There is a fine line between genius and madness…
Between love and hate,
Between right and wrong.
Joseph had created The Estate for her…
The woman he chose to bear his child.
She was beauty unsurpassed;
And her song was unlike anything he’d ever known.
However, their love was a story that would not find a happy ending.
In this prequel novella to the Estate series, follow Joseph Carmichael as he creates a world unlike any other. Because, in order to comprehend The Estate, you must understand Joseph; but, in order to understand Joseph, you must discover how a man falls from light into the pitch black depths of ultimate darkness.
FUCK… this book was a recommend from a fellow author/blogger (Damn you Jo). I bought it before I realize I already had it within the pages of an anthology I bought a while ago entitled Sinister Desires. I don’t fucking care… I’d buy this book ten more times if I could!!! This book was a one day read for me. I could not (for the life of me) put this down. It’s not a pretty little romance gift wrapped in happiness and glee… NOPE, it’s a knockout, drag you down, rip your still beating heart outta your chest kinda book. So don’t read it expecting silly love songs and a knight and shining armour. Not gonna happen and YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Joseph Carmichael is… God, what is he? He’s a monster, a control freak, and a pretty shrewd business man. My jaw is still laying the floor where it dropped hours ago. I can’t comprehend how someone can be so driven, so single-minded, and so fucking evil all at one time. I guess he didn’t start out that way, but the writing was on the wall from the very beginning, the question was how long until he actually showed his true self. No matter what he has or how much his worth, he always wants more. More money, more square footage, more respect, MORE. This bastard had it all, but his greed drove what should have been most important away. Fuck, he’s such a dick!
“I have not broken those promises, so do not break yours. Do not threaten to leave me again. There is no where on this Earth that you could run, that I would not hunt you down, find you, and drag you back here, chained if need be, to where you belong.”
Arianna, that poor woman. She never had a chance. She was beautiful, smart, and fun loving. Joseph changed all that. Not over night, but over the course of 10 or so years. I would have left him… after I slit his damn throat. The unspeakable things this woman endured were beyond belief. She mostly kept her chin up, her thoughts to herself, and her heart closely guarded. Joseph’s twisted mind would have corrupted most people, but not her, not Arianna. She may not have been physically strong, but her mind was a rock and she used it to make her life more enjoyable. That and her music!
“I don’t want the things you give me! I don’t care about the money, about the parties, about the prestige or the envy! All I ever wanted was you! Why can you not see that?” “I love you Joseph, but I will not remain in the life you have chosen. End this now, or let me go!”
The supporting characters are very few. Let’s see there’s Connor. He starts out as Joseph’s right-hand-man until he’s needed as Arianna’s bodyguard/babysitter. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but fell madly in love with him after only a chapter or two. Next up, the spawn of hell, Emory. This guys is certifiably infuckingsane!!! He needs to inflict pain and death to be normal. The things his mind comes up with and the way he manipulates is so cunning and calculated that it makes you almost think he may not be so fucked up. Then he condones drugs, murder, and rape and I’m back to thinking he’s a total lunatic. There are others, but I’m not at liberty to talk about them at this time… you’ll just have to find out about them on your own. I have a feeling I’ll be learning more about them in the next installments.
This story is one that will go on my top 10 list for this year. I have never read a story (till now) that started out pleasurable and happy and progressively got worse with every turn of the pages. Not worse for me, but worse for our characters. The tension that Ms. Willis creates in this book is outstanding. It’s a non-stop build from start to finish and I could not stop reading. I craved more with every word I consumed. The pacing is fast and kept the story flowing. The characters are more powerful than any I’ve read in quite some time. The storyline is dark and gritty and without a doubt the most painful book I’ve ever read. It was effortless to read, but made my heart stop beating at times. Good luck with this one… you’re going to need a lot of booze, smokes, and tissues to get through it.
5 Evil Stars!!!!
I honestly don’t think I can read the rest of this serial at the moment… I need a breather…but if you feel so inclined… here are the links…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M.S. Willis is a novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013. Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing. Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician. When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.