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Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.
Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful—a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.
My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him-a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.
My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.
©2014 Anna Zaires (P)2014 Anna Zaires
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Most "DARK' romances, are not usually all that dark... Well not my kinda of dark. There needs to be a level of violence with a dark romance... If you fall in-love with the H/h who is supposed to be the bad guy, in like chapter 2, well that just defeats the purpose of having a villain right..
Anyway, THIS WAS AWESOMENESS!!! A great DARK romance!!!
Our H is a totally mysterious but likeable A-hole for the things he do to the h... I was totally wrapped in the story the entire book.
It got a bit boring during the middle, but actually now that the book is over... the middle really makes sense...because where the h was being held... there was really nothing to do, but what she was doing...sooooooo...Yeah, no action required... (by golly! I think I just figured that out!)
So after the hospital, the book goes from 0.... nah, more like 35mph to 60 in the blink of an eye. I was literally pressing my ear bobs into my eardrums to make sure I heard this and that... I didn't want to miss anything! The action toward the end was that good...but then... right before the ending, the h... OMG! I just wanted to b*slap her....
Yes, by now you will totally love the H, even though you only know a pinky nail much about him,but STILL.... I felt like the h didn't deserve my perfectly badass villain... She totally broke the ultimate rule!!!
Anyway... I loved the ending, serious little girl butterflies.... Awesome job Anna Zaires... Awesome job...
The smex was just so smexy too... Love me some Alpha Man punishment!!!
Narration was not the greatest...but a far far step up from the Liaison books by Zaires on Audible. I actually wish this narrator could go back and re-narrate the Liaison books, because that series is one of my faves, that was ruined by narration... Rae did a decent job with this... Love the H voice... so smexy!
This is a totally Credit or Sale... I prefer not to buy books over 10 bucks unless its a must have... This was more like a very enjoyable have... a definite re-listen, but not necessarily a must have. Although, one could save a credit for a more enticing listen and just buy this because its not that expensive... still under 15 bucks... This book wasn't enticing like you are ready to beat someone if they disturb you...this was however, highly enjoyable... 2pts for Zaires!!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
If, I hadn't read that little teaser for the next book I wouldn't be torn. I would have, straight out, not liked this book because Julian did really ugly things to Nora and she was just wide open accepting and enjoying everything (with one or two half-hearted rebellion attempts). I was never convinced that he had any feelings for her as an individual person, it was all about him and his dead friend. He successfully moulded her into his pet and that was what he called. She looked like someone he had loved and he made her into his sexual plaything, moulded her entire identity, sexual and otherwise. She wasn't the least bit concerned about her parents or anything else afterwards.
But with the teaser, the author does allude to the fact that Julian is well aware of what he has done to this malleable girl, she believes she loves him. I was torn between 2 or 4 stars, but it's a romance book, so I don't think the really dark potential of the story will be realised.
There wasn't a lot of dialogue, so in my opinion you don't get to see the relationship building, which in this case you really, really needed it. You as the listener are left asking who Nora is anyway, we never actually knew her to start off with.
Nora (h) has just turned 18 years old. A few days after her high school graduation, Julian (H), a 29 year old man, kidnaps Nora and takes her to his private island. Julian keeps Nora captive on his island for approximately 15 months. In those months Nora is repeatedly raped, spanked, whipped, kept isolated, controlled, and psychologically and sexually conditioned. I really found her age and the lack of consent really disturbing.
Shirl Rae was, IMHO flat, monotone and lacked any emotion with the delivery of the story.
Yes I would listen to this again, maybe on a long drive. It is such an emotional read though so I know that my re-listen won't be anytime soon.
Boy, this is a tough question...I guess I'd have to say near the beginning when Julian is so obviously messing with Nora's head. Punishing her, then pleasuring her so that she comes to associate one with the other. I don't feel she was a latent masochist, Julian molded her into one with his actions.
No this is the first time I've listened to Shirl Rae so I don't have any direct comparisons. I felt she was an okay narrator, but believe she could have done better or that another narrator with a broader range of vocalization would have served the story better. I don't like when each female or male character sounds almost like all the others. If the British terrorist spoke with an European accent, well then I want to hear that accent when the character is speaking, which wasn't the case.
Yes, I did have some extreme reactions to this book in that I could actually see Nora slipping into Stockholm Syndrome and actually coming to enjoy her time on the island when in reality, with so many real life abductions of women (Elizabeth Smart, Amanda Berry and Jaycee Dugard), her experience was in no way a real-life reality. It really had my guts turning. I was angry in the end that Nora didn't recognize her captivity for what it really was and could go on actually loving the man that ripped her from her happy life and made her endure so much pain, agony, mental torment (seeing Jake nearly beaten to death) and in fact put her into danger from terrorists that she never would have experienced otherwise. And for Nora to seeming drive off into a HEA with her kidnapper was not what I wanted. I did want Julian to be dead, but knew as I was listening that that wasn't going to be the case. I wanted Nora to try harder to get her life back on track, continue with counseling and come to realize she was essentially brainwashed by a man she admitted to herself was a monster.
