Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Pain by Adrienne Wilder

eBook, 64 pages, 15,600 words
Published February 28th 2011 by Liquid Silver Books
ISBN13: 9781595788054
Source: Queen Tutt's World of Escapism Blog (friend won them, she doesn't have an eReader, so they are on mine)
Genre: M/M Dark Fantasy Romance
Series: Darwin's Theory #1
Stars: 5
Flames: 5

         I love reading bad boys. Darwin is a different type of bad boy though. He’s not the take charge kick everyone’s ass alpha male. In fact for the past six years he’s been hollow, missing someone he desperately wants in his life on a deeper level. So he’s been filling in the emptiness with drugs, meaningless sex, and dangerous nights in the Gray Zone and a dark broody bad attitude. He does have a one bright spot in his life, Peter. Peter is his roommate, best friend, and the man he loves. Darwin goes to crazy lengths to protect and defend Peter. Darwin finally benefits from his defensiveness of Peter. When Darwin takes revenge out on someone who caused harm to Peter, it finally pushes their relationship into new territory.
         Wilder has created an amazingly unique version of Atlanta. Even though this is a complex world it is written so well that it is easily understood. There is some unique terminology, also easily understood just by reading the context of the sentence. This dark version of Atlanta is also known as the City of Dragons. The Kin (dragons) and their not full blooded relatives the Lesser-Bred are forced to live behind the Wall in the Gray Zone. As with the world, Wilder also creates amazing characters. Darwin and Peter are so realistic and so likeable. They have real life problems and drama and it really fleshes them out as humans. The romance, extreme crush that leads to romance is fast paced and very intense. 

           Be sure to check out her website. She does her own covers, thus there are plenty of illustrations of her characters. I love being able to put a face to a character I'm reading about.

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