When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.
Reality is much worse:
A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.
I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:
Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:
Resist and die.
Or submit, and sign my life away.
Book 2: Submission
I have survived the worst. I have come out of the darkness with my sanity intact.
Now, I get to meet the monster holding me here. For the first time since my captivity began, I get to meet Stonehart.
Whatever he wants, I'll be ready. The collar may be tight around my neck, but I will not be a prisoner.
A prisoner has no choice. A prisoner has no purpose.
But a concubine, on the other hand? She always has a choice.
And today, I choose to fight.
Book 3: Resistance
Jeremy Stonehart is a cruel, vindictive man. He wants me to submit. He wants me to give in.
I will never give in. I will never yield. No matter what he subjects me to, I will always fight.
I will not forget my resolve.
Let Stonehart think me broken. I am not so easily deterred as that. No matter what he puts me through, I will always remember my own strength. I will always remember that in the end, I have
control of the one thing he really wants:
I will never give him that.
I will resist.
Let's see, there's psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, abduction, imprisonment... It's dark, very grim and has no redeeming features beyond Lilly's refusal to break, no matter what.
For everything else?
Yes. It's a serial so you need to have read each installment.
J.S. hits Lilly in anger and rapes her.
And, I don't know what to make of this.
Book one basically sets the scene.
Book two beats you down and tries to break you along with Lilly.
Book three tricks you into thinking the romance is emerging from the dark - and the abductor has some redeeming qualities - before gutting you and setting you on fire.
I'm not sure I'm cut out for Dark Romance...
I didn't find Lilly all that relatable - or likable - in the beginning but I warmed up to her as I worked through the novellas.
Her situation is diabolical but she does what she can to survive, stay sane and not break.
I admired her courage and I REALLY hope she's not going to go all Suzy Stockholm as the series progresses beyond book 3 because 'J.S' is a complete and utter prick.
A true monster with no redeeming qualities.
At the end of book 3, I have no idea how the hell the author thinks she can create a happy ending for this pair - if this is the plan - because he is despicable.
You'd expect there to be some humanity for this to be a 'dark romance' but there is nothing. You think there may be at points and then he shows you how much of an idiot you are by doing something worse than he'd done before...
It was grim.
I have no bloody idea how he could possibly be redeemed and I really hope the happy ever after in this series is Lilly killing the fucker and skipping off to therapy to recover.
I don't know if I'll continue this series but I might.
I have them on Kindle and I hate leaving things unfinished but if I continue I'm reading purely for Lilly's vengeance.
I'm not quite sure I could stomach J.S being forgiven.
I give these books 3 stars not because I particularly enjoyed the books - I don't think I actually did - but because they were well written, edited, and even though they made for uncomfortable reading I couldn't put them down even when I really wanted to.