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Review: Hunted by Cerys du Lys

cover35448-mediumTitle: Hunted
Author: Cerys du Lys
Genre: Fairy tale, erotica
Release Date: June 12th 2015
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 326
Rating: 1 Stars

Hidden in the woods sits a mansion. Rumors say it’s commanded by a beast-cursed man who crossed a witch nearly a century ago.

Danya has no time for rumors and fantasies, though. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, now trapped by her father’s constant debt, she struggles just to care for her family. She’s shamed herself, sold her body, all to make some coin and ward the debtors away for a little while longer.

One day someone will find her and love her and offer her a better life. Right?

The one who comes for her is nothing like what she expects, though. The beast-cursed man of legends knows her scent and he hunts for her lust like a wolf pursuing a rabbit through the underbrush. He wants her, needs her, desires her body, and yet…

There’s a reason the witch cursed him in the first place, isn’t there? The lord’s son, Everett, trapped as a man in wolf’s clothing, bound to the witch’s whim. Can Danya hope to tame his wild ways, undo his curse, and find love in the process, or is she merely a pleasure toy to him, some sexual prey meant to be Hunted?

Impassioned, steamy, and haunting. This evocative fairy tale of obsession, lust, and erotic thrill will enchant you, romance you, and leave you feeling bewitched.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Initially, I was excited for this story because Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, and I love erotic fairy tales. However, the story was off-putting from the very beginning.

I am very much against slut-shaming, but Danya was obnoxious. Even as someone who enjoys sex, I found her character unbelievable, unrelatable, and extremely childish. I thought she made poor decisions and her sex drive bordered on ridiculous. I couldn’t force myself to like her, or her sister for that matter who fell in love after being ravaged by a man she didn’t even know.

This story had a lot of potential, but somewhere early in the beginning, the train jumped the track and never seemed to get back on. I almost did not finish it. I reached a sex scene where the Beast was shoving Danya’s breast onto plate with a steak she was eating as he took her fiercely from behind and I just had to set the book down. I could not even pretend to find this erotic. Most of the erotic scenes were not horrible, some were actually pretty steamy, but some reached a point of absurd.

I did pick it back up at a later date to finish it. It never became any better, but it also did not get worse. What I did appreciate about this book was the author’s courage to write erotic scenes that differed from the cliché and overused mainstream formula you can find in pretty much any novel you pick up.

❧ Arec

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