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Marked (Shadows in the dark Book 1) by [Spiers, Charisse]
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Length: 402 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: 3551 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Charisse Spiers books (3 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013EITBE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marked by Kaston <3 12 August 2015
By My Guilty Obsession Book Blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not even sure this review is going to do this book any justice but here goes nothing.

I love, no scratch that, I am in stalker love with Ms. Spiers and her books but this one blows all of her others out of the water! If you have read any of her other books', than you know that the talent and time that she spends putting a story line together is remarkable but this one is just - there are no words to describe it accurately. It's dark, dirty, sexy, breathtaking and just plain beautiful!! Yes, there is sex and it's oh so colorful but more importantly, the developed and complex story line shines through more than the intimate scenes'. It will suck you in and not let you go until you have finished it, although, this book still has a pretty strong hold on me. Let me just say - this book will mark your soul and leave you wanting more of Kaston & Lux. If I batted for the other team, Lux would be my go to girl and well Kaston, he's welcome in my life any time!

Marked is unlike any book I've ever read. If you love bad boys, then Kaston will put them to shame. Lux is the girl we all want to be or be with ;) The struggles’ both these characters’ have been through, will make any episode of Jerry Springer look like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Both are Alpha – need to have the control, they don’t need anyone to in their lives to complicate things and they both live by their own rules. But when Kaston & Lux meet, they are both thrown off balance and have trouble figuring out which way is up. You will shed some tears (at least I did), you will scream, want to throw the book, you will laugh, you WILL be turned on but most of all, I believe you will fall in love with this couple as much as I did!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The spark of meeting the other half of your soul. 17 August 2015
By The Book Fairy Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Righting the evils of the world and having lived through them can leave a mark on you, you soul and your heart. Kaston was dealt with a tough entry into this world but his father rescued him from it and vowed to make it right. After having lost his daughter Kaston's father dedicated hi life to making it better for him and for the world in general, ridding it of the evil that exists. THis is a life that can and will isolate you. This is Kaston's world, that is until the female equal to him steps into his path. Now their isn't anything he would do or sacrifice to have her at his side forever.
Lux has lived a life with horrible things that have defined her. She is numb to love having never felt it before for the one person that was supposed to show her what love is or was. The one thing she does value and will never falter is honesty and honoring those you pledge you life and heart to. Betrayed she ventures out with her bestie and meets her other half.
OMG this book made the tears pour out in buckets! Starting from the lost and hurt little boy to the man tat has grown to be fierce and protective of the ones he loves. Then throw in the love of his life and how that relationship grows and you have the perfect cocktail of passion, love, heat and mystery. Kaston and Lux are perfection in their imperfections but between the two of them the soul that they share is just what you would expect from epic loves and that is exactly what Charisse give us an epic love romance that is filled with all the ugly in the world but still has the hero and the princess waiting to be saved. In other words we have the fairy tale ending that we all crave in a story that will have you insides screaming at all the horrible in the world. You will love every minute of Lux and Kaston love affair!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, erotic and emotional. 18 August 2015
By RBCRRBLOGGER - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewing on behalf of Relentless book chics ramblings and reviews

Kaston Cox isn’t a typical book boyfriend, he’s dark and mysterious and has many demons he’s had to face throughout his life. As an adult, he’s a criminal’s worst nightmare. He puts right the wrongs inflicted on innocent people by being a hired hitman and ridding the world of evil. His father taught him everything he knows and there was always one rule: never allow emotions to form. Numb and heartless are the only two ways to live. He never had an issue following that, until now.

Lux Larsen is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and she seduces men to get it. She loves sex and is good at it so uses it to her full advantage gaining designer labels, cars and other luxuries. She’s definitely not ashamed and doesn’t believe in double standards, men have been doing it for years. Lux doesn’t believe in love, it’s for weak minded people and weak is definitely not something she is.

When Kaston and Lux meet, neither of them realises how much their lives are going to change. Sometimes when you least expect it, fate comes along and throws you into a situation and what happens as a result is beyond your control. Late one night, Lux witnesses something she shouldn’t and becomes “marked’’ so she gives Kaston 2 options.

I loved the relationship between Kaston and Lux and there were enough twists in the book to keep you guessing and wanting to turn the page to find out what happened next. This was the first book I’ve read by Clarisse and I’ll definitely be reading more of her work, I’m looking forward to shadows in the dark #2.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fall in love with a hitman in love. 18 August 2015
By Elizabeth Evans - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition

This ARC was given for my honest review.

This is the first book in this series.

Kaston and Lux are what there past made them. They both have a similar past to overcome to fight for there future. Some things are so much easier said than done. When Kastons father saves him as a young boy from his neglectful mother his life changes for the better. Lux had no one to save her from her mother, that used Lux to pay for her drug habit. Both Kaston and Lux become tough from there past and neither one believes in love. That is until they meet each other. They will test every belief they have, wall built up over years will crumble. Will they learn to love? Will the Gime Reaper find a new way of life? So many things to learn about each other. get your copy to see what happens when the Grime Reaper falls in love with someone as broken as himself.

This book was very interesting and surprising. There was never a dull moment. While this book does have a dark side, you see the reasoning behind it. I love a strong lead heroine, and Lux was strong (even when I wanted to shake some since into her at the end). Kaston is so strong and protective and not afraid to go after what his heart tells him is his, loooove it. Also just on a side note I love the names of everyone in this book, they are very memorable. This book is a great read and I can't wait for the next one to come out.