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King of Dublin The review that said, Ugh, all the rape and torture made me really want to read this. Twenty Years After A Deadly Pandemic Ravaged The World, Darragh Fergus Anluan And The People Of His Village Have Carved Out A Hard But Simple Life In The Irish Countryside But With Winter Comes Sickness, And Darragh Must Travel To Dublin In Search Of Medicine What He Finds There Is A Ruined City Ruled By A Madman, Where Scavenging Is Punishable By Death Or ConscriptionCiaran Daly Came To Ireland With Aid And Optimism, But Instead Was Enslaved By The So Called King Of Dublin After Months Of Abuse From The King And His Men, He Has No Reason To Believe This Newcomer Will Be Any Different Except Ciaran Finds Himself Increasingly Drawn To Darragh, Whose Brutish Looks Mask How Sweet And Gentle He Really IsThe Tenderness Darragh Feels For The King S Treasured Pet Is Treason, But It S Hardly The Only Betrayal Brewing In This Rotten Kingdom Rebellions And Rival Gangs Threaten The King S Power, But Not Nearly As Much As Darragh And Ciaran Whose Only Hope For Freedom Is The Fall Of The KingThis Title Contains The Following Sensitive Themes Dubious Consent, Explicit Violence And Non Consent This is a difficult book to review for several reasons, but I m going to give it a try One reason it is difficult to review is that the m m fiction world, as diverse as it is, tends to be pigeonholed into being a subgenre of romance, even though some books don t really fit that mold Other books are sort of shoehorned into that mold I felt some of that with this book which makes it difficult to review as a romance without taking into account that this story reads like two books.Book one is This is a difficult book to review for several reasons, but I m going to give it a try One reason it is difficult to review is that the m m fiction world, as diverse as it is, tends to be pigeonholed into being a subgenre of romance, even though some books don t really fit that mold Other books are sort of shoehorned into that mold I felt some of that with this book which makes it difficult to review as a romance without taking into account that this story reads like two books.Book one is straight up dystopian novel, and book two is a romance The foundation for the romance was laid in book one, but it didn t really stray into hey, this is a romance territory until book two The tone between the parts of the book set in Dublin and the parts set in the countryside takes a distinct turn and there may have been an intentional choice on the part of the authors to show Dublin under mad king s rule as a morally bankrupt wasteland while outside, the world is just struggling to right itself again I really enjoyed the two main characters, especially Darragh I found his transition from innocent to king s man to Ciaran s protector very touching, and I saw that same transition affect Ciaran s character development throughout the book As should be done in a romance the relationship changes both.I ve been trying to avoid reading reviews of this book, but several of them showed up in my GR feed, and the subject of rape and rape culture came up in one of those I disagree with that reviewer that this is a novel that promotes rape culture Rape culture exists both within and outside of fiction it is pervasive, and it normalizes rape Rape culture says rape is about sex, but rape is NEVER about sex This book does not normalize rape This book displays rape as a brutal, violent abuse of social and physical power The rape in this book is not about sex it is about power And that is important to understand when we throw around the words rape culture Rape culture is OUR culture, and it is the culture that says women and men can prevent rape by dressing a certain way or not jogging alone Rape culture is present in fiction, in the thousands upon thousands of romances where one character says no and the other proceeds over their objection Rape culture is present in romances where a character is too drunk to consent Rape culture is present in romances where rape is portrayed as an act of simple sex or even love Rape culture says rape is about sex Rape is about power.I know there s going to be disagreement there, but this is an important distinction As for the writing, it s no secret I m a big fan of both authors individually This is their first collaboration with each other, and I felt it was well written, though very little was left to subtext The imagery and emotion were intense and there was some clever foreshadowing All in all a very solid venture from these ladies, and I hope to readjoint efforts from them in the future 2.5 starsIf you are looking for an bleak dystopian read, the King of Dublin, set in a futuristic, post apocalyptic Ireland, delivers It is relentlessly dark and disturbing Unfortunately, the title leaves me confused about the intention of it all is it a horror story or a romance This is a Mad Max ian kind of world where a crazy, rat bastard slum thug proclaims himself king of the mountain Boru holds total dominion He leads a gang of fellow thugs who keep a stranglehold on the starving peopl 2.5 starsIf you are looking for an bleak dystopian read, the King of Dublin, set in a futuristic, post apocalyptic Ireland, delivers It is relentlessly dark and disturbing Unfortunately, the title leaves me confused about