Title: Devil’s Slave (American Monsters #1)
Author: Lola Hale
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre(s): Dark Erotic Thriller
Page Count: 188
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.88 stars out of 5
I thought I knew what hell was. After years as a cop, I was sure I’d seen the worst humanity had to offer.
I had no f*cking idea.
Now I know I’ve seen hell. Hell is the basement of an industrial warehouse where the rich, bored and psychotic buy their pleasure at the cost of innocent men and women.
I will take these bastards down, but first, I have to let myself be sold…
My life as a sexual slave should destroy me. Maybe I’m made for hell because as much as I want to end Domingo Morgan and his sick empire, I can’t wait for the next moment I feel his hands on my throat.
Every day I spend as his property, I crave him a little bit more.
Lover. Cop. Victim. Damned if I know who I am anymore. My life as Hugh Kincaid, police officer, is over. The only thing that means anything, the only thing that matters now, is that I belong to him.
Lola Hale explores your darkest erotic fantasies in DEVIL’S SLAVE, the first book in her addictive male/male American Monsters trilogy. This book contains explicit content, including dubious consent.
This is me while reading this book…
Not going to lie. In the beginning the book started out a bit rough for me. A struggle. Overall, I think it was due to the author’s writing style. However, I kept reading and by the end I was acquainted with it. The only thing that kept bothering me was the phrase, ‘a beat’. Couldn’t the author used a better transition or term like, “after a moment” or something similar? Nonetheless, in the end I found myself needing and wanting more. So much so, I put up with reading the phrase, ‘a beat’ every so often. That, and it helps that it doesn’t read like it did in the beginning.
I enjoyed both MC’s of the book and I assume we’ll find out more about each character, adding to their depth as the story goes on. So far we have Hugh, the ex-cop. He is very sarcastic, which I like. You also can tell there is a story there waiting to be told. Something happened to make him do a complete 180 and end up addicted to alcohol and drugs. We are given some pieces to the overall puzzle, but ultimately not enough to draw any type of conclusion. Then there is Dom, the “psychopath”. He is very matter of fact to a point of awkwardness, yet from time to time he seems like he just might have a heart. I’m intrigued on how he came to be, who he is and who really is out to get him.
Please note, if you’re expecting a very dark book, this isn’t it. Believe me I have read a few books that are darker than this. I’m not saying I don’t like it, just given the subject matter I thought there would be more abuse/struggle while stripping a person down. My only assumption is that there’s a reason behind this.
This is a trilogy, so please keep in mind that there is a cliffhanger. I have to say I am a bit upset that Estelle is in the picture. I feel she is going to put a rift between Hugh and Dom; especially since Hugh is experiencing mixed feelings.
Triggers: Physical and emotional abuse, dubcon, kidnapping, and addiction to drugs and alcohol.