Review: Blank Canvas (Paint #2) by Emma Jaye #DarkThemes #MM

TITLE: Blank CanvasBlank Canvas (Paint #2)

SERIES:  Paint #2

AUTHOR:  Emma Jaye

PUBLISHER: Independent

LENGTH: 310 Pages

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Chris Bacon is dead. Long live Chrisander Baccioni?

Unable to walk or talk coherently after a hit and run attack, Chris finds himself on the other side of the world with Jase firmly in babysitting mode. Pity and betrayal, even if it was for ‘his own good’ wasn’t something Chris tolerated from anyone, least of all from an ex-lover who was hanging around only out of a misguided sense of duty.

The barely breathing battered boy was all Kathleen had to wipe away her daughter’s shame and continue the Baccioni dynasty. Despite Chrisander’s unfortunate childhood, her grandson was young enough to mould into a god-fearing family man. Surely only an idiot would reject a life of respect and luxury with a beautiful, intelligent woman by his side, for a grubby little flat and a dirt poor, ex-army sergeant.

REVIEW:

Blank Canvas begins right where book one left off, so there was no guesswork or no time at all wondering what happened. After Chris’s accident, he wakes in the hospital to find that his mysterious grandmother from America has come to claim him.

Although she is rich and will pay for Chris to have all the best treatment as well as security in the States, Jase is skeptical about her motives. She makes it clear up front that having homosexual sex is a sin and that she intends to “help” her grandson. At this point things seem like they could get pretty scary, but Jase has no choice but to let the grandmother take him. However, no matter how little she thinks of Jase, he refuses to leave Chris’s side. It’s only when Jase lets down his guard that things get out of hand.

This book had me on the edge from the beginning. With all that Chris went through in the first book, I couldn’t imagine him being thrown into one of those religious “rehabilitation” places. I was really scared for him, but I was happy how things turned out. I also loved seeing the contrast and the almost clash between two cultures when the couple has to leave England for the States. Though there were some dark parts in this book and some near misses, I was in tears in the end and overjoyed with how perfect things wrapped up. This series was a fantastic adventure and I loved every moment. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m romance with dark themes.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, Captive, Coercion, Hate Crime, Non-con, POV of Victim

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Review: Optical Illusion (Paint #1) by Emma Jaye #MM #DarkThemes

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TITLE: Optical IllusionOptical Illusion (Paint #1)

SERIES:  Paint #1

AUTHOR:  Emma Jaye

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 333 Pages

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Smile, wiggle, lie, apologise, and run for the hills.

That’s the formula Chris has used all his life, but this time, he has something he’s never had to lose before, a family that cares. The problem is, his new brother’s very edible friend isn’t fooled by his act. If his secrets are revealed, they won’t want him and he has nowhere else to go.

Thanks to a suicide bomber, ex-military police sergeant Jase Rosewood is back in the English countryside. His plans for quiet recuperation are ruined by the effervescent, go-go dancing twink who has everyone wrapped around his little finger. Luckily for the gullible Matt, Jase can smell a liar a mile away, and Chris Bacon, if that’s even his name, stinks to high heaven. Assigned ‘Chris-sitting’ duty while Matt’s on honeymoon, Jase has a week to discover what is hidden beneath the bright camouflage. It’s a job, just like any other, so why does it feel so different?
Unfortunately, Jase isn’t the only one drawn to the boy who can’t stay still, but instead of wanting to reveal his true colours; they want to dull them forever.

Contains issues of physical abuse, but not between the central couple.

REVIEW:

This was an awesome book! In addition to being hot, it had me in tears on many occasions. The story begins with a glimpse of Jace’s background. After being wounded while serving in Afghanistan Jace returns home to attend his best friend’s wedding and finds a pleasant surprise. His best friend has a brother he never known about. The long lost brother, Chris is really the star of this book and I loved him so much. In addition to being homeless and a go go dancer at a gay bar, he has a case of ADHD that keeps him buzzing constantly to the point where sleep is impossible for him. Jace and Chris seem like they’ll be perfect for each other, but before they get together tragedy strikes.

