Welcome to release blitz organized by Give Me Books Promotions for a very dark romance – Owned by Him by Raven Amor. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, an excerpt, couple of teasers, and a review. So, here is the book of the day 😊
Title: Owned by Him
Author: Raven Amor
Publication date: February 28th 2020
Genres: Dark Romantic Suspense
Lillianna would do anything for her dad. But the bond of family can be a knife that cuts deep. Her father owed a lot of money. In the ultimate betrayal, he bartered Lilliana as his payment.
Traded to her brother’s best friend. The man who she once loved, her childhood prince.
Malachi Kingston is now the monster who stole her freedom.
Yet as secrets from the past surface, and the pair battle against their darkest desires.
Blood will be spilled. Heart will be broken. Bullets will fly and lives lost.
From author Raven Amor comes, Owned by Him, a suspenseful dark romance that will leave readers breathless!
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He grabs me by the throat and shoves me into the wall, causing the plasterboard to fall to the floor. Those black eyes penetrate me. His fingers tremble around my neck, and I know it’s because he wants to squeeze harder. It’s the first time I truly fear him; I see the man who was born into the world of crime and violence. I know he sees my fear, senses it the same way a predator does his prey. As his lips stretch into a wolfish smirk, he squeezes my neck tighter, cutting off my airways, showing me he has the power to end me right here in this shithole of a flat, the same place he sat and played video games with me. He’s telling me none of that matters, that I’m nothing to him.
Malachi turns so fast, releasing my neck. I gasp, trying so hard to pull in the oxygen my lungs burn for that I don’t have time to process what’s happening. That’s when I see the smooth metal of the gun he had hidden pushed hard against my dad’s temple. So hard that a trickle of blood falls like a crimson tear.
“What are you doing?” I whisper, too terrified to even breathe or make the wrong move.
My heart stutters as he releases the safety catch, finger steady on the trigger.
“His payment will be paid!” With the gun to my father’s temple, he’s clearly telling me that if I don’t agree to his demands, he’s killing my father. He’s going to make me watch as he blows his brains across the tiny flat. Malachi knows what he is doing. He’s pulling the strings, and now he’s going to watch me dance.
His decision is unwavering. There is no remorse in his eyes as his finger draws back, hand completely steady.
He is a monster.
Shutting my eyes against the pain, a tear escapes. I’m mourning the man I used to know, my freedom, and the girl I know will be changed forever with my answer.
Raven loves writing dark romance wrapped in suspense. She loves finding the beauty in the pain, love in tragedy. And of course writing those hot scenes.
Raven describes her books as darkness mixed with blood stained passion.
Raven is fluent in sarcasm and adult language.
If you can’t find Raven in her writing cave or editing hell. Then you will find her curled up with a book lost in the words of other authors. Raven has three daughters and one man child. All who she adores. She comes from a large welsh family who are completely crazy in all the right ways.
You can find Raven on Facebook and Instagram. Or hanging out in her group Raven Rebels.
Title: Owned by Him
Author: Raven Amor
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Source: eARC via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for everyone who enjoys dark and twisted romantic suspense with morally questionable characters.
The once grey walls are now covered in graffiti, as if I’m following some screwed up yellow brick road that’s leading me home.
Actually I don’t even know how to put my thoughts on paper or in this case on the screen. This book was everything that was promised to me.
😈It was dark and twisted.
💥It was a suspense in a way that a few times my heart was pounding so hard that I was afraid it would break out of my chest.
💔There was so much pain and tragedy that broke my heart over and over again.
💕There was love and beauty.
🩸There was blood, death and ruthless cruelty.
💖There was so much rawness and emotions that I lived a whole lifetime between the pages of this one book.
💘There were secrets, twists and turns that still made me feel like I got stabbed in my heart most of the time. It didn’t matter that I saw them all coming, I still felt everything.
🔥There was passion, some steamy scenes and intense moments.
London doesn’t have the mob. Instead, it has something worse: the Kingstons.
Lilliana’s father made a deal with Dark Prince (Malachi Kingston, her brother’s best friend and ruler of the underground), he sold her to him in-exchange for the money that he owned. That’s how this dark tale of hate-to-love romance starts and then brings you into a world of ruthless cruelty and heart-shattering pain with some twists that will make you feel way too many emotions at once.
“Please.” A single tear escapes, burning its way down my cheek. I hate myself for showing any sort of weakness, especially in front of Malachi and his thugs. He isn’t the kind of man to scoop up my tears and free me of my sadness. He would put the tear to his lips and taste its saltiness, savour the taste of my pain as if it’s the finest wine.
The book had two POVs mainly Lilliana’s, but sometimes we also had Malachi’s chapters. The main and side characters were complex and well developed. They had more than just one shade of colour, not just black or grey or white or pink, but still all of them were in some way or another very twisted and messed up.
I watch her eyes as they take me in, everything that is around me, and I know she sees it: The monster have become.
