Review: Puppy by R. Phoenix #MM #DarkErotica #Dystopia

TITLE: Puppy Puppy

AUTHOR:  R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 61 Pages

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While other vampires glut themselves on the rewards of a world where humans are little more than food or entertainment, Liam has found himself bored with the new status quo. An attempt to alleviate his boredom brings him to Caleb, a man who’s willing to do what it takes to get out of the slums–even if it means becoming something less than human.

REVIEW:

This was a short but delicious story. Since I’ve read a few of the author’s books set in the same world, it was very easy for me to fall into this book. Puppy begins with the four hundred-year-old vampire, Liam, out on the prowl for something to fit his tastes. In his world, human’s have pretty much lost their appeal, but when he finds Caleb, he sees the potential in him. Though Caleb is bisexual and a top when it comes to men, he’s quite turned on by all the demeaning things Liam wants to do to him.

Though I’m not that into puppy play, the way R. Phoenix presents it in this book makes it very appealing. I like that how Caleb is taken without given a choice about it, but he’s not so reluctant because everything Liam does to him is so arousing. Overall, this story was great. I was a little bit surprised when it ended, so my only complaint is that I wanted to see more of them together. I recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M Dark Erotica and fantasy.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, BDSM, Biting, Body Modifications, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Fetish, Humiliation, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Pet Play, POV of Aggressor, POV of Victim

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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.

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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: Immortal Watch (Godsbane Prince #2) by Olivia Helling #MM #DarkFantasy @KatsuBite

TITLE: Immortal WatchImmortal Watch (Godsbane Prince, #2)

SERIES:  Godsbane Prince #2

AUTHOR:  Olivia Helling

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 216 Pages

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Bonded soul mates. Shocking secrets. Protecting the one he loves could destroy everything…

Ilyas defeated the Dark God and won the spoils of a lifetime: a new kingdom, a new soulmate, and a chance at revenge. Just when he has the chance to humiliate the brother who sold him out, Ilyas learns a closely-guarded secret. He has a son, and now he’ll do everything he can to protect him.

Jem’s life was pure loneliness before he met Ilyas. But with the Dark God thwarted, Jem is completely powerless. When Ilyas begins to devote his full attention to the baby, Jem becomes determined to win his soulmate back.

After allying with a powerful secret society, Jem conspires to deliver an uninhabited world where Ilyas’ young son can truly be safe. But Jem didn’t realize that his new alliance comes at a high price, one that may cost him the love of Ilyas forever.

Immortal Watch is a spellbinding LGBT dark fantasy novel. If you like rich world-building, captivating storytelling, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this story of love and horror from Olivia Helling.

REVIEW:

This book was a wonderful adventure. The story begins as Jem and Ilyas are traveling by ship to Ilyas’s homeland in attempt to secure a trade deal and bring back money to feed Jem’s starving people. However, Ilyas’s brother who sold him out has been consolidating his power in Ilyas’s absense. To complicate things even more, Jem realizes he’s still being haunted by the dark god. While they struggle to overcome the political fallout of Ilyas’s return, the couple finds themselves moving further and further apart from one another. It seems through Jem’s insecurities and Ilyas’s desire to keep his family safe from the dark god that they’ll never come together again.

Immortal Watch is filled with twists and turns, as well as fantastic magic, and was a virtual roller coaster for the characters. The adventure never stops, which made the book exciting and engaging. Jem is a bit twisted in a ways, but I loved his vulnerabilities in this book. Despite things seeming wholly impossible for Jem and Ilyas to work out, I was very pleased with the ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves MM Dark Fantasy.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Bewitching, Dark M/M Fantasy

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon

Review: Temper by R. Phoenix #MM #DarkErotica @RaissaPhoenix

TITLE: TemperTemper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Season One (Episode Five)

SERIES:   Ripples in the Status Quo #5

AUTHOR:  R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 146 Pages

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Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover–but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference.

But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor… and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way.

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In a world ruled by supernatural beings whose moral compasses are all but broken, humans struggle to survive in the face of despair, cruelty, and hate. Through it all, there’s hope for more — hope, mercy, and love. Can the balance ever be tipped in their favor?

‘Bought,’ ‘Ravel,’ and ‘Recoil’ feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in ‘Owned’ and ‘Temper.’

