseful, thought-provoking, and peppered with breathtaking scenes, this fast-paced psychological, dark romance will haunt you.

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In the Series:

Flawed (A Dark Necessities Prequel #1)
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2ZJtCWD
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2IOaS2G
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Also Available:

Taken (The Dark Necessities Book #1)
Universal: http://viewbook.at/Taken

Tamed (The Dark Necessities Book #2)
Universal >> http://viewbook.at/Tamed

Entwined (The Dark Necessities Book #3)
Universal >> viewbook.at/Entwined

Author Bio:
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.

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Book Review · Dark · Paranormal

FLAWED by Felicity Brandon

Review – 5 stars

Well it soon became very clear that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree

Ms Brandon had me sobbing with the prologue, even though I should probably hate Ethan. It was a massively powerful start to the book and the pace and darkness didn’t let up from there. Flawed is such a perfect title and can apply to so many aspects of this tale, the most obvious of which is Ethan, but it could just as easily refer to Lily and their relationship.


Despite knowing how soulless Ethan is, how dangerous and just so very wrong, I couldn’t help but find him hot. I didn’t always like him, Lily was a lot more forgiving than I would have been, but he was a massively attractive anti-hero/sociopath. Speaking of Lily I adored her, especially with how unafraid she was to explore her burgeoning sexuality and her submissive desires. Her battles and struggles were so believable and the way she stood up to Ethan when he pushed too far was perfect.


This is steamy hot, darkly depraved and slightly scary in equal measures. I loved every damn second of reading about Ethan, Lily and their unusual relationship. There is a slight paranormal element to the book – Ethan and Lily ‘meet’ in their dreams, with Ethan also able to read her mind. As an avid reader of fantasy, sci-fi and other paranormal stories this was fine by me, I also felt the reasoning behind it was well constructed. I really do encourage you to set your inhibitions and preconceptions aside for this one.

I knew I was getting towards the climax of the story, but that ending seemingly came out of nowhere. It was both unexpected and yet simultaneously it was also the only possible outcome. I was left reeling and am massively curious as to how the story will continue in book #2. Particularly as Lily still isn’t yet aware of Jody.

This is just as good as the Dark Necessities trilogy, dark and edgy but in its own unique way. If you love a dark story then I definitely recommend this one to you.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44552489-flawed

Cover Design: Eris Adderly


Blurb:
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.

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Praise for the novel:

“Intense, gritty, dark, amazing. This story will stay with you and infiltrate your thoughts long after you finish this book! Loved it!” -Linda, Goodreads


Also Available:
Taken (The Dark Necessities Book #1)
Universal: http://viewbook.at/Taken

Tamed (The Dark Necessities Book #2)
Universal >> http://viewbook.at/Tamed

Entwined (The Dark Necessities Book #3)
Universal >> viewbook.at/Entwined

Author Bio:
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.

Social Media Links:
Newsletter sign-up (grab a FREE sizzling short story!) https://www.subscribepage.com/FelicityBrandon
Website: https://felicitybrandonwrites.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Felicity-Brandon/e/B00CV873JK/
Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/felicity-brandon
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FierceAF/
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