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Enthralled: A Dark Romance (The Enslaved Duet Book 1) Kindle Edition
It was the biggest day of my life.
I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their first child. My situation was a little different.
Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.
Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.
He bought me to own me, to control me, and to use me as a means to an end.
I was his tool and his weapon.
And through it all, somehow, I also became his salvation.
"Giana enthralled me with her words, weaving a dark, sexually charged world that kept me, hostage, willingly. I could not get enough of these characters. A spirited lead and her villainous master, have stolen my poor enslaved heart. - International Bestselling Author Ker Dukey
"This mind-blowing, jaw-dropping dark erotic romance is like no other book I've ever read. My eyes were about 3 times their normal size and glued to the pages as I turned them as fast and as furiously as humanly possible." - Mary Dube, Frolic
"Enthralled is riveting. These characters are so vivid and interesting. Giana weaves a tale I fell head first into. Cosima and Alexander are perfect for each other. I loved every word! This is a MUST read" - Bestselling Author Dylan Allen
"Enthralled was absolutely phenomenal and Darling's best book to date! A must read, written in such a tactful and poetic manner that you can't help but be totally captivated." - Honeyed Pages
"This is a story that is like a beautiful tapestry, interwoven and layered with such poetic prose you can't help but be ensnared by its magnificence." - Book Addicted Shanna
"A dark and twisted romance that will keep you ENTHRALLED. Alexander was the perfect Master!!!" - Keri Loves Books
"This story was mind blowing. An incredible exploration of the Master/slave relationship but more than that it is a journey of discovering a person's true self. My mind was left reeling and yet I was craving more. The writing in this story was fascinating. It was seductive and decadent." - Jess D.
"If Pepper Winters and Sierra Simone had a baby. . . Giana Darling and these books would be their spawn. I am shook. This book is one of those that should be read by EVERY ONE at least once in their life." - Kassy T.
"5 DARK CAPTIVATING STARS!! This book will be in my top 10 favorite books for 2019." - Rhonda Z.
"What an extraordinary story about personal courage and strength of spirit. Giana has outdone herself with this book. Cosima Ruth Lombardi refuses to crumble!! The topolinais a fighter, survivor and a warrior. Can you tell I'm totally in love with her !! *Lady-boner*!!!" - Shabby, Book Bistro Blog
"RAW, TWISTED, DARK AND WICKEDLY BEAUTIFUL". This book left me BREATHLESS!!!! Giana writing is so Poetic through her words she show you how beautiful the dark can be." - K.S. Rochelle
- ASIN : B07Q5GH633
- Publisher : Giana Darling (28 March 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2526 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,552 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the saying goes no good deed goes unpunished. And in Cosima’s case, the love for her family, her beauty nor her inner strength can save her from Alexander Davenport. As Cosima tries to adjust to her new reality, there is no preparation for a master that wants to claim more then her body.
“To own this body is enough,” he growled. “For now.” Then he leaned forward, his thick lashes fluttering closed as he nipped my chin firmly with his teeth and trailed his tongue along the path of a fallen tear over my cheek. His breath fanned over my cheek, his lips against my temple, and his hand even tighter around my neck as he whispered, “But one day, it won’t be, and I’ll come for it all. Your mind, your spirit, and your innocent heart.”
Enthralled is the first book in The Enslaved Duet and it was dark, gritty, depraved and disturbingly arousing. Even though this book feels so wrong while you’re reading it, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve consumed an aphrodisiac....
Although this story centers around Alexander breaking down Cosima’s spirit and reducing her to sexual servitude, you can’t overlook the undertones of his lust and admiration for her.
“Love me or hate me if you will. Either way, I will always be on your mind,” he reminded me. “Now, slave, kneel for me.”
As the story unravels, all is not what it seems and you will come to love (maybe) Alexander Davenport in all his disciplinary glory. I look forward to the continuation of their story in Enamoured.
Let me clearly state that this is NOT an easy read! The subject matter is heavy and very explicit. To put it broadly: if you are new to this genre and/or do not like extreme dark romance then I suggest you do not read this book.
The writing style took some time to get used to but it was truly brilliant being constantly in depth and descriptive which at times was extensive yet necessary in order to understand the complex and cruel crime world this novel takes place within.
The storyline was well developed being filled with secrets, mystery, crime and sexy scenes which all mixed together flawlessly and caused me to be addicted quickly. I found myself on the edge of my seat needing to know what happened next even though I dreaded discovering. Some scenes were uncomfortable and upsetting yet so captivating and well written that I couldn’t stop reading. However, I definitely would’ve liked more action.
The characters were okay. I grew to love young and inexperienced Cosima for her fierceness, strength and selflessness. Her character complexity was intriguing and I could easily empathised with her situation. Alexander is a very interesting character who could be seen both as the villain and hero. I’m still not completely sold on him since there were no chapters in his POV - this whole novel was written from Cosima’s POV- and I feel like if I’m given that further insight into his dominating and relentless character, I’d be able to understand him more and rationalise, accept and possibly redeem his ruthless actions.
This author perfectly depicted this unconventional, forbidden romance in a realistic and believable way which I appreciated. The intimate scenes were very smutty and intense in the best way!
The ending had my heart breaking from the distressing cliffhanger so I’ll definitely be reading the following instalment within this duet ASAP!
Overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this twisted tale for those who can handle the darkness!
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So disappointed in this abusive rubbish that has been written as romance. Dark is one thing but this is shackling and degrading a bought virgin and depriving her of food until she bends to her master’s commands and falls into complete Stockholm syndrome, hurting her, scaring her, making her physically try to run away in fear and dragging her back by her hair when she’s crying and begging for mercy before raping her IS NOT ROMANCE - and just calling it “dark” to glorify rape and human trafficking is a cop out. This book makes me nauseous. There is nothing soft or redeeming or even marginally excusable / explainable in what he does to her. Im sure that those who like the Dom/sub lifestyle or BDSM lifestyle still have their play anchored in a relationship of trust and consent - so this really doesn’t or shouldn’t even represent that lifestyle because this so called hero isn’t even a good Dom - he’s a rapist - he shows no respect or even the most basic humanity toward the girl he’s sexually trafficked at age 17! Please! This author - esp given she a woman (!!) need to do better! To make it worse, there is a scene where he literally lets some other sadistic friends of his go ahead and whip her until she bleeds. Then he takes her to a literal hunt where she’s being hunted like a fox hunt. He sort of saves her at the end from this one guy but then says he won her pu&&y fair and square in the hunt so takes her in the mud then brands her without her knowledge or consent - and then says oh take whichever horse you want because you’ve been through a lot. I mean what??? I’m getting madder and madder at the author as I read this and with all those beta readers/advisors of hers - presumably mostly women - who let this depraved trash be published to monetise non consensual degradation p.orn really. The fact that people are then giving it 5 stars is making me really question things. If any of this was done as a kink but with consent, i would have just said - oh it’s not for me, but it’s consensual so that’s fine. But nothing this sick sick so called hero does is with the consent of the heroine.
Also, between this shock factor degradation there just a lot of boring text. Too many useless characters are introduced and too many useless, senseless scenes are added. They do nothing to take the plot forward - they’re just tomes of unnecessary detail that makes for a longer, more boring read. And to add to the misery - there’s a part 2. Absolute shame.
This is a dark romance, or maybe it should just be dark because really, there's not much romance 🤷🏻♀️ so keep that in mind if you're unsure whether to read this or not!
Alexander buys Cosima to become his slave, and there's no softness - he uses her as and when and however he wants.
There's a lot going on behind the scenes, so much that you're unaware of and it's sad! It's dark, it's sick, it's twisted and it's sad...
...and it's up to you to find out more 😘