1. Bought – Jace & Elias.
2. Ravel – Ashton & Reese.
3. Recoil – Khaz & Noah.
4. Owned – Khaz & Noah, Jace & Elias.
5. Temper – Ashton & Reese, Jace & Elias.
6. Refraction – Khaz & Noah, Ashton & Reese (Jace & Elias)

*Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may contain graphic scenes of depravity, cruelty, and violence — sexual or otherwise — that could be offensive and potentially triggering to some readers.*

REVIEW:

Temper was full of action and the type of absolute craziness that I really love. Though I enjoyed revisiting Ash and Reece, I was a bit dismayed by the extremely brutal way the book begins with Ash paying the price for his ignorance/independence. However, I think the pain he suffers was necessary way for him to wake up and realize the danger of their situation. Throughout the book there are appearances of the other characters from the previous books in the series. I really liked this since the other books read like stand-alones and this book seemed to be where their worlds collided. There were also some new and extremely intriguing characters as well as a deeper look into Elias’s motives and history. I really look forward to seeing where Elias goes with his plotting, and what kind of messed up torture schemes he has stashed away for later.

Despite all the violence and humiliation the characters have to endure, I really loved that Ash and Reece achieve a victory in the end.  Overall, the book was a win for me, and I’m very curious to know what happens next in this series. I recommend this series to anyone who likes MM Dark Erotica, Dark Fantasy, and MM Romance.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Angst, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Forced Seduction, Graphic Violence, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, Pet Play, POV of Aggressor, POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex

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Release Day! – Immortal Watch by Olivia Helling #MM #DarkFantasy @KatsuBite @GoIndiMarketing

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Title: Immortal Watch

Series: Godsbane Prince #2

Author: Olivia Helling

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: Sept 23, 2016

Length: 63,000 words

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Horror

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Synopsis

Bonded soul mates. Shocking secrets. Protecting the one he loves could destroy everything…

Ilyas defeated the Dark God and won the spoils of a lifetime: a new kingdom, a new soulmate, and a chance at revenge. Just when he has the chance to humiliate the brother who sold him out, Ilyas learns a closely-guarded secret. He has a son, and now he’ll do everything he can to protect him.

Jem’s life was pure loneliness before he met Ilyas. But with the Dark God thwarted, Jem is completely powerless. When Ilyas begins to devote his full attention to the baby, Jem becomes determined to win his soulmate back.

After allying with a powerful secret society, Jem conspires to deliver an uninhabited world where Ilyas’ young son can truly be safe. But Jem didn’t realize that his new alliance comes at a high price, one that may cost him the love of Ilyas forever.

Immortal Watch is a spellbinding LGBT dark fantasy novel. If you like rich world-building, captivating storytelling, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this story of love and horror from Olivia Helling.

Excerpt

Ilyas cocked his head. “Is something wrong?”
I breathed deep to avoid stuttering. “What would be wrong?”
“Just that I miss that smile of yours.” Ilyas smiled in turn.
For a heartbeat, I expected him to clasp my cheek, to draw me close, to envelop me in an embrace, to kiss me breathless, like he had when I had awoken to find myself his tawam rohi . Ilyas closed the display box and returned it to the drawer under the berth.
I exhaled. Of course not. Ilyas had promised to teach me all about kissing, and more, but he’d spoken in the heat of the moment when I’d awoken. Perhaps the fantasy of teaching me excited him more than the reality. My stomach sank.
After all, I wasn’t a eunuch. When Ilyas had still been the prince heir of Nuriya, his harem full of buxom ladies and eager lads, the male form hadn’t seemed to displease him. So long as they were eunuchs, not proper men, as Nuriyite decorum dictated. Nuriyites heaped rules upon everything from eating to sex. Lumians didn’t care, especially when sex wouldn’t provide more mouths to feed.
Or perhaps the fault lay in me, as a person.
Ilyas sank onto the berth with a big sigh. His features seemed drawn and stressed. I perched on the bed next to him, reaching to pet his hair. He groaned, and I froze.
I wanted more. I wanted to learn how to kiss. I wanted to learn how to wrap my thighs around his waist. I wanted—
“It will be fine, Jem,” he said.
I never used to be so selfish. He shouldered the fate of Lumi, and I couldn’t help him. All I did was lie wide awake at night, planning to demand more from him, planning to distract him.
“We can play a game of Go,” he said. “And I will wipe the deck with you this time.”
“Like the last eleven times?” I teased him.
“This one is my game.”

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Meet the Author

Olivia Helling doesn’t believe in love at first sight… but maybe, just maybe, it blossoms along a few books. That is, after all, how she fell in love with her husband.

Olivia writes about the darkness and flaws from within, the struggle with self-confidence, self-perception and fear of failure, and fantasy and historical worlds that refuse to allow love between men. So be warned: happily ever after is not guaranteed.

