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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.