- File Size: 1076 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (July 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 4, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07119GMTN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Killing June: A Dark Romance (Saved By Sin) Kindle Edition
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TW: for sexual assault on children.
Alex in the daytime is a successful business woman, controlled, poised and working her way up in the corporate world of mergers and buyouts. But at night she is something else, someone else. She is June, dominant, strong, take-no-prisoners, and a bit of a b*itch. When she becomes involved in more than she first suspected and a dangerous man enters her life, she doesn't even know who she wants to be anymore.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am not sure if this is her first published solo book or not, but if it was she did a great job right out of the gates. It was dark-ish, had some suspense, it was erotic and contemporary all at the same time. There are BDSM elements and had that dark naughty feeling throughout. I say dark-ish because it called to my dark soul but not so dark that it needs a long disclaimer. There was soul searching and conflicts, a bad-a$$ male lead who had a softer side and a just as bad-a$$ female who was also vulnerable.
Alex is trying to find herself and figure out who she is. She is looking for someone but the "what she really wants" is not so clear. I enjoyed the book and at around 70% I thought this was going to leave me hanging because I didn't think there was enough time to complete things for me. I would have been wrong and actually I can't decide if that makes me happy or a bit sad. I did feel like I wanted more...something. I definitely feel like I didn't get enough Cade. He is still a bit of a mystery. You know some of the details but I still feel like I could have gotten more from him. I liked the direction of the story and I liked that it kept me captivated throughout. I will absolutely read what is to come from this author because I was addicted and will need another fix.
Although this is dark erotica, it's not nearly as bad as some dark erotic/romance books, but it still has some parts that may not be suitable for everyone. There is a lot of BDSM and the first scene will be the most intense of them all, so if you can get past that, things are a little tamer from there.
Alex lives two lives. By day, she's a corporate businesswoman who still attends the monthly church service and potluck with her parents. By night, she's June, a dominatrix who also gets off on pain. She's tangled up with Robert, the local drug king, who was once a boy she loved in high school, but has slowly turned into her pimp and the reason why she is still June by night.
Alex doesn't have a split personality though, she just uses June as a way to get over some bad things of her past. She was sexually abused as a teen and afterwards she learns through Robert, that pain/BDMS is something she enjoys and it helps her cope with what happened as a kid. But she's ready to let go of that part of her life since it's taking a lot out of her, she just first has to get back at the guy who abused her as a child and Robert is her key to that, or so she thinks.
June is finishing up a session with a client when Cade and his goons bust into her loft. There's a standoff and things get a bit weird. But then because Cade interrupted her getting off with her client, he takes over. Not exactly normal or what you'd think she'd let some random stranger do, but oh boy do things get pretty intense there. Cade is one smoking hot guy it seems.
I won't go into too much details about what happens after that scene, but there's a lot of back-and-forth drama with Alex/Cade/Robert. I felt as though Robert was made out to be this really bad guy, but he was tame in comparison to some villains. Cade was still a bit of a mystery to me. I really didn't connect with him at all and I think that may be why I couldn't rate this one higher. This was more of Alex's story and how she 'killed June' with some other characters thrown in there for color. The romance part was severely lacking.
I was left with too many questions at the end and really wanted to see how they were adapting to life together now, what Alex was doing now for a job, if they ever had dinner with her parents, what really happened to Robert/was what implied actual truth, etc. I don't know what the next books in the series will be about or who the characters will be, so maybe some of this will be shown in the next ones, even if they're not the primary characters.
This isn't a bad book and I probably will read the next books in the series. It just wasn't as dark as touted and lacked some character development that I had hoped for.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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