The protagonist and love interest don’t always end up together by the end of one book. But when they finally come together, their love will be a thing of beauty.

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Blog Tour +Giveaway: Temper (Ripples in the Status Quo #5) by R. Phoenix #MM

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Title: Temper
Series: Ripples in the Status Quo #5
Author: R. Phoenix
Cover Artist: Brandyjo Newton
Length: 40,000 words
Price: $3.99. [Discounted 7/1 & 7/2] Also available on Kindle Unlimited.
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Blurb: Only love can set off the ripples that could change this depraved world for the better. 
Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover—but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference. 
 
But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor… and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way. 
 
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(This dark erotica work caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their goals…no matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things. 
 
Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button. 
 
Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica, and it does contain elements of depravity and cruelty that will be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.) 
 
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About the Author
 
R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it’s terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers. 
 
If she had it her way, she would describe the books in her “Ripples in the Status Quo” world as: “Supernatural creatures take over the world and turn humans into pets and food. There’s some sex between guys. And… um… effed up things happen.” It’s probably a good thing she has people around her to remind her that she actually wants people to read her books. (They should really be more diligent, especially when they know she’s writing her author bio.)
 
She’s an author, stay-at-home mother, housewife, second time college student, and duck herder extraordinaire. She’s learning how to cook without burning the house down, her garden is somehow neither drowning nor drying up, and one day she might remember what that mythical thing called “free time” is. She’s starting to wonder who thought it was a good idea to write bios in third person.
 
She also tries entirely too hard to be funny, and she mercilessly inflicts her terrible sense of humor upon anyone who speaks to her. Really, it’s not you. It’s her. All the same, she’d love it if you’d say hello, because it makes her day to hear that someone read something she wrote. If they enjoyed it, there’s usually an awkward happy dance and embarrassing sounds of joy to accompany it (no, not that kind of sound, you perv). If all of that hasn’t scared you away, please visit her website at http://rphoenix.theupsideis.com/.
 

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Spotlight: Darker Space (Dark Space #2) by Lisa Henry #MMErotica #DarkFantasy

TITLE: Darker Space Darker Space (Dark Space, #2)

SERIES:  Dark Space #2

AUTHOR:  Lisa Henry

PUBLISHER: Loose ID LLC

LENGTH: 228 Pages

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Brady Garrett is back on Earth. He’s living with his partner Cam and they’re raising his sister Lucy together. Life is better than some feral reffo from Kopa has any right to hope, and Brady knows it. He’s even grateful for it, most of the time. He loves Cam, even though he’s afraid that he’s not good enough for him, and he’s still having nightmares about the alien Faceless.

Cameron Rushton loved being a pilot once, and he still feels the pull of the starlight. He’s building a life with Brady now, and with Lucy. Life is good, even if it’s not without its complications. Both Brady and Cam are dealing with the endless cycle of interviews, tests, and questions that the military hierarchy hopes will reveal the secrets of the aliens who could very easily destroy humanity. They have each other though, and together they’re making it work.

But from out in the black, Kai-Ren is still watching and everything Brady and Cam think they’ve won, they stand to lose all over again.

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RATING: Loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Captive, Creature/ Monster Sex, Dark M/M Fantasy, M/M Erotica, M/M Fantasy, Psychological Trauma

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I like to tell stories. Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. They gotta work for it though. No free lunches on my watch.

 

 

 

Review: Blood Oath (Cursed #1) by Olivia Helling #DarkFantasy #MM

TITLE: Blood Oath Blood Oath

SERIES:  Cursed #1

AUTHOR:  Olivia Helling

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 291 Pages

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His sins may end up killing him. But which sins will they be…

Daniel Travere is a failure in his father’s eyes. Gaining his father’s love is going to take more than getting into the famed Sorcerer’s Guild. He knows he’ll also need to stamp out his most forbidden sin of all: loving other men.

Partnered with the perfect Valere Braud for an initiation project, Daniel must fight off dreams of kissing his handsome partner. When Daniel learns that Valere has sins of his own, including laying with other men and consorting with the god-cursed vampires, he’s pulled into a world that could ruin the lives of everyone he loves.

Daniel has a choice: shatter his life to get his father’s approval or confront his fear and claim his true destiny.

Blood Oath is a gay dark fantasy novel set in a world where homosexuality and vampires are equally scorned. If you like dark fantasy creatures, steampunk settings, and endings you don’t see coming, then you’ll love Olivia Helling’s dark novel of desperation, obsession, and hope.

Buy Blood Oath to see which path Daniel chooses today!

