Title ~ Angel (Angel #1)
Author ~ Cyma Rizwaan Khan
Published ~ 20th March 2015
Genre ~ M/M Dark Erotica, Non Con,
A twenty-two year old gets captured because of a mistake on the part of his boyfriend. In captivity he meets a man named Mikhail who does nothing but torture him. And yet as time passes and the captive/prisoner game goes on, a Stockholm syndrome type relationship begins to form. But is Mikhail as ‘bonded’ with his captive as he says he is? Or is this a ruse to further torment him?
Book One: Ty and ‘Angel’ are having a rough time of it. Even though they love each other, it’s obvious Ty has a connection with his past life of being a contract killer and it’s hard for him to let go of the violence. In order to make Mason (Angel) feel safe, Ty tries everything in his power, including fabricating stories to make it seem like everything is fine, even when things are not even close to being ‘fine.’ His tendency to keep Mason in a happy and ‘safe’ frame of mind is a losing game and when Ty ends up killing the son of a mob boss by mistake, Mason too will have to pay for it.
We love when new authors pop in for a visit, so please join us in giving Cyma Rizwaan Khan a huge Sinfully welcome as we bring you the first in her dark erotica series Angel. Not for the fainthearted, but if you love pushing your boundaries this looks like its going to be a series you’ll not want to miss!
Love it or hate it? Cyma gives her take on THE novel (now big box office movie) that everyone is talking about and is also very generously gifting five very lucky readers a chance to win a copy of Angel… so don’t miss out!
Angel #1 is the start of a dark erotica, captive/rape/torture style fiction series, that if you're willing to go places outside of your comfort zone looks like it's going to be a pretty compelling read.
The story opens with former rich kid Mason Bryant receiving a phone call about the death of his estranged father, a cold hearted man who rejected him for being gay and in a relationship with an older man, his partner Ty, whose lifestyle is worlds apart from the Ivy League existence Mason has grown up in.
In a funk he goes into a bar to drown his sorrows. Realising later he's drunk too much to drive himself home, he goes back to his car to get his phone but is attacked by a guy with a gun, who threatens to kill him. He's convinced he's going to die as the gunman is obviously high and out of control of his senses, but at the last minute he backs off, steals the car with Masons phone still inside it leaving Mason stranded, shaken to the core but alive.
What results from that one insensitive, act of violence has far reaching, consequences for everyone involved...especially Mason, who ends up paying a terrible price for Ty's act of revenge on the man responsible for his lovers frightening ordeal.
There's no getting past the fact that this is not going to be for the faint hearted. It deals with a dark, depraved subject matter and contains triggers that might distress some readers. Apart from Mason, there are no nice guys here. Ty might be the 'hero' of the story, if you want to assign somebody the title, but in a way he's just as homicidal as the bad guys. Morally, his one saving grace is that he's trying to go straight for Mason, who hates his contract killer past and the criminal world he's still mixed up in but anti hero or not, there’s definitely something about Ty that draws you in.
Ms Khan’s writing style is good and the start of the book grabbed my attention straight away; once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. As I got further in and learned more about Ty's personality and his 'career', which itself has strong criminal elements; what he did to protect and avenge the man he loves came as no surprise. His world, and most of the people in it, revolves around violence so it was no surprise that his reaction was 'act first, think later' and it's this that backfires big time when he realises that he's fucked with the wrong people! We're talking Russian mob people…and we all know what that means! **Shivers**
Overall I liked what Cyma brought to the table, but unfortunately there were some things that didn't quite work for me. Surprisingly, there are no graphic love scenes between Ty and Mason, so even though it's patently obvious they're in love; not witnessing their physical passion and intimacy affected my own emotional connection to the relationship, which in turn skewed my view on certain aspects of them as a couple. When the fallout happened I never really felt the full intensity of Ty's desolation and pain at having his lover snatched, under such horrific circumstances, that I felt I should have…a by-product, I think, of not feeling the intimacy between them as strongly as I would have liked.
Apart from Ty cold bloodily killing the perpetrator— a really great scene—and the shocking contents of a video he watches, nothing particularly hard core is depicted until Mason is taken at around 77%. Then when it really kicks off, not all, but most of his traumatic, horrific experiences are told, more than shown. At times given to us in an off page type of way, which would probably suit some readers but I was a bit disappointed. I'm not saying I want non stop, in your face depravity—that would just be overkill—but if I'm taking a journey into depraved waters I want to be kept on the edge of my seat, anticipating the worst; and when the worst happens I want the emotional onslaught and tummy churns that come with it, I realised the horror of Masons predicament but at this point, I didn’t feel it it was quite there yet. Also, I felt the last 20% or so of the story did lose its flow slightly; becoming a little choppy, because of big time jumps that go over weeks, so again not ‘seeing’ what was happening during that time tended to lessen the horror. But….
Having said all that, you have to take on board that the majority of Angel #1 is actually the scene setting episode; building the story up to the darker, more disturbing stuff that Cyma promises to bring us in future installments, which still intrigues me; so despite my odd reservations I ended this one wanting to jump into book two, as it ended on a very strong 'to be continued' vibe that once again got my perverted juices flowing. So watch this space but be warned. Things could definitely be getting squickier and the anticipation of that is calling to the twisted puppy side of me! Bring on the tummy churns!
Fifty Shades of Grey: Yay or Nay
There has been a lot of controversy over the whole FSOG debacle and though it’s one of the books that landed into my DNF pile I just thought I’d use this occasion to give my view on the whole controversy. It’s hard not to hate on something that the whole world hates and it’s hard to keep your opinions to yourself when the whole world is taking sides on a certain issue. While I have no reason to sympathize with the author I have to face facts: her books are a bestseller. She’s made it into the highest grossing writers’ lists and pretty much everyone knows who she is. You may not like the book but you have to admit that the only reason you and I know her, is that someone is buying her books. The other day I came across a review bashing the book but frankly all I could see was a reader who was claiming to hate it all the while she was buying one book after another all in the name of condemning.
I think a lot of people who want to read or who do like this book must feel like they need to hide this fact. And I think that’s just wrong. So what if it’s a guilty pleasure? So what if it’s something you actually like for whatever reason? Genre fiction is written for a specific purpose, for a specific audience. If they like it then the author’s work is done. Selling all those books couldn’t have been a fluke. Someone liked them enough at a publisher’s office to actually go through with the process of publishing and assuming it was only a marketing gimmick and she was good at publicity or had friends in the right places, even so, I highly doubt that all that is enough to make anyone a bestseller. Sure, not all genre fiction is the same but it is written for the same purpose—to provide a certain amount of entertainment value for the reader.
Literary fiction and alternative fiction is there, and anyone who wants to read that sort of thing certainly has access to plenty of books and authors. But so what if you just want to read genre fiction? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. You don’t have to prove anything with your reading list. You need entertainment and you read whatever provides you that. It’s not rocket science. But still you will find people hating on others for reading whatever and that’s just wrong. Books touch different people in different ways and we shouldn’t judge someone because of that or view them negatively. And as for the FSOG issue, Ann Rice says sales for her Sleeping Beauty books increased all of a sudden after FSOG and you know why that is? Because FSOG made BDSM mainstream. Who could have even imagined it before? BDSM was, and to some extent still is, the shadowy part of life and literature no one wants to admit to knowing.
Now though, things are changing.
And it’s a good change.
Because of FSOG more people have the chance to dabble in something they want to write about or read about. I think we need to stop judging people for their likes and dislikes when it comes to reading books. Also, if you have a favorite indie author and you like them you should support them. Unlike traditionally published authors, indies have a very minimal and often times nonexistent marketing budget and I’ve noticed so many good authors going to waste because people won’t leave them reviews and they remain in that tiny corner where they’re constantly being eaten up by negativity and depression. If you like an indie author, support their work. Leave reviews and give them a shout out when you can. Every bit helps. This is pretty much their only reward for the pain they go through to write and complete a work and for pouring their heart and soul into it.
Meet Cyma Rizwaan Khan
When she's not planning murders and getting her characters into all kinds of trouble, she's fantasizing about doing it.
What a fantastic giveaway from Cyma, who is very generously gifting five ebook copies of Angel #1 away to five lucky readers. For a chance to win just enter the Rafflecopter below. GOOD LUCK!