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Publisher's Summary

An extended epilogue book to conclude Milo and Raven's epic love story.

Milo:

Our lives have changed. 

Our worst moments and biggest secrets are used as leverage against us.

People want to force us apart in the name of the greater good.

Maybe they’re right; maybe we are each other’s villains, and not heroes.

But that doesn’t change anything, because it’s her or no one!

Raven:

Our past is catching up with us.

Our secrets are out, and our family is falling apart. 

Seeing my sister follow in my footsteps turns out to be the wake-up call I needed, but definitely didn’t want.

For better or worse, family sticks together. 

But at the end of the day, I’ve made my choice, because it’s him or no one! 

This is a dark romance. It contains discussions about mental health issues and dubious situations that some listeners might find offensive. Dark romance is subjective. Some listeners have found this book to be a light listen, while others were sensitive to the material. Milo isn’t a normal romance hero, and some might not consider him a hero at all. So please don’t listen to this if any of the above bothers you.

Please note that this is part of a series and not a stand-alone!

©2020 Drethi Anis (P)2021 Drethi Anis

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okay , okay, I freaking love ❤️ it. this is the best ending to a great series. man was it good. I just loved everything about it. it's crazy because there are ppl out there like that. but it is wonderful when it's there kinda crazy 🤪 😜. lol
Anyway you guys are going to enjoy this whole book well series. because I know I did. the narrator did a really good job too

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Gives you a sense of closure, even if you hate it

This is a series that is so dark it hurts. It ends with a HEA but not one that brings me pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness. I think I hate it. However, the journey was oh, so good. Twisted, and about as dark as I think I can go.

Narration was fantastic, story telling was beautiful.

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Dark Romance!

This is the third and last book in the Quarantine series, a Dark Romance. You have to listen to this series in order. Milo and Raven's forbidden story is dark, intricate, intense, and enthralling. I liked to follow them in their unusual journey to love. Reid and Mia are interesting side characters, and I would love to know more about them. The back and forth past to present helps to understand the relationship and the dynamic between these unique and intriguing characters. This is an excellent conclusion to this Dark Romance. Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel did a great job with the narration. #AudiobookObsession

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Essential by Drethi Anis is a dark romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel. This is the third and final book in the Quarantine series.

The book does come with a warning: "This is a DARK romance, that contains triggers, including non-consent and dubious consent scenes, outbreak, and mental health issues. Some readers might find the subject matter offensive."

This is the first series of Drethi's that I have read and it won't be my last. She did a great job wrapping up the series. I really enjoyed getting Mia, Reid, Raven, and Milo's point of view throughout this book.

Jill and Jim did a great job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this series if you like dark romances, forbidden romances, or friends to lovers to enemies romances.


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This the final book in the Quarantine series. I really enjoyed this series as a whole. The flash backs from past to present really help show the growth in Raven and Mylo's relationship. I loved seeing the change from toxic and taboo into uncontrollable love.i really loved seeing their interaction with their children at the end. This series got better and better as the series continued. Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel did a great job narrating this series.

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Ahhhhh... a satisfying HEA

This is the third book I've read/listened to by Drethi Anis, the last in the series. The first part had my blood boiling. I almost just shut. it. down. BUT...I had to know how all this was going to be resolved. Would Milo and Raven actually get a true HEA. What part would Reid play, as well as Mia? I am so glad I kept listening. I really love how the rape wasn't glossed over. How Milo's behavior was disturbing. I love how they ALL loved each other and were loyal to a fault anyway. I love how it wasn't a quick forgive and learning to live with it all. Although the first two books BROKE me, ANGERED me, made me SICK, this book wrapped it all up and wove a beautiful redemptive story. This happened over a long time period and that could be felt.

Great writing with a difficult storyline and intriguing characters. Maybe Reid and Mia will get stories?

Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel once again gave emotional performances in this book. They made the books roll like a movie in my head. Good job!

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Just Wow! ... plus Narration Perfection!

