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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
Oh the lies we tell ourselves in order to stay sane
If you’re thinking of reading this book then you should by now have read the previous 3 books in the series, so you will know what to expect. Or will you? Because if you’ve ever read an Addison Cain book then you will know that she takes great delight in trampling your emotions into the dust. She savours ripping your heart to shreds and then puts the cherry on the top with a twist that you couldn’t have predicted with the help of Nostradamus and every computer in the world working on it.
This ends not so much with a cliffhanger as a tiny nugget of informational gold that could spin out in one of a hundred thousand myriad ways. Ms Cain also works her magic of changing your mind about the bad guys! My heart actually broke for Rosie, and even though Doll is causing problems, she is as much a victim as the rest are. And at heart those three men are like wounded animals, snapping and snarling to stay on top but carrying hurt in their soul. I might even be developing a soft spot for Caspian – GASP!
Oh Caspian you fool – when will you open your eyes and actually see the truth that is laid naked before you? Why is it that Toby, the maddest of them all, is the one who sees most clearly? And Kieran, what a sorry mess you have tangled yourself up in, how will you ever pick your way out of it? The more they sink down, the stronger Wren/Jax grows and this book felt like a turning point in both her life and her mindset.
Ravaged Captive wasn’t as much of an emotional maelstrom which, strange as it might sound, I loved. A break from all the turbulent feelings allowed both the plot and characters to develop even further, it allowed us to see more clearly the mud caked picture before us. I’m also sure there are equal number of false leads and red herrings as there are breadcrumbs of truth and that is what makes this book, this series of books, such magnificent and captivating reading.
An 18+ read, Ravaged Captive is set in a dystopian omegaverse. It is part of an ongoing series and can not be read as a stand alone story.
“Devilishly deviant!” –In Between the Pages
The ultimate sacrifice…
Drenched in wealth and power, Caspian holds my city by the throat. No man or woman denies him, not even me.
But he owes me a debt I intended to collect.
Our trade was fair—my submission to his pack for the lives of my wards.
Pleasure, willing female attention, affection, he’s starved for such things.
Starved for me.
And though he may have tricked me into his bed, he will never have what I know he longs for most. My heart.
Not so long as he holds the lives of my family hostage.
Ravaged Captive: Wren’s Song Book 4 is a dark, sinister Omegaverse Reverse Harem tale for those with twisted tastes and a love for unabashed bad boys. Complete power exchange dominates these pages, as do THREE smoking-hot Alpha antiheroes.
As an investigative journalist, Karina Ashworth’s job involves delving into New York’s black market of criminals and mischief where sin is almost too tempting to ignore.
When she crosses paths with a man whose smile is a little too cunning—and his power a little too vast—she learns very quickly that dancing with the devil is far more enjoyable than she had ever imagined.
But Uilleam Runehart is not at all what he seems, and as a notorious fixer with a thirst for power, he’ll do anything to obtain his title.
Ruthless. Sinful. Seductive.
How much would you pay to be a king?
From Romantic Suspense author, London Miller, comes the first book in a sexy, thrilling new series following a man with too much power and the only woman that can bring him to his knees.
With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.
She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.
An good addition to the series, enjoyable and gritty. I’m fairly certain it’s also the longest story so far.
A Cruel Love was written in a way that made it feel quite dark, although it never really waded any further than the shallows. It’s a twisty and fairly action packed story of opposites attracting. And those opposites, Blossom and Percival, have enough chemistry to power a small city.
I reallywanted to be able to say I loved this book – it had so many of my favourite things in there. A Cruel Love is a good book, however there were just a few things that held it back from being a greatread for me.
First of all several scenes felt very repetitive, we had far too much of Percival blowing hot and cold with Blossom. I got that he was struggling with his feelings verses his job after the first two or three times. I didn’t need to be sledge-hammered about the head with it as much as I was.
