Review: Transcending Darkness by Airicka Phoenix
One: Sign the contract.
Juliette Romero had a debt to pay, a debt that wasn’t even hers. But it was the only way to keep her family safe and all she had to do was sell her body and soul to the devil.
Killian McClary wasn’t called the Scarlet Wolf for nothing. He’d been the head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen and had built a reputation for being a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to running the city’s underbelly, not to mention merciless when it came to punishing those who betray him. He didn’t believe in weaknesses. Only results. Juliette, with her shy smiles and hot little body was a weakness unlike any other and yet he was powerless to resist one more taste of her sweet flesh.
Two: Become his for a year.
When given the choice between her life or her body, what could Juliette possibly do, but submit to a man whose very name invoked fear in the hearts of others? She just never anticipated falling for his dark, hungry eyes and clever hands, or the way the beast in him made her feel oddly safe and cherished.
But what will happen when Killian’s dark past finally catches up to him and threatens the woman he can no longer imagine himself without? What will happen when both sides find themselves caught in a web of passion, lies and broken promises? Can Juliette tame the wolf or will her love for him devour them both?
Three: Don’t fall in love.
Boundaries will be crossed, loyalties will be tested and lives will be changed forever.
The evil you know vs the devil you don’t
Airkicka Phoenix has the uncanny ability to invite you into the cozy warm confines of her book and make you say thank you for the chilling experince. I read the blurb, I read the reviews. I admired the pretty cover. I knew I had to have it. It was calling to me, tempting me to see the latest creation. I caved. I had a few minutes on my lunch break. I assumed I could make it linger, delight in the naughtiness, smile with the sarcastic humor so often found in Airicka’s stories. Turns out, it was a lie. I had to stop reading because I couldn’t put my real life on hold. Yet the world never left my mind. It’s a sexy (oh so wonderfully naughty) story. It is aso soo much more!
Killian is sexy, mysterious, wealthy. Juliette is struggling, sacrificing, about to be pulled under and give up. That is about the end of the cliche. The emotion is raw, gritty. The sex is steamy and dirty. The family tension/drama is alive and accurate, resounding with everyone who’s ever loved someone, dealt with teenagers or had friends who were closer than family. When faced with bad choices, knowing there is no positive outcome, can you take a chance on the unknown?