Series: Ever After #1
Author: Measha Stone
Publisher: Orzel Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Ellie Stevens has been her father’s keeper for the majority of her life. So, when he’s taken away by a small group of thugs, hell bent on taking his life in exchange for his debt, she runs straight into the beast’s lair.
Ashland Titon isn’t a man of mercy. If you owe, you pay, end of story. But when Ellie charges into his life with her demands and her sweet surrender, he might just give a second chance.
But there’s more at play for Ash and Ellie than a simple debt owed. There are secret pasts and forbidden rooms to keep concealed. Can they both find the future they want when the past threatens the present, and the forbidden becomes the desired?
Do I call this book dark or not? Whilst it's not as black as some books I've read it is definitely splashing in the shallows of dubious consent at times. It's a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but definitely NSFW and for adult eyes only. The book became less dark as the relationship grew between Ash and Ellie. They had both grown up in dysfunctional families and lost their mothers, although Ellie's situation on the surface was happier than Ash's. His experiences had made him wary of relationships and of course you know that this is only going to lead to problems somewhere down the line.
I liked both Ellie, who had to bend at times but who never lost her fire and spirit, and Ash. He does have some scruples, refusing to continue the really nasty parts of his fathers empire. The darker side of his business dealings were generally glossed over, they wouldn't have really added to the story other than to make it darker and more grim. I preferred this as it allowed us to focus more on their relationship and understand why/how Ellie starts to fall for Ash.
I believed in these characters, not just Ash and Ellie but also the supporting characters. I'd love to read Peter's story too .... I'm sure he has one to tell. The story just flows really smoothly, with a writing style that is very easy to read. The pace is excellent, holding my attention throughout and there are plenty of exciting plot twists too. As long as you don't mind spanking and BDSM scenes then I highly recommend this book.
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Measha Stone is an international bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s had #1 top-selling books in BDSM, and suspense. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children, who are just as creative and crazy as her. Her vanilla writing has been published in numerous literary magazines, but she’s found her passion in erotic romance.