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Author: Cari Silverwood
Series: Dark Hearts #1
Published by Smashwords Edition
Released: February 1st 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance
“Kudos to Cari Silverwood for always keeping it fresh and interesting. I’m hooked once again!”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve been waiting with bated breath for Cari Silverwood to release Wicked Ways, her first installment in a new dark erotica series, Dark Hearts. Her Pierced Hearts series is one of my top favorites and was so sad to see it come to a conclusion. The Dark Hearts world is not connected, so no need to read that first, though I absolutely would. Wicked Ways introduces us to Zoire, an academic professional, who has come under the influence of Reuben, a very bad man with very bad intentions. He’s a mesmer, able to bend the will of a woman by invading her brain, rendering her incapable of saying no. To anything. Reuben has competition by the name of Mister Black. He may not seem as ruthless and uncaring as Reuben, but he has an agenda all the same, and it includes making Zoire into the perfect weapon.
For sensitive readers out there, this is dark erotica even darker than Cari Silverwood has ventured into before. Read the warning she posts if you have any reservations. Reuben has no redeeming qualities, a truly evil man who enjoys using women for sex and money, leaving them a shell of themselves, or worse. Make no mistake, Zoire can’t help but enjoy the orgies that Reuben orchestrates for her degradation. He body says yes even when her mind is trying to overcome the influence and say no. I was left enjoying things I knew I should abhor, which is the mindfuck that is Cari Silverwood’s dark erotica. We become Zoire in a way, captivated like a deer in the headlights. Mister Black is a mesmer as well and has no qualms exerting his influence over Zoire, but he seems to temper it with a bit of conscience, making him someone I wanted to see Zoire completely surrender to. The sex is dirty, hot, sometimes in multiples (gang bang style!), and for some, just on the edge of what they can take in a story meant to turn them on. For me, it skirted that edge deliciously. I enjoyed the slightly paranormal angle involving mesmers, as it really allows a lot of freedom and possibility to the story. I can’t forget Grimm, Zoire’s unlikely librarian protector that always seems to show up at the right moment to save the day. He wants a piece of Zoire too. I can’t wait to see what type of a character he develops into. This is a series that will clearly build from book to book, so don’t expect a clean resolution to tie everything together. Wicked Ways is, without a doubt, one of the more unique and intriguing erotic stories I’ve read in forever. Kudos to Cari Silverwood for always keeping it fresh and interesting. I’m hooked once again!
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I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.