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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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: Ravel (Ripples in the Status Quo #2) by R.Phoenix #Dystopia #MM

TITLE: Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo StoryRavel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

SERIES:  Ripples in the Status Quo #2

AUTHOR:  R. Phoenix

PUBLISHER: Phoenix Publications

LENGTH: 81 Pages

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

For the past few years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he’s lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn’t have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he’s turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don’t tolerate sympathizers.

If a werewolf can’t act against the status quo without facing severe consequences, a human with Ashton’s cunning and experience circumventing supernatural predators certainly can’t risk drawing their attention. Their chance encounter leaves them both shaken and questioning whether they are living life as they were intended—or if surviving is really living at all.

Ravel is approximately 23,600 words (excluding front/back matter).

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The Ripples in the Status Quo works are set within a world where supernatural beings seized control from humans and relegated them to the bottom of the food chain. Used for food, entertainment, and worse, nothing protects them from the hands of those who claim them as slaves. But not everyone adheres to the status quo the world at large has accepted…

Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity–and the author’s idea of romance may not match yours. As such, there are no guarantees of happily ever afters, and content may be offensive to some readers.

The suggested reading order is below, though these works can be read as standalones.

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

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REVIEW:

Supernatural beings have taken over, and by virtue of being human, Ashton is forced to live in the slums where he has to steal for food. The book begins when Ashton goes into a supernatural neighborhood and enters a house with the intention of steeling something so he could get enough money to help his sick friend. However, before he can make it out of the house, he’s caught by a werewolf named Reece. Ashton knows he’s in grave danger, and though it’s wrong, he cannot help but be drawn to the sexy werewolf. When Reece shows Ashton kindness instead of striking him down or enslaving him, Ashton is drawn to him even more. Though loving one another is breaking every law in their world where humans are lower than dirt, it doesn’t stop them from falling into each other’s arms.

This book was a fantastic shifter romance. I especially loved the torturous world they exist in. Everything has crumbled for humans—their rights are taken and many are forced into slavery. I like how Ashton’s desperation feels so real, and how despite loosing everything, he still has not lost his will to fight. Even when faced with a being that could crush him, he is still courageous. He has the strength to realize he doesn’t have to hate Reece due to what other supernaterals did to him and the human race. Ashton and Reece should be enemies with no compassion for one another, but Reece’s kindness wins Ashton over. Overall, this book was dark, but also extremely moving and romantic. I recommend Ravel to anyone who loves dystopia, m/m romance, and m/m shifter fantasy.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Dark M/M Fantasy, M/M Erotic Romance

BUY LINKS: 

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