ENTHRALLED (THE ENSLAVED DUET #1) BY GIANA DARLING
Release Date: March 29, 2019
It was the biggest day of my life.
I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their
first child. My situation was a little different.
Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.
Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.
He bought me to own me, to control me, and to use me as a means to an end.
I was his tool and his weapon.
And through it all, somehow, I also became his salvation.
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Slave – a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.
That is not what Cosima expected to become or deserved to have happen on her 18th birthday, but because of her father’s gambling debt, she’s forced to blindly enter an environment where she must endure a life of servitude or face heinous and disturbing repercussions at the hands of a complete stranger who paid a high price for her beauty, her virginity, and her obedience. And he’ll take what he wants, including her body and her freedom, even if it means breaking her spirit bit by bit.
She gives and he takes…it’s as simple as that, and despite her stubbornness and what seems like an endless supply of attitude, he will make her will make her kneel.
Master – a man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves.
But that definition is not completely accurate for Cosima’s master, Alexander, because she does more than work for him…she is at his mercy, and if she is non-compliant, so much more happens to her than simply losing her ‘job.’
What I find most interesting about this story line is the way Giana Darling presents the two phases of Cosima and Alexander’s relationship – the initial connection which is nothing more than an exchange of property when she becomes shackled to Alexander and is forced to comply to his every whim and desire and then the second phase when the bond that was created between them after Cosima’s submission and after Alexander helps her to unleash the fire within her, helping her to understand that there is power to be gained in her submission.
What also intrigues me about the first part of Cosima and Alexander’s story is who and what is working behind-the-scenes because as much as Alexander believes maintains his position of authority over Cosima, he’s not the only one who seems to be manipulating the situation and with the unpredictable twists and turns that happen the further into the book we go and what the knowledge that things are so not what they seem when it comes to different secondary characters, I truly have no idea where Darling plans to take her main characters in Enamoured.
I can’t conclude my review without addressing the multiple mythological allusions that Darling brings into the text. Their symbolic significance makes this English teacher nerd out even more than I already do when a story that I read has solid writing and multifaceted characters and then adds an absolutely spot on comparison to Greek mythologies Hades and
4.5 Poison Apples
I was locked in the dark but it was more than an absence of light. It was the blackness of my own solitude, the quantum hole at the center of my soul that was slowly sucking away at everything that made me me.
I tried to write an encyclopedia of Cosima facts to cement my sense of self in the chaos of night that had become my life.
Cosima Ruth Lombardi.
Born August 2nd 1998 in Naploi, Italia to Caprice Maria Lombardi and Seamus Patrick Moore.
My favourite colour was wine red, captured in a glass and held over rich, warm candlelight.
I loved poppies best of all flowers because they reminded me of me in a way that was narcissistic but true. They were bold as blood, stark against the softer colours of the traditional Italian countryside. They demanded notice and received it. But their beauty was short-lived and fragile as the thin silk of their petals. They fell to bits within a week and scattered on the wind.
I felt very much like one of those black centered blooms, falling apart with every breath I took without even one witness to my dematerialization.
He wanted me like this.
Lost like decaying particles in a petri dish.
I didn’t have to hear his British accented voice clipping the words into neat little explanations to understand why.
He wanted me broken.
A beautiful, hollow shell to break open and f*ck into.
About the Author
Giana Darling is a Top 40 Amazon Best Selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone. She loves to hear from readers so please contact her at gianadarling[at]gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.
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