Similarly we had more than a couple of scenes of the Irish mafia ambushing Blossom and Percival, which resulted in shoot-outs and him killing half a dozen blokes every time, single-handed and with virtually no injury. There’s a similar scene at the end that was just too far from the ‘shore of reality’. There is a wonderful review by ‘Val Shameless’on Goodreads over here – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… – from which I have borrowed this quote…
However, when stretching the bounds of what is normal, you either have to go ALL the way outside of the realms of “normal” (think fantasy and paranormal, etc.)….or at least keep the ship close enough to the shore for the reader to think, “Well, it could happen. If I squint.”
But, alas, you can only squint so much before you just can’t see. And this one just went a little too far with the H for me.
Val Shameless, Goodreads
The repetitive element of the book, at around the 30-40%, resulted in it feeling slow, the plot dragged and I was definitely looking for something to happen. For me personally some scenes could have been cut without really losing anything from the book. Blossom surprised me with how much I liked her. She was almost too good to be true, but thankfully she never veered into doormat territory. On the surface she might be judged to be naive, but heck who of us would be blase and comfortable in the presence of an assassin and caught up in the world of organised crime.
I really love dark romance and dark erotica, but I did find myself conflicted over Percival. I get that he had to be a bad man, but the fact that he, originally, was willing to kill an entirely innocent woman never sat well with me. I have to say I’m also not sure I believed why she needed to die – she wasn’t getting anywhere with her ‘campaign’ and surely her death would have brought more focus rather than less. Along with his constant hot-and-cold, his very physically cruel treatment of Blossom and his total lack of empathy for the situation he had dragged her into, I found it difficult to warm to him. I like my anti-hero to have some redeeming quality and it took a little too long for me personally to reach that point with Percival.
The sexual tension and chemistry between Percival and Blossom is undeniable, scorching hot and powerful. However, whilst I totally believed in their lust for each other, and it was very well portrayed in the book, I wasn’t so convinced of their falling in love. I’m not sure why because I did believe and buy into so many other emotions that were expressed in the book, but I felt more like I was being told they were falling in love rather than shown.
I hate how negative all that sounds, because over all I DID enjoy this book. I had no issues with the style of writing, in fact I found the story really easy to read. If you’ve been enjoying the series, or are a fan of S.M. Soto, then I’m sure you’ll like this one too.
As a hitman for hire, Percivale is no stranger to violence.
From the moment he saw Blossom Jaymes through the window of her bakery, he knew he was in too deep. Not only was she as sweet as her perfectly crafted treats, but she was a soft-spoken, golden-haired angel that shone like a bright beacon in his dark world. And Percivale didn’t deal in angels. He dealt in death and crime. The even bigger issue? Percivale’s next hit is on said sweet little baker who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger lurks around her with each passing day.
If he doesn’t get the job done, who will?
When Percivale has to decide what’s more important to him—the life of a woman who may very well be innocent or getting his revenge on the men who murdered his family—the lines become blurred. Morals are twisted and a deathly chase ensues that can only result in one thing—Blossom buried six feet under.
Or can it?
Can Percivale let his lust for revenge go in order to save Blossom from the bounty on her head, or will the power she unknowingly holds over him be what gets her killed?
S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern, California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise. #CarbsAreLife
Another sexy Bliss brother fights fate but finds love in Ruby Bay
Hooked On You is the story of two people who, on the surface, seem to be complete opposites. However over the course of their story it becomes clear that both fear loss of control. Holiday’s coping mechanism is to rarely leave her home whilst Driver refuses to stay in one place for long. Whilst it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone story. However the whole series is wonderful and worth reading!
A chance encounter brings together this sweet hero and his Miracle Girl. An unexpected event links them in a more resolute way. However any kind of future will mean sacrifices must be made and plans must be altered. When you’ve only known someone for a few weeks, is it worth risking your entire future career in the hope of being their forever?
Amelia Wildeis a very fine author indeed. She creates characters that you can’t help but like, imbuing them with such emotion that you find yourself invested in their happiness. I really couldn’t say how she does it, but within a few pages Driver had settled himself firmly into my heart. It didn’t take much longer for Holiday to take up residence next to him. As with the two previous Bliss Brothers books, this was a ‘gentle’ read, as in heart warming rather than heart wrenching.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that the clock said twenty past midnight, then I would have finished this in one reading. The book is towards the shorter end of the novel spectrum, more of a 2 – 3 hour read, but every single page is captivating and engaging. It’s an effortless read but not a boring or mediocre one, which is actually very difficult to achieve. Again testament to the author’s skill.
