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:

Amazon

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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

 

Review: A Cobra’s Charm (2016 Daily Dose) by Meghan Maslow #MM

TITLE: A Cobra’s CharmA Cobra's Charm (2016 Daily Dose - A Walk on the Wild Side)

SERIES:  2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side

AUTHOR:  Meghan Maslow

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

LENGTH: 50 Pages

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Jiri’s life has been one misery after the next. A cobra shifter, he’s held captive by a collector who keeps him—and other shifters—in a private harem-style “zoo” in the Libyan desert. Considered a dangerous predator by the other shifters, and little more than a boy toy to the collector, Jiri is friendless, timid, and despondent.

Miksa is the collector’s latest find. But honey badgers are known for their bad attitude, fearlessness, and fighting spirit. Miksa has no doubt he’ll escape, even if it means taking the whole zoo down with him.

When honey badger and cobra meet, there should be instant enmity—after all, honey badgers eat cobras—yet both men find themselves oddly drawn to the other. Romance blossoms, but can it survive captivity and beyond? In order to do so, Jiri will have to find a strength he doesn’t know he possesses and Miksa will have to open a heart long closed to anyone except his immediate family.

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REVIEW:

Such a sweet and erotic story. A Cobra’s Charm begins when the captive shifters, Jiri and Miksa, are put in the fighting ring by their master. They’re somewhat akin to gladiators, except they have to fight in their shifted form. Miska fights valiantly, and immediatly catches the attention of Jiri. When the fight is over, they have the chance to get to know one another. They fall into each other’s arms, but Miksa’s plans for escape may likely mean the end of their affair.

I was drawn to this story from the beginning. I’ve grown to love the shifter genre, and especially books like this that have different, exotic animals. In addition to the sweet romance, I was fond of the Arabian genie/Roman Empire feel to the story. I loved how the author made the world come alive with things such as the cobra doing a seductive belly dance for his lover. Overall, this story was romantic, sweet, and adventurous. I recommend A Cobra’s Charm to anyone who loves m/m shifter fantasy, and m/m romance.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Captive, Violence, M/M Fantasy, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe

 

Spotlight ~ Fated: Blood and Redemption by Bey Deckard #Erotica #MM

TITLE: Fated: Blood and Redemption Fated: Blood and Redemption (Baal's Heart, #3)

SERIES:  Baal’s Heart #3

AUTHOR:  Bey Deckard

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

LENGTH: 315 Pages

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With the captain’s mind in shambles, Jon and Tom set out to find the passage home through the black mountain range, hoping to find a cure for Baltsaros’s madness. However, when the men are forced to part ways, darkness takes root in the schism created; fate, lust, and vengeance become obsessions threatening to tear apart the fragile bonds holding the three together.

Following on the heels of Sacrificed, Fated takes the pirates on a quest to find those responsible for the captain’s bloody beginnings. But can they survive what awaits them where past and present meet?

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RATING: Crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

BDSM, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotica, M/M/M Erotica, Ménage, Murder,Psychological Trauma, Rough Sex, Slave

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon KU

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Artist, Writer, Dog Lover – http://www.beydeckard.com

Born and raised in a small coastal town in northern Québec, Bey spent his early summers on his uncle’s boat and running wild on the beaches of the surrounding islands, lighting fires and building huts out of driftwood and fishermen’s nets. As an adult, he eventually made his way to university and earned a degree in Art History with a strong focus on Anthropology. Primarily a portrait painter and graphic artist, Bey sat down one day and decided to start writing.

Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montréal with his best buddy, a ridiculous, spotty pit bull named Murphy.

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The less formal version goes a little like this:

Educated in Art, History, and Anthropology. Worked mostly in the software industry. Currently an author and freelance graphic designer. Painter. Proud pit bull owner. I’m told I’m one helluva cook.

Started to write in 2014. Love it. Will keep doing it until I stop.

I mainly read KGB/CIA thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, graphic novels, medical texts, nautical history

 

 

Release Day Review: Kestrel’s Talon (The Stonewatchers #1) by Bey Deckard #MMFantasy #Erotica

TITLE: Kestrel’s Talon Kestrel's Talon (The Stonewatchers, #1)

SERIES:  The Stonewatchers #1

AUTHOR:  Bey Deckard

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 426 Pages

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Novel (135,031 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Triad, LGBT/QUILTBAG

Following the Prentish/Nemarri war, Kes is rejected by his homeland under the guise of religious purity laws. Though he’s spared execution, the proud Nemarri’s fate is only marginally more merciful than death when he is sold into sexual slavery at a prosperous pleasure house.

Despite his stoic endurance, Kes knows he’s reaching his breaking point, but there is nothing he can do—there is no path to freedom in the Holy Prentish Empire, only a lifetime of humiliating servitude.

That is, until a beautiful young slave and his formidable master approach Kes in the marketplace and make an astonishing offer to take him home with them. The only problem: “home” is the accursed Horthmont Castle from the scare-stories of Kes’s childhood.

Thrown into a world of living myth, powerful magic, and ancient gods, Kes learns the secrets kept hidden by Horthmont’s thick blackstone walls. There he discovers something he thought he’d never know again: hope for the future.

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REVIEW:

Fantastic erotic fantasy! As a lover of fantasy and m/m erotica, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story begins when the master of the gorgeous redhead slave, Talon, purchases the pleasure slave, Kes, for him. Though Kes is drawn to Talon from first sight, he is wary about the situation. It’s unheard of for a slave to own another slave, but Talon is a rare beauty that he could never refuse. When Kes arrives at their castle, he begins to learn all the mysteries behind Talon and his master. Despite the arrangement being the closest thing to freedom he’d known since he was sold into slavery, Kes still yearns to be free. However, once he gets to know his new master’s, a new world opens up for him.

This book was a lot of fun. I loved the magical realm Bey Deckard creates, and I especially loved the characters. I sympathized with Kes’s desire for freedom even though it seemed like his new master had given him more than he could have dreamed of as a free man. Plus, Talon was so beautiful that every moment Kes spent with him was amazing and magical. I look forward to reading the next book  in this series, and I recommend Kestrel’s Talon to anyone who loves m/m high fantasy and m/m erotica.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Dark M/M Fantasy, M/M Erotica, M/M Fantasy, Ménage, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

Spotlight: The Harem Master (Tales of Tavamara #2) by Megan Derr #MM

TITLE: The Harem Master The Harem Master

SERIES:  Tales of Tavamara #3

AUTHOR:  Megan Derr

PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press

LENGTH: 454 Pages

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Lord Demir has spent his life trying to appease a brutal, selfish king, and keep the concubines under his care alive—and now he is on the verge of losing everything. The council wants to abolish the harems, there are no heirs to the throne, and the foreigners control the Steward. One wrong move will tip tensions into civil war.

Crown Prince Ihsan returns to find his home in turmoil, and the royal court so full of vipers it’s impossible to say which of them will strike first. Removing his father from the throne, one way or another, should be a simple matter. Staying alive and proving himself a worthy king will be far more difficult.

Crown Princess Euren has spent the last five years in hiding so that she could not be used against her father or Ihsan. But she is the daughter of a soldier, never meant to wear a crown, never trained to fight battles where words are the weapon of choice. If she hopes to keep herself and her loved ones alive, she’ll have to learn fast.

Note: This story contains polyamory

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RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

M/M Erotica, M/M Fantasy, M/M/M Erotica, Ménage, Polyamory, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe | Less Than Three Press

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet.

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Review: Bought (A Ripples in the Status Quo Story) by R. Phoenix #DarkErotica #MM

TITLE:   Bought Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

SERIES:    A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

AUTHOR:     R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER:     Self Published

LENGTH:     44 Pages

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When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.

Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

Bought is approximately 12,600 words.

(This dark erotica novella 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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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. They can be read as stand-alones or as serials in a larger story.

The suggested reading order for the RISQ books is:

1. Bought. [Dark Erotica]
2. Ravel. [Romance]
3. Recoil. [Dark Erotic Romance.]
4. Owned. [Dark Erotica. Follows events in Bought and Recoil.]

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REVIEW:

Bought is a short, twisted tale about a wolf shifter, Jace, who finds himself in the hands of his enemies. Jace quickly learns his place as the play thing and pet of a witch who uses his magic to make Jace suffer in ways he would never imagine. The witch takes full possession of Jace’s body, reducing him to a quivering mess until he finds himself submitting more than his body.

I enjoyed the glimpse into Jace’s world. The story revolves around his capture and initial hazing by the witch. There was some pretty harsh humiliation in this book; mostly due to Jace’s image of himself and what he imagined he would and wouldn’t do. I cringed a little with the tail scene, but overall it was pretty hot. I loved the edging and how Jace eventually begged for it. I look forward to reading what happens next in this series.

RATING:  I liked it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Bewitching, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Edging, Forced Seduction, Humiliation,M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, POV of Victim, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

FREE on Amazon

 

 

 

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…

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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.

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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

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon KU

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:

Amazon

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