Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review of Crave by Bonnie Bliss

A deal was made centuries ago.
The deal was for the first born in each generation. 
The soul of that woman was owned from birth by the ultimate beast. The Devil.
Elizabeth Cromwell knew growing up that she was different. The day her parents failing business suddenly took a turn for the better in an economy where it shouldn’t have. She was told of her fate. She was owned by the Devil. From the day of her birth she had no future. 
It was his.
Unwilling to give into the rough seductions of the ultimate evil—she ran. Living in a convent in the secluded town of Neive, Italy, with only the aid of faceless man over the computer—she hides. 
Until the day he finds her.
Sex. Lies. Betrayal. 
The fight for her Soul and future begins now. 


When you first look at the cover to Crave you assume you'll be getting a typical romance with a suave man going after the woman he wants, and to some extent that's exactly what you get.  As you keep turning the pages though you end up with a VERY DARK read full of one sexual encounter after the other.... almost too much at times.  Ms. Bliss immerses you in a dangerous world of unrelenting sexual tension and edge of your seat anticipation as the young but strong willed Elizabeth fights for her soul and her future as it was traded away centuries ago to gain wealth.  Generation after generation has seen the Devil, Asmodeus, claiming first born daughters as his sexual playthings.  Unlike others before her Elizabeth isn't willing to go to Hell easily and has been running and hiding since she came of age.  Unfortunately time has run out and Asmodeus unleashes a heady sexual arsenal to get her to become his.  As her family is enjoying their promised wealth she has no one to count on but a mysterious stranger she met online who is equally desperate to save her.  Elizabeth is fascinated by Jared and readers will be too as he's earnest and smart and appears to have her best interests at heart.  We, and Elizabeth, knows nothing about him but by the end of the story she's left with no options but to rely on him to keep her safe in a pulse-pounding conclusion that ends in a cliffhanger.

This is an intense read from start to finish and some readers may be offended by nuns and priests participating in orgies but as the Devil's puppets no one is as they seem which further isolates Elizabeth.  Elizabeth fights him as hard as she can but he uses her own body against her in sexual dreams both day and night that are wearing her down and have her questioning her sanity.  Asmodeus is a very sexy creature but his evil is palpable as he switches from charming to scary in the blink of an eye.  He enjoys and admires her fighting spirit and starts to see their connection as love which brought out an interesting side to him and will be intriguing to see evolve.  While reading this story I was reminded of Rosemary's Baby and the claustrophobic fears that movie engendered as Ms. Bliss has crafted a vividly detailed world full of intense emotions.  As the first installment in The Devil and the Diamond series readers are immediately dragged into a dark, gritty, and highly sexualized world that leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting for more.  Numerous questions remain and I'm greatly anticipating what comes next....

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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