I was always searching for something - something I couldn't name. I didn't fit the mold I was born into. There is a secret place I harbor that is restless and hungry. I thought I had found someone to feed the darkness lurking inside of me.
But I was wrong.
While I was searching for a potential mate, he was searching for potential prey. Bound and naked, I am now in the clutches of a man with hungers that extend beyond what I could have fathomed, yet true fear eludes me.
Why am I not afraid?
Maybe because for the first time my own demon can be free. Maybe because I haven't been searching for someone to feed my darkness, but for someone I can feed theirs.
* Warning - This book has mature content. *
I'm going to start by saying this is a very dark romance. TW (Trigger Warnings) for Rape, Kidnapping, Murder, Torture. If these things bother you, don't read this book.
Blake has a tortured past that left him emotionally broken. He finds people that run child sex trafficking rings and he tortures and kills them. I could have understood that but then we find out he has a cabin outfitted for kidnapping women and raping them. He's not a good guy.
Julia owns a book store with her friend Kyle. But she finds herself drawn to Blake when he walks into her store over and over again. Kyle tells her that this guy is dangerous but she doesn't listen and ends up being kidnapped and chained to a floor in Blake's cabin along with Kyle. But Kyle has some dark secrets that Blake uncovers as well and that was an interesting twist to say the least.
But Julia has some secrets of her own that most of her family and friends don't know about them. She also has a tortured past that has made her broken just like Blake.
This was a hard read and I really didn't want to feel sorry for Blake or Julia after we find out what kind of person she really is but I did and I found myself rooting for a happy ending for the both of them.
Blake and some others used to work for a mob boss who let all of his sociopathic people go, Blake being one of them. He has a friend named Loki and Loki is in a relationship with Beth who is the mob boss's daughter. Loki is one scary dude and even more deranged than Blake. So when Blake asks Loki for a favor, we get to see just how crazy this guy is. But at the same time Blake and Loki only go as far as they need to in order to get Kyle to do what they need in order to bring down a child sex trafficking ring. So you can see my dilemma here.
When Blake and Loki go to stop the sex trafficking ring, they get more than they bargained for and there's a huge twist as to who is actually running the ring. Things go from bad to worst in a short amount of time but Blake and Loki do what they have to in order to bring the ring to a halt.
There was a lot wrong with this story. The depravity, as well as the horrors that Kyle and Julia went through. But I couldn't put this book down. I found myself being pulled into the story to see what would happen next because I wanted to find out about everyone's past, a past that made them who they are now. There were so many twists and turns, so many secrets come to light and a dark romance of two broken people finding comfort in each other, that this ended up being a really good read. It's definitely not for the faint of heart though, so keep that in mind if you decide to read this.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.