Deviant by Callie Hart
Series: Blood & Roses
Published by Self-published on February 19, 2014
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*Please be aware that this is a Dark Romance novel and deals with serious themes, including violence and murder*
This story is the first part in a series, each approx. 30-40k words in length.
I'm not proud of the things I've done.
The things I've had to do.
The things I've given away.
but I'd give it all over again to find her.
Even if i die trying,
I have to find Alexis.
She wants me to help her,
But I won't.
She wants me to save her sister,
But I can't.
She wants me to be her hero,
But I'm not a good man.
I am her damnation.
Zeth is mysterious, captivating, dangerous and impossible to ignore. Sloane is desperate to find her sister and goes to extreme lengths in her search. It becomes apparent to her that Zeth may be the one that has information that can help her. They both become a little distracted along the way with his deviant ways.
They come from two very different worlds where both deal with life and death, one to preserve the sanctity the other to end it. It’s a struggle of what’s right and wrong, overrun with want and desire. Sloane’s determination to find her sister is what drives her dubious consent, placing her in situations that leave her physically and emotionally vulnerable.
“This is my world. It’s a world where people get shanked and shot on a regular basis. It’s dark. It’s scary. People die. If your sister has been sucked into this world, do you think she’s survived it?”
A definite walk on the wild side for Sloane that she may well get used to. I could sense Sloane’s fear and the adrenaline pumping through her veins. Zeth seemed to read Sloane like a book and this played with her head. All throughout Sloane’s desperate search to find Lexi, her friend and colleague, Pippa tries to convince her to see reason.
“You think I’m right out of a horror film, don’t you?” “Well this is hardly a fairy tale, is it?” “It could be. If you let it.” “Oh yeah? And who are you supposed to be? My Prince Charming?” He snorts at that. “No, silly girl. I’m the big bad wolf.”
The world Zeth lives in is dark, whether it be work, self or play. To play with Zeth requires trust or stupidity, depending on the situation. This is no fairy tale, there’s death, near death and fear of death. The steamy scenes are far from sweet and may contain triggers for some as they are mainly based in BDSM. What makes this book work is there’s a good balance of story and seduction with good secondary characters introduced that have me wanting to read on.
A short story that ends in a cliff hanger, but the next book is available, so no need to let that throw you. Check out the purchase options for this series on Smashwords, you can purchase the books 1 & 2 bundled: Blood & Roses Books 1 & 2 Smashwords
What I liked:
- Fast paced story
- Alpha H
- h on a mission
- The slow build to the suspense
What I struggled with:
- Nothing… Apart from not wanting to stop reading!
Lily’s Rating: 4 stars
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