I’ve read a few of Emma Jaye’s books and though her main genre is not usually M/M, the one mostly M/M book I read from her (Before the Succubus) was extremely hot and one of my all-time favorites . So, I wasn’t surprised to find spectacular erotica in this book, but what did surprise me were the dark themes to include human trafficking and mafia-like activity. I guess I was expecting something lighter, but there was definitely enough seedy and dark things happening in this book to keep me on the edge. In addition to the plot twists and turns, Chris drew me in from the beginning. He’s so broken inside by the cards life has dealt him, but at the same time he’s unbreakable. He’s bubbly and full of life which is in no way an act for him. I loved that he refuses to take medication and it pissed me off whenever other characters try to force or trick him into taking them. Though this book ends in a cliffhanger, I was in no way disappointed. The first three chapters of book two are included at the end which was the perfect tie over. I’m already half way through the second book, which explains a lot of the mystery surrounding Chris and his origins. Overall, this book was a win for me. I recommend Optical Illusion to anyone who loves dark m/m themes, and m/m erotic romance.

RATING: I really liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Barely Legal, Captive, Drug Addiction, Drugging, Dub-con, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Rape, Sex Worker, Underage

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Cover Reveal: Blood of the Sphinx (Virgin Kings #1) by J. Johanis #MM #DarkErotica

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Blood of the Sphinx

by J. Johanis

PUBLISHER: Goodreads BDSM Group

LENGTH: 71 Pages/21,000 words

RELEASE DATE: Early December 2016

COVER DESIGNER: Indigo Forest Designs

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“The blood of the sphinx runs through my veins,” Sasha said as he inspected the warrior standing at attention before him. “It’s what makes my family line so potent—what gives us the power to make or break a man.”

Son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, Sasha is the king of kings. He’s the pharaoh, and he’s supposed to be the most powerful man in Egypt, but he’s convinced there’s something wrong with him. Maybe he’s in heat or maybe he’s just cursed, but no pharaoh should have such an insatiable need to be mated by another man. Even worse, the man he desires has never shown an inkling of interest in him.

When the young pharaoh finds himself the sole ruler of Egypt and under siege by the Romans, he has to find a way to deal with the desires consuming him or all will be lost.

A historically inspired dark fantasy. This work is m/m dark erotica and contains graphic violence and non-con.

Goodreads Link

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Androgyny, Angst, asphyxiation, Barely Legal, BDSM, Blood & Gore, Bondage, Dark M/M Fantasy, Graphic Violence, Humiliation, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim, Rape

BUY LINKS: 

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Review: Bend Over (Bend Over #1) by Brina Brady #BDSM #MM

TITLE:  Bend Over Bend Over (Bend Over Series #1)

SERIES:   Bend Over #1

AUTHOR:   Brina Brady

PUBLISHER:   Self-Published

LENGTH:     350 Pages

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Runaway 18-year-old Shane O’Rourke is living under the Huntington Beach Pier.
He carries many secrets from his past. Shane wasn’t allowed to explore his sexuality when he lived home with his father, The Reverend. His submissive nature and desires had to remain fantasies.

Shane meets a dark stranger on the beach. Julien Callier is a Dom from Martinique and is sixteen years older than Shane. Bad boy Shane wants to win the heart of Julien Callier and become his sub. But does he really understand what Julien expects from his boy?

Julien’s heart goes out to this gorgeous boy and he takes him under his wing, grooming him to be his sub. Julien is determined to let Shane experience the good life, even financing his education, but he’s challenged at every turn by Shane’s rebellious nature.

When Shane’s defiant behavior threatens to come between them for good, Julien has to act fast to teach Shane the meaning of real submission.

Can Julien tame the bad boy? Can Shane give up his old ways of stealing, lying, and using drugs? The playroom is open.

Goodreads Link 

REVIEW: 

Fantastic read! Bend Over starts out with the eighteen-year-old, Shane, who has run away from home to escape his intolerant reverend father. Shane isn’t entirely sure about his sexuality, but when he has a sexual encounter in a beach shower with an older French speaking man, Shane’s only thought is that he wants that guy again. Although he doesn’t’ know it at first, Shane has made an impression on the man. Julien is the owner of a BDSM club and after his encounter with Shane, he has to have him as his boy. He makes all the arrangements to assure Shane ends up in his hands.

This book was extremely sexy. I loved how submissive Shane is and how at the same time he’s bratty and rebellious. Shane was missing a loving father figure in his life and Julien quickly fills that role. Since Shane messes up a lot, he earns a lot of punishment, but his punishments are always sexy and far from being harsh. Shane loves being spanked, which makes his discipline even hotter. Bend Over has a happy ending, and the only thing I’m wondering is if Julien will ever get his boy to behave. I recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M BDSM.

RATING:  Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Barely Legal, BDSM, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Dub-con,Rough Sex

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Review: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two by C.S. Pacat #DarkFantasy #MM

TITLE: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)

SERIES:  Captive Prince #2

AUTHOR:  C.S. Pacat

PUBLISHER:  Berkley

LENGTH:  216 Pages

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“This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.”

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Oh my god, this book is truly amazing! My heart is so intertwined with this series. When I read book one I was so frustrated; dying for just one touch, but by the end of this book I was crying. I’m still crying with happiness. Prince’s Gambit picks up where Captive Prince drops off, with Damen accompanying Laurent into battle. Everywhere they turn they are dodging swords and they don’t know exactly who to trust.

I can’t say much without spoilers, so I’ll just say that the ending is breathtaking and spectacular. One note; I think that Laurent is just too smart to not know Damen’s true identity. It just does not seem possible that he doesn’t know. I hope so much that I’m right.  I can’t wait to read book three. It is eating a hole in my Kindle as I type.

RATING: Absolutely crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, Barely Legal, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Enemies to Lovers, M/M Erotica,Slave

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

Review: Chained (Bound Gods #2) by Adrienne Wilder #DarkErotica #MM #LPRTG @Adrienne_Wilder

TITLE:  ChainedChained (Bound Gods, #2)

SERIES:  Bound Gods #2

AUTHOR:  Adrienne Wilder

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 194 Pages

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Leo has been sent on a mission to find a missing doxie. And after weeks at Leo’s side, Kaleb is suddenly alone. Free of the cruelty the Chimera, he should be rejoicing. But instead, he becomes aware of a void in his heart, he never knew was there until Leo wasn’t there to fill it. When Leo returns Kaleb is faced with the choice of disobeying Leo—forcing him to take ambrosia—or risk losing him forever.

With a single flower, Leo is back under the control of the Association. And what kind of punishment is suitable for a doxie who disobeys his Master, even though it saves his life? Leo has a list of ideas, starting with Kaleb’s first visit to a Gathering.

At the Gathering of the gods, doxies, and mortal men, Kaleb first lays eyes on Aaron. The beautiful doxie is presented by the god Sol. There he will be fed the ambrosia, Awakened to his journey of immortality, and then serve his god, Sol, for all to see. Only the horror of Aaron’s treatment by Sol makes Kaleb realize monsters come in many forms.

And not all of them hunt doxies.

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

This book begins when Leo returns from a mission to find a missing doxie. Though Leo kills many of the people responsible for taking him, Leo is injured multiple times. Before he stopped taking ambrosia, he would have healed almost instantly from any wound, but since the drug is out of his system, his immortality is at risk. The other gods fear they may lose Leo and convince Kaleb to feed him the flower with a kiss. Kaleb knows Leo doesn’t want the drug, but he can’t stand the thought of losing Leo. After Kaleb feeds him the flower, Leo is healed, but he is once again hooked on the substance he wanted so badly to escape. Leo wants to punish Kaleb by taking him to a gathering where he would be free for others to touch, but when they arrive Leo guards him jealously. Though the other gods imagine they will have a go at Kaleb, Leo is willing to face the worst punishment to keep that from happening.

Chained was just as erotic and extreme as the first book. Kaleb’s punishments are excruciating, but at the same time amazingly hot. The chemistry between Kaleb and Leo is off the charts, and burning hotter as the effect of the ambrosia that Kaleb emits becomes so strong that it leaves them both passed out for days after they are together. In addition to the unbelievable erotica, we learn more about the world of the gods and doxies. There’s a monster on the loose hunting doxies, and there is so much tension between the gods over Leo’s desire to keep Kaleb that I can imagine some kind of war on the horizon. I was so sad about what happens to Aaron. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I’m hoping that Kaleb has the gift of healing. I look forward to seeing what happens next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m dark erotica, dub-con, and m/m dark fantasy.

