#Review RECOIL A "Ripples In The Status Quo" Story #3 by R. Phoenix + Giveaway
AUTHOR: R. PHOENIX
SERIES: RIPPLES IN THE STATUS QUO - BOOK THREE
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 8, 2016
Over the past decade, Khaz has watched as supernatural creatures like himself have turned the world into their own personal playground. Unlike the others, he didn't benefit from the Takeover, and every time he sells himself to keep a roof over his head, he's keenly aware of that fact. His landlord, a renowned slaver, offers him the chance to catch up on his rent by breaking a human.
Groomed to fight, Noah has survived by giving himself over to his hatred of those who took everything away from humanity. When the werewolf can't break him, he's given to the vampire instead-and he's sure this will be no different. The problem is that even the harsh lessons the Rebellion taught him couldn't prepare him for someone like Khaz...who always has an ace up his sleeve.
Word Count: ~28,300.
Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may be offensive to some readers.
The first three ‘Ripples in the Status Quo’ works (‘Bought,’ ‘Ravel,’ and ‘Recoil’) were originally written as standalone works. However, upon request, revisions were made to weave them into an interconnected series.
‘Bought,’ ‘Ravel,’ and ‘Recoil’ can be read independently of one another, but the story benefits from these works being read in order.
‘Owned’ takes place immediately after ‘Recoil’ and three weeks after the end of ‘Bought.’ ‘Temper’ follows ‘Ravel’ and picks up during ‘Owned.’
1. Bought. [Dark Erotica] - FREE. Jace & Elias.
2. Ravel. [Romance] - Ashton & Reese.
3. Recoil. [Dark Erotic Romance.] - Khaz & Noah.
4. Owned. [Dark Erotica. Follows events in Bought and Recoil.] - Khaz & Noah, Jace & Elias.
5. Temper. [Dark Erotica. Follows events in Ravel and crosses with Owned.] - Ashton & Reese, Jace & Elias.
RECOIL was a captivating story that sucked me in from the very first page.
Khaz, a vampire who thrives from the touch of another, is given the task of breaking a captured human for the slave auction. He thinks it will be simple and accomplished easily and with the money promised for a job well done he can live easily once again in his small apartment hiding away from everything and everyone.
What he didn’t count on was the human having an inner strength as well as a physical strength left after already encountering so many days of torture and abuse. Most of all, Noah has a fighting will that can not be broken, at least, easily. He’s impressed and very curious with this human who, at times, lets his intelligence slip allowing Khaz a glimpse behind the mask he wears.
Oh my, Noah breaks my heart in so many ways. It’s obvious he has never had or known love of any kind. From an early age his father started training him to fight but, still never being good enough to earn his father’s praise.
He has never even thought of another man before, also due to his fathe’s verbal abuse and training, but he admits, if only to himself, that he is fascinated with Khaz and that royally pisses him off. He hates vampires with a passion and now he’s considering kissing one. His traitorous thoughts and feelings are like writings on a wall to Khaz who has every intention of exploring them all.
Caught up in a whirlwind of feelings and emotions that he has never experienced before in his life, he can’t help by revel in them. If only he could turn his mind off for the time being. He knows he shouldn’t be doing what he’s doing with the vampire and he loathes Khaz and himself equally for giving in but, he can’t be stopped now that he has had a taste of desire and passion on his tongue.
As Noah succumbs to the pleasure from Khaz he is mesmerized by the feelings and sensations that he never knew existed. He has only ever known pain and now through Khaz he is being shown kindness and intimacy and he wants more.
You will be a witness to his turmoil, his volatile behavior, but you quickly find yourself drawn to this man who carries so much pain. He finds strength to rise above, after days of suffering and starving, for the chance to know something good, feel something good.
R. Phoenix writes with an intensity that easily pulls the reader inside the story and captivates you till the end. There is mystery and intrigue, fear of the unknown, fear of what is known, and yet you continue on because you need to know the outcome. I was completely immersed inside the world she created around Khaz and Noah and I hated to see it come to an end.
Noah’s journey has been painful and heartbreaking but he still holds his head high and is willing to fight for what he believes in. However, this time Noah has no say in what is about to happen. Khaz has taken matters into his own hands, and now we must wait, the same as Khaz, and see if he made the right choice. 5 STARS
About The Author
R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it's terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers.
If she had it her way, she would describe the books in her "Ripples in the Status Quo" world as: "Supernatural creatures take over the world and turn humans into pets and food. There's some sex between guys. And... um... effed up things happen." It's probably a good thing she has people around her to remind her that she actually wants people to read her books. (They should really be more diligent, especially when they know she's writing her author bio.)
She's an author, stay-at-home mother, housewife, second time college student, and duck herder extraordinaire. She's learning how to cook without burning the house down, her garden is somehow neither drowning nor drying up, and one day she might remember what that mythical thing called "free time" is. She's starting to wonder who thought it was a good idea to write bios in third person.
She also tries entirely too hard to be funny, and she mercilessly inflicts her terrible sense of humor upon anyone who speaks to her. Really, it's not you. It's her. All the same, she'd love it if you'd say hello, because it makes her day to hear that someone read something she wrote. If they enjoyed it, there's usually an awkward happy dance and embarrassing sounds of joy to accompany it (no, not that kind of sound, you perv). If all of that hasn't scared you away, please visit her website at http://rphoenix.theupsideis.com/ • Goodreads • Amazon Author Page or • Twitter
★★For my review on Bought• Book One • Click HERE
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