Misha is a common pickpocket until his boss gives him a new job. Disguised as a whore, Misha is sent to work for one of the most powerful men in the city. But his real task is far more dangerous: get close to Miguel Donato, and find something – anything – that will help topple Davlova’s corrupt government.
Misha is plunged into the decadent world of the upper class, where slaves are common and even the most perverse pleasure can be found. Although he’s sure Davlova’s elite is involved in something horrific, proof is hard to come by, and Misha begins to fall in love with the man he’s supposed to betray. Then Misha meets Ayo – a sex slave forced by the neural implant in his brain to take pleasure from pain – and everything changes. As the lower class pushes toward a bloody revolution, Misha will find himself caught between his surprising feelings for Donato, his obligations to his clan, and his determination to save Ayo.
Warning: This book contains graphic descriptions of violent sexual acts of questionable consent that may be disturbing to some readers.
The Review - 5/5
Everyone who knows me knows that I like my HEA and on the surface this book doesn't have the traditional walk into the sunset ending. BUT... stick with me here. I felt as happy when I reached the end of this book as I would in a normal HEA finish. WHY? Because,this is book 1 in a two book journey and ends at a pivotal point in Misha's life with a more than satisfying ending.
The description in this book is stunning, and the imagery in my head created from the words was vivid and raw. The sex scenes didn't disturb me, and they weren't excused away by the author with faint apology. They too were real and raw, and fitted the story perfectly.
This was a very bold route for the author to take and I admire her greatly for getting this story out there.
I can't wait for book 2.