the intention of it all is it a horror story or a romance This is a Mad Max ian kind of world where a crazy, rat bastard slum thug proclaims himself king of the mountain Boru holds total dominion He leads a gang of fellow thugs who keep a stranglehold on the starving people of Dublin Boru and his men control everything storehouses of food and potable water, and gas powered vehicles left over from when the lights went out almost two decades ago He holds the focus of the story, he is the title character, the King of Dublin The reader enters a long difficult journey with a madman who is evil simply for the sake of it So a horror story.Boru holds the beautiful, golden haired Ciaran as political hostage and his personal sex slave He repeatedly rapes and humiliates Ciaran systematically stripping him of his humanity Ciaran has learned to do whatever it takes to reduce the torture and survive He has learned to lie, seduce, submit and manipulate, all the while suffering the shame of it Reading on is to wonder what will become of him.One day, Darragh, a seemingly simple country boy, stumbles into Boru s enclave in search of meds for his people back home on the farm Maybe Darragh will be the one to take pity on Ciaran, show him some kindness in the living hell his life has become But Boru soon gets his hooks into Darragh too, holding his morality hostage, making him another pawn How much of his soul will Darragh sell to get those much needed meds and will this supercede Ciaran s lure Boru is so awful that I become numb to him Any power he had over me is reduced because he becomes a caricature, a cardboard boogie man There are no shades of grey to him, no nuance, he s completely corrupt, sadistic and evil The story s title further confuses because while much of the focus is on Boru, my guess is that the authors really meant this to be about Ciaran and Darragh This has the bones of a good love story, but it is weighted down with the steady degradation of it s lead characters Just when Ciaran and Darragh can find a moment with each other, they don t know what to do with it, they have been so beaten down and traumatized The few times hope is dangled in front of them, it is snatched away again It s exhausting and depressing It s really Ciaran that keeps me reading His character arc is the deepest and easiest to glom on to It s like watching a car wreck, seeing him struggle with his dilemma I can t look away, and I want him to rise out of the ashes But I feel removed from any blossoming romance I read for Ciaran s sake and to see if Darragh can redeem himself, but the warmth is elusive Now, I can appreciate dark and edgy, but maybe the problem is in the expectation is this a romance Or is it a study of how easy selling your soul can become if you re pushed hard enough If you are looking for well written torture porn then this is for you, but if rape and physical violence are triggers the blurb goes nowhere near covering it , you will want to proceed with caution.For this and other great reviews, author interviews, and general fabulousness Shoo shoo Off my feed and out of my mind you go Our review can be found here. This book was kind of a quandary for me It is really well written but the subject matter was what kind of ruined the book for me I feel like thebooks we see out there with non consent, dubious consent, rape, torture and sexual slavery, thewe are promoting rape culture as a whole I believe that everyone has the right to the kinks that they like but there was little positive in this book I came away from reading it wishing forpositive I wanted to believe that something good This book was kind of a quandary for me It is really well written but the subject matter was what kind of ruined the book for me I feel like thebooks we see out there with non consent, dubious consent, rape, torture and sexual slavery, thewe are promoting rape culture as a whole I believe that everyone has the right to the kinks that they like but there was little positive in this book I came away from reading it wishing forpositive I wanted to believe that something good could come out of all the pages I had just read It felt very off putting There is so much rape culture in the story that it really ruined the little romance that was to be had The other works from Heidi Belleau that I have read have been edgy and not always what I would call romance I loved her book Wallflower but there were elements of rape in that as well It was brief and no where near as awful as the scenes you will have in King of Dublin I know to each their own, but this book was just not for me The long wait until the very very end for any positive after pages and pages of rape and torture was a bit much for me There was too much that made me nauseous for not enough of a Happily Ever After reward, no matter how well written it was I think that the things we read should leave us in a better place than we were in when we started If you are into the dark and the angsty, this might be a good fit for you I just caution that anyone reading pay attention to the Trigger Warnings on this one 4 Powerful StarsPer Riptide Reader discretion advised This title contains the following sensitive themes dubious consentexplicit violencenon consentMy Review Powerful Brutal Hopeful Even if that hope is just out of reach.I had the very fortunate pleasure of beta reading this during it s writing