A political marriage to the young brother of the famous General Barry, a leader known his ruthless brutality, is the last thing nineteen year-old Bianca Mason wants. But an alliance with these men will keep her father’s citizens safe from the endless Barry raids and be another step toward the return of modern civilization. Unfortunately, Bianca puts the entire treaty in jeopardy when she confesses a traumatic personal secret to her intended groom, and he refuses the marriage. Desperate to keep the peace, she gratefully accepts when another brother steps in to take his place.
Kent, the other Barry brother, is known for his strong leadership ability, fair treatment of his troops, and brilliant military strategy. He is also a known for his burn-scarred face and his reputation as a sadist. When confronted with the disintegration of a much-needed treaty, he grudgingly steps in and marries Bianca, a girl traumatized by long-ago assault who doesn’t like to be touched.
Kent must teach Bianca, as only he can, how to surrender herself fully, trust in him completely, and become the woman he needs. Only then can they both find happiness.
This dark romance novel contains mature situations and sensitive subject matter, and contains triggers some readers may find discomforting. It is a work of fiction and is intended for adult readers 18 and older.
I have major mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it could be a good story but there are also inconsistencies. There was a personality switch in Bianca part of the way through the book that made me scratch my head a little bit. It was like she went from hard as nails to marshmallow in body type and in her actions. The body type comment plays into the story but you'll have to read to see that part. In my experience, BDSM doesn't change your personality or general character so much as give an outlet for release. So when she went from "My way or the highway" to "Yes, Kent, whatever you say" about everything, it definitely threw me off. This girl didn't even know where her clothes were kept because she just stood around like a doll waiting for her husband to dress her. *insert major eye roll here* Okay, I'm done.
Towards the end of the book, there are some events that may be disturbing to readers who have went through physical abusive situations but nothing sexual. I enjoyed the book but it was a struggle to get through some parts and I had to skim over them BUT the story is definitely intriguing and I would read the next installment.
Heather Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know. She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college. She’s combined her love for the two genres in her new adult romance series, which is set shortly after a catastrophic worldwide event. Her books push the boundaries of both romance and erotica and are classified as Dark Romance.
Heather lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.