Savage Chains (Men in Chains #1.5-1.7)
by Caris Roane
His name is Reyes. His mission is simple; his methods, extreme. He is hellbent on infiltrating—and destroying—a notorious sex-slave ring in the dangerous world of vampire clubs.
A WOMAN UNCHAINED
Her name is Angelica. Her beauty is incomparable; her body, for sale. She is the prize attraction in a human slave auction, and Reyes is prepared to pay any price to buy her—then free her.
A PASSION UNLEASHED
Disguised as a slaver, Reyes strikes a devil’s bargain to purchase the one woman who has stolen his heart. Angelica feels an irresistible erotic connection to this gorgeous, powerful vampire—but can she trust a man who trafficks in human flesh, even if his hungry gaze ignites her darkest desires? Reyes wants to prove she is more than a slave to him—but can he break the savage chains of destiny that bind his love-scarred soul forever?
Themes: Vampires, Slavery (fair warning” this story is full of scenes of torture, murder and non-consensual BDSM, please beware if you are unable to handle these issues)
Rating: 3.75 stars
I have always wondered how authors can deal with such darkness in their own imaginations that cause them to write such dark and horrific stories like this, but then I remind myself that the truth they bury in their stories is the reality we still live in to this day. Savage Chains revolves around a male with a twisted past on a mission to bring the horrific torture and slavery of so many in this world to an end, even at the expense of his soul. I have enjoyed reading the stories in this series, but to be honest sometimes the darkness is so deep that I felt I needed to scrub myself raw to get the ick off, and still wished I could do the same in my brain. Roane is an author that always carries a very dark undertone in her writing, and while I enjoy it, it's certainly not for every reader, no matter how beautifully she writes. It is important to mention that this story actually takes place between the first and second full length novel in this series and was originally released in three novellas, making the single release very long and perhaps full of slightly more of those dark scenes in the full book, which might not have been so bad in the shorter stories. Having read the entire series now, I believe, I can say that I liked all four books for their heroic characters and the overlying sense of love and devotion that surprises even the males as they find their mates. If you aren't a fan of stories that explore the darker side of reality, torture, slavery, etc. I recommend you not read these as it will just upset you even though the book is great.
Reyes and Angelica had a very scary and difficult path ahead of them as they fell in love, but the way they come together to reach their goals and defeat the longstanding ring of slavery and murderers was beyond amazing. Reyes was a ruthless man, until he realized the damage he would have to do to Angelica to reach those goals, then his life and mission changed forever. He has spent centuries trying to bring down the ring of slavers that have been kidnapping, selling, torturing and murdering thousands to millions of humans and vampires for a long time. He is almost to his goal, but when Angelica is forced into the crosshairs they have to navigate the perilous path they find themselves on. Reyes character and his sweetness shine through at the most unexpected of moments and there is no way that a better man is to be found, making Angelica a very lucky woman. Yanked from her life and put on the auction block, Angelica never imagine she would find herself face to face with the man she has been lusting after for months, and it is almost the straw that breaks her. But her fire and passion have made her a hit with the slavers and she is thrust into a role she's not sure she can actually play. I loved how Angelica was the perfect match for Reyes and the two of them found a way to not only kick ass and bring down a hideous conglomerate, but they are also able to find love and happiness together.
Savage Chains serves I believe as the final release in this series, though I’m not positive, and is actually the compilation of three novellas that were previously released. Angelica is a woman that has unending depths of compassion, strength and bravery in the face of pure evil. Reyes is a man that has lived in the dark for so long, as a captive himself and then disguised as a slaver to bring down the entire organization. Many of the scenes, many, were almost too dark for me to even read, but in the end I had to read it all to appreciate the true importance of Reyes mission. Just make sure you have a huge box of tissues or very absorbent towel to soak up all the tears as you read. Roane's dark portrayal of the underbelly or the world, and let's not kid ourselves, this same thing is really happening in our human world, is well written and makes me want to find an organization to support that has a mission similar to Reyes. Looking forward to the next Roane release whether it is this series or another.
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