Black Ice - The Dark Kingdom Chronicles (Forbidden Lust)

Angelika Devlyn
Black Ice - The Dark Kingdom Chronicles (Forbidden Lust)
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Chimera Books, Ltd.
Release Date
June 2010
Book 1 of Dark Kingdom Chronicles
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

After a serious car accident Ronnie awakens to find herself restrained, at the mercy of a stranger calling himself her ‘Protector'. Theo, a Destaurian Guard, is part of an Order dedicated to the protection of the Magic Box of Destiny, a time portal once controlled by an ancient family of witches called the Pandoras.

Ronnie is drawn into Theo's world, now a Child of Destiny, central to the Destaurians' plans to thwart mankind's destruction through the release of the perils of the Box into the world. Theo convinces her she must retrieve the Box before the witches' power increases. But the Child of Destiny must also fulfil the Council's dictate to join with Theo as one, and breed to guarantee the safety of the Goddess within her – Theo's first love.

For years unaware of the protection afforded to her, Ronnie must now help save the world from chaos, and seemingly has no choice, but to obey…

Book Review by Renee Rearden (author,reviewer)
Jul 21, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
189 people found the following review helpful
If the gods really existed, how would they regard humanity—with concern for our care and well-being or merely as playthings for their entertainment?

Prometheus and his immortal guardians have a very different explanation for the ways of the worlds…that's right, ours and theirs. Eons ago, Prometheus, tasked with guarding the Goddess of Hope in Destauria, fell in love with his charge. The gods punished both worlds by declaring Hope can only return through a Child of Destiny from Earth, a female, whose body in Destauria will house Hope's soul.
Sound interesting but complicated? It is…but it gets clearer.

Ronnie Weaver is in a car accident. When she awakes, she's tied to a bed, in a room she doesn't recognize, with a man she doesn't know—with no memories of her life. Then Prometheus tells her he's her protector, she's a Child of Destiny, and both her world and his depend upon her accepting her fate.

Wow, that's a lot to handle—and Prometheus uses every method of instruction he knows to bend Ronnie's will to his own: sensuous, titillating, humiliating and degrading. Come on, two worlds are at stake here.

The complexity of this world is fascinating with its layering of new interpretations of myths and gods and their interactions with our world. Unfortunately, the active story beginning, then narrative back story and finally present day action made the story a bit difficult to initially follow. A lot of information comes hard and fast…in a historical and erotic sense—with some eye-opening techniques!

Ronnie's strong sense of survival shows her character strength. I loved the fact Ronnie's boyfriend Tim does everything he can to find her and save her. Every girl wants that kind of devotion, right? On the flipside, I would have liked more information about the research Ronnie and Tim had done. That wasn't clear enough.

There were also a few inconsistencies…Ronnie had NO memory, so why did she have to be treated as she was in order to accept her new life? That would seem an easy task for an already blank slate. There were also a few erotic indulgences that didn't fit with the threat and urgency of the situation. Though some were great scenes, they didn't gel with the plot movement.

If you like mythology weaved into your erotica, your characters tied in knots (and with other things), and your relationships dominated by a serious alpha male, this is the book for you. I personally am not interested in a domineering hero and submissive heroine, but this book has a lot to offer for those that are.
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