So, I recently started a series that sounded really interesting. The concept drew me in and the premise was unique. When I started reading I noted some things seemed off with the storytelling but nothing too major. About halfway through the book everything changed. My steamy romance turned into a dark BDSM horror story. It was really a major change.
The dark BDSM mostly came from one of the main characters who was a sadist, not my kind of Dom. He also practiced verbal humiliation, slut this, whore that. No thanks. There were also several mentions of rapes and forced seductions, plus a whole scene where one of the characters was in wolf form having sex with a human. Gross. This really should have a warning from the publisher!
After all that I want to know did anybody else read this series? What did you think? The other books still sound interesting but I worry they will be as dark and unappealing as this book. I will admit I skimmed through most of the end chapters just to make myself finish. Most everybody on Goodreads had 4-5 starts up but not many reviews.
Wrestling With Temptation (Temptation, Wyoming #1)
by Zoey Marcel
Jack is torn between his love for Morrigan and the mission hell sent him on—to drag her to the underworld where Death can claim the woman who escaped him. Jack's heart forbids it, but Death has others in line to kill her and eternal punishment in store for Jack if he goes rogue.
The pack must overcome their differences and band together if they are to protect Morrigan and redeem their soulless alpha.
Genre: Ménage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves
Length: 57,538 words
Wrestling With Temptation by Zoey Marcel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not really sure what to think of this series. At times the story really flowed and at others it was a bit of a mess.
I appreciate that the description held back and was mostly spoiled free. It could have really given away major plot twists but did not. Gotta say the twist was a bit obvious and I can not believe it took the characters so long to put it together!
The guys were very wishy washy and came off as fickle at times. One of the main guys was a sadist, which is not my sort of Dom. Some dark BDSM elements that I was not feeling. And half way through it took a serious turn for the dark side. It was really hard to read much of the sex because it was so dark and a couple scenes were less than consensual.
A few hot MM scenes as well as all the ménage steam. It really deliverer in the sex department but the story faltered. About halfway through it turned into a different book, not sure romance to horror worked. It was really tough to push through and finish the book.
I am not sure if I will read more of this series. I'll have to read the description of the next book before deciding!
Overall the BDSM was heavy and the story content felt muddled. Almost felt like the author wasn't really sure where she was taking her characters. Disappointing.
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