Published 10th July 2020
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Vipers run the city. Brothers bathed in blood. They are not to be trifled with, their reputation enough to bring grown men to their knees. They know that when the Vipers come for you, you probably will not survive. Everyone knows not to mess with the Vipers, yet Roxxane’s father still did. When they came knocking, he did the only thing he could think of to save his own hide, he sold them his daughter. What they don’t realise is that Roxxane is not one to lay down and submit, she will fight tooth and nail to the bitter end if she has to, she always has, and this time is no different.
I was curious about this book after it being recommended to someone in a group on Facebook. Its prefaced with the warning of how dark some scenes get, and I was in the mood for something different, so what the hell.
First off, this a long freaking book. It clocks in at around 654 pages, so there’s a lot. This is a very character driven story, there’s not a whole lot of plot happening it felt more like a character driven, smutty as all get out, slice of mafia style life. Roxxane’s father is a dirtbag, we learn this in the very beginning when he sells his adult daughter to the Vipers in exchange for a debt. They go to collect and she fights them with every ounce of strength she has, which makes them intrigued by the fact that she doesn’t care who they are. This is reverse harem, so we all know how it’s going to end up, which is fine by me, I like reverse harem stories. What follows is Roxxane wondering when she will be able to kill the Vipers and escape, without actually trying, while they all try and coerce her into liking them, which does end up happening and I can’t lie, I did find it a bit weird.
I’m all for outlandish stories because what is a fictional book if not a chance to escape from the real world where everything has an equal and opposite reaction and all that jazz. But I must admit, I did find it very Stockholm syndrome and I kinda struggled with it, sometimes a lot. These grown men, who by all accounts are extremely good looking and rich, are sold a woman, to do with as they please, which they do. And it feels like a lot of time has passed, but in reality at one point, it is mentioned that it’s been one hell of week or whatever, and that just irked me even more with the whole Stockholm syndrome thing. They’re throwing around the love word and they’ve been in each others lives a week, and I really struggled to get past the whole Roxxane, while not being okay with the way she was thrown into the Viper’s lives, she learns to just accept it and realises she loves these men…in less than a week. It’s hard to get past for me.
I loved the character development and the relationship development between the characters, namely Roxxane and the Vipers, but that little Stockholm thought was just chilling in the back of my mind the whole time and it made the whole thing just a tad too unbelievable I think for me to fully embrace the crazy and enjoy what I was reading. I did enjoy it in parts, but sometimes it was difficult, and I did consider DNFing a couple of times. I have to admit though, I think my favourite relationship was between Roxxane and Diesel, it was psychotic but I really enjoyed the banter and the craziness between the two of them. I did enjoy the characters, honestly, I did. I even like Roxxane’s character though I didn’t entirely understand her thought process behind everything. I just really wish that the story was a teeny bit different to what I got. I wanted more story I guess, and a bit more of a believable scenario rather than captive falls in love with captors. I do understand that I’m probably in the minority with this and I’m totally cool with it, I also understand that it is a kink and people enjoy this type of story, and that’s totally cool as well. I’m not bagging anyone out for what they enjoy.
I guess I’m torn. I enjoyed some of the characters interactions, and I enjoyed the small bit of character development and the relationships that grew from this, I kinda wish there was more of a point to the story though. I love a good character driven story, I just like a bit more plot to go along with it is all, and I’m not huge fan of the instalove thing, sometimes it can work but it’s a very rare occasion.
If you’re looking for a character driven story with gratuitously graphic sex scenes that stretch across a number of taboo subjects, and you can get past the non existent plot and the instalove Stockholm Syndrome vibe this one is throwing out, give it a crack. It’s entertaining just for Diesel I reckon.