The dirty. The filthy. The nasty.
The man your mother f*cking warned you about – is me.
Hold onto your panties, ladies.
Lucas Carter is here to show you the dark side of the sheets.
***A stand-alone novel of approximately 95,000 words.
***WARNING: This is a dark romance erotica – meaning lots of violence, sex, and emotionally disturbing inner dialogue. However, there is *NO* kidnapping, rape, or other forms of misogyny. Lucas Carter is an anti-hero, but he doesn’t disrespect women. The entire book is told in his point of view.
Before I start my review I just want to double emphasize the warning in the synopsis – this book is all kinds of dark and not for anyone sensitive to topics such as violence, kinky sex, profanity, and disturbing dialogue. Now with that being said, this book was a HUGE winner for me (gosh, what does that say about my book tastes hehe)! There is nothing more alluring to me than a dark read with an anti-hero I’d hate to love and love to hate, wonderfully kickass side characters, and a plot so convoluted everything and nothing makes sense. Though it was a rough start at the beginning, the story soon took off and went into a direction I never anticipated…loved that!
Meet Lucas Carter, the narrator of the story and your seemingly average gigolo next door. Not. What makes him different is that he only has clients with specific tastes: women that have their own sexual fetishes that aren’t considered normal. For a good part of the book I didn’t know how I felt about Lucas. He was this cocky, arrogant, and perverted bastard who I didn’t know why he was the way he was or why he got started in this business to begin with until later in the book. His attitude towards everything – especially women – both intrigued me and infuriated me. On one hand, I felt terrible that he lost so much faith in humanity that he became cynical and deals with everything in a harsh manner. On the flip side it was degrading to see his sexual methods on his clients. For a time it seemed like nobody could penetrate his walls. At least not until two vastly different women are introduced into his life and completely shake up his world.
I know what you’re thinking…love triangle?! No, it’s not, and I honestly have no idea how to explain his connection to both Audra, the fiery redhead who matches him move for move, and Robbie, his sweet-tempered and innocent neighbor next door. He’s involved with both women at the same time, but in this three-way, there is no actual ‘love’ reciprocated until the very end. It’s a really unique situation that can’t quite be explained unless you’ve read it yourself. I personally loved only one of these two female characters but I think what mattered most is that both were good for Lucas – one of whom is the woman of his nightmares and the other of his dreams. Both made him feel.
I think the message this book tries to send out is unclear until you’ve read it in its entirety. Most books I’ve read all try to focus on the bright side, the positive, the normal, and spin an inspirational tale from that, even though there may be tiny spots of darkness within. This book? It takes those tiny dark spots and magnifies them and spins an equally inspirational tale from that. Subjects that most people aren’t comfortable with and shy away from – the ‘taboo’ – become the topic of the hour and makes up the plot. People with unusual sexual fetishes and habits who may be ostracized from what society considers normal are the main characters. And an atypical, twisted love that sprouts from all this becomes the romance. This is still indeed a love story, but it is one that you have to be willing to shed away ‘vanilla’ boundaries in order to read. My only complaint is that I wanted an epilogue for these characters but aside from that, if this book sounds like something you can handle, then come take a walk on the dark side and read a story where the taboo becomes unchained.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.