Dark Prince was a monster, a cruel and ruthless man, however, even in the blackest parts of his heart, sometimes there was still some light of Malachi in there. He was the type of a hero that you hate and love at the same time, as he so very slowly, step by step grows on you, even if you didn’t want to forgive him, at the end your battle against him will be lost. Malachi is one of the best anti-heroes that you will love to hate.
“Betray me, and you will regret it. You’re right, I am not my father. I am so much worse. Your own shadow will be scared. The paranoia will grow day by day. it will fester, eat at you from the inside, wondering where I am, is today the day I come. Because make no mistake, I will come.”
Lilliana was strong and brave. The way she grew and changed during the pages of this book was something else, she surprised me the most. I loved how her childhood’s love for fairy tales was intertwined in her present thoughts.
While I have been fighting for Hayden, Jack and Malachi, I never stopped to realise that no one had been fighting for me. Prince was right, no one was coming to save me. No ever have been. The princes in my story chucked me to the dragon. Sold and bought me.
But I’m no princess either. I’m not this snivelling poor girl. My whole life I have had to fight, to survive, to work out the twisted rules of this world.
The few flashbacks we had were amazing, especially the one where she was 8 years old, that was the cutest thing ever. She was adorable and sweet. Also we had a glimpse of Malachi as someone she loved, as her Prince. She really had thing for fairy tales, princesses and princes who save them.
“This is Prince. He’s my friend,” Hayden introduces, but the boy doesn’t seem to like that name because he frowns at my brother.
Wait! A prince? My mouth drops open. There is a real prince here! I hold my dirty dress, crossing my legs, and bow.
“What the hell? Did she just curtsy?” His voice is low and grumbles. I like the sound.
Hayden smirks, rubbing my hair. “Princess here loves fairy tales.”
I do. I really do. Hayden reads them to me all the time. They have pretty dresses and hair that is long, apart from one. She doesn’t have long hair, but she whistles and makes animals come, and that is so cool. The princes have white horses and save princesses, take them to their castles, their kingdoms, forever.
“Are you here to save me?” I whisper, in complete awe of the man standing in front of me. He is handsome, also like the princes in my books. I can’t believe he’s a real prince. That’s what princes do; they save the princesses.
There should be many trigger warnings put out there like blinking signs of some questionable bar on the side of highway breaking the peaceful darkness of night. Some of the warnings include death of family member, abuse, violence, rape, torture, kidnapping, depression, blood and countless crimes. This book is not for faint of heart.
Beauty, you’re lost in darkness, but you are not alone. I’m coming for you. I will always find you. I see your unshed tears, hear your silent screams. Grief has you held prisoner, but he doesn’t know you’re mine.
There were not really much of negative things that I could say because I really liked this book, the story and complexity of characters and the emotional roller-coaster ride that it took me on. But let’s get to the point.
So the language, don’t get me wrong for most of the part I liked it, some times the writing was quite beautiful, however, there were moments were it was repetitive, like both protagonists call each others hair raven hair. Can’t one of them use a different word because people tend to use different words for describing hair colour, for example, I would never say raven hair. So why do both of them do that? Then blood was so many times called ruby read that I just wanted to scream at Lilliana to use some other word to describe colour of blood, because reading hundred times the same simile is a bit annoying.
There were couple of mistakes with ages, like in most of the book there is 10 years age gap between Lillian and Malachi, but at the end they say it’s 12 years. Also in the flash back, where she is 8 years old and he is 18, she tells him that she will marry him (that was so cute) then at the end they say that those time she was 5 years old. It’s not that big of a deal but it just bothered me.
Then there were couple of questions that were left unanswered, however, both of them were such things that the answer may never have come anyway, so I kind of forgave that.
Glass, blood, roses, thorns, rivers of ruby. It all clashes together, spills on the floor. Beauty, pain, love, tragedy. All of them opposites and yet they belong.
If you are looking for morally clean characters then this book is not for you. If you are looking for sweet and fluffy love story, then this book is not for you. But if you want to feel raw emotions and in a way like someone punched you in the stomach then this book is for you. If you can handle very dark themes in fiction and morally dark and challenged characters, then this story is for you.
Prince’s words slam into me, and instead of hurting, cutting me to the very soul, they make sense. They break me open, shatter me, bury their way deep inside and then tear me apart, make me at long last lose the weight that was holding me down like an albatross. Hope.
It has finally fled, not returning, not muted behind everything else. It’s gone. disappeared like sand in the wind. There is nothing, no one left. Only me.
He was right, hope has no place, not with people like me. This isn’t a fairy tale. My prince didn’t save me, he destroyed me. They forget to tell you that princes can be evil, can take your heart and rip it out of your chest.
I loved this book mainly because it was an emotionally powerful and exhilarating reading experience for me.
The only thing you can do now, is to check out this dark gem of a book for yourself. What are your thoughts on the synopsis, excerpts and quotes? Did it unexpectedly kidnapped your thoughts?
Lady of Bookland