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REVIEW:

Daniel is struggling to do his best in school. His biggest desire is to get into the sorcerer’s guild and make his father proud. However, his fear of disappointing his father is not his only worry. Daniel is also afflicted with a desire for another of his classmates, Valere, who happens to be a man. Daniel cannot stand the thought of failing nor can he endure being labeled a sodomite. However, when events move Daniel and Valere closer to one another, Daniel’s troubles multiply.

What I loved the most about this book was the very dark atmosphere. I rarely read books that can pull that off, but darkness the author creates was literally chilling. Though blood Oath starts off in a sorcery class, I was surprised when vampires come into the picture. I was particularly fond of the sexual tension in the beginning, and was thrilled with the action packed ending. There were also some parts that were somewhat shocking considering the tone of the book leading up to the events. If this book were to have any warning, it would be that it should be considered suspense/fantasy rather than romance. Daniel’s character seemed very real to me and I commend the decisions he makes which I can’t go into without giving spoilers. Overall, this was an awesome read.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Blood & Gore, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Kidnapping, Murder, Non-consensual BDSM

BUY LINKS: 

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Review: Recoil (Ripples in the Status Quo #3) by R. Phoenix #MM #Vampires @RaissaPhoenix

TITLE: RecoilRecoil: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

SERIES: Ripples in the Status Quo #3

AUTHOR: R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 96 Pages

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Over the past decade, Khaz has watched as supernatural creatures like himself have turned the world into their own personal playground. Unlike the others, he didn’t benefit from the Takeover, and every time he sells himself to keep a roof over his head, he’s keenly aware of that fact. His landlord, a renowned slaver, offers him the chance to catch up on his rent by breaking a human.

Groomed to fight, Noah has survived by giving himself over to his hatred of those who took everything away from humanity. When the werewolf can’t break him, he’s given to the vampire instead-and he’s sure this will be no different. The problem is that even the harsh lessons the Rebellion taught him couldn’t prepare him for someone like Khaz…who always has an ace up his sleeve.

Revised & expanded edition as of 4/1/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

Recoil is approximately 28,300 words (excluding front/back matter).

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Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may be offensive to some readers.

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REVIEW:

Beautiful and tragic. The world is the same as in the first part of the series, but this time the characters are Khaz, a vampire who trains human slaves, and Noah, a human who has been captured and must be prepared for his new role serving supernaturals. ThoughKhaz has trained many humans before, Noah is a fighter who is far from being submissive and Khaz tires of breaking humans, especially when he finds the fight in Noah so attractive. Khaz dreams of being able to keep the human instead of breaking his will for his supernatural masters; however, Khaz can barely afford his rent, let alone paying to house a human.

I loved this dark romantic fantasy. When Khaz and Noah come together its like magic. Khaz has the power to make any human addicted to him, but the attraction between the two is enough that he doesn’t need to use his powers. Khaz is given full control over the human and has every right to do whatever he wants to him, but the fact is that Khaz’s conscience won’t let him do it makes him very likable. Though this romance was quite dark, I want to have hope for them. I look forward to reading the upcoming installments in this series, and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I’ll see Noah and Khaz again. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m dark romance and m/m vampire fantasy.

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:

Biting, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Enemies to Lovers, M/M Erotica, Slave

BUYING LINKS:

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Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C. S. Pacat #MM

TITLE: Kings RisingKings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)

SERIES:  Captive Prince #3

AUTHOR:  C. S. Pacat

PUBLISHER: Penguin Group Australia

LENGTH: 385 Pages

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Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity – can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

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REVIEW:

Epic! I loved every word. I’m so sad that this series is over, but it’s definitely one I’ll be rereading from the beginning. Kings Rising begins exactly where book #2 left off with Damen revealed as Damianos before his men. I thought for sure the tensest part of this book would be when Laurent and Damen faced each other for the first time after Damen’s identity was revealed. That meeting was something completely unexpected, but things got even better afterward. Laurent was back to being untouchable, and I loved seeing the two back together. I also loved the interactions between Damen and his men after they learned he was a slave to Laurent. Though Damen’s character is great, I love Laurent more than everything. He’s still the unbreakable ice queen, and his confidence in the face of everything stacked up against him makes him shine so bright. Just as in book #2 I held my breath through every love scene, and in the end I was all choked up. I couldn’t think of a more spectacular or perfect way to end the series. I highly recommend Captive Prince to anyone who loves m/m fantasy with dark themes, and m/m romance.

RATING: Crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Incest (off page),Slave, Underage (off page)

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe