Unjustly Destroyed by Marie Skye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
I feel the very first thing I need to say is that this is a very dark read, for adults only. The book contains very explicit content, on many different levels.
The tamest of these is the BDSM content, and there is absolutely nothing tame about that. Since the whole 50 Shades phenomena, I have read so much more about domination and submission than I ever thought I would, but this book goes more deeply into that than probably any other I have read. Quite frankly, I am ready for a new trend (and for the love of all things cranky, not the stepbrothers trend either) but I will not hold that against this author, or any other than delves into the s and m arena. This one is definitely well written on that front, and quite creative. While I am issuing what has become fairly standard warnings in my reviews, and while skirting any potential spoilers, I will add that almost any potential trigger warning I have ever seen addressed does come up within these pages.
The second thing to address is that this is the second book in what I believe is to be a trilogy, and it is not really a stand alone. I suppose you could read it as such, but I would highly recommend reading Ms. Skye's Incapable first. As it was Unjustly Destroyed that came to us for review, I almost did that, but am glad the author/publisher/PR team (not sure who presented it) suggested that Incapable be read first. I am pretty convinced that having not read these together in the order they were intended would have left me despising the hero, Grayson Mandrake, and he doesn't deserve that. He really is a pretty good guy, but mainstream he certainly is not (unless your idea of mainstream is dominant billionaire, which for some readers I can understand if they have begun to feel that way - sorry, I am digressing into my curmudgeonly rants, and this series should not be judged on that.)
Emmalin Ross is our heroine, and assuming you have read Incapable as well, you know that she has not led an easy life, but she has done a fine job of moving past all of the obstacles that have been her path in life almost since birth. Poor thing, as much as she would deserve it, I can't say that there has been any real change in that trend in this addition to her story. As I mentioned, this is a dark read, but if anyone deserves a happily ever after, it is this girl! I also mentioned that this is the second of what I believe to be a trilogy, so, that does mean that we will have to wait at least one more book until we find out if she finally gets one. As much as my feelings on these books have gone up, down and sideways, I will be pretty eagerly waiting to find out if she ever gets one.
I would say this book also falls into the thriller category as well as dark romance. Emmalin can not seem to escape the demons of her past. The editing is well done, and I found few if any errors, and they were not enough to take me out of the book over. I always appreciate that, especially when I have been in a slump of books that I can't say that about lately so it is definitely appreciated. I would recommend for those sure they can handle a very dark and explicit read.
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