So what is the face of evil? Is it the face of a criminal who has to corrupt a boy's innocence to get what he is owed, but manages to make sure that that innocence if harried, and stained, remains unbroken? Or is it the face of a father whose weaknesses end up in the destruction of his family, and the sale of his son? Or even beyond that, is it the indolent face of a broken system that allows the cost of treating an illness to spiral down into a nightmare where people lose everything they have?
Evil has many faces, so does honor, courage and strength. Sometimes they can all live in the same place These thoughts were all floating around my head, barely a third into this book.
This book is NOT easy, it is brutal, it is raw and it is harrowing. Brant Williams offers himself off as payment to Wilber, the man that held his family's fate in his hand. Wilber takes Brant, and whores him out for 10 years. In those 10 years Brant loses too much, but Wilber in the end gives him back his heart. He becomes Brant's safety, his lover, his steady solid place. Things never do get easier for Brant.
He is thrown into a hard life that becomes part of who he is and all he really knows. These men live in a dark world, where people are killed, tortured, bought and sold and worse. And here is where perspective comes in handy. Because as much as it is hard to reconcile sometimes. There IS a place for love, even in a nightmare. There IS a place for honor and courage even at our lowest moments. There IS a place for happiness in places where it should never take root. Because in life, for the most part, we can never have it all.
The trick is figuring at what we'd rather have. Brant is a martyred soul, whenever he needs to chose between himself, and sacrificing those he loves. He never chooses himself. Those decisions teach him many lessons. Like, sometimes those who you sacrifice for, are not always deserving.
Or that finding something to cherish can change what you thought you wanted and who you thought you could be. Despite it's imperfections this story had an awesome point of view, and an incredibly generous take on morality, mercy, compassion, and right and wrong.
And what those words can mean given the circumstances. Brant and Wilber's story ended well, with a ray of light. Did it have it's shadows? Yes, but it still shined bright. Not perfect, there were issues with editing and tons of typos. But I'd still give it a solid 4. View all 30 comments. About this book without spoilers It's all Brant point of view At the age of fourteen Brant's became a whore My feeling reading the story I was confused I love the sensual scenes, hate the non consensual sex, adore the BDSM He is the one that broken the body of the boy that became the adult whore that narrate the book But, there will be more That's why I must applause the writer!
It's the concept that in real world Brants do that all the time! I appreciated how the writer affront such terrible and true topic. BUT this review is not a spoiler I hope I help you decide to read it or not I read it for a challenge, and I'm very glad I "was obligated" to read it. Maybe I would avoid such polemic book, so I'm very glad that someone made me read it. View all 16 comments.
I really loved this book but it has to be one of the hardest books I have ever read. It was shocking and horrific and disgusting. I never cried but I did gag a few times. I think I was in too much shock to cry! Also, my chest was tight and I was nauseous throughout the entire book. The story is about Brant, who sold himself at the age of 14 to protect his sister and pay off his father's debt.
He is immediately raped by Wilbur and then pimped out by him for the next 10 and a half years.
Somehow, d I really loved this book but it has to be one of the hardest books I have ever read. Somehow, during this time, Wilbur becomes Brant's saviour, protector, and provider. He ensures that Brant is safe and provides him with training and an education. So, by the time Brant's debt is paid, he and Wilbur have become family and lovers. Yeah, its pretty fucked up and neither of them know how a relationship is supposed to work. By this point I was thinking the rest of the story would be about them working at their relationship. Whenever I thought it couldn't get any worse for Brant, something more horrible and more shocking would happen.
There were non-stop twists and turns.
I won't say anymore because I've already shared enough spoilers. In the end, Brant does finally get a HEA, but it is totally twisted and not at all how I expected it to end. But I did love how it ended. I guess what I got from this story is that true love isn't always pretty, but it can be beautiful even when it is ugly. Even pimps and killers and whores deserve happiness and love.
I don't think I can recommend this book to anyone. If you are curious about it, just know that it does have many scenes of graphic rape and bdsm. There are very few happy moments. View all 26 comments. Nov 03, M rated it did not like it Shelves: But, sadly, I'm often bitterly disappointed. This was the case here. This book fell so far short of my expectations that I've gone past not really liking it to actively hating it.
I won't go into the plot in any great detail, but let's just say if I were the FBI, I'd be pretty suspicious of the author.
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All of the characters were tremendously unlikable, even the main guy who, for me, had the personality of a wet sock, if wet socks could be obnoxiously selfless martyrs. The writing was pretty wooden, too. So, I'm not sure if the awful subject matter was what drew readers or what, but I think it's safe to say that I did not like this book. View all 6 comments. Aug 11, Arzu rated it it was amazing Recommended to Arzu by: Not your typical romance but awesome!! Violent, no values, no morality!! Wouldn't recommend it for the light-hearted, but everybody else View all 8 comments.