process It gave me chills then and is still giving me chills now It s visual, visceral and vicious Before you pick this one up know what you re getting into The brutality holds no bars Th 4 Powerful StarsPer Riptide Reader discretion advised This title contains the following sensitive themes dubious consentexplicit violencenon consentMy Review Powerful Brutal Hopeful Even if that hope is just out of reach.I had the very fortunate pleasure of beta reading this during it s writing process It gave me chills then and is still giving me chills now It s visual, visceral and vicious Before you pick this one up know what you re getting into The brutality holds no bars There s very little sunshine and flowers here, but that doesn t mean that intense hope and deep real love don t develop It s that intensity that I found riveting THE CHARACTERS Ciaran Daly Boy Acutely intelligent and painfully na ve Ciaran finds himself surviving by his wits and his ass Boy was a twisted knot of contradictions that Darragh didn t even want to unravel To understand him, Darragh thought, would be to understand this place And to understand this place would be to be corrupted by it Darragh Fergus Darragh, a gentle giant Simple by nature, yet anything but stupid He s fiercely protective, possibly to his detriment and Ciaran s.The King of Dublin Evil Heinous Dictator THE STORY Darragh knows survival.He s fought vicious animal attacks, watched disease take his loved ones and learned to build a community after the end of the world But when he gets to Dublin he is completely unprepared for the brutal nature of man that he finds himself in the midst of Ciaran is living a nightmare as the treasured pet of the self proclaimed King of Dublin Only by keeping the evil king entertained does he survive When Darragh becomes one of the king s men it seems impossible that Ciaran would trust him with something so precious that it would be his demise THE WRITING He was free, and this was perfect If the world ended now really ended, not this horrible limping half death they were all trapped in then Ciaran could die happy And Darragh had given him that The strong, solid writing of Heidi Belleau combined with Lisa Henry s vivid intensity absorbed me instantly I got deep into this very quickly and then, like I said, I couldn t shake it off This held my interest even when I kind of wanted to look away It s easy to say that I d read anything these two collaborate on Just know what you re getting into here, and then if you decide this is for you hang on It s big and terrible and messy and definitely hits all of your fears and hopes And it s going to get to you I would like to thank the authors and Riptide Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review Take a look at my Male Male Romance Book Blog Hey, it s my first collaboration with Heidi Belleau It has three of my favourite things sex, violence, and Irish boys I hope you guys like it I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I have to say that this book was not quite what I expected it to be, and I enjoyed that The characters were felt honest to me I really felt for Ciaran He had been such a naive idealist before he was captured it broke my heart to see what years of slavery had done to him There were times I was frustrated by him, but I always understood the anger and the fear that drove his words, and actions Looking from the outside he doe I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I have to say that this book was not quite what I expected it to be, and I enjoyed that The characters were felt honest to me I really felt for Ciaran He had been such a naive idealist before he was captured it broke my heart to see what years of slavery had done to him There were times I was frustrated by him, but I always understood the anger and the fear that drove his words, and actions Looking from the outside he does this that might seem stupid, but smart, and rational decisions by such a damaged boy would not have made sense or been honest to the character I really enjoyed Darragh as a character He is strong in such a caring manner while still being a flawed individual He wasn t the typical alpha male that shows up to fix Ciaran He isn t that sort of controlling guy who needs to own someone else He isn t a saint either, and I liked the balance between his protective nature, and his kindness and compassion I liked how that played out in the character s bond over the story It felt like their relationship was on a mucheven footing, and I appreciated that Ciaran might have been in a bad place, but it didn t mean that he was totally broken I liked that Ciaran was such a strong person, to have survived the years of abuse by such an unbalanced character.The plot was strong, and I liked that the world and the people in it felt honest to the post disaster setting It actually felt like a world in crisis to me, and only added to my enjoyment of the story The secondary were a complex bunch, and added to the depth of the plot I loved the intrigue, and snarl of alliances that comprised this book Overall a really well developed story with strong characters that I really enjoyed


About the Author: Lisa Henry

I like to tell stories Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters They gotta work for it though No free lunches on my watch.


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