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Marked (Shadows in the dark Book 1) by [Spiers, Charisse]
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Length: 398 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Warning: This is a darker romance. If you do not like dark plots, this book may not be for you. 18+ due to graphic content. Written as a standalone. Book one in a series of standalones.

Welcome to my fucking world. My name is Kaston Cox and I’m a criminal’s worst nightmare. Most people run from darkness, but I live in it, require it, and thrive in the night. Some call me a monster, some a lover of evil, and others, the devil himself, but they’re all wrong. I’m just a shadow in the dark. I speak for the innocent when no one else will. Once I have marked you, you better beg for forgiveness, because your time has run out…

Revenge is the ultimate wage for evil. Some just can’t stomach to do it themselves. That’s where I come in. I am the ultimate judge when called upon for justice. I will decide who lives and who dies. Blood may be on my hands, but it’s not the blood of the innocent. Remorse is nowhere to be found. I don’t give a shit if you understand. I can live with the man I look at every day in the mirror. My soul was tainted the day I was conceived. You think you know me? You have no fucking idea. I am who I am because of what they did to her, and to him. They were my family. This was the only form of restitution he believed in. I owed him everything. I took over the empire he built. This is how I repay him. There was only one rule: never allow emotions to form. Numb and heartless are the only two ways to live.

What I never included in the plan…was her.

My name is Lux Larsen. My life is as perfect as it can get. I’m a partier, a seductress when it comes to something that I want, and the ultimate sexual con artist. I use my body to get what I want and I’m not ashamed. Designer tags are what I’m after. I love sex. I’m good at it. Fuck double standards. Guys can do it, well guess what, so can I. I will never be caught back on the other side of the tracks for as long as I live. I left that hellhole years ago. I’ll do anything to stay away. You can call me a whore if you want, but I just look at it as I’ve decided to become a player in a man’s game, and I’m a fucking pro at it. Love is for the weak minded. Weak is something I’ll never be.

I never anticipated the predator that would find me. I’m now his prey…but I’m not sure I can run.

The world likes to think that love is only pure, only for those that do good, but what no one considers is when bad has to be done to formulate a different type of good. Two of the most random people can be a perfect match, being placed together like pieces to a puzzle. Being in the wrong place at the right time can be terrifying and it can also be exactly what is supposed to happen, because sometimes…love is born in the dark.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2532 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1515350878
  • Publisher: Charisse Spiers books (3 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013EITBE0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense but oh so good... 1 September 2015
By GoSa_bookworm - Published on
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As far as dark romance goes this tops the list. Just like everyone says 'when you find the one you just know' and you'll do everything in your power to love them and protect them. This was a phenomenal story. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book or Kaston and Lux based on the summary. But Charisse sucked you in and you just have to finish this book in one sitting. Both came from hard and similar childhoods that it wasn't avoidable that Kaston and Lux would fight for their foreplay until they would actually do it.

Kaston to Lux "No matter how many times you run I'll chase you, how many times you hide I'll find you, or how many times you close off I'll open you back up. If you fall I'll catch you. You jump I'll jump with you. I'll never f*****g give up on you, because no matter what you say I know you love me too. One day you'll realize it. One day you'll trust me. I will never leave you, forsake you, nor will I stop loving you. No one is better for me than you. I know that's what you think with her. It's written all over your face. I will spend the rest of my f*****g life showing you and everyone else. I've promised in blood, I'll put a ring on your f*****g finger, and I'll bind myself to you with a legal contract if that's what it takes . As I've said before the only way out of this is in a box with no heartbeat. If you think I'm bluffing , then call me on it. I have no f*****g problem proving it. They say love makes people crazy and I guess they're right, because I would f*****g kill for you without blinking."

"I f*****g love you with every portion of my soul."

It was gritty and rough and emotional. It was fantastic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gahhhhhhh the strength these two have is amazing! 31 May 2016
By Expresso - Published on
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Great story! Plenty of angst, heartbreak, smoking hot sex, and drama!

Lux is a beauty. She has a smoking hot body, beautiful features, she's an 11 on a scale of 10! She uses her attributes to hide a messed up childhood at the hands of her mom.

Kaston, her soulmate, suffered at the hands of his mom also but he got out before too much damage occurred. Lux wasn't so lucky....

Sit back and enjoy the ride as the two tortured souls meet, mate, and fall in love! It's a dysfunctional and erotic ride. May not make sense now but as you devour this story you will definitely get the picture!

Four stars for Lux and Kaston!
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5.0 out of 5 stars and it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while 23 April 2016
By Kimberley - Published on
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First of all, if this is on your TBR list, bump it to the top NOW! I waited far too long to read this book, and it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while. I’m contemplating 5 stars, which is rare for me because that would mean this book is one of the best I’ve ever read. That’s quite a commitment, as is this read. This is a full-length, dark and sexually charged story with devastating situations, psychological triggers, a sweet tinge of madness, and compelling characters that are not going to be far from me for a long time. Do not take this read lightly. Settle in, savor it, and let yourself feel it. Too much? Then go find a romantic comedy. Kaston and Lux have needs and your full attention is one of them, they deserve it. If you want to know what the story is about, read the full synopsis. Lux and Kaston are both damaged at the core of their being and had two very different paths to finding each other. At the risk of sounding dramatic, their darkness’ finds each other randomly and recognize each other as a need instantly. Their hearts are what struggle to accept it. Both characters have their individual stories given full attention by the author prior to being together, and while it makes for a longer beginning to their story, it was so well done that you realize how necessary it was. It gives you a connection to each of them. It’s long, but not frivolous. I see that readers who did not like this read, either didn’t get far before they made up their mind or their reviews showed a lack of comprehension of the story. Basically, they just didn’t get it. Stories this good take time, and Charisse Spiers obviously put a lot of time into this. It gave you a chance to understand them, therefore, care about them. Nothing is sugar coated; Lux and Kaston are beyond rough around the edges. The profanity, the sex, and the darkness were all a part of their reality. You have to be willing to go there with them and the reward is amazing. There are a lot of layers here with what Lux and Kaston each have to go through. Again, these are damaged people, and for love to conquer all, it is a process. I’m not even sure who was more “Alpha”! I laughed out loud, but worse than that, I cried (Damn you Charisse Speirs!), on more than one occasion. I don’t cry. I’m not a crier. And yet, ½ a box of Kleenex later, I’m grinning like a damn Cheshire Cat. Bring on Kross and Delta, I dare you! And thank you. This book was amazing. Ok, 5 stars it is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 5 December 2015
By Katherine DiLauro - Published on
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Wow! I'm not really sure where to start this review because I'm still gathering the fragmented pieces of my heart back together. Charisse Spiers crafts a beautifully twisted tale of darkness, heart breaking struggle and love.
Kaston is a man born from a broken relationship. He carries on the plight of justice that his father dedicated his life to. He survives in the darkness seeking vengeance through his own way.
Lux has climbed an uphill battle since the day she was brought into this world. She fights a daily battle against the one who should love her more than anyone.
Their romance was spurned by lust and grew from their tragically alike pasts. One will continuously chase the other while one always runs. But never giving up becomes the key to finally winning her heart!
This was my very first read from Ms. Spiers and it will definitely not be my last! Her erotic scenes are scorching hot, her ability to portray real life emotion through her characters is astounding and her creative talent for crafting an imaginative story line is out of this world! This a definite one click and a must read for any dark romance lover! It will capture you from start to finish!!
*Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha*
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow this book.....just wow! 24 September 2015
By Tammy Sullivan - Published on
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Holy sh$#!!! Nothing i say about this book will do it any justice at all! This is the first book ever I've read by this author, but it will not be the last. BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! That's all I'm going to say.