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ENTHRALLED (THE ENSLAVED DUET #1) BY GIANA DARLING

Release Date: March 29, 2019

 

 

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Blurb: It was the biggest day of my life.

I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their first child. My situation was a little different.

Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.

Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.

He bought me to own me, to control me, and to use me as a means to an end.

I was his tool and his weapon.

And through it all, somehow, I also became his salvation.

 

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Excerpt: I was locked in the dark but it was more than an absence of light. It was the blackness of my own solitude, the quantum hole at the center of my soul that was slowly sucking away at everything that made me me.

I tried to write an encyclopedia of Cosima facts to cement my sense of self in the chaos of night that had become my life.

Cosima Ruth Lombardi.

Born August 2nd 1998 in Naploi,Italia to Caprice Maria Lombardi and Seamus Patrick Moore.

My favourite colour was wine red, captured in a glass and held over rich, warm candlelight.

I loved poppies best of all flowers because they reminded me of me in a way that was narcissistic but true. They were bold as blood, stark against the softer colours of the traditional Italian countryside. They demanded notice and received it. But their beauty was short-lived and fragile as the thin silk of their petals. They fell to bits within a week and scattered on the wind.

I felt very much like one of those black centered blooms, falling apart with every breath I took without even one witness to my dematerialization.

He wanted me like this.

Lost like decaying particles in a petri dish.

I didn’t have to hear his British-accented voice clipping the words into neat little explanations to understand why.

He wanted me broken.

A beautiful, hollow shell to break open and f*ck into.

 

 

Enthralled (The Enslaved Duet Book 1)Enthralled by Giana Darling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My very first book by Giana Darling and, oh, was it dark and delicious. Sprinkled with crime, mystery, and full of dark erotic goodness, the story hooked me from the start.

Cosima’s father, Seamus, is a selfish degenerate. A drunkard with a gambling addiction, he is in debt up to his eyeballs with the Camorra. To pay them off, he sells his trump card, his only thing of value, his daughter.

An up-and-coming model in Italy, Cosima is known for her beauty and innocence. It’s her eighteenth birthday, and she wants nothing more than to share it with her twin brother. Instead, the Camorra has come to finalize her sale. Her birthday present is being sold into slavery to save her family, either she consents to five years of slavery, or her family dies.

I liked Cosima. She wasn’t a shrinking violet. Though her situation was untenable, she eeked out ways rebel, control, or make the best of her situation mentally. That said, she did have moments that made me want to shake her for not seeing the obvious.

The story is told solely from her point of view, which helps you to connect with her while keeping you guessing about her Master, Alexander’s, motivations. And, oh boy, is Alexander one big ball of a sexy enigma. My favorite.

Dark and kinky, the sex between these two is SMOKIN’ and constant. Have a fan at the ready. Fair warning for those with triggers, though. This book has quite a few.

The only drawback for me was the purple prose throughout and a cliffhanger ending that had me frustrated with the heroine. Still, finding a contemporary dark erotic story with a hook that reels me in doesn’t come along that often anymore. (Thanks Amazon. :/) Which is why I’m rounding up from 3 to 4 stars.

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About the Author: Giana Darling is a Top 40 Amazon Best Selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone. She loves to hear from readers so please contact her at gianadarling[at]gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

 

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