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REVIEW: Seduced in the Dark – C.J. Roberts

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Series: The Dark Duet #2
Genre: dark erotica, romance, suspense
Themes: kidnapping, slavery
Archetype: anti-hero
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The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

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Review

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Rating: ★★★★★

Every breath I take should come from his lungs.

The first thing I noticed when I started this book was that I had no clue what was going on. I read the prequel, Captive in the Dark, a while ago, so was worried I’d just forgotten what had happened – having skimmed the final chapter to work out where I was, I realised that it was totally fine and supposed to be like that. Phew.

So, structurally, this is one of the most interesting and well-crafted novels within the romance/erotica genre I’ve had the chance to come across. It begins, not where the prequel left off, but a little down the timelines, and the events within that timeframe are recounted by Livvie. Two new complex characters – Reed and Sloan – are also introduced, and we have a few POV chapters from Reed to add to the mix. There was a danger here that this would detract from the story I actually wanted to read, but in actual fact, it worked well. Reed’s chapters and the bracketed chapters in the present day were slight respites from the abject darkness of Livvie and Caleb’s story. And yes, Roberts does not shy away from the dark.

The main effect of this narrative/structural element was to provide a sense of inevitability. Similar to a Shakespearean tragedy, the plot is hurtling towards what feels likeimpending doom and heartbreak. It creates a momentum that is all-engrossing, and try as we might to remove ourselves from it, we are also slaves to its will. The echoes of Livvie’s situation here are startling. I know I’ve basically written an essay about narrative and structure, but when an author in the romance/erotica genre crafts something this clever and effective, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

“That’s why you think you love me! Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it.”

Above all, this is a story about conflict. There is no better example of this than Caleb’s characterisation. He will forever remain one of the most intriguing romantic heroes to me, though not necessarily what I would consider a “book-boyfriend”. He has periods of softness, alongside periods of disgusting and appalling behaviour – and interestingly, the crueler he is (particularly during the final half of the novel), the more I become obsessed by him. And he does some damn cruel things here; I could physically feel the pain in my heart and stomach from some of the ways he hurt Livvie, despite understanding his motives. He is flawed, complex, cruel.

Yet another example of the theme of conflict can be found within the sexual scenes. There are some which are disgusting and appalling, and some which are disgusting and erotic. Roberts manages to create that conflict in the reader, who, if they are anything like myself, may well find themselves enjoying some of the sexual acts and humiliations found within these pages, whilst feeling a little unsettled about the fact that they enjoy it. Again, this echoes Livvie’s own experiences and conflicts about her situation, something allowing us further into her own mind and emotions.

“I don’t want revenge, Caleb. I don’t want to end up like you, letting some fucking vendetta run my life. I just want my freedom.”

Overall, a fittingly dark, gritty end to a wonderfully dark, gritty duet. Now on to the epilogue.

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REVIEW: Tyrant – T.M. Frazier

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I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn’t.

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself.

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I’m more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King’s bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul.

I don’t know if I’m strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day.

He’s already saved me in more ways than one. Now it’s my turn to do whatever it takes to save him.

Even if that means marrying someone else…

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TACKLING THE TBR: King – T.M. Frazier

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Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.

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TACKLING THE TBR: Comfort Food – Kitty Thomas

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Tackling the TBR

Comfort Food has been on my TBR since 13th May, 2016. Rather than being selected at random, I felt the urge to delve into the darkness (my favourite genre) and this was the first on my Kindle. I downloaded it from Amazon.co.uk for free a while back.

Synopsis

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Foodexplores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

Review

Title: Comfort Food
Author: Kitty Thomas
Series: standalone
Genre: dark erotica
Heat: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Rating: 4.5/5

I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time due to a large number of recommendations and my love for dark erotica. I really wasn’t disappointed. The first 25% took a little getting used to, but once I was into it I found I was completely unable to close my Kindle, and just needed to read on and on. This is clearly the product of heavy research, and is not simply dark erotica but also a dive into psychology and the darkest recesses of the mind. The cunning way Emily is treated, with everything so clear and planned, and no cruelty for the sake of it – it’s mind-blowing. We watch Emily be overcome by obsession for her Master, be conditioned to particular behaviours, in such a clinical and clear way that I’ve never read anything quite like it.

This is not going to be a book for everyone, but for those of us who can separate fantasy from reality, it is wondrously satisfying, and contains a surprising amount of depth.

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Tackling the TBR

As part of my re-modelling of this blog, I’m going to be introducing some new features. One of these will be Tackling the TBR.

In this series, I will sort my Goodreads TBR randomly and read the first book in the list. That way, the choice gets taken from me and it’ll be more interesting to see what turns up.

I need to work out how regularly this will be, though I’m planning bi-monthly right now, alternating between a random TBR book and a random book in the depths of my Kindle. It may be that it’s more frequent than twice a month, it may be totally random and depend on how many ARCs I receive for that particular month, but it will always alternate.

I hope you are keen to follow me on this journey of discovery, and I have to say I am excited to finally start getting through my mass accumulation of books!

Stay tuned for more detail.