on August 9, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotica
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Yasmeen Michaels’ first hours of life were spent nestled in a cloud of dirty blankets on the front stoop of an orphanage in the Bronx. Even though rejection and loneliness peppered her life, she still fought hard enough to step out of her past a free, independent woman with a bright future ahead of her. Darkness descends when a shocking ripple in the organized crime world sends a grieving Romanian mobster back into her life. Yasmeen wakes to find herself in a centuries-old castle in Romania; claimed not as Lucian Fane’s lover…but as his pet.
Lucian Fane is at ease in his place of power. He unapologetically lords over his business empire right alongside his criminal one. But when tragedy dares to cross his threshold, Lucian is sent into a tailspin and soon finds himself toeing the line between sanity and freedom. With his conscience gone, and in a bid to save his city from his wrath, he plucks an exquisite distraction from her world and tucks her away in his. Only then does he allow his demons free reign.
Even as Yasmeen once more finds herself fighting to hold onto her self-worth, the draw towards the darkness soon becomes too strong to resist. Will she be able to hold tight to her new owner as he freely drifts beyond her reach? Or will Lucian surface long enough to realize he’s pushing his precious pet too far to allow for forgiveness?
**ATTN: This book is the first part of Lucian and Yasmeen's story. It DOES NOT have a HEA. The completion of their story will come in book 7 in the Wanted Men series, scheduled for release in 2017.
5 Brutal Grieving Stars!!
Lucian Fane has lost his beloved little brother Markus, and now his inner demons are demanding vengeance. Knowing that he will destroy everything in his path, deserving or not, Lucian needs to get his demons under control and to do that he needs the only thing that can distract him…Yasmeen. Lucian is a man used to being in control, and seeing his inconsolable grief was heartbreaking.
Yasmeen Michaels grew up going from one horrible foster home to another. She fought for a better life and she attended college, earned her degree, and is exactly where she wants to be. She has her dream job working at a prestigious art gallery and a couple of close college friends that have become her family.
When she attends Markus funeral she reconnects with Lucian, whom she spent one memorable night with two years earlier. Next thing you know she finds herself drugged, kidnapped and living in a Romania…in a freaking castle!! Lucian turns Yasmeen into his “pet” which brings out her feisty side as she attempts to reason with him.
Once Lucian explains his intentions and her role, Yasmeen, in an attempt to comfort him and his demons, tries to conform. While Yasmeen tries to ease Lucian’s pain in any way she can, she knows that she loves him just as much as she fears him, she also knows he’ll never commit to her, and once his demons are appeased he’ll send her away.
This is a dark erotic romance and not a book I would normally read, I don’t do dark reads, but, I stepped out of my comfort zone because it’s Nancy Haviland and part of her Wanted Men series. There is NO WAY I would pass it up!! And I have to say, I loved it and yet I hated some of the cruel things Lucian said and did to Yasmeen to distance himself from her, but I understood why he did them, which is the difference between the dark romances I’ve attempted to read in the past and this one. In Grievous the characters and their emotions are the focal point, not the dark.
**This story does NOT have an HEA, it’s actually the prequel to Yasmeen and Lucian’s book (no release date as of yet)**