RATING: Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, Barely Legal, BDSM, Bewitching, CBT, Dark M/M Fantasy, Drug Addiction, Drugging, Dub-con, Dub-con BDSM, Electrostimulation, Forced Seduction, Humiliation, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, Non-con, POV of Aggressor, POV of Victim, Rough Sex, Sex Ritual, Sexual Exhibitionism

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Review: The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters #MM @EdenWinters1

TITLE: The Angel of 13th Street The Angel of 13th Street (The Angel of 13th Street 1)

AUTHOR:  Eden Winters

PUBLISHER: Rocky Ridge Books

LENGTH: 202 Pages

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Noah Everett shed his rent boy existence for a bar and helping young men get a second chance at life. Haunted by those he couldn’t save, he keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by ambitious but homeless Jeremy Kincaid.

Aged out of the foster system, Jeremy’s the perfect target for a ruthless pimp like Willie Carnell. He wants no part of any future that includes working for Willie, but without a strong ally, he may not have a choice.

Noah knows exactly what Willie’s capable of, and if he’ll fight for strangers, he’ll fight harder for Jeremy.

Even if it takes confronting his own past.

2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Such a beautiful book! The story begins when Jeremy, an eighteen year old who’s living on the streets, is saved from a gang of ruffians intent on assaulting him. Jeremy’s savior, Noah, takes him in and protects him from a pimp who’s trying to turn him. Jeremy falls for Noah, but since Jeremy is twelve years younger than him, he doesn’t want to think of Jeremy in that way. Noah also has a past that he doesn’t want to share with Jeremy. Noah used to be a rent boy, but when he broke away, he decided to dedicate his life to helping rent boys escape the sex industry and start over. Noah want’s to shelter Jeremy from that existence, but Noah’s feelings for Jeremy as well as their cohabitation ends up putting Jeremy in danger.

This is the first time I’ve read Eden Winters, so I picked this book up out of curiosity, but I’m so glad that I did. The story-line was fantastic, and the characters were so honest and good. I loved Noah’s mission as well as the twist of his relationship with his former pimp. The sex scenes were extremely hot, but what I loved the most was the tragic beauty of Noah’s situation and the deep emotions involved.  He is truly a hero and I was in tears by the end of the book. If you love a book that can make you feel, this is definitely it. I recommend The Angel of 13th Street to anyone who loves m/m romance, drama, and YA.

RATING: Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, Rape Attempt, Sex Trafficking, Sex Worker

BUY LINKS: 

Rocky Ridge Books

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Review: The Chimera (Bound Gods #1) by Adrienne Wilder #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE:   The Chimera The Chimera (Bound Gods, #1)

SERIES:   Bound Gods #1

AUTHOR:   Adrienne Wilder

PUBLISHER:  Self Published

LENGTH: 147 Pages

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Kaleb Holten’s father’s debt to an underground group The Association has just been called in, and the man can’t pay the loan. Instead of turning over his wealth, he releases his son and Kaleb finds himself thrown into a world where a class of men see themselves as untouchable. Going so far as to call themselves gods.

After the Great Economic Collapse there are no laws that cannot be broken. And Kaleb is forced into a ten-year sentence of servitude where he will have no say, no rights, no value and yet be coveted and protected as if he were a priceless treasure.

Leo Roan, has slipped the noose the Association bound him with by breaking his addiction to ambrosia and Kaleb Holten was supposed to be his last assignment as a doxie Master. But something about the boy begins weaving a new net that will not only ensnare him but the conscious darkness inside, that craves pain, agony, suffering, and death.

Goodreads Link

REVIEW:

Yes! This is definitely my type of book. Chimera is set in an alternate world where there has been a financial crash. Many live in misery, but some prosper. There are men who call themselves gods, and ultimately they have all the money and power. Eighteen year old, Kaleb, enters the picture after his father gives Kaleb up to the gods to pay for defaulting on a 20 million dollar loan. Kaleb is special somehow and the god, Leo, who must train him, is already addicted to everything about him. The book covers the first two days of Kaleb’s training, which is amazing and intense.

This book was extremely hot. Kaleb’s vulnerability and how he loves the crazy things Leo is doing to him is unbelievably erotic. Although this is just a glimpse into Kaleb’s year of training with Leo, I am already addicted. Kaleb must serve the gods for ten years, which I cannot even imagine. However, I’m hoping that Leo finds some way of keeping him. I’m looking forward to learning more about this world and I’m very intrigued by what makes Kaleb special. I’m so glad the next book is already out since I can’t wait to read it.  I recommend Chimera Bound Gods book 1 to anyone who loves m/m dark erotica, dub-con, and BDSM.

