Leigh’s Review – Love Corrrupted )Obscene Duet #2) by Natalie Bennett

Insanely dark and full of depravity and madness, but it never came together to make it a comprehensive tale.  ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures 

Title: Love Corrrupted
Series: Obscene Duet #2
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Covers by: Dark Water Covers

Love is a tragedy designed for two.
All his pretty lies disguised the ugly truths.
I’m nothing but a puppet.
He’s the puppeteer.

His dark twisted game is just getting started.

Reader Advisory 18+
This is a disturbing love story that has nothing to do with romance.
 

Well, that was certainly something different.

I’m still trying to process what I just read and having difficulty with how to characterize the continuation of this story. A “love story” is definitely not how I’d describe this book, even though there are two highly dysfunctional characters that get together in some weirdly obsessive relationship. This book truly was more of a horror story than anything else, with a co-dependent sexual aspect to boot. But there just typically isn’t this large of a body-count in anything I’d deem to be a romance. And “love” is absolutely not the right word here.

Despite the misclassification of this book, even if I read it as a dark tale of horror, I’m disappointed. This story truly had so much potential that I felt was unfulfilled. The cliffhanger on the first half of the story grabbed my attention because it was out of left field and so unexpected. I may have spent most of the initial book thinking “what am I reading?!” But by the end, I was still needing the second half to find out what was going to happen. The story was twisted but average in its telling. But the hook at the end? That was fantastic.

Unfortunately, the author did not provide the substance that she could have once she fleshed it out. The twist that seemed to be coming was never fully explained, and the horrors of the story were just too random. Why was Mason’s family so crazy? Where did their psychotic little habit come from and how did they get away with it? What was the point of introducing Mason’s cousin Declan? He seemed like such an odd character to include but not provide him with more of a story. What did Katie’s sister do that caused her fate? I’m so confused. I shouldn’t be this confused at the end of a series!

Overall, this story was something different. It was insanely dark and full of depravity and madness, but it never came together to make it a comprehensive tale. If there is a third book to explain more of the story, I may have misjudged, but considering it is called a “duet”, I’m pretty sure as the reader, I was left with more questions than answers.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s.
When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys.
Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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