by Anna Zaires
New Adult Dark Erotic Romance
Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.
Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful—a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.
My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him—a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.
My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.
Cover by Eden Crane Designs
WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.
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I gotta say I really enjoyed this book. For those that want to dip their toes into Dark Romance I'd say this is book is a great place to start. It's not too dark so strictly dark romance fans might find it a little light, but I think she stays in the middle of the grey that makes up the Dark Romance spectrum. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on regarding Dark Romances the story and characters are stellar!
We start out meeting Nora, a bright young girl looking forward to what ever the future holds. She gets bored and goes out with a friend in celebration of her soon to be 18th birthday, only to run into a guy at a night club that she finds both attractive and frighting. To me the very start of the book was slow right up until she mets Julian in that club. However, I think the book needs that set up so we get to know Nora a little bit before she is kidnapped. It had a very good purpose, but just wasn't interesting until Julian comes into play. We don't have to wait too long to meet him.
Once Nora gets kidnapped the book takes off. Right off the bat I hated Julian, was intrigued by him, and loved having a character to hate. I was routing for Nora even when Nora started to waiver. The whole time Nora used her head to try get her freedom back. I found her to be pretty smart even though she was mostly unsuccessful in everything she tried.
With all kidnappings you always want to know WHY? Slowly parts of the answer get revealed as bits of who he is and his past get revealed. Those bits made my feelings towards him change slightly. Than, his temperament would change and I'd dislike him all over again. Okay, so he needs a women to kick his arse for a change, but he wasn't totally a horrible guy. We all love the bad guy that we wish would/could change a few things because the love he has for his women is that strong. So far I don't think Julian is there, but there story doesn't end with book one. Both characters grow/change so with that and with the way the story made my feelings go back and forth I found the book really engaging and enjoying.
If you like Dark Romances I think you'll be pleased with the kidnapping, mind games, coerced consent, BDSM (its on the lighter end, at least to me), Stockholm Syndrome, sexual slavery, romance, action, suspense, and even some funny moments.I know I can't wait to read the next book!