on Oct. 03, 2014
I was intrigued by the use of the witch trials as a setting for this story and wasn't sure how they would blend with erotica but, wow, was it incredible. Ms. Dahl captured the hopelessness of the times and somehow turned it into something sexy.
Fear runs through the entire book - which is set within the governor's chambers as he examines an accused witch for the devil's mark. He has to examine her entire body and she has to respond to his touches to prove that she isn't marked. Even though it's shameful in this puritan time, she has to let him see how aroused he makes her. If she doesn't then that means she's a witch because the devil's mark makes witches unable to feel.
The governor does everything he can to make sure she does feel and it's all scary, super charged and incredibly hot, and the ending had me breathless for more. I'm glad book 2 came out by the time I read book 1 because I don't think I could have waited too long to read what happened next.
on Oct. 16, 2014
This is book 2 of a trilogy and it's an amazing followup to book 1. You probably don't have to read book 1 to enjoy this one but I suggest it.
The Accused has the tense and sexy scenes that The Mark had but it also has more characters, girl-on-girl action and even some darker scenes than book 1 had. When one of the accused witches says she won't go along with everyone else and let the governor examine her for the devil's mark things get scary. The whole book was well written but these scenes were powerful that I didn't know if I should cry or sigh when I read them. They made my heart pound really hard because of the paranoid injustice they showed but they were still super hot and sexy.
I felt like I was right there in the village with these people in that time period and could understand these crazy things happening. There's more to this story than sex even though the sex is throughout (and it is HOT). Like The Mark, The Accused is both delicious and disturbing. Definitely for the open minded reader.