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Monday, March 14, 2016

Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood (Review)

Title: Wicked Ways
Series: Dark Hearts #1
Author: Cari Silverwood
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 206 per Amazon

This book is part of a dark erotic fiction series and may disturb some readers.

What if a man could command you to do anything and you couldn’t make yourself say no?

Some people go through life without encountering evil. Zorie is not one of the lucky ones. As a teenager, she escaped a kidnapper. Now she’s stronger, smarter, and she avoids the wolves.

Until she meets Reuben and her avoidance strategy is chaff in the wind. He’s a collector and a mesmer, with the ability to control certain women at will. Zorie is to be his remote-controlled plaything.
She's been collected.

Power corrupts.
Absolute power? Absolutely terrifying.

Two men are the key to Zorie freeing herself from Reuben.
Grimm Heller’s reasons are hidden in his past and his soul.
Mister Black’s reasons are simpler. He wants her for his own to make her into a weapon.

No matter which way she turns, is she simply choosing a different evil?

Warning: Graphic violence, graphic sex, capture themes, BDSM themes.

Wow.  If you like it really very dark, then Wicked Ways is definitely for you.  This book might be too much for some people, but I loved every page.

First of all, I'd never even considered the ability to hypnotize someone into doing your bidding in such a fashion as the mesmers in Wicked Ways.  Now that I've read this book, I'm absolutely terrified of the villains within.  That alone is terrific, that Cari Silverwood was able to bring me subject matter that I'd never even heard of.

As for the mesmers... they're all bad guys in Wicked Ways.  Some are definitely more bad than others.  And Zorie is the prey, left defenseless to their ways.  Imagine having full mental awareness, but not being able to control your body and not able to control your impulses.  These men decide if you feel pain or pleasure, fear or joy, and they have no problem treating you like their puppet.

Wicked Ways also deals with kidnapping and captivity, a theme I really love seeing in my dark erotica.  I really loved how it was presented in such a unique and wholly terrifying way.  Seriously.  Some of the things that Zorie goes through in this book had me holding my breath because I wasn't sure how the outcome would go.

Zorie herself is a likeable character.  I felt bad for her, and in the small moments when she was able to regain her self-awareness, I was happy for her.  Reuben is as evil as they come.  There wasn't a single moment where I liked this man.  And Mr Black?  He seemed to walk the line.  He's a mesmer, but he also seemed to genuinely care about Zorie's well-being.  And Grimm?  Well, let's just say that never everything is as it seems with that librarian.

So yeah.  If you are looking for something very dark that is hot and scary, then this is definitely the book for you.  But take heed to the warnings.  However, odds are, if you are considering it, then the warnings won't matter much to you anyway.  Definitely a fascinating read!!

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