Living and working on a campground with her dogs is not where Sloane Walker saw herself at twenty-seven. But then again, not a lot has gone right for her since her step-father kidnapped her at twelve years old and scarred her both physically and mentally for life. Those actions should’ve left him rotting in prison for the rest of his life, not seeing him out on good behavior and giving him free rein to track Sloane down to make ‘amends.’
But that’s not her only problem, as if she needs more than one. Her second problem comes in the form of the masked stalker that slides into her room at night and takes what he pleases, making sure Sloane enjoys every second of it. What starts as a fantasy soon becomes something inescapable for them both, and Sloane might have to face up to a very important fact about her new friend.
He’s unhinged, psychotic, and utterly obsessed with her. And while those should be very bad things, Sloane can’t help thinking that maybe they aren’t so bad at all, no matter what that might mean for her sanity or her safety in the end.
Author’s note: This is a complete standalone set in the Pleasure & Prey universe. It contains consensual kink, unhealthy relationships, and harmful situations. For a full list of content warnings, please look inside.
Review by Twinsie Angie
I purchased this audiobook.
I met this author at a book signing and thought she was the most amazing person EVAH. I mean she let me pet her service dog and so of course she is now my best friend. LOL But for real, I needed to read a book of hers and had audio credits to use and DING DING. LAWD When I saw this was a dark romance I legit fell over my own feet running to start listening.
The narration by Lia Holland was good. She kept the story going well and brought Sloane to life for me the listener.
Ok so I know this book is marketed as DARK romance and the themes are DARK but guys it Sweet dark. LOL By that I mean I have read DAAAARK SHEEET and this is not near what I would call DARK. This is a dark chocolate cupcake instead of a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting. So those of you worried or afraid, Ya’ll go for it. Virgil and his filthy mouth will keep you enthralled.
So Sloane, has gone through some stuff with her step dad. She is a trauma survivor and living her ebst life with her service dog and other dog. They enjoy the simple life working and living at a campground. Good right? Well one day a super, uber, hawt man, Virgil, checks in and Sloane takes notice. So much notice she is thinking about him when she …well ya know…wink wink. Virgil seems to pop up all the time and is very interested in Sloane. Kinda nice right…oh yeah until he tells her he is a serial killer. Now granted I jumped the ship a bit but yeah every guys has to have 1 bad habit right?? LOL
The way Virgil starts to spend time with Sloane is another questionable method but hey he was trying to woo her…..and woo her he did…
I know some people had issue with stuff but I enjoyed it for what it was …smut…filthy and raw smut. LOL Don’t come at me . I am being honest. I liked the story and the couple. This book was not a true dark romance in what most dark romance readers are wanting but I was here for it!!
AJ Merlin would rather write epic love stories than live them. I mean, who wants to limit themselves to only falling in love once? She is obsessed with dark fantasy, true crime, and also dogs. From serial killers to voyeurs all the way down to the devil himself, AJ’s specialty is in writing irredeemable heroes who somehow still manage to captivate their heroines (and her readers).