Make me Yours Evermore , Pierced Hearts Book Three, Cari Silverwood
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, ages ago I recalled reading book one, couldn’t really recall much about it, but although this is a series it seemed this was a standalone novel, and I do like dark erotica so…but though I enjoyed it its a difficult one to rate because such a lot of it made me feel really uncomfortable.
Most dark erotics I’ve read has some dubious consent scenes, things that need working out where it seems like consent isn’t given but in fact it is, and a HEA. This one is far, far darker. It begins with Chris kidnapping Kat, taking her away to an island and “teaching” her to be his slave. Andreas ends up coming along, and he gets sucked in by the dark games too…
I just feel that the non consensual aspect, the kidnapping and the captivity all weren’t really what I want to read. I know its fiction, but I feel that it’s still difficult to justify – if I like Chris and Andreas am I giving my approval to what they are doing? Frankly both of them seemed to me to have some severe problems that made them OK to think this capture and treatment of a person was acceptable.
Then there’s the aspect of what happens after? Clearly Chris doesn’t intend to let Kat return to her old life – but how would they cover up her disappearance? How do they expect her to stay hidden – or do they? There’s no answers given. The novel takes an even darker turn into human trafficking and slavery, and there’s the balance of how is that really any different from what Chris and Andreas have done. Its a novel that poses a lot of questions for me, makes me think about what I find acceptable even in fiction. I’m happy to suspend belief in reality, it’s fiction after all… but when a book poses as “real life” in the way its written, that it expects us to think this could be a real story, then I need to examine whether I feel what happens is acceptable.
Its very well written, that’s part of my problem. I could see what’s happening so well…Everything I’ve read about BDSM focusses on Consent, whether its SSC or RACK, but here’s that’s thrown out. Its seems to me Chris and Andreas – especially Andreas make excuses to convince themselves what they are doing is OK. Chris at least is more honest – he just says its what he wants, he saw the opportunity to act out his fantasy and that’s it.
For me its a step to far to enjoy. I can see that I’m in a minority as there are floods of five stars, but even in fiction I find I need to be comfortable with what’s happening, and it wasn’t the sex, the beatings, the captivity or anything that bothered me – just the consent issue. Is it right that if some accepts something, appears to enjoy it even then the fact they didn’t consent doesn’t matter? Serious questions for me and the answer personally is I feel consent is all. Without that its just plain wrong. I hadn’t read book two, which suggests the kidnap was necessary to save a friend – I still feel nothing justifies what Chris did regardless of friendship. It’s priced at £2.49 for 294 pages.
Stars: two. Very well written story, very realistic but just too dark with the non consent issue for me to enjoy.
ARC supplied by Netgalley
Arc supplied by Netgalley.
I enjoyed this book to a degree,but I expected more from it. It centres around Mandy, who goes very quickly from socialite to ranch hand, from divorce to a relationship with two men. It all seemed just too implausible. There was a sort of danger and yet really I never felt the threat to Mandy to be real. I think most of my problems stem from not really engaging with any of the people. They didn’t feel real and thus I couldn’t have real feelings for them or even care about what happened. Its a sweet romance but light on actual plot and the relationship between her and the two men didn’t really ever spark any sexual tension, it was just – meet Vince, say hello, sleep with him – meet Cam, say hello, sleep with him too. There wasn’t any build up to the attraction, or any heartache from her divorce. I just didn’t really feel the characters had much personality,and as another reviewer says at one point for a supposedly clever man one of them behaves very stupidly. Although its described as m/f/m, bondage, spanking etc its a sort of menage/BDSM lite – there’s nothing very heavy here, its just a few light slaps and a bit of velvet rope 🙂 so don’t let that put you off if otherwise its the sort of book you want to read.
For me it was just too “lite”, maybe as it was so short and yet covered a period of several weeks it just didn’t get time to expand the people and plots into any depth. If I hadn’t had it as a review book I doubt I’d have finished it but then I want darker, deeper books and to get to know my characters. That’s not for everyone so if you want a light romance, with a bit of spice and smidgeon of danger this is your book.
Its well written and edited and everything does add up, its just that I found the plots both on the danger and the romance side to be too thin for my taste.
Its priced at £3.35 for 182 pages so on the upper end of my VFM scale and its a one off read for me so no re read addition to the value scale.
Stars: Thin plots and characters, it was an OK story but not more than that, despite my expectations for something a bit spicier so just three stars.