Sep 17, Mel rated it really liked it Shelves: I finished this in one sitting, which is rare for me, but for this book I was up reading until morning. Annoyed at first with the, at times, very sloppy writing and lack of editing typos, bad grammar. Disappointed with some stylistic choices like using flashbacks or just skimming very important scenes. But the book got to me on an emotional level. I had a constant knot in my stomach while reading. I was engrossed, Wow. I was engrossed, touched, disturbed. I felt for Brant, was scared for him, got sad over him. Brant, who sacrificed so much for others.
Brant as another reader so aptly put it whose strength is his weakness. Brant, whose life is filled with manipulation and who can't differentiate between love and loyalty and fear and conditioning. This book is certainly not for everyone. It's dark, sad and brutal at times and there are no magic solutions, no Disney endings. And that's what I admired most about the story. We see Brant grow and get stronger view spoiler [ but he doesn't get out of the world he was forced in to. In fact, he becomes an active part of it. His weakness is gone, but every choice he makes is still set within the boundaries of his world.
He will never really be free of manipulation. He just makes the best of it. And it made really think about right and wrong, love, strength, freedom of choice, loyalty and family. A well deserved 4,5 stars. View all 12 comments. Dec 13, Emma Sea rated it liked it Shelves: Aw, that was suprisingly sweet! Kind of like a cross between Pain and. So, although this is a about a 14 year old boy raped and forced into prostitution, followed by a life as a courtesan in the mob, it is not a dark fic. I read one version of the original story, an Aw, that was suprisingly sweet!
I read one version of the original story, and not the professionally-edited to-be-published version. As a story it has a lot of flaws, but I think you need to take it as it was written: The writing isn't great, the structure is all over the show, but at base the MC is someone you want to keep reading about. I'm sure the upcoming version will be greatly improved. View all 5 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is really one of the weirdest books I've ever read. If you consider every single theme and try to see it under the light of your ordinary life, there's not a single behavior that can be condoned.
How can you rape a boy for years and take care of him at the same time? How can you love the man that has taken your innocence away? And when you're given a way out, how can you be loyal to the man that abused you and killed your inner light? But if you consider all these things in the world depicte This is really one of the weirdest books I've ever read.
But if you consider all these things in the world depicted by the author, everything falls into place and what seemed unacceptable becomes logical and almost admirable. This is disturbing, because my moral sense screams at what happens in the story. Brant is a broken person for a long time in the book and the abuse he had to endure was unbearable, but there is this warped kind of love he gets from Wilber that makes him feel safe and cherished.
At the end of the book, Brant becomes exactly like his abusers, maybe with a bit more of compassion, but he accepts what he wasn't able to accept at the beginning. Does this mean he has grown up? I don't want to begin to answer to this question. The acceptance of his fate on Brant's part made what happened to him bearable to read, but it made me mad at the same time. It's chilling that Brant becomes a part of the organization that made him a sex slave, that he became like the "monsters" who abused him. Is this a happy ending? If Brant retains a sparkle of his humanity, maybe it is, he just took his life in his hands and played his hand in the best way he could.
And it's a relief at the same time. So, if you can put your ethics on stand-by, this is a great book, because the changes in Brant are so subtle that what he does in the end becomes inevitable and the narration is gripping. But if you know that you can't accept behaviors that are clearly extreme, stay away from this book.
View all 11 comments. Boy with Stockholm Syndrome falls in love with his abuser Women and children can be sold i 2. Women and children can be sold into prostitution as pay-back on the loan. He has moved up the ranks and become obsessed with Brant, a fourteen year old boy at the start of our story traded in by his father to the Organization for debts owed.
Brant serves for 12 years years!! But along the way, Brant fancies himself indebted to and in love with Wilber, his abuser. There is something that draws you in, moth to flame. I start off engaged but am left with the same curious aftertaste. I like the premise: Lots of kinks, check, check and check He cowers, he whines, he cries, he always goes crawling back to Wilber.
Even in the end when they finally come together with some semblance of affection, I want to feel for them but am left numbed. I think Snake has a distinctive style. Her books are certainly unique and, dare I say, memorable, but not for wonderful writing or great world building. Even the sex seems dry -- all the right words but no sensuality -- how can there be when the abused offers himself unconditionally and the abuser never really shows any contrition for his actions? View all 7 comments. Mar 20, Lola rated it did not like it.
Originally a 3 star.
