Spark by Jay Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As with the other books in this series, don’t go looking here for romance-you won’t find it. This is not a dark romance. I’ve seen it described as an erotic thriller, and I have to agree that is a better description. There are hot sexy times, but that is not to say that’s what all of them are. The male main character in this book/series is unforgivably cruel to the female main character. I don’t see there being a possibility for redemption there. I don’t anticipate an HEA involving those two being together. EDIT: the author has gone on record to state that this series is not intended to be a dark romance- it is an erotic thriller, or similar. Point being, this is not a romance series.
That said, if you go into this with your eyes wide open to the idea that it is not a romance of any kind, then it is an excellent book/series. The author really captures the emotions and viewpoints of the different characters. You feel Jaden’s fear, and Darren’s rage. For that matter you also feel Jaden’s rage. As with the other books this one made me sad. It upset me. It made me sick. It bothered me to a degree that I can’t stop thinking about it. And I am pretty sure that is the author’s point. She isn’t painting a pretty, fake Stockholm Syndrome picture a la dark romance. She is peeling back the mottled veneer and showing what is underneath. The beatings, the rape, the degradation. The control, the hopelessness, the loss of self. It is heartbreaking to read. And it is disturbing to know that, though this story is fictional, this situation is happening all over the world. Women are being kidnapped, and bought/sold by malicious people who capitalize on the evil of others in pursuit of the almighty dollar. They trick these women, kidnap them, etc. and then rip their lives away to sentence them to a fate that is oftentimes worse than death. I’m getting nauseous writing this review.
Again, this is an excellent book, and an excellent series. It is very dark material, and readers need to understand that before cracking it open. Understand it contains horrifying subject matter, and it is not a dark romance.
With that disclaimer in mind, I 100% recommend this book/series to those who have the stomach for it.
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Spark by Jay Marie