The prologue has me really confused all through the book and it wasn't until finished the story and went back and re-listened to it that I was finally able to make sense of it. So, I suppose it was good writing on Anna Zaires part to have it as such because it certainly added to the suspense of the story.
If you hang in there thru the first of this book, you will be completely drawn on... Different view of romance, darker then 50 Shades... Looking forward to the second book to see how the story progresses...
The book went above my expectations... I, like Nora, wanted to hate Julian... He operated outside of normal morality. He didn't seem to have any remorse for his actions or for her emotional torment. Ultimately, I craved more info on him as well. Crazy conflicting. Great book... Never had a book make me see the allure of the darker side like this book...
Say something about yourself!
Twisted Love story
When one of the character dies, it made me cry.
I liked her voice narrating the different characters.
This was a roller coaster of a listen, i've never read or listened to anything like this before and it had me running through several emotions. I really enjoyed the story though the ending made me cry and left the book on a cliffhanger. Ill be waiting patiently for the second book.
I'M NOT PERFECT BUT I AM A LIMITED ADDITION!
Yes, it very interesting, it would make a great movie
DIFFERENT BUT GOOD
I like sexy erotica with a good storyline. Fantasy or sci-fi or just something that captures my attention right away.
I LOVE THIS AUTHOR'S BOOKS BUT GIVEN THE WARNINGS I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING MUCH DARKER. I LIKE DARK SO I WAS ANTICIPATING THE RELEASE OF THIS BOOK AND I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING THAT SURPASSED THE "CJ ROBERTS" CATEGORY OF "DARK" BUT IT FELL A LITTLE SHORT. IT WAS STILL A GREAT STORY AS WITH ALL OF HER BOOKS. HER STORIES ARE ALWAYS INTERESTING AND GO BEYOND THE NORM. THEY ALWAYS CAPTURE YOUR ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY AND HAVE SEXY DETAILED LOVE SCENES THAT THAT MAKE YOU PANT! I BUY HER BOOKS AS SOON AS THEY ARE RELEASED AND ALWAYS WITH ANTICIPATION OF WHERE HER IMAGINATION IS GOING TO TAKE ME!
Don't get me wrong - I won't judge anyone who enjoyed this book. Everyone has their own kinks! But something about the way this was written reminded me wayyy too much of real life kidnappings with sexual abuse.
First of all - the sex happened instantly, which is a big turn-off for me as an erotic/romance fan. Like whoa...I didn't even get to feel anything for the characters yet! I just didn't care what happened in the end and found myself being extremely turned off - so I had to quit it.
However, this author's other book 'The Krinar Chronicles' I enjoyed thoroughly. So eh, not sure why this one wasn't my cup of tea.
I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters
This was my first time reading this author. This story was pretty good it reminded me of a few other series that I loved only this one a little something extra my only dislike was Nora was always in her head about what she shouldn't like and so forth. Nora is an 18 year old virgin who finds herself abducted and taken to an island by a mysterious stranger. The man who has taken her is captivating he is beyond handsome, wealthy, worldly, confident, dangerous, and controlling. Julian who is an arms dealer was dark and dangerous. Julian meets Nora in a bar and she reminds him of a childhood friend he becomes obsessed with Nora and he had to have her. Nora is not a weak character. She has some fight in her a fight to be free a fight to go home. Julian uses his seduction and his dark erotic ways to make Nora love him and to be the masochists to his sadists ways and she loved all of it. The sex scenes were hot. I loved how she learned to be patient and start thinking of ways to pass time and how she learned to be friends with Beth. I am most certainly looking forward to the next installment. I was happy that it didn't stick me with a cliffhanger but it definitely left me knowing there is more to come.
I really enjoyed it this book and I can't wait to read the next book.
" You Are Mine Nora"
I enjoyed this book, the girl falls for her captor who in turn falls for her good read
"Unlike 50 Shades of Grey - lack of consent!"
I've read a few erotica books, 50 Shades being one of them, which I really enjoyed. Twist Me was my first venture into 'dark erotica'/ captive romance and frankly it wasn't for me. I don't quite understand how people can find the sex scenes in this book arousing in any way considering the lack of consent - it's essentially rape. This book is extremely different from 50 Shades of Grey and other BDSM books by one very important element - CONSENT! For once in my reading life I actually was fast forwarding the sex scenes. I enjoyed the storyline itself even if Julian's character was a bit 'flat' (I suppose the author wanted to create a 'mysterious enigma' thing for him, but this meant you simply do not get to know him at all). Remove all the sex/rape from this book and I would have really enjoyed the story. The narrator's voice at times got bit annoying.
"Dark and magnificent"
There was so much suspense, it was impossible to guess how the story would end.
While the heroine was more clear headed than most, and much more sympathetic, I found a very soft spot for the anti-hero, Julian. A true product of an appalling environment, he never seemed to be gratuitously evil; and as a magnetically-handsome hero, well, what more can one say.........
The narrator has an excellent range of 'voices' that help to distinguish between characters and an equally wide range of expression to enhance the emotions of each scene.
All in all, I thoroughly recommend this very adult book to everyone who looks for unputdownability in their reading.
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