When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader's failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn't live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn't long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers. 

Word Count: ~12,600 words. 

(This dark erotica novella caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their goals...no matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things. 

Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button. 

Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica. It contains graphic depravity and cruelty that will be offensive and potentially triggering to some readers. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.) 


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

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.



What Jace thought he would be doing and what he ends up doing are complete opposites when he, willingly, takes the fall for his lover, Spencer Smith. He ends up in the hands of a powerful witch, Elias Ivers who is depraved and dangerous. He’s manipulative and very cunning and he loves every minute of it and the more victims he has the better he likes it.


Elias is evil, make no mistake, but I don’t like Spencer either and I hope that he gets what’s coming to him for being the weasel he is. But, right now Elias has to break Jace one way or another so he sets into motion edging, humiliation, electrical stimulation, and a lot of puppy play. He wants Jace to be his pet so he’s treating him as his dog and Jace is strong but he will break, eventually.


The battle going on inside Jace’s head is just as relevant and life-altering as the one going on in front of him when he opens his eyes. He thought he was stronger, mentally and physically. He thought it would take more to break him and make him beg. He thought he would be dead before the next sunrise, although I imagine he is pretty sure he is in Hell.


We get bits and pieces of Jace’s history as he thinks back over things in his mind, but the story mainly centers around Elias Ivers, the witch, and breaking Jace as his pet. You get the feeling there is a lot more at play with possibly a lot more players even but, as of now we are kept in the dark. I can’t help but feel like Elias is playing everyone right now and it’s all falling into place just as he wants it too. He is definitely a mastermind who keeps ten steps ahead of everyone else.


I was pretty much glued to the pages from start to finish. The author has a way with words that grabs the readers attention and you stay on edge the whole time. My only complaint is, I really wanted to know more about the Status Quo and what it means and how it came about and I was hoping we would get that here in the first book. Maybe the next. The author list warnings and I always advise readers to pay attention because they are there for a reason. 4 STARS


About the Author

R. Phoenix (aka Raissa 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 slavedriver 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... fucked 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/