Ever since she got involved with Joseph Merchant, Leila’s life has dramatically altered. She has become his personal prostitute after his discovery of her side job as Charlotte the prostitute and has spent months enjoying debauched sex with the Chairman of the Whored himself. Since her break-up with Matt, Joseph has been less discrete about their affair, showing her off to his oldest friends and work-colleges with a devil-may-care attitude that is at odds with the reality of the situation. No one must know what Leila is, what she does when she lets Charlotte out to play, but Joseph seems to be treating her as more of a lover than a whore, drawing unwelcome attention to their relationship.
There are two jobs left on her contract as Josephs personal sex slave, the first being her exclusive service during their trip to New York. But as the week progresses, their darker sides come out to play, fusing them together in a way they never imagined. In the midst of all the blood and bondage, they realise that they may have found something they didn’t realise they ever wanted; the other half of their twisted souls.
Joseph’s lack of discretion starts tongues wagging and before long someone discovers all of Leila’s secrets. To protect the things she holds dear, they want her to give up everything that she cares about. But, will she be able to give up the Chairman of the Whored?
- A couple of things to mention before I properly start this review. Don’t bother reading it if you haven’t read the first, it won’t make sense. Do read them both though as they are pretty excellent
- This book contains knife play and sex with foreign objects so be warned
- The female lead is a masochist; there is a lot of sex with pain.
You have been warned…….
Anyhow, in some ways I enjoyed this book far more than the first; I actually liked Joseph in this one which was bloody surprising. He didn’t mellow at all; in some ways he was an even bigger prick, but by God was he a presence. They were like two twisted peas in a pod and it was disturbing to read but is certainly engaging. In the review of the first one, I wrote I’d never read a book where I hated every character in it, but still enjoyed it. This one has a totally different feel and I actually liked all the major players. The first book is a tale of sexual games, and could only be classed as erotica, but I think this one has a twisted romance running throughout its core. The writing is very smooth but my only complaint is that at a couple of points in the book, I couldn’t work out what was going on. The writing is brimming with different descriptive techniques but sometimes they detracted from the happenings of the story; there was a scene where I think they were having anal sex but I honestly still can’t tell you if that was what was definitely going on!
Leila is more conflicted in this one. At some points, it was a little odd because there were constant references to the fact that Charlotte was a complete separate entity to Leila. It felt like a cop-out at certain points, an easy excuse to explain away some of her more dubious character traits. Then Joseph states something that made me blink and consider what was actually going on; Charlotte is created by Leila to explain away all the things that she desires that she feels she shouldn’t. It is Charlotte who likes being fucked with a shoe, it is Charlotte who likes the fact her lover has carved his name across her stomach with a bread-knife and it is Charlotte who likes to be watched during sex. The one thing I really liked about this book is the message that no matter how twisted your desires, as long as you don’t hurt or abuse others, there really is nothing wrong with them.
Joseph is an arse, but I can honestly say that he is an arse that grows on you. He seems to know what she needs, seems to know that no matter how twisted his desires, Leila matches them. Yes, the fact that he has forced her into this arrangement, and is effectively paying her, is inescapable, but I don’t know how either of them mistook what was going on between them as a simple business transaction. He marked her as his, he couldn’t bear her relationship with Matt and he tried to protect her. He has his revenge on someone in this book and the method he uses is twisted and absolutely fucking perfect; I adored it.
My favourite character in the first book was the Aiden and he remains so for the second one. His protectiveness of Leila is lovely and his general attitude was highly entertaining….I want him to find a HEA with a nice boy/girl! There were a host of new characters in this one and the majority of them were fun to read about!
This isn’t an easy read; it’s kinky, twisted and slightly shocking in places. It thrilled me, aroused me and kept me entertained. All the characters are flawed, and they make dubious decisions, but that’s one of the things I liked the most.
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