Reviewed by Dan
Content Warning: Violent Group Rape Scene
Please read the Author’s Content Warning Below
SERIES: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story: Book 5
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
PUBLISHER: Phoenix Publications
LENGTH: 141 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016
Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover—but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference.
But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor… and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way.
AUTHOR’S CONTENT WARNING:
This dark erotica work caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their goals…no matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things.
Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button.
Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica, and it does contain elements of depravity and cruelty that will be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.
Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may be offensive to some readers.
Wow, I say sometimes that I don’t know where to start on a review, and always mean it, but this one more so than others.
I considered making this installment in the author’s series a DNF (Did Not Finish) because I was so angry when I was reading it that I wanted to jump into the pages of the book and grab the MC, Ashton, and slap his stupid self until he smartened the hell up! And ask anyone, I’m not even a violent person.
But no, Ashton didn’t smarten up. After the events when we last met him and Reese, in the second installment of this series, Ravel, I thought that Ash had grown up and would act responsibly. But no, not Ash. Even though he lives in a world where humans are sex slaves, food, the prey in hunts, and can be killed in the street because any member of any of the supernatural species feels like it, he still thinks it is fine to go out for a walk…just because it is a sunny day…obviously his werewolf lover and protector, Reese, doesn’t know better than him.
I’m just going to say it…I despised Ash in this one. What kind of person does it make me that I read the brutal group rape scene that I posted a content warning about on the front of this review, and my first thought was “there…are you happy now stupid’? Then of course I felt bad about even thinking those thoughts.
Bad Ms. Phoenix for making me think evil thoughts.
This is a very violent installment in a violent series. It should not be read as a standalone. The characters have been building through the series, and the entire story seems to be building towards some upcoming event. You can see my reviews of the rest of the series here.
In conclusion, this one was much more graphically violent than the previous installments. They were also graphically violent, but I believe each one is getting just a little more over the top in sadism. I’m not sure I personally even liked this book, but I’m going to rate it a 4.0, which means I’m recommending it. Pay attention though…I’m only recommending it for a very limited market. If you are a fan of the very, very dark, with torture, rape, murder, and graphic violence, it would be for you. Otherwise, heed the author’s warning and my personal warning and move along.
As for me? I’m off to lick my wounds from this one. Can anyone say light and fluffy? That’s what my next read has to be, so that I can get this one out of my mind!
Seriously…great job Ms. Phoenix. You rattled me a little on this one.