Series: The Token #10
Author: Marata Eros
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: August 31
An Alpha Billionaire Dark Romance from the NYT bestselling author of A TERRIBLE LOVE.
Who is Shepard?
Léo Dubois is a Handler. A Handler of Women. Himself--and the right hand man serving the king of the French mob. When Shepard gifts his wife the divorce she deserves, setting her free from abuse, Shepard begins a fresh start in a new land.
A year later, what he gets are pursuers who wish to recruit him for a role he never wants to fill again. Marissa is a new acquisition who falls prey to the long reach of la famille, and Shepard makes choices that endanger them both, though they are the right ones.
Can Shepard shed the sins of his past, and find love with a woman as abused as he? Can they find love with each other, though neither have been loved before?
Can a villain be redeemed? I'm not even sure if they deserve to be, but the story and the potential behind it is worth trying.
Despite the number behind the title, this book can be read as a stand-alone and enjoyed immensely. Of course, it's been a long time since I read the previous books but the few chapters that explain who Shepard is, the villain, serve its purpose with sharp, bloody efficiency.
I'm dazed, maybe in shock a little. This piece of black soul will leave you bare and raw. The villain has done unspeakable deeds of horror, yet the origin of that is also steeped in non-consent, inescapable horrors committed against him. That is the unbreakable link that binds him to Marissa, another victim who fights back with all her with and will. I loved this story, despite its dark themes, or maybe because of them. Abuse, the worst kind, inflicted for too long.
Both characters have escaped it, barely, when their paths cross, he as the weapon or maybe a saviour in disguise, she as the target that finds herself uncannily pulled towards him in spite of the danger.
I really liked how brutal and contained Shepard can be, how his bad side was yelling for certain death while his brutalized goodness yearns to be free, and loved. The steamy passion between Shepard and Marissa is emotionally provocative and blissfully sensual.
The book is terribly, beautifully dark, the prose is strong and wistful. It's about love denied but triumphant, dark men who can love, strong women who survive, and all the dangerous and tender passion they can share in those scenes that really melt the core.
Marata Eros is the author of over seventy titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novel, A TERRIBLE LOVE, and the #1 international bestselling erotic Interracial and African-American TOKEN serial. Marata writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of erotica, fantasy, romance, suspense and sci-fi. She and her husband live in the midwest with their four sons and three disrespectful dogs. Marata's #1 hobby is reading; she loves interacting with her readers.
New Release Alert http://bit.ly/MarataNEWS