"This book contains graphic descriptions of sexual and physical violence. This is not a light and fluffy story. This is NOT at love story. There are no unicorns, fluffy kittens, squish feelings or hearts and flowers. This is a story filled with mindfuckery. If you are looking for love - you've come to the wrong place. I cannot stress that enough. If you are agreeable with these terms - please proceed and have a nice day.
What is this book about? Aiden. Why is it about Aiden? Because the reader only wants what pleases our Master. It's all about Aiden and what makes him happy. Aiden is the best in his field. He captures women, breaks them down and trains them to be slaves/courtesans and sells them. He is the Master.
"This was about power, about dominance - about taking a woman who believed she was something to be valued and making her realize she was nothing more than a cunt to be fucked and body to be controlled.
Well, where to begin? This book, in my opinion is a masterpiece . The warning above really says it all. I love and really enjoy dark romance/love stories. I like to walk the edge of the taboo and sometimes dipping my toe in to see how it makes me feel. I have to be honest and say that I don't think this is the darkest book I've ever read in regards to sexual violence but it is probably the most thorough in regards to breaking a person down. Lily White is very consistent with her story and not once did she let up on the touchy feely stuff. Every time you think you might catch a break... you get bitch slapped back into submission.
Rape. Again, if you don't like dark erotica and can't handle rape scenes then this is not the book for you. Of course rape is bad and in real life its extremely tragic and horrible. Nobody wishes that on anyone. With that being said, Lily White writes her scenes so well that you are conflicted with your feelings. Just as she turns the characters feelings and emotions against their own bodies reactions, she does the same thing with the reader. It will turn you on! I will admit that I really liked it and it made me uncomfortable and question what was wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with me. This is a fantasy fiction and different from my own reality. This is not real world and exactly why I love to read.
I read this book with a friend of mine and she said "all the other"dark" books that I've read seem amateur compared to this one." My friend is suffering from a severe book hangover right now from reading this and I don't blame her. Its super intense and really fucking good! I don't know that I agree that all the other dark book that I've read are amateur compared to this one, however I do agree that Master/Aiden is definitely more consistent with his "training" and therefore makes this a dark erotic read. If you, the courtesan, screw up and break a rule; you will be punished for it, regardless how much you beg and say you're sorry. Mmm shivers
Aiden: Aiden is fucked up and twisted. He is a Master at what he does and that makes him a monster. He is cruel, abusive, egocentric, narcissistic, manipulative and selfish. Aiden has killed and not given it a second thought. He is not the "hero" of this story. He never does anything redeeming. He is who he says he is without remorse. Everything he does is calculated and planned. His views, behavior and values never waver and he is always in control. Yet... I really like him and he makes you feel like he is your hero.
"This life doesn't involve bullshit BDSM rules; there are no safe words in what I do. The courtesans that I tailor have no control over what happens to them. They are utterly devoted without the feeling that they have a say in the decisions made for their lives."
Rebecca: What can I say about Rebecca. She makes my heart hurt for her. I can feel her pain and her internal struggle. She has a strong will that she continues to hold onto but it's being slowly chipped away. She is made to believe that she wants and appreciates her current situation. She is given freedom of responsibility, societal expectations, freedom of the life she thought she wanted. Rebecca has a submissive body but a dominant mind.
Duke: You are a super sick fuck!
Mr. Carlisle: I hate you and your son.
Overall, I LOVED this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series. Lily White has a new fan! Right now I think you can only buy this book at Barnes and Noble . Which really surprises me because Amazon for some reason has pulled this for some narrow minded reason. I've read darker stories than this.