This was by far the best dark romance novel I've ever read. Kudos to this authors writing talent. This was so realistic and pulled all types of emotions out of me. I listened to all three books without pause. The narration of this story was Perfect 🤌🏾😌.

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Love Milo and Raven

Bravo Drethi Anis!!!! Great read again. I love the dark and alpha of Milo!!! I laughed out loud in different parts of this book, I adore their sarcasm and humor. Please write Reed's and Mia's stories, I think they ALL need to be told.

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  • 04-07-22

Great conclusion!

Drethi Anis has certainly left a lasting impression, pushing boundaries with her complex and psychologically flawed characters and twisted plots. I'm absolutely loving her and will be following her work. Essential is utterly captivating, gripping, and a phenomenal addition to the Quarantine Series. It was impossible not to become totally invested in Milo and Raven's gnarled dynamics and relationship. Milo and Raven's journey is intense, raw, emotionally charged, heart-wrenching, passionate, explosive, steamy, and utterly addictive. The trilogy has dealt with heavy subject matters, mental health, obsessive and controlling behaviours, stress caused by isolation and the pandemic, and other triggering issues. Anis's approach is to provide different points of view and perspectives and emotional and psychological impacts, which I found to be great. The ending was brilliant; I was definitely surprised and happy by the outcome. I seriously can't wait for Anis's next audiobook release.

Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel have done an excellent job connecting their audience with the characters. They captured Raven and Milo's personalities, complex emotions, dynamics, and chemistry. Essential is a brilliant conclusion to a cleverly written trilogy and one I'm recommending.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 03-20-22

So Dark

I loved the dual narration of Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel

These characters have been through so much e an amazing conclusion to this steamy, unpredictable story.
This romance, that contains triggers, This is an amazing conclusion to this steamy, unpredictable story

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  • Jacinta
  • 03-14-22

Great Series

This has been a great series. I enjoyed how well the story is performed and the great character development. The insights given on their past came in handy in understanding their angst. Raven and Milo have grown as a couple. I loved every minute of this series

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  • 02-05-22

My heart is happy

Man, if it wasn’t for that epilogue, I would have felt incomplete. These characters went through so very much and I was distraught they would not be able to make it. The narrators were amazing and the characters were multidimensional.

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  • TINA WILLIAMS
  • 02-03-22

Great Conclusion

This series has been dark and intense. These characters have been through so much emotional and physical trauma. I didn’t think this couple could find love amongst tragedy but this author pulled it off. I really enjoyed listening to this book and loved the epilogue.
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  • 01-31-22

Dark Romance

Essential by Drethi Anis is a dark romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel. This is the third and final book in the Quarantine series.

The book does come with a warning: "This is a DARK romance, that contains triggers, including non-consent and dubious consent scenes, outbreak, and mental health issues. Some readers might find the subject matter offensive."

This is the first series of Drethi's that I have read and it won't be my last. She did a great job wrapping up the series. I really enjoyed getting Mia, Reid, Raven, and Milo's point of view throughout this book.

Jill and Jim did a great job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this series if you like dark romances, forbidden romances, or friends to lovers to enemies romances.


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  • PATRICIA
  • 01-23-22

The Finale!

Oh, I needed this! After the first two book, I needed to know what was going to happen to Milo and Raven! This extended epilogue gives it all to us. The understanding of dysfunctional families, emulating what they see and meddling where they are not wanted. Milo and Raven have been apart now, and I think this helped them learn and grow who they are and what they want. From past to present, we get to see the changes in all the family as they become independent. Mia is a woman now, Reid is becoming healthy, and we get a glimpse at the future of Milo and Raven. It's dark, and still addicting. I couldn't turn it off until the very end. I would love to hear Mia and Reid's stories too, as they move on and find their way. This is a fantastic, gritty, series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fun to get lost in someone else's crazy life for a while!

Jill Cardoza and Jim Chapel finish out their narration of the series and it's wonderful. They have created this world and made these characters into the people they are in my mind. I enjoyed their performances.