“Beautiful, isn’t it?” He presses his front against my back, eliminating the space between us. My heart races as I feel his erection through his suit pants.
I shiver. “Will you hurt me in here, Sir?”
“Will you make me cry?”
“I usually do.”
I steel my jaw, because the way he talks about my pain, my torment, is just cruel. “Then what are you waiting for?”
“An audience,” he whispers, his tongue darting out to lick the space where my shoulder meets my neck. I close my eyes, bring my arm up behind his head, and slide my fingers into his hair as he devours my flesh. My body is electric, on fire, and buzzing with need. His words terrify me, and yet I’ve never been more turned on.
Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author. A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
Title: In the Land of Gods and Monsters Part I
Series: Gods and Monsters #1
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2018
In the land of Gods and Monsters, she was a toy. A plaything. A pet. His pet.
Taken, stolen, beaten, used.
Pet remembers nothing before his touch, and afterward, she craves nothing more.
Sinful and merciless, Ares is her God now. He alone says when to beg, when to come, and when to kneel, but he never said anything about leaving.
This is my very first Carmen Jenner book. And while I’ve never read this author before, I do love a good dark read. So, naturally, the blurb had me at “His pet.”
I’m going to be totally honest here; after the first few chapters, I wasn’t all the way on board. The beginning jumped in with both feet—heavy on the sex, light on depth. I admit to being worried that was all there was going to be. I shouldn’t have been. As the book continues on and characterization and plot unfold, there were so many zigs when I thought there would be zags. Little nagging questions about who people were, their relationships, and the past that binds it all had kept me intrigued while I grew more connected with Ares and Pet.
And while the characters may have started a little flat, Ares and Pet blossomed into dynamic, flawed, and conflicted souls. Pet especially held my attention with her conflicted emotional duality. The line between love and hate is thin and the author shows her inner struggle.
When I finished with this book, I stared at my Kindle in happy surprise. From a book I almost put down, to one I truly enjoyed. And while this is a duet, for me this could be read as a standalone (if you don’t mind some mild lingering questions). Though, I definitely plan on reading book two.
*Note: This book is Dark Erotica with triggers. There is also one scene of M/M content.
“You’re behaving like a brat,” he says through clenched teeth. “Is that the thanks I get for providing you with a bed and blankets?”
“Take them back! I don’t want them. I want out of this room.”
“You want out of this room?” Ares grabs my face with one rough hand. He leans in, his warm breath skating across my ear as his stubble grazes my cheek. “Then you have to earn it. And trust me, your bratty antics aren’t doing that.”
He releases me and walks away, pressing his hand into the keypad to unlock the door. Without another word, he leaves.
I launch off the bed and throw myself at the glass wall. He doesn’t look at me, and I know I’ll pay for my behavior later. I’ll pay this tithe in pain and bruises, in welts on my body, and in pleasure that he steals from me. For now, I circle my room like a caged animal, because that is what I am.
I scream, bang my fists on the glass, rip my blanket from the bed and throw it at the wall. He’s almost at the staircase. I know he hears me. I know he’s keeping a tally in his head of all the things I will be punished for. Well, fuck him. I can’t do this anymore.
He’s thought of everything. All the ways I could harm him—or myself. He’s removed them all.
All except one.
I walk toward the reinforced steel door, take a deep breath, and smash my head against it. Pain, white-hot and searing, reverberates through my skull, so hard that my eyes roll in their sockets. Blood trickles down my forehead. I’m woozy, nauseous. Bile rises in my gut as if it were acid. I rear back and slam my head into the metal, harder this time.
Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.
A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
by Carmen Jenner Publication Date: November 20, 2018 Genres: Dark Romance
In the land of gods and monsters, she was a toy. A plaything. A pet.
Taken, stolen, beaten, used.
Pet remembers nothing before his touch, and afterward she craves nothing more.
Sinful and merciless, Ares is her god now. He alone says when to beg, when to come, and when to kneel, but he never said anything about leaving.
Warning: In the Land of Gods and Monsters is a dark romance novel. It contains strong sexual themes, dubious consent, graphic violence, and may contain triggers for some readers.
About Carmen Jenner
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict, cake fanatic, and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives in sunny Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
Pam Godwin serves up a sexy, heart-stopping conclusion to this family’s dark saga in book three, Booted, the Trails of Sin series.
“Sadness is a river of splintered glass that cuts between the soul and body.”
Lorne and Raina have pain, sadness, and loss in common. As well as a mutual enemy. Both newly free but bound by their past, in each other, they see all the walls they’ve built to hide from the world and the ways to tear them down.
Vengeance is what they agree on. But love? That’s a harder maze to navigate.
There is something about the way this author tells a dark story. Focusing on the main couple, while using the secondary characters to keep you guessing.
Full of chemistry and intense heat between Lorne and Raina, the story is bookended by dramatic, fast-paced, plot-driven scenes that leave your pulse racing. The middle slows, using more introspection and narration to showcase their forming relationship—and let’s face it, smoking hot sex. While individually I loved all of the pieces, when put together in that way, the pacing felt uneven.
The end, though, was an all-questions-answered, immensely satisfying conclusion to an emotionally wrought series. Proving this:
“The things you carry today will strengthen you tomorrow.”
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foul mouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.
We all have our personal demons, our wars. But imagine facing a personal war while engaging in a literal one. That’s where we find Caden and Greyson in Broken Edge, book three of The Edge series.
All too often war is a distant thing. Something that happens somewhere else, to someone else. Not here. The author doesn’t candy-coat war. She makes it a living, breathing character with a central part to play, giving us an unvarnished look at its devastation and its impact on Caden, Greyson, and the secondary characters. With already steamy and mysterious plot elements in play, this pushed me over the edge and broke me emotionally. I was a crying, blubbering mess by the end. Which is fitting, really, because that is how war should make you feel. It’s an ugly business after all.
*This series must be read in order. Please read books one, two, AND the prequel before reading this book.*
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.