Friday, August 21, 2020

Serenity: A Dark, Tragic Romance by Skye Bailey

This is a story of a young woman who is abducted and thrust into a world of cruelty, abuse, and torture. But just when she gives up hope of ever being free, a savior comes to her rescue. This is a story about abuse, brokenness, healing, love, and hope.
Serenity has married her high school sweetheart and started a family but even though she found love, she soon realizes it doesn't bring a happily ever after. Tragedy strikes in a most unexpected way as she makes one fatal mistake that will change the course of her life forever. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Will she be able to get out alive and put the pieces of her life back together?
**Trigger Warning: This book deals with the subjects of kidnapping, rape, abuse, and torture. Reader discretion advised. 18+
**Please Note: This is a dark, tragic romance book that deals with kidnapping, sexual depravity, depression, torture, rape, explicit sexual non-con situations, dark fetishes, sex trafficking. and trauma. If such things offend you please do not buy this book and give it a negative review. This book is not for readers easily offended by realistic tellings of kidnapping, rape, torture, and sexual depravity. It does not conform to just one genre but has elements of several genres such as erotica, dark romance, and suspense. It is dark, raw, depraved, and sexually explicit. You've been warned.

Going into this book I was warned it isn’t for everyone and is dark and deals with some very dark themes.
This is so true, please pay special attention to the author's warnings. This book is not for everyone.
The story is dark, crude, and violent. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, however. The subject matter is also offensive and the characters (I think on purpose) written as unlikable.
I found the writing was good and the plot strong. The second half of the novel is far better than the first and quite enjoyable if you can get past the first sections which are all about her abduction, torture, and is slightly gross. The author also does something quite creative in where she offers a second ending.
The sex is well written and quite hot in some places. There is a cliched love triangle of sorts but the fact this story that started out so brutally but ended with a HEA is fresh and surprising.
I am not sure I liked this book, but I didn’t not like it either.
There is a market for this type of erotica and a type of person who will quite enjoy it (by the reviews alone). For the correct audience, this book will be a big hit.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand by K.T. Munson

Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end. Chaos has reigned in Zendar for years since the rise of the seven Bloodlines. The Liege Aleron Corvinus ruthlessly seeks revenge for the mistreatment of his ancestors. His ambitions will only be sated when he claims the world under his family’s name; he will only stop when all of Zendar is his and the other six Bloodlines pay their weight in blood.
Azel Undel was born into this world of blood and sand. She is of a dying Bloodline, a feared one, but most coveted. Promised, in exchange for money, to a man she had never known; Azel travels across Zendar. Her ship is attacked and she alone survives, setting the wheels of fate in motion. She did not expect to become her enemy’s captive or that he would demand her submission to him.
Loyalties are tested, secrets are uncovered, and Azel will have to make a choice: remain loyal to her family and everything she ever stood for or be loyal to her own heart.


TW: Dubcon, Rape

How can you not love a book that starts with:
“Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end.”

This book was a great read. The world-building is fantastic, and the MC Azl is an awesome character, tough, persistent, and fleshed out.

This book has intrigue, mystery, action, drama, and magic, so there is a little here for everyone to enjoy.

The plot was fast-paced and left the reader wondering what would happen next.
I had a small issue with the harem and concubines and felt like these were not as explored as they could have been and maybe culturally insensitive. I also felt the relationship between Azl and Aleron felt a little forced at time.

The book has several unforeseen twists and the prose is quite beautiful.

I would be interested in reading more from this author.