ARC Review: Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood

Posted February 1, 2016 by Jennifer in Reviews / 7 Comments

ARC Review: Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood

5 Stars


Wicked Ways
Author: Cari Silverwood
Series: Dark Hearts #1
Published by Smashwords Edition
Released: February 1st 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 207
Format: eARC
Source: Author

 

Recommended Read!

“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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About Cari Silverwood

Cari Silverwood is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of kinky darkness or sometimes of dark kinkiness, depending on her moods and the amount of time she's spent staring into the night. She has an ornery nature as well as a lethal curiosity that makes her want to upend plots and see what falls out when you shake them. When others are writing bad men doing bad things, you may find her writing good men who accidentally on purpose fall into the abyss and come out with their morals twisted in knots.
This might be because she comes from the land down under, Australia, or it could be her excessive consumption of wine.

Her favorite hobby is convincing people she has a basement...though she really doesn’t. Promise.
If it existed it would be a terrifying place where you would find all the dangerous things that you never knew you craved.

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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

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.
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7 responses to “ARC Review: Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood

  1. Chris Alexander

    Sometimes you need that dark, gritty read. It sounds similar to the Jessica Jones show. I’ve been told that I have to watch that series. I haven’t ventured out of Ms. Silverwood’s Steamwork Chronicles, but maybe I should. At the very least, I should re-read the Steamwork books.

  2. Cari Silverwood

    Chris, I said the same thing when I started watching Jessica Jones. Jessica very much a superhero show and is about her defeating the villain, Killgrave, after she’s escaped his clutches. The rapes that happened to her are glossed over. He’s very much a supervillain and goes about killing and destroying many lives. Great show. I really enjoyed it.
    Mine is about what happens to her while she’s still in his power. The mind powers are less all-powerful. I wanted to explore the dark eroticism, as well as the, “what if she has some resistance to his power, unlike all the other women he’s controlled?”

    Thanks for the wonderful review!

    • Chris Alexander

      I hope you didn’t think I was trying to say that there was any copying or trading on popularity. I was just recognizing a small point of commonality. Of course, I hope that commonality works to your favor! 🙂 I’ll have to add your new series to my ever-growing TBR and keep it in mind when someone is looking for a dark read.

      • Cari Silverwood

        No. Not at all. I made a joke with Sorcha Black about it back then. She was writing an erotic superhero story so it was rather funny. There are no truly unique ideas, just different ways of writing them. That’s the interesting part – thinking up new angles.

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