She also did something a little different and a lot risky. Both Driver and Holiday have been shaped by their past. Driver felt ignored and Holiday had some traumatic event happen to her in high school. We learn this information almost in passing, in throw away comments or brief thoughts and feelings. However we never really get any detail, being left instead to fill in those blanks for ourselves. I’ve lost count of how many books build up some trauma from the MC’s past, only for it to be a huge anticlimax when the big reveal is made. So whilst it maybe felt like depth was occasionally lacking, it was much nicer not to have that *meh* moment.
So to summarise, Hooked On Youis a wonderful read, low angst but full of emotion and wonderful characters. A book I’m happy to recommend to family and friends alike.
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.
The Pacifistis the 10th and final book in the Men of the North series. Whilst many of the books can be read as a stand alone, and indeed the romance part of this could be, it also ties together an ongoing back story. For that reason I would recommend reading at least the previous two books in the series. (The Athlete and The Fighter)
Whilst the underlying theme of the book, and series, has been finding common ground and compromise, this book dealt with those themes outside of the relationship. In The Fighter we had a woman fighting to overcome prejudices in the Northlands, whereas The Pacifist deals with a Motlander man trying to change his country for the better.
If you’ve read any of the other books, particularly the earlier ones in the series, you will know that Mila has lived in the Northlands since she was a young girl. With her gentle nature and kind soul, she captured the hearts of all those who met her. She particularly captured the love of Magni, one of the roughest, toughest and meanest of the N’men. Mila is a delightful heroine, she really grew emotionally during the book and even became somewhat of a temptress!
Jonah was a delight, a man not afraid to question injustice and stand up for what he believed in. There were times when he was so dense I wanted to shake him, but at the same time I loved how it was the woman who was the sexual aggressor in this story (or at least initially).
There is so much more to this book than just the ‘mere’ romance. Though it also demonstrates that romance is so very important in life and is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact there are a lot of messages in this book that, if followed, would make the world a much better place in which to live!
We get to see many familiar faces, along with a few new ones, and it was wonderful to catch up on their lives. Whilst I’m sad to see the end of the series, and this wonderful bunch of characters, it was also great to see the start of a more positive future for them too.
A promise is a promise but this promise is one I should have never made.
Mila, a sweet pacifist born in the Motherlands, has avoided conflicts all her life. Now, living in the Northlands with the ruling family who adopted her, she’s under pressure to follow the traditions of the North and let fierce warriors fight for her hand in marriage.
But how can she marry if it means giving up on her friendship with Jonah, the first male councilman in the Motherlands and her closest friend? Every night they talk, laugh, and share their darkest secrets.
Will Mila find a voice strong enough to say no, and is she willing to jeopardize her family’s political power for Jonah, who most likely wants nothing but a platonic friendship with her? Or does he?
The Pacifist is the tenth and last book in Elin Peer’s wildly successful Men of the North series. Don’t miss out on this epic ending to a great dystopian adventure that offers suspense, humor, and romance.
This. This is some dark messed-up shit. Stay away if rape, abuse and torture of the heroine would trigger you. For those of you as depraved as me – welcome!
I’m going to start by letting you know that this story was previously published in the ‘When The Dark Wins‘ anthology, and is unchanged from that version.
We first heardabout Beth from conversations between Marcus and Anthony, in Security Binds Her. We also know from later books in that series there is somewhat of a positive uplift in her story. Knowing that made this much easier to read, even though it doesn’t end happily or nicely in any way, shape or form. Remember it is DARK! There is no light at the end of this tunnel, at least not yet.
You will love Beth, you will want to marry her and have her children, regardless of your gender or sexuality. You will hate Anthony with a passion, and Marcus only a little less. In fact Anthony is pretty damn scary, his lack of soul was so incredibly well portrayed. He is evil beyond comprehension, so remove from any humanity that he doesn’t fully understand why his actions with Beth aren’t working.
I absolutely LOVED this story and am so excited to know that we will be getting more of Beth’s story later this year. I will be one clicking that as soon as it’s available.
Blurb It would take time. Time to destroy who she used to be… time for all her hope to die… time to truly make her a thing.
But he would.
Anthony took Beth to remake her into the perfect toy for his customers. Mindless, obedient, a broken thing without complications.
But Beth is strong.
She refuses to break, refuses to let Anthony erase her… even if that means losing in the end.
Oh Measha Stone, you have written one heck of an anti-hero in our deliciously conflicted Erik. He is the epitome of a good man doing bad things for (in his mind at least) good reasons. And whilst Melinda might not necessarily like being owned property, he does plan on offering her choices, allowing her to make the best of a bad deal. Melinda is one fiery, fury-filled female and she isn’t afraid to tell Erik no. In fact the red-haired beauty can’t seem to help but challenge him at every turn.
As with the rest of the Ever After series, this is very loosely based on a fairy-tale. The colour of Melinda’s hair is a big clue to which one, add in Erik’s wolf medallion and her Grams to the mix and you have most of the cast of Little Red Riding Hood. Though in this one the wolf wants to eat Red in an entirely different way!
I’m also going to throw in a trigger warning that this book contains spanking, BDSM type play and a CONSENSUAL power exchange, though some may view it as more dubious consent in nature. If this type of content bothers you please don’t read it and then leave a low review – not when you knew in advance.
I adored Erik, loved him, and he is now my favourite of the Ever After Doms. This author doesn’t do vanilla heroes, and whilst I wouldn’t classify this as a BDSM romance it does have themes of Domination and submission, along with some kinky play. Alpha to the point of aggression, though only ever in protection of Melinda.
Despite how their relationship began, the fact that Erik is very much in control and how he refers to her as ‘mine‘ – (*shiver*, I can hear him saying that even now!) – , she never felt like a mere possession. Rather Melinda was a rare and precious creature that would be protected and cherished until his last breathe.
Similarly Melinda is equally likeable, a woman tossed into an impossible situation, clinging to what little control and pride she has left. This girl has been handed a pretty rough hand by life so refuses to get scared, instead she gets angry. I loved her feisty personality, her stick-out-your-chin and fake-it-til-you-make-it attitude. Some might feel she is a little bratty, me I saw a woman standing her ground and refusing to give up.
I spent the first half of the book wanting to shake Erik, he seemed to think he was doing Melinda some huge favour and she should be grateful to him. At the end of the day, as a couple of different characters pointed out, he didn’t have to collect the three debts. Not when those ‘debts’ were repaid in the form of three blameless young women.
Melinda is the last to be collected, and once Erik has sold her, or found another way to pay off the debt against her name, he and his brothers will get their inheritance. No-one seems to care that the debt isn’t truly Melinda’s, but until those accounts are settled Erik is bound by the terms of his evil uncle’s last will and testament.
This callous disregard for right and wrong, that he tries to make better by ‘giving them a choice’, made him the sort of anti-hero that you love to hate, hate to love and are desperate to see brought to his knees by the heroine. I’m not sure when I went from disliking Erik to loving him, or how it happened either. But it did.
What truly made this into a 5 star read was that it wasn’t just the anti-hero claiming the heroine. Instead we are treated to a fantastic suspense, with lots of mystery, intrigue, shocks and despair. There is so much I’d love to tell you about this part of the story, but then I’d be spoiling things for you. However let me just say that I spend a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon reading this book (even though I had an arc book I should have been finishing).
Collect the girl. Speak some vows. Inherit the fortune. Nowhere in the requirements did it say anything about falling in love.
Melinda thinks she’s just coming to grandma’s for dinner, but she’s wrong. She’s wrong about a lot of things. None of which is my business.
The only business I have is to settle the open accounts on my uncle’s books, so I can collect my inheritance and move on with my life. Collecting Melinda in order to cross off her grandfather’s debt wasn’t hard, but she’s not exactly marching gracefully up to the auction block for me.
I’m not the monster here.
I’m not the one who sold her to my uncle, I’m just the collector. My hands are as bound as hers thanks to the whims of our families. But with her red hair, and fiery spirit, Melinda’s giving me more trouble than I anticipated.