Review: Owned (Decadence After Dark #1) by M. Never

Print Length: 237 pages
Publisher: Amazon Unlimited (September 29, 2014)

From ***Content Warning*** 
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised. 

"I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.” 

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes - until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo's infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts. 

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned. 

My Rating: 1 star out of 5

I feel seriously mislead by the synopsis of this story. I was expecting a hot BDSM related story-line between two consenting adults. What I was not expecting was for the main (male) character to drug the main (female) character, abduct her, and force her to submit to him against her will. 

Was there hot sex scenes? Sure I guess. But I felt like not only did the sex become repetitive (and used in place of a scene where there could be character growth), but the overall feeling of this story just made the scenes not enjoyable. Towards the end, I felt as though this author showed potential for weaving together a good story, this one just wasn't it. 

Also, since it doesn't tell you upfront, this story does end on a cliff-hanger. And while the rest of the series is out now, I will not be continuing on with these characters. 

Don't get me wrong, I am sure there is a wide variety of reader that this story (and series) will appeal to, but its just not for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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