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Fortune (Arcanium #1) by Aurelia T. Evans
He’s the reason to be careful what you wish for.
After her jealous boyfriend makes an angry, careless wish, Maya DeLuca finds herself trapped in a traveling demonic circus and at the mercy of a devious jinni, Bell Madoc. She joins the other lost souls of Arcanium who suffer in perpetual purgatory under the weight of their wishes, all making the best of a cursed situation under the rule of Bell and a sadistic Ringmaster.
But Maya’s not even cursed because of her own wish, which means she still has three for Bell to grant.
He may be fond of her—the passion they share as hellfire hot as it is wrong—but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from his endlessly inventive, wicked imagination. He might twist her wishes at his whim for his own pleasure. Or he might just give her what she wants…which could be even worse.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of exhibitionism and voyeurism, as well as graphic horror-related violence, including dismemberment. There are references to clown, incubus and succubus murder, scenes of BDSM and non-BDSM related whipping. All sex scenes are consensual in Arcanium apart from one brief scene of sexual assault and attempted rape. Scenes of ménage, both MFM and FMF, with multiple partners. There is also reference to needle play, graphic biting during sex and some talented tentacles in a sex scene.
I grabbed this when it was free the other day at Amazon and hopped right into this incredibly strange world.
I honestly don’t think I have read another book similar to this one. Maya’s jerk of a boyfriend made a wish while at the Arcanium Circus. Bell the jinni was right there to hear and of course grant that wish of his. Suddenly Maya is cursed to live in the circus and she is subject to the will of Bell.
I grabbed this because of the horror aspect of it and stayed through the hot steamy erotica. I haven’t read erotica for awhile and I think that is why I was left with my mouth hanging open during some of the scenes. Wow.
While there is a lot of heat in this book, there is also quite a bit of horror (my favorite part). It’s very well written and left me internally flinching during some of the scenes.
I think I loved the ending the most. I wasn’t quite expecting that but it was the perfect way to finish up Bell and Maya’s story in Fortune.
Fortune is an excellent read, one that I had trouble putting down when it came to other things I had to do, and I definitely want to follow up with this series and see where it goes. I want to know what happens to a few of my favorite characters.
Aurelia T. Evans