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If you could sum up Deviant in three words, what would they be?
Dark, twisted and kinky!!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Deviant?
There were two. The first was when Mia wept in Julien's arms after confessing about her traumatic past. That proved to be a game changer in both their lives and we saw a more human side to Julien. And, on the flip side, the scene in the warehouse when Julien cruelly whipped Mia and then had dubious consent sex with her to extract the truth was so horrifying and titillating it gave me shivers!!
Have you listened to any of Philip Alces’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my favorite to date. He OWNED the role of Julien. His deep, masculine voice was both sinister and seductive, I literally quaked. And Philip emoted so beautifully in both the hero and heroine POV! I had heart palpitations throughout and it was such a visceral experience for me...I felt as if i was in the room with the characters experiencing it firsthand!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! It killed me to have to stop for real life. It typically takes me three weeks to finish an audio and I binge listened to this in less than a week!!! It was amazeballs!
Any additional comments?
"I hold your life in my hands. You live at my pleasure, understand?"
I just finished the audiobook of DEVIANT, narrated by the marvelously talented Philip Alces, and OMG this heart palpitating, hot AF dark romance might in fact be my absolute FAVORITE Natasha Knight dark romance to date!
This story made me blush, quiver, squirm, cringe and shudder in equal measure!! Julien is one dirty-talking, dominant, DEPRAVED baddie who was oh so menacing yet also so deeply broken he made me love him despite his heinous acts. He is the epitome of the dark anti-hero who is "somewhat" reformed by his love for his sweet, painfully naive captive Mia but never quite sheds his devilish skin.
The sinister mercenary for hire originally plans on silencing the lovely peeping Tom after she catches him "on the job" but there is something about her that gets under his skin and in a rare moment of "kindness" he ends up taking the naughty little temptress hostage instead when he discovers she's on the run for her life!! When he learns that she is in mortal jeopardy from corrupt folks who are even more demonic than him, they strike an unsavory bargain where she promises him half a million in return for his around the clock protection. Of course there's a catch. She must do WHAT he says, WHEN he says it and defiance and disobedience are SWIFTLY punished. And we are not talking about love taps either! But can Julien really be trusted or is he about to pull off a MAJOR double-cross that will lead poor gullible Mia into the hands of the enemy? What ensues is an action packed, hyper erotic, seriously TWISTED dark thriller that titillates the senses and penetrates the heart!
I love dark, predatory Doms that scare me a little and OMG Julien did that in SPADES!! The sexual interludes were kinky and crude and very rough, and there were definitely a few BDSM encounters that pushed me WAY out of my comfort zone but there was also underlying tenderness too and as soul-shattering revelations come to light my heart ached for them both. It’s through the sheer power of Natasha Knight's writing that you can't NOT read (or in my case listen) even when things happen that steamrolls your hard limits. Her stories are just so darn addictive and emotionally gripping that against all odds you are fully invested in her couples finding light amidst the suffocating darkness!
The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and uber exciting, with spine-tingling twists and turns! And while this was not a romantic love story by ANY means--Julien is a cold-blooded assassin AND a cruel sadist who enjoys humiliating and punishing as much as pleasuring and protecting--the emotional journey these characters embarked on was intricate and multi-layered and the intimate bond that these characters forged was deeply profound. I loved how Mia saw the best in Julien even when he was at his VERY WORST! And after an EXPLOSIVE showdown with the bad guys, the romantic payoff was perfecto. Ms. Knight ultimately served up a beautiful, poignant HEA that warmed my heart and gave me delicious goosebumps! Bottom line? DEVIANT is a DARK, TWISTY, SIZZLING HOT must-listen for romance fans who love to take a walk on the depraved side!
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This book was ok. Good but not great. One of the rougher BDSM books that I've listened to. This is not a use a safe word and everything stops type of Dom/Sub relationship.
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