RATING: Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, BDSM, Bewitching, Bondage, Dark M/M Fantasy, Drug Addiction, Dub-con, Dub-con BDSM, Edging,M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, POV of Aggressor, POV of Victim

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Release Day Review + Giveaway: Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE: Caged Jaye Caged Jaye

SERIES:  Arctic Absolution

AUTHOR:  Lynn Kelling

PUBLISHER: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

LENGTH: 176 Pages

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Prequel to “Arctic Absolution”
Genres: Contemporary Erotica Drama

It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend and his mother—the people he loves most and who make life worth living. But, faced by his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with boyfriend, Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, he wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices and survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)

Goodreads Link 

REVIEW:

Holy Crap! I’m in love with this book! It was so dark; so raw and unforgiving. Lynn Kelling is definitely on my favorite author list, and I can’t wait to read more of her work. Caged Jaye begins with a glimpse of Jaye’s life before he becomes the victim of a hate crime that, by some twisted fate, ends up landing him in jail. Jaye is a beautiful nineteen year old with long wavy hair. He knows he won’t make it in prison without a protector, but the hell he has to endure in order to survive almost breaks him.

This book took my breath away. It’s been a while since I’ve read something so dark and twisted that had the power to move me so much. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m not fond of the gray hopelessness often present in prison dramas. However, there was so much going on in the plot that the prison environment never came close to bringing me down. I loved how Jaye grows through his ordeal. Everything that happens to him and how he copes with the pain and humiliation is so real that it rips your heart out. At the same time this book is extremely hot. I just couldn’t believe some of the non-con scenes. They were so erotic and at the same time the extreme angst had my chest in knots. Despite all the hopelessness and desperation, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This is my first time reading Lynn Kelling, but after finishing this book, I’m seriously addicted. I won’t be able to rest until I’ve hunted down and devoured everything she’s ever written. I recommend Caged Jaye to anyone who loves dark themes, angst, and m/m dark erotica.

RATING: Absolutely crazy and madly in love with it!!!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, Barely Legal, Blood & Gore, Captive, Cutting, Drug Addiction, Dub-con, Graphic Violence, Hate Crime, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Murder, Non-con, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape,Rough Sex, Sexual Exhibitionism

BUY LINKS: 

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Review: Bonds of Blood (The Invisible Chains #3) by Andrew Ashling #Erotica #MMFantasy

TITLE: Bonds of BloodThe Invisible Chains - Part 3: Bonds of Blood (Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse, #3)

SERIES: The Invisible Chains #3

AUTHOR: Andrew Ashling

PUBLISHER: Omidon Publishing

LENGTH: 515 Pages

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Anaxantis, prince of Ximerion.

Not certain who he can trust, Anaxantis keeps recruiting and training troops, with dogged tenacity, to face the barbarian invasion.

Who is the spy, leaking information to his father, the high king? What to do about the new arrival who tries to free his brother? Was the barbarian prince really captured or does he have a hidden agenda?

Amid all the preparations for war, Lorcko of Iramid is looking for love. True love, this time. However, his reputation is working against him.

Anaxantis has his own troubles in the love department.

Soon he will be forced to make some hard decisions. Is he up to it, or will he finally buckle down under the strain?

REVIEW:

Oh, my god, this book is so good. There are so many twists and turns. Although I can’t say much without spoilers, everything was orchestrated perfectly. I was crying at the end and I’m still so happy about how this trilogy concluded. As a side note, Anaxantis reminds me of Alexander the Great in many ways. Anaxanis is a leader who is young and cunning, but also flawed who knows how to make his troops love him. It will be interesting to see how his character progresses. I’ll certainly be reading on because I have to know what comes next. The wrap up was awesome, and the intrigue for the books to come are set. I recommend this series to anyone who loves M/M dark erotica and M/M fantasy with a Middle Ages feel to it. I’m truly in love with this series.

RATING: Absolutely crazy about it! I will read it again someday!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Barely Legal, Bondage, Brain Washing, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Seduction, Graphic Violence, Humiliation, Incest, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-consensual

BUY LINKS:

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