Title: Devil’s Slave (American Monsters #1)
Author: Lola Hale
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre(s): Dark Erotica, Romantic Erotica
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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.
Lola Hale is a new to me author. I saw this book recommended on another blog and it sounded like it would be right up my alley. An ex-cop forced to be a sex slave? Yes, please!
This was a DNF for me. I got about 35% in and was bored to pieces.
The initial set up seemed to be decent. Hugh is an ex-cop working as a private investigator. He drunkenly stumbles upon a botched kidnapping and something about the entire scenario bugs Hugh (aside from a young girl being held against her will). He’s on the scene when the police arrive and clearly there’s some backstory with the arriving officer, Peg. Things become pretty cliché. Peg warns Hugh to stay far away from the case. Hugh pretends he will but follows up on the van he spied lurking around the crime scene. Follows up on the license plate through “connections in the department” and conducts a little stakeout which leads him to some underground sex club with the wealthy and well-known. Which in turn is connected to a human trafficking ring. Hugh is in deep, but he knows he can’t ask Peg for help because there’s no telling how far the corruption extends.
I kept plugging along anyway despite the storyline not being enthralling. Dom is introduced, and the way he’s introduced is just ridiculous. His hands are covered in blood, and basically, Hugh breaks the speed barrier trying to get back to his car after being discovered by Dom. All of this was not working for me.
But I kept plugging along.Read: I’m a masochist.
Hugh and Dom make a deal, and Hugh has to “audition” to be Dom’s. Hugh has agreed to do whatever the man wants but in exchange for his services; he needs help finding a missing girl (whose introduction was somewhat convoluted. I gathered she’s the daughter of Hugh’s deceased lover).
I called it quits.
The writing is odd, not bad not good but odd. Interesting maybe?
In any case, from what I read, I can say Devil’s Slave was worthy of two stars but what didn’t work for me may indeed work for another reader.