Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NEW REVIEW! SORDID by Nikki Sloane:

TITLE: Sordid
AUTHOR: Nikki Sloane
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Dark Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2016
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PAGES: Approx. 336

RATING: 4 Stars!

It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

4 “Sordid” Stars!
Sexy, Dark and Twisted. Just How I Like It!

The Review: 
Warning: There is all kinds of naughty in this book, including noncon, captivity and vivid sexual encounters. Simply put, I loved this book. Yes, there are triggers. There are dark things inside and it would be easy to dwell on those things instead of the actual story, but the author does an incredible job of drawing you into the story, into the developing and influential relationship between the mains and into the plot that is just as enthralling. I love dark reads and this one hit all the right spot.

Addison Drake is a senior at Randhurst University earning her medical degree. She grew up poor and innocent and her biggest adventure was quietly daydreaming of the quiet TA in her Calculus class who never looked her way. That was two years ago. But on this Halloween night, she decides to be daring and attends a party at a frat house... where she runs into her secret crush!

And wonder of wonders... he’s interested in her.

Then it all goes horribly wrong.

Luka Markovic is an alumni of Randhurst University and is at the Halloween frat party to watch over his younger brother, Vasilije, to ensure he doesn’t get himself into trouble again. When his Calculus crush from two years ago bumps into him, he takes it as fate that he will finally get to indulge in his fantasy.

Only things don’t go as he planned.

The moment these two enter the private frat room for some alone time, I could feel the intensity of the situation. Addison is innocently unsure and Luka is a little too pushy. I can honestly say that the author pulled the tension off very well. I didn’t know what was going to happen but I knew it wouldn’t be good. And it wasn’t. After that moment, Luka has a decision to make. His family ties forbid any more spotlight, especially after Vasilije’s latest romp with the law.

You discover things about Luka’s world that explain why he does what he does. And you can see the struggle Luka goes through in taking part in what he must do, but you can also see his excitement in dipping his toe into the darkness. Luka was arrogant, domineering and straight up HOT! He was such a complex character and it wasn’t until the end that you knew where his heart truly was. But watching him command and conquer was seriously sexy. You see that light he’s desperately trying to hold on to, peek through the darkness and it makes him such a conundrum. Did it make what he did in the beginning right? Hell no. Did it make what he did afterwards right? Not at all. But this is fantasy and escapism and I loved Addison and Luka’s story.

I LOVED Addison’s fight. This girl wasn’t about to give an inch more than she wanted to. She was strong minded and willful. She didn’t succumb to his dominance because she was weak, but because she was strong and WANTED too. She slowly came to accept her own dark desires and she loved his possession of her as much as he did!

Noncon turns into an uneasy truce which flows slowly into trust and then on into a wonderful, thrilling romance. Luka might have been commanding, abrasive, demanding and a bit conniving, but he loved her the only way he knew how.

And their chemistry? Off the charts HOT. HOT. HOT!

As much as I enjoyed this read... there’s is a BUT...
I expected something a little more complex at the end. Things seemed to just fall in line and with the amount of foreboding planted from the very beginning, I thought it would be more difficult for their happy ending. That was a little disappointing, but I was satisfied their story ended in one book. The author could have easily made this into a series and I would have been one of the first in line to read it, but this works well as a stand alone and I’m happy with how things played out for Addison and Luka.

The Wrap Up:
Sometimes I need a read that plunges head first into the forbidden pool, a read that lets me explore the dark places I like to visit. This was that kind of read. Beautifully written and expertly told.

Sordid isn’t for everyone and it’s obviously got mixed reviews as well as having been banned from Amazon. I don’t know why. I’ve definitely read darker books and they are selling right now on Amazon. Regardless, I’m glad I gave this one a shot and I really, REALLY hope this author writes more books just like this one. LOVED IT!

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