Friday, June 1, 2018

Prey by Cari Silverwood Release Blitz

To stay 'alive', a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years.

When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I'm busy.

After seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she'd rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam.

Everything goes wrong, of course.

Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila.

Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch...release...catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely?

Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who's had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life.

What if he isn't quite the monster she thought he was...
What if he wants her to be his sacrifice?

Warning: This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being caught by a monster.

Author Note: This is not the normal level of dark that Cari Silverwood writes. This is the dark you reach for when you're all darked out and one step from seeing your therapist. Some of this story is FUN. Dark twisted fun, but fun nevertheless.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a mind-bending bit of erotica from a new-to-me author. Every so often I like to push my boundaries and sign up for something outside of my comfort zone. Even so, I definitely wasn’t ready for alien shape shifters with giant stone cocks. I can enjoy sci-fi and I can enjoy erotica. But this pushed boundaries I didn’t even know I had.

With only the tiniest nod to a plot, the story is a string of dark sexual fantasies. And honestly, none of them were my fantasies. The scenes with the giant stone cocks had me wincing in sympathetic pain. The dub-con/non-con scenes made me cross and had me thinking way too hard. Even the female sex slave sacrifice tradition didn’t work for me.

Everyone is different and I’m sure there is a niche audience who will really respond to this book. Personally, I need a little more plot, a whole lot more dialogue, reasonably sized cocks, and clear consent between sexual partners. Guess I’m a bit of a prude.

I need to preface this review by stating I'm not sure what the spirit of the novel was meant to be – you'll understand what I mean by that as I continue onward with the review.

I struggled from the first page, unsure what to expect. The cover and the use of 'dark' had me thinking it would be darker themes. As I read, it was so over-the-top forced, I viewed it as satire. That is what my comment above was about.

Mila tries too hard to sound like a badass from the get-go. She's on a rescue mission for her sister. The world-building is spit out at the reader with little to no explanation, but I just rolled with it and wasn't too confused, because the world-building obviously isn't the point. Definitely science fiction in nature, which I enjoy.

The entire plot consists of two points: rescue the sister for Mila, a successful sacrifice for Zarblu. The plot was merely a device to propel Mila into unconventional, semi dubious consent sexual situations. I'm all for darker themes, when it comes to unconventional and dub-con, but this was so over the top it was comical.

As I said, I'm not sure what the vibe was supposed to be, so I feel badly stating this. I wasn't titillated or aroused by the content. So far out of the realm of believability, I found entertainment via humor.

Recommended to fans of the author, science-fiction erotica where unrealistic sex overpowers all plot. Obviously, I was not the intended audience.

This is the first book in a new series – I will definitely be looking out for the next one to see how it could top this one for super crazy. I don't read a lot of sci-fi paranormal shifter books, but every so often the blurb just drags me in and I love the depths of crazy to which an author can take us. This certainly did that, but I did not see any of the dark that it suggested, rather I found it sweetly entertaining.

For me, Mila worked perfectly as a character because of the creature living in her. Her ability to disassociate from the peril was thanks to a strong realisation that she did not have much to lose. As any reader will find out, her fate is pretty scary, so some final dastardly deeds hardly seem an issue. It does make her sister's behaviour pretty unkind, but Mila does get the very best type of revenge – inspired in fact!

Lord Zarblu is a massive contradiction, but Mila gets to the heart of his issues... fear. And he finds that she may just have cured him by the end (I sort of hope that we get to see how in future installments). The sex scenes were, for me, not terribly erotic, as they involved the potential of far too much pain, and not in a good way!

At the core of this book is a rather cute romance, which was utterly unexpected, but rather fun.

Cari Silverwood is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of kinky darkness or sometimes of dark kinkiness. When others are writing bad men doing bad things, you may find her writing good men who accidentally on purpose fall into the abyss and come out with their morals twisted in knots.

Lately some bad men with excellent persuasion skills have taken over her books. She may need an intervention.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1) by Cari Silverwood to read and review for this tour.

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