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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
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.
“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?
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