But the author was a bit unhappy with the 3 star so I give it a 1 star to make the author happy. See, I'm a nice person. If anyone wants a 1 star, just ask. I don't know how to rate this book. His submissive nature and his domination personality doesn't fit well. But then again, I suppose it's not one of those love heals all and love at first sight stuff.
It's, in a sense, more realistic. Love requi Originally a 3 star. Love requires time and effort and so on. It does invoke strong emotion, and sympathy for the main character, Goth Boy nick named. This is a BDSM themed book. You can't judge the book by parts, you need to read all of it. Once I read a single paragraph and decided it was crap, but then i read the next and the next until the end and it becomes a well written coherent work.
Everything is eventually explained and you go: So just have patience and ride it out. I don't recommend reading it if you aren't looking for a tragic cloudy dark genre. This is a terrible book in retrospective. I don't understand this abusive relationship. And I'll tie you up and have all kinds of people fuck you in the ass and then I'll break your wrist because that's all you do. No one in their right mind says that after his family calls him a slut. View all 17 comments. Aug 02, Leah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I agree with the other reviews; TWBD is dark, unpredictable, twisted, and uncomfortable to digest at times.
What I enjoyed most was how it stretched my thinking about what constitutes love. Is love self-sacrificing or self-interested? Free from intentional harm? Can it be all of these things? I think Derekica created many permutations of love.
I don't necessarily agree with her thinking. I don't think the man Brant ultimately became merits celebration, but it was quite a stimulating re I agree with the other reviews; TWBD is dark, unpredictable, twisted, and uncomfortable to digest at times. I don't think the man Brant ultimately became merits celebration, but it was quite a stimulating read. Dec 19, Adrian Anderson rated it did not like it Shelves: Rainbow Award Best Contemporary Fiction, See this is what happens when bad fanfiction writers try to fly on their own and not on the back of the fandoms that spawned them.
I met a lot of people. I hawked a lot of books. I think I might have brow beat some into it. If I wasn't sure that there was a readership out there for my brand of hard yaoi I probably would never have had the confidence to attempt publishing. View all 3 comments. This is one of my most favorite books. I could read it a million times and never get sick of it. I've been trying to read books similar to it but can never find anything that beats how much I love this book.
It's an unconventional story that has just about every horrible thing in it at least according to the vanilla folks ;-P. Rape, abuse, prostitution, kidnapping, bdsm. The list can go on and on. It's definitely NOT for the faint of heart. In fact, it might not even be for those hardcore read This is one of my most favorite books. In fact, it might not even be for those hardcore readers. It's a book that's sweet in it's own context. I felt the love for the MCs rolling off the pages and no matter how many times I read this, I still cry in certain spots and I don't cry often and get a goofy grin with the ending.
The format I own is not currently available and could definitely have used a better editor but I'm looking forward to reading what Derekica makes of the next edition. Which should be coming out soon. I really enjoy a powerful dominant male with a tiny squishiness inside. This is a very dark tale about a young innocent man, Brant, who sacrificed his future in a successful effort to save his sisters - because that's what brothers do.
It follows his life as his innocence is stripped away as he pays the price of protecting his family - physically first, then the gradual erosion of the innocence of his mind and soul. This is not a story for the faint-hearted; it is bleak, cruel and violent. The despair and lack of alternative that Brant endured had me in tears throug This is a very dark tale about a young innocent man, Brant, who sacrificed his future in a successful effort to save his sisters - because that's what brothers do. The despair and lack of alternative that Brant endured had me in tears throughout various parts, not to mention the physical pain and humiliation that he suffers.
Yet somehow, in the midst of all this, Brant does find that he is a far stronger person than he ever knew, particularly when he realizes just how far he has to go in order to survive, and to protect the ones he loves. For he does find love, be it of dubious origins or not, and it is this love that provides the final piece to his survival. Don't expect a fairy-tale ending, because you won't get it, but you do get a happy ending of sorts, and it is an ending that is totally true to the characters, and to the lives they lead.
This story is an emotional roller coaster that leaves you satisfied, even while you're scratching your head in puzzlement as to how that actually happened. View all 4 comments. This definitely wasn't a light and fluffy read. This was harsh and dark and desperate. You feel so badly for Brant, every time he thinks his time is just about up, or that he's free, something or someone else pulls him back in.
His life hasn't been his own since he was 14 and he sold his soul for his sisters, but in spite of this he was so strong. This is the kind of book that will stick with you. I'm still not sure if it was a happy ending, or just as happy as Brant was capable of having. I don' This definitely wasn't a light and fluffy read. I don't know if what he shared with Wilber was love or a bad case of stockholm syndrome, but maybe that's also as good as Brant was capable of being after belonging to someone for so long.
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