Wendy reviews ‘Spoiled’ By R. Phoenix and Morgan Noel. Self published December 30, 2017, 217 pages.
The capture of an arms dealer’s spoiled lover should’ve been a win for the humans struggling to survive their harsh lives in the slums. Powerless and outnumbered, it seems like only a matter of time before Romulus betrays the Butcher. But when Kieran realizes their prisoner is none other than his stepbrother, he has to face the harsh truths he’s been avoiding for too long. Torn between loyalty for his new family of humans and the witch he has more than brotherly feelings for, Kieran must make a decision that could leave him with nothing.
Though Spoiled is set in The Fate of the Fallen / Status Quo world, this is a standalone work. These characters do not appear in the FotF/SQ books, and there are no spoilers for the series.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to the reviewer in exchange for an honest review.
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These ladies did it again. I don’t know why I’m continually surprised at the unique take, fresh look and caliber of writing by these two. They are simply fantastic authors and this book is another notch on their belts. They. Nailed. It.
I’m a big fan of the Fate of the Fallen / Status Quo world that R. Phoenix created and Morgan Noel slid seamlessly into that world enhancing R. Phoenix’s already brilliant stories. This story has elements of dark, BDSM and taboo. While it may not be as dark as some of what I’ve read in the FotF/SQ world it’s absolutely swimming in taboo.
If you like reading stories that take you right to the edge and sometimes beyond (and I do) then you should give this book and the others set in this world a try.
Romulus is an intriguing character. One that you can never really get a bead on (something these authors excel at!). I mean, there are moments where you feel really bad for him and others where you wonder just what exactly his game is. I suspect that he’s trying to balance his loyalties and his feelings between his step-brother and his protector, the Butcher.
Kieran is full of angst and anger at his step-brother as well as a large dose of the same directed at himself as he fights his feeling for Romulus. He’s been treated poorly in a world that only respects and rewards the very powerful. He’s fought and lived barely getting by with his chosen family of humans. He’s definitely one of those characters that you will be rooting for.
This story will surprise you and keep you guessing right to the very end. A large part of it takes place in a cellar, a dirty dark cellar, and trust me when I tell you that I felt like I was in the cellar with them, feeling the need to wash after some of those scenes. What a great talent to be able to make someone feel what they read that strongly! It leaves just enough told to make me think and need to hear more about them and this world.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
R. Phoenix (code name: Raissa) has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, humor and pain, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes love can corrupt, power can redeem and that the best of intentions can cast shadows while the worst can create light. She agrees with those who say that the truth is best told through fiction — even though fiction has to make sense while reality can be utterly baffling.
Her dark paranormal books explore a world where humanity has become prey, subjugated by “supes” — vampires, werewolves, and witches — who have seized control. They range from romance to dark erotica to horror and everything in between, exploring different aspects of the Fate of the Fallen universe. She’s even published something she calls “playful dark erotica.”
Her tendency to explore dark topics isn’t limited to a supernatural world. Her contemporary romance, Too Close, deals with the difficult topic of domestic violence. She is passionate about the need for greater awareness and understanding of an issue that’s often misunderstood.
She loves chatting with readers, though she often awkwardly rambles. No matter how much she tries to keep her bad and often perverted sense of humor in check, it seems to escape at the most inconvenient moments. (Thanks, universe.) Feel free to friend Raissa on Facebook and chat or send her an email!
Connect with Morgan Noel via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morgan.noel.71271