Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers' heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way - because it's safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that's how she's coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.
She will never be a victim again.
Now, Sadie's honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie's head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.
When Sadie meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat-and-mouse game where no one knows who's really pulling the strings.
Contains mature themes.
Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.
I didn’t know what to expect from Trisha Wolfe after reading the Born, Darkly Duet. I also didn’t think her books could get much more intense than those two, but I was wrong.
Somehow With Visions of Red surpassed Born Darkly in intensity despite the fact that Born Darkly is … essentially … a serial killer romance. (New trope? Gimme, gimme.)
I discovered a few things about myself after reading these Trisha Wolfe, the most disturbing is how much I love seriously screwed up relationships involving seriously screwed up people. Also… I am not at all turned off by grisly details.
With that being said, Colton’s obsession with Sadie is the kind of alluring that is only possible in books.
In fiction, when Colton says things like, “I want to touch you…everywhere. Taste you all over. Devour you and consume you. And trust that this is merely a weak form of expression compared to what I’m feeling.” I find myself swooning and dying just enough to make me love it, but I am fully aware that if, in the real world, someone actually spoke to me like that, I’d quickly change my name and go into witness protection.
I’ve talked frequently about buy-in when it comes to couples in books. In order for me to enjoy a romance novel, I have to fully believe the chemistry between to characters.
Colton and Sadie have so much insane (literally and figuratively) chemistry, I am so all in with these two.
And, good Lord, the writing is so gorgeous I seriously can’t take it.
If you adore Sierra Simone’s sensuous writing style, you need Trisha Wolfe in your life. But like with Sierra Simone, you definitely need to have some thick skin and a willingness to walk on the kinky dark side to live in TW’s worlds.
As far as the storyline, I didn’t think I was into thrillers or mysteries, but goddammit I could not put these books down and it wasn’t just because of the gorgeously dark romance… it was because I needed to know what was going to happen.
I’m so in awe of TW’s ability to slip inside seriously disturbed characters and bring them to life…and my ability to love every second of it despite how horrific and unsettling it may be to see things from their eyes.
These characters felt so real, despite the fantastical circumstances.
Also… in the two series that I’ve read from TW, I’m totally into the twisted version of female empowerment she portrays.
All in all… I decided to combine my review for all three books because my feelings were strong across the board.
I loved them all.
I loved how they ended and flowed into one another. I loved that it was a trilogy that also felt like one solid book. I loved it all.
Again, this series, like most dark, erotic romances, is not for everyone. But it most certainly was for me.
The audiobooks for this series were released recently this month and I was so excited to re-read these books by listening to them on audio. I nearly passed the eff out when I heard Christian Fox narrate for Colton. I legit had to pause it after one sentence and gather myself before moving on. You NEED to hear this on audio.
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Would you consider the audio edition of With Visions of Red to be better than the print version?
Equally as good, but different
Which scene did you most enjoy?
when Sadