Author: Skye Warren
Published: February 2012
Genres: Dark Erotica, Erotica, Suspense, Romance
Format: Ebook provided by author for review
Mia longs for the daily torture to end, but one last task keeps her holding on. In a betrayal of the crime lord who pulled her from the gutter, she’ll free the shipment of human cargo, and if she’s lucky, die in the process. The alternative is unfathomable, even to a woman well-versed in erotic torture. But luck abandons her yet again when she meets the security expert in charge of the shipment and finds herself face to face with her childhood crush. The man she once begged for help. The man who failed her.
Tyler Martinez is an undercover FBI agent with one chance to right the wrongs of his past. Thrust deep into the seedy world of human trafficking, he must put aside his guilt over abandoning Mia all those years ago in order to save her now.
Someone’s pulling the strings in this sadistic play on trust, but Tyler and Mia may not live long enough to see the curtain fall. Trust in Me is a story of erotic pain and incipient romance, spiraling ever faster toward betrayal or redemption.
WARNING:This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. It also depicts abuse and captivity situations. Not appropriate for anyone uncomfortable with these situations or anyone under the age of eighteen. This is a work of fiction.
Trust In Me… this is a fabulous story. I’m not even sure how to classify this book. Erotica, Dark Erotica, Suspense, Romance… all of the above? This story is so multifaceted that I’m still thinking about it a week later. It is beautifully written, and you find yourself really attaching to the main character, Mia, and her struggle within and to save other girls who are about to be in her same situation. But before I go on, let me say that the Warning is correct; this book is not for everyone. There are some really deep issues involving sex slavery inside, and it’s a no-holds-barred type of thing.
Mia works for Carlos as his whore. Well, no, working would imply that she gets paid. There I’m wrong again; she gets food, shelter, and clothing. But she also gets shared, beaten, and abused in every way imaginable. He took her in when she was younger, took care of her, and after many years their “relationship” is anything but a relationship. He beckons, she comes. Time, place, nothing else is a factor other than what he wants and when he wants it. And he has a bit of a sadistic side, so when she struggles, he is even more excited about it. And if she is disobedient there is a definite price to pay.
And yet she has this sort of Stockholm type of regard for him. It was pretty fascinating to just follow her mind through the way she processes and rationalizes things. It’s ok that he is abusive to her, because that means someone else is being spared. She continually berates herself when she feels she is being disloyal, but at the same time her brain also knows that everything happening is very wrong. It’s really quite a look at the psyche of someone who is thrust into this situation at a young age, and this is all they know.
“He could never have been a bad guy; the lighting was all wrong.”
And then Carlos offers her to share her for a moment with a new business associate. Only one problem, she knows him. Tyler, her childhood neighbor and big-time crush. This really throws a wrench in anything. Why is he there? And then she panics for a moment about him seeing her like this. He didn’t save her when she was younger and needed his help, so what is he doing here now? Personally, I really liked Tyler. There were times when I didn’t know if he was a good guy or a bad guy, I couldn’t discern where he was coming from. But he just seemed like he would be the guy to trust, out of all the people involved. Lesser of all evils, perhaps? I was really pulling for him to be a good guy, to be the knight in shining armor.
The whole story is a whirlwind of events taking place over a rather short period of time. Mia learns that she is stronger than she thought she was, and her will to live was greater than she thought, also. Tyler is a man on a mission, but there is definitely doubt cast against him as some things are brought to light. Carlos is…well, Carlos is a bad guy. And he is written so well that I hope I never meet him because he is quite scary.
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She doesn’t remember her past, only her training. She can’t talk, not that a good slave should speak out of turn. None of that matters when she wakes up in the warm, rustic room. Her new master is distant, but kind. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t want her.
Longing for the shackles of safety, she pulls from the last dregs of her will to prove her worth as a slave. It seems to be working. He responds first to her body and next to her submission. The secrets of his past haunt the cabin, fraying the tightening bond between Master and slave, but it is her own memories that may finally unravel it.