3,5 stars. Rounded up.Normally I rate my books solely according to my reading enjoyment. But sometimes it is difficult to rate a book, because I don't know where to place it. [b:Devil's Slave|32310231|Devil's Slave (American Monsters, #1)|Lola Hale|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1475097542s/32310231.jpg|52937838] is one of those books.
I read it in one sitting and I enjoyed some parts A LOT, but there are also some parts that were STRANGE and difficult to judge.
The blurb sounded intriguing and even if dom/sub/sexual slave
topic is not my usual genre, I became curious because of a mystery aspect in it that made this novel interesting for me. A police officer who goes undercover as a sex slave and enters a dangerous world of trafficking and slave trade where justice means making your own rules? YES!
If you don't like when an author tells EVERYTHING, without giving you a chance to use your own brain, then it is your book. [a:Lola Hale|15897942|Lola Hale|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] leaves open a lot of elbowroom for speculations and guessing. It is for sure a book that let you make your own inferences.
Hugh Kincaid is thirty-seven, an ex-cop and an ex-private investigator, an ex-junkie who keeps living off disability, spending his time sleeping and drinking and swallowing pills to fight down the nightmare. We get the story of Hugh's social decline, but the author didn't explain what happened to his partner David, under what circumstances did he die. His death was for sure the trigger of Hugh's fall.
When Shiloh, a daughter of David disappears, everything speaks for a kidnapping. It is not the first and probably not the last kidnapping in the area - thirty-six kidnappings in four months. The most victims are runaways and homeless. No one cares. Hugh suspects that police is somehow involved and that corruption runs deep, it is why he starts to investigate on his own. He discovers a closed private club for wealthy and mighty, and with some tricks obtains an access to a private party, and soon after he is a property of a very reach, attractive and dominant Domingo Morgan.
This book is dark, bloody and HOT AS HELL. It is no doubt, well-written, though the writing style is very unusual. For me it is in the first place an erotic thriller. With emphasis on erotic
. I normally not a fan of BDSM themes, but I couldn't get enough here. The sexual tension between Hugh and Domingo made my kindle melting, BURNING in my hands! Hugh discovers a submissive side in himself that he doesn't even know existed. But for Domingo, who used to train slaves and trade them, isn't a big deal to recognize it.
Even if the main reason I picked up this book, was a PROMISED mystery, I think it was actually the weakest part in the plot. It was chaotic and not convincing. The mystery that I'm talking about, strangely happened to be not about a missing Shiloh. But about...something different (I don't want to spoil you anything. Nevertheless, I think that without a mystery part running alternately in the background/foreground I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. Yes, despite of its weak performance.But sex...oh... yes...sex scenes were delicious...**Copy provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**