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- ASIN : B07KPH8P1Z
- Publication date : November 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1515 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 166 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #492,916 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the land of gods and monsters, she’s a pawn, a plaything, a lesser being, and she lives and breathes that inferiority every day and the fact that her body submits to her master makes her feel even more insignificant because there’s not one aspect of her imprisonment in her control, even the harsh release she feels every time he comes to play. But the hardest thing for pet to wrap her head around is the idea that, at times, he manipulates her body and her mind like a monster - one meant to feed on the torture of another, but then there are other times when he seems to be a god among men, complicating her perception of him and forcing her to feel things for him that she should have no desire to feel because, more often than not, he treats her like a whore…like a worthless vessel…like a miscreant who is meant to subject to his every whim or suffer the consequences of her decision.
Carmen Jenner allows readers to trace the path of Pet’s forced submission...of when she succumbs to the deviously demented mixture of pain and pleasure...every bruise, every slap, every spanking, and every venomous word sends Pet spiraling into a dark oblivion, but it’s the sweet torture that comes with the pain that has her follow her Master’s commands with only small bursts of fight, which means by the time he’s finished with her, she’s not going to know a lot more than just her name...her complete identity will be defined by her Master, which is a scarier situation than the one she struggles and suffers through because if she loses herself fully to Ares and allows him to not just use every part of her body as he deems fit then even if she does reclaim her freedom, she will only be a shell of the woman she was, which leaves her no better off than she is as Ares’ captive and submissive.
The fact that readers are privy to both Pet and her Master’s perspectives is as enlightening as it is mind boggling. There’s a bigger force at play in this story, but it’s not completely developed yet, so there are gaps in the information needed to truly comprehend the whys and hows of all that takes place.
I’ll admit that I didn’t really understand why the plot took a twist that it did. There was so much to deal with just between the two main characters so adding further problems to an already complicated dynamic felt unnecessary. I get that it does shed a bit of light on Pet’s Master’s past, but for the most part, it distracted me from the main story line.
Besides the deviation from the plot that I struggled with, I’m intrigued to see where Carmen Jenner takes these two characters, especially where she leaves them at the end of book 1. I’m not sure if the gods or monsters will win in the end, or if that battle isn’t the one I should be addressing because there just might be a potential victor that no one saw coming because they never bothered to look too closely.
4 Poison Apples
Seriously, what did I just read? I knew Carmen Jenner was going to take us on a dark path, but I don't know if I was expecting this.
A story of a ballet dancer taken against her will. She's at the pinnacle of her career performing as The Swan Queen when she is taken. The man with the dark piercing eyes and tattoos peaking from his collar sits in the wings waiting for his moment. Ares takes his Pet for human trafficking. It's a sick and twisted and erotic story from there on out.
"Oh, I'm going to hurt you, over and over until you're so used to pain mixed with pleasure that you begin to crave it. Until you beg me for more."
Ares is the man you don't want to see. The man you don't want to meet in a dark alley. He is cold. He is cunning. He is pain. He is death. He is a monster. He is a God. He trains his captives and sells them to the highest bidder. He's the Dom to Pet's sub. He's the devil to her angel. He is the dark to her light. But Pet isn't the perfect sub. She questions each and every one of his moves. How can she succeed to be what he wants?
"I'll pay this tithe in pain and bruises, in welts on my body, and in pleasure that he steals from me."
This is a dark erotica that will push boundaries and has some major triggers. It's not a pretty story and it's not even over yet. This is only book one in the series and I'm left with mixed emotions on how I feel about Ares. I'm not sure if he has any redeeming qualities, but there is something with him and Pet that captivates me. He loves inflicting pain, but there's something "more" with him.
"Fear is good, Pet. It lets you know you're alive."
Pet is a character that I'm confused about. The small part of her life we saw before, she seemed focused and ready for success. So much so, that she wasn't always focused on her lover. Her time with Ares changed her. She found some part of herself that apparently was lying dormant. He forced it out of her and took it from her whether she wanted it or not. It wasn't exactly willingly and I still don't know how I feel about it. It scares me and disturbs me that I might understand it a little bit.
"I love the way he destroyed me, and made me whole again."
Push your boundaries. Push what you think may be accepting and let's let Ms Jenner take us on a ride. I'm not sure where this story is going or if I even agree with it right now, but this is only book one of three. I hope it moves beyond the pain, but this is their story and I'm curious where Carmen will take us.
Carmen Jenner knows how to write a storyline that will leave you wanting more with a story that leaves your emotions running high. That is exactly how I felt during this story with the story staying with me well after I finished reading. This story was dark and raw leaving you on the edge of your seat all the way through this story. There was a lot throughout this story that I was not expecting.
The heroine in the story has her life completely changed when she is thrown into a cold and dark world. She does not give in to her captor despite the punishments that she endures.
Ares, I enjoyed reading about because of the way that his character left me with a lot of questions. He is not nice but during certain parts of story you see a glimpse of a different side of him.
This story is not for the faint of heart but is definitely for anyone that is a fan of dark reads. The author did a fantastic job with the writing of this story and I enjoyed the dual pint of view throughout the story giving me more detail throughout the story. This story has left me desperately waiting for the next book in this series.
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It is hard to write this review and not be giving things away. I feel that this is one you really do need to dive into blind and experience for yourself.
I do love our "Pet". She is stronger than she thinks she is, even when she is in her situation. She does not submit easily, she questions everything. She also changes who she is, and makes Ares change in himself.
Ares... well, he is a god and a monster - and be prepared to be buying that ticket on the ride to hell, because as much as I hated the man, like Pet, I couldn't help but like the guy too. Such a confliction in my heart.
If you have not dipped your toes in the darker genre before, this may not be the book for you, as it is not always the easiest of subjects to read. However if you are willing to give it a go, you may be amazed at what you really do like in your books.
The ending is setting us up to want more - and I can't wait to see where Ms Jenner takes this series.
I can not even write much because so much happened in this book I want to talk about but everything I want to write is a dead giveaway to the story, so maybe it's best to be vague so you can experience this for yourself. There are MF, MM, MFM scenes as well as BDSM, lots of kink, voyerism.
I didn't know whether I liked or hated Ares. I still can not decide. He makes you hate him but then he shows a good side that makes you think, " OK, he isn't so bad" and then BOOM he pisses you off again. This book definitely sent my emotions haywire. I need part 2 like stat, because I need to know how this ends!!!