This was one messed up ride.
From the outset, I’m going to tell you why this only got four instead of five stars. Because I enjoyed it/was intrigued by it enough for a five star rating. It’s pretty simple: there were too many typos, and this could really benefit from a more thorough proofreading. Unfortunately that does affect my enjoyment of a book – and in ARCs, I will ignore it, trusting that it will be proofread before publishing. But when I purchase a book, I do have to comment. Anyway, enough with my gripe. Onto the good bits.
I had to create a new shelf under ‘degradation’ for this, because humiliation just wasn’t cutting it. This is the darkest book I’ve ever read that isn’t part of the horror genre. And not only is it the darkest – by far – but it’s also probably one of the hottest, wonderfully fulfilling that fantasy many of us have at the back of our minds. Aiden was messed up. Rebecca was messed up. The sex was messed up. And yet when I was reading this book, I just could not put it down. Although it’s slightly more difficult to get hold of because the idiots at Amazon banned it, I’d absolutely recommend hunting a copy down on Smashwords if you’re a fan of the dark genre. This won’t disappoint.
Above all, what I found the most intriguing about this was that Aiden isn’t a hero. And he can’t be described as an anti-hero either. He’s vile, awful and a liar, and still manages to be utterly compelling. I commend Lily White for writing such a character, and not falling into the typical happily ever after trap with all the loose ends tied up neatly.
This is messy and raw. And oh-so-brilliant.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)