Sophia Cova lived a quiet, normal life, shadowed in sadness after the loss of her parents in a tragic airline accident. With her older brother being her only living relative and her anchor, Sophia is sure she’s destined for a brighter future. But that was until she was taken.
Stolen from her mundane, orderly life, she was drugged, and woke to every woman’s worst nightmare.
With only four grimy basement walls and a rancid mattress, she loses her sense of time, and preserves what’s left of her dignity by hurtling herself into the safety of her mind. The men, the beatings, they come and go with no reaction, until she hears one word that sends an arctic chill through her body. Sold.
On the eve of Sophia’s bidding, at one of the largest sexual slavery rings in the world, all hell breaks loose in the mansion of horrors. Gunfire and screams erupt all around her, as panic rises.
Snatched by one monster only to be taken by another, Sophia slowly starts to learn that not everything is as it seems. When secrets unravel, and the twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, The Puppeteer pulls his favorite strings and chaos brews.
Lives are lost while the clock ticks, and only time will tell who will be killed next…
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious content, strong language, and graphic violence. May contain triggers for abuse victims.
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S.M. Soto is a new-to-me author, and I’m so glad that the author reached out to me to review Deception and Chaos. Anytime I delve into a dark romance, I always prepare myself for the unimaginable to occur, but I also hold onto the fact that despite the torture, the degradation, and the insufferable pain that the main character is forced to endure that there will come a point where light will creep into the darkness and provide a sense of reprieve even if it’s in the smallest of ways.
And this is exactly the story that Soto crafts for her readers, and while what Sophia Cova suffers at the hands of those bastards who took her is difficult to read, the scenes are necessary for several reasons – it allows us to understand what Sophia and those who will potentially save her are up against and it also makes us aware of the demons and nightmares that Sophia will have to work through once she’s no longer held captive, and why being somewhat safe still makes her afraid and on edge.
Readers will be in awe of Sophia’s resilience and strength, but it’s her feistiness and her sympathetic nature that reveal who she is at her core and it’s those characteristics that readers will need to hold onto as Soto amps up the suspense and mystery again, leading Sophia and the other characters down a twisted and tormented path – one that is left in one jacked up place when Deception and Chaos ends.
Creed is a bit of a wildcard for quite a bit of the story; at times, I wanted to understand, through his own perspective, the reasons behind his standoffish and closed off attitude and his harsh mistreatment of Sophia after he saves her. There’s a lot of layers to the man named after the Devil, and while readers learn his backstory when he finally opens up to Sophia, something tells me that there’s a lot more to this mercenary and with the situation he finds himself in at the end of book one, I’m more than prepared to see Diavolo Creed Sabella in all his darkened and deadly glory.
This dark romance is absolutely a slow burn, which is necessary given the 9 months of hell that Sophia endured as well as Creed’s perception of her and his need to protect her from the devil himself. The sexual tension between these two, though, is more than evident, and even though he’s an asshole to her, pushing her away and making sure she only sees him as the monster he believes himself to be, for some reason, Sophia isn’t afraid of Creed, partly because he saved her from her worst nightmare and partly because she sees the man beneath Creed’s harsh and deadly armor.
Sophia and Creed’s story is far from over, which means that what’s to come, given the circumstances readers are left with, is bound to get more chaotic, deceptive, and problematic.
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise.