"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.