SPARK OF MADNESS
by Brynn Ford
Release Date: July 21st
Series Name: Ember Glen
Genre: Dark Dystopian Romance
In Ember Glen, men purge under the full moon. It's the duty of women to serve them. When Mercy refuses to serve, Arlo will force her to find absolution through three brutal trials. But will their forbidden romance destroy their world?
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MERCY Neglecting my duty to serve is a sin, and during the last full moon, I became a sinner. He saw me run from my duty, chased me, and caught me. He promised me that I would be punished. But I never could have imagined the hellish fate that would be chosen for me. More than that, I never could have imagined the maddening lust that would spark between me and the man who caught me. This passion is forbidden…and it might set us on fire.
ARLO It's my role to catch the sinners, and Mercy sinned gravely. I saw her and I chased her, drawn to her inexplicably. She sparked something within me, but she had to be brought to judgment. Her punishment is coming in the form of an archaic ritual we're bringing back to make an example of her. I'll be her warden, her keeper, the man to ensure she stays alive between her tortuous trials. Something within her brings out the worst of me…and the worst of me wants to ruin her. This is a dark romance series. You can find a list of tropes & triggers at www.brynnford.com/triggers.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
I have to begin by pointing out that you must read the trigger warnings. If triggers bother you then you definitely need to skip this one, but if you are okay with them in a book then you have to read this. Ford has created an intriguing dystopian world that is set up in some weird ways. We meet Mercy who belongs to a community where think men need to be able to act out the sexual and violent urges once a month with no holds barred. The poor women are led to believe that is their sacred duty to be honored by being chosen to essentially be raped for the night. Mercy is one of the very few who does not enjoy it in the slightest which leads to her running in an effort to save her life even knowing she will be severely punished for doing so. Arlo is a member of the group that is supposed ensuring they all follow the rules but he finds himself drawn to her no matter how much he tries not to. Then he gets put in charge of punishment which leads to one doozy of a cliff hanger. I knew the book was almost at the end but I was so surprised where it cut off (I was really into it by that point) that I almost threw my kindle when I realized that was it. I so need to the next book like right now!!! If you enjoy steamy (yet trigger filled) dystopian romance then you really have to read this one. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Brynn Ford is an author of dark and dirty romance for daring readers. She is a lover of the dark, twisted, and playful and strives to bring the unmentionable aspects of passionate romance into her stories. Brynn lives in the Midwestern United States with her husband and sons, whom she expects will someday be embarrassed by their mom's books. When she isn't obsessively writing, you may find her binge watching favorite shows while eating far too much junk food or fanatically reading, always seeking to lose herself in the emotional roller coaster of a damn good story. She is quite the idealist despite her fascination with the wicked and warped aspects of humanity. She’s a firm believer that her characters continue to live on outside the pages in the minds of her readers. Stories don’t just end because there aren’t any more pages to turn.
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