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Bought: (The Fate of the Fallen #1) Kindle Edition
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"R. Phoenix plunges us into the dark world of her RISQ series with the immediacy and visceral intensity of tripping on the stairs down into a scary basement and having the light bulb go out. BOUGHT isn't for the squeamish or light-hearted. For those who might mistake this short story as romance, it is most definitely not.
With that out of the way, if you're looking for a story that places you in the middle of the action and reveals a fascinating, dangerous world before thrusting you into a horrifying situation for the protagonist, this is it. There are vampires, werewolves, and witches so far, and it's a heady mix--plus, throw in an ample amount of sex, and what you have is *not* Twilight or TrueBlood, but something disturbing--and intriguing. I wonder where the author will go with her story, and reading the descriptions of her other books, it looks as if there will be a shift from dark erotica into dark romance.
It is always interesting to me to see how the paranormal would function in the normal, whether in a story that inverts, subverts, or deconstructs the trope. Phoenix works more at an inversion, turning things around to see what would happen. It's a scary playground, an alien invasion not from space, but from the pages of horror novels and whisperings around campfires." -- Atom Yang
"The writing is sharp, precise, and draws you in from the first line. In Elias, author R. Phoenix has created a 'bad guy' you're drawn to anyways, kind of like Eric Northman in True Blood." -- Amazon Review
"Put away everything you have read about Shifters and Werewolves. This book is nothing like you have read before." -- Amazon Review
From the Author
In January 2017, I revised and re-released Bought, Ravel, and Recoil. The name of the series, 'Ripples in the Status Quo,' was updated to 'The Fate of the Fallen.' In March 2017, I revised and re-released Owned and Temper. In April, I revised and re-released Refraction. If you purchased these books prior to that time, please contact me, as Amazon will not provide updated copies.
- File Size : 1175 KB
- Publication Date : March 21, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 76 pages
- Publisher : Phoenix Publications; 3rd Edition (March 21, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01DAHYCTO
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #176,771 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I like how with this book we get a really great mix and realm of characters. We see witches, and werewolf shifters, and vampires. And the premise and storyline is completely intriguing. That depending on who and what (species) you are, you could be kept as a slave or put to death if you step out of line. We don’t get a HEA in this book, and I was actually totally ok with that. This book is meant to be on the darker side, while being super-hot and curl your toes steamy. I would absolutely love to see Werewolf Jace and the Witch Elias ending up together for the long haul. I think they could really complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses if they just worked together instead of Jace trying to push Elias away and deny what he is obviously starting to feel (whether there is magic involved or not). I look forward to seeing more of these men and their story and what happens to them next.
Audio – I was really not expecting the accent we got for this narrator Jack Noble but I found him and his voice to be captivating while giving us this story. I think he perfected the voices for each of these men and I really appreciated the effort he put in making sure the book and characters were believable when it came to each of their personalities and backgrounds. I look forward to hearing his voice and narrations more in the future.
P.S. I would like to note that I did speed up the audio version to 1.25x and felt like it made a positive difference in how I viewed the narration as well, I liked it a lot more when it was read just a tiny bit faster.
I knew this was the first book in a series, but I hadn’t realized it was more of a novella. Because it’s so short, it leaves little room for world building, and that left me a bit confused at times. We see pieces of the world this takes place in, but not enough to completely make sense of it.
The same is true for the reason Jace ends up in Elias’ care (or lack thereof, I should say). We come to understand some of what happened, but not enough to fully understand. This is a perfect reason to dive straight into book two, by the way.
The writing is sharp, precise, and draws you in from the first line. In Elias, author R. Phoenix has created a ‘bad guy’ you’re drawn to anyways, kind of like Eric Northman in True Blood. It’s definitely intriguing enough to read the rest of the series.
I read this one twice. First the original free version on Amazon, and then the newly revised and expanded one that the author sent over for my review. I have to say, the expansion was very welcome. Questions I had originally were filled in, and having gone ahead and read book two before the new version of Bought came in, I can tell you it sets us up perfectly for the tie to that installment.
Jace is a patsy. And not only is he a patsy, he volunteered for the position!
We don’t hear the entire story, but we get snippets along the way. Jace volunteered through some sort of shady deal to step up and take the fall for a failed attempt by the werewolves to help the Rebellion against the Council of the supernatural species now in power. Jace wasn’t involved in the incident at all, but it turns out if you read between the lines that his partner, Spencer, was. Now to me, Spencer sounds like a piece of work. A shy, has trouble shifting, werewolf by day, but a spouse abuser by night.
The tale is a classic abuser/abused backstory. Jace seems to feel he deserved when Spencer hit him, so naturally he volunteered to take the fall if it would protect Spencer. What the heck was he thinking?
Now Jace has been sold as a slave to a very powerful witch, named Elias Ivers. The witch only wants him for his sex toy, and to completely dominate him to show others just how powerful he really is. What follows is a tale of the attempted “breaking” of Jace by Elias. There is some non-consensual activity with a “tail” butt plug, and some general all around humiliation, but nothing that should be too difficult for anyone to handle. Heck, some of you might find it titillating! (You know who you are!)
Top reviews from other countries
In this series the world has changed and the Paranormal community now rule and humans are not valued.
Jace is a werewolf trying do good but ends up caged and spelled.
This isn't the longest of books about 60 pages and just takes us into this new imagined reality, I liked Jace he tried his best to resist the dark warlock but he has no choice but to submit and for us readers it creates a sexy dubcon scene.
It doesn't finish on a cliffy but doesn't give a fixed ending either I imagine we will see more of Jace in future books.
I have since checked and the author confirms 'Bought, Ravel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper. '
3.5 twisted stars
The story although dark wasn’t as nightmarish as I feared.
Jace is a wearwolf who is sold to a witch Elias, who keeps him as his pet (slave) both characters were believable and I actually want to read book 4 were they apparently appear again, but willow onto book 2 instead!!!