Inflict by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on April 3, 2017
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As the son of an Irish mobster, Connor O’Neil spent his boyhood hiding from the horrors of his own home. His one reprieve was a girl he knew only as Evelyn, but even she was taken away. As a man, Connor is determined to stay away from his father’s business. With Sean, participation is not a request, but a demand. The truth is, Connor might be more like the evil he’s trying to hide away from than he would like to admit.
And he’s already spent years trying to cover the scars left over from the pain.
A chance encounter puts the lost girl from his past back on his path, and he no longer has a choice but to face the darkness he’s been ignoring for years.
Evelyn. Sasha. Slave.
She doesn’t really know who she is anymore.
Or maybe she does, and she doesn’t want to tell.
She isn’t the same as she once was—now a thing to be kept and maintained, shuffled from owner to owner until it was her time to go. She only became Connor’s because he took her when he knew she wasn’t his to take.
Except she isn’t Connor’s at all …
And he can’t keep her hidden forever.
~Inflict is a Standalone Romance with graphic depictions of violence, sexual scenes, dark elements and a HEA. It is not recommended for those under the age of 18.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Inflict takes place in a small town inhabited by the Irish Mob. The story begins in the household of Sean O’Neil. He is a man who lords over others using threats and violence. He lives alone with his young son Connor and a succession of maids. Sean’s line of business is not obvious at first but it is evidently far from legal. There are no flashbacks in this story with little being left to the imagination.
The narration of the story is through Connor O’Neil as he shares his horrific childhood. Sweet moments scattered throughout the story alleviate the weight of the drama. One such moment was when he stumbled upon another neighbourhood child by the name of Evelyn. She has everything Connor doesn’t, but they find joy in the simple activities of childhood. Vastly different to Connor’s house where he has little recollection of his own mother. It is abundantly clear early on that love doesn’t exist beyond the threshold of the O’Neil’s house. Connor quickly learns not to become attached to the housemaids his father keeps.
Connor and Evelyn’s childhood years are a combination of childhood play and survival. He exudes a maturity way beyond his 7 years. At the same time, it was refreshing to see he was able to recognise beauty when it came his way. Through Evelyn and her father, he experienced second-hand what family life should be, observing the love and nurturing he lacked, through the simple and natural gestures between a father and daughter. Evelyn often shared her drawings with Connor who appreciated her artistic skills and set about to try his hand at creating pictures too.
Just when your heart has been twisted and tortured by the graphic violence within the O’Neil household, the plot leaps forward 20 years. The dark beginning contained slivers of light illuminating the goodness that couldn’t be stolen from Connor. Far from a Sunday picnic, when the timeline moves from a 7-year-old’s story to a 27-year-old’s one, the content was a lot easier to palate. As an adult, Connor no longer has to live under the same roof as his father, which enables the story to take on significantly lighter moments.
While separated by distance, his father still maintains a controlling hand over his life. Connor circumvents this by doing just enough to keep his father off his back. Electing to be his father’s eyes, reporting back sufficient details to have Sean not doubt or question his son’s loyalty. Then a chance meeting places Connor in contact with a woman who gives him reason to step up and defy his father.
The present while dark was nowhere as bleak as the beginning. His sparring skills picked up in his youth make him a formidable opponent in the ring. Able to expel his anger through boxing and when he’s not in the ring, he’s hanging out at his tattoo shop. Now with a woman who he willingly let get under his skin, he has another reason to stay out of the reach of Sean’s grasp.
Inflict is a suspenseful story that contained a beautiful element of hope, an amazing feat considering the dark origins the story originates from. This will be for readers who appreciate a dark suspenseful story. It includes extreme violence, especially in the telling of the early years. While Inflict was a rough journey to begin with, the destination is totally worth the hard to read moments. This is a story of good existing in the most unexpected crevices of life, leaving you with a beautiful hope of humanity prevailing.
4.5 What the Feck Stars
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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