Series: Bleeding Hearts #1
Publisher: Self-Published on October 27, 2015
Genres: Romance, Dark, BDSM, Erotica
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How far would you go to save someone you love? Would you give up your body? Your mind? Your heart?
I did and it cost me everything.
He says he owns me. And it’s true.
I’ve signed over complete control of my body and life for six months to a man I don’t know. Five years he’s been planning this. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But my blackmailer serves it up white hot. He’s addicted to my innocence, and I’m addicted to him.
He likes to hurt me. I love to let him. He brings me to life. He sets me free. He makes my heart feel things it shouldn’t.
But he also scares me. He holds the fate of my brother’s life in his hands. A life behind bars for crimes I know he didn’t commit. My blackmailer can’t give up his revenge on my family, and I can’t be with him if he doesn’t. But I’m nothing more than a butterfly caught in his net. Do I really have a choice?
At A Glance
Decent but nothing special.
Echo is the kind of book you enjoy more while reading. While in the thick of it, Echo is dark and complicated. Ryland’s motives are kept a secret until the end and the wait was driving me crazy. Brighton is the total opposite of Ryland. Like light and dark. Brighton may have grown up in a dysfunctional family but she is a sweet, naïve girl hoping for a better future. Ryland is all dark and dangerous. His actions were often questionable but that’s what made things fun! Ryland is looking for revenge but I won’t reveal why. He is single minded in his vengeance, which I respected, but even for me he went too far. To say he’s flawed would be an understatement.
I enjoyed seeing Ryland’s defenses fall while Brighton drowns in a new world of mystery and sex. Poor, poor Brighton. I definitely respected her decision in the end.
A day or two after finishing Echo, I totally felt meh about it. Without the dazzle of being in the real-time words, the plot defects were very obvious. It felt forced, like the story didn’t flow naturally.
The writing was a little mechanical and Brighton was bordering on too stupid to live. Also, I never found myself rooting for Brighton and Ryland to make it, I just didn’t care.
Blackmail sex doesn’t seem sexy, but the author made it so! I was outraged on Brighton’s behalf, but she doesn’t seem to mind being blackmailed into BDSM sex as much I thought she would. The sex is a little messed up but damn was it hot.
I still don’t know how I feel about this one. I kind of wanted to grab book 2 because Echo ended on a little cliffhanger but the writing just wasn’t good enough. Maybe one day, but I am in no rush. Recommended.
“This was worse than a coke binge. Worse than black tar or the thrill of E. This was the devil himself snaking his way inside of my heart and bending me to his will. This was addiction, quickly morphing into obsession. And somewhere in the clouded fog that was my brain, I knew this was a game I was going to lose.”
“I wanted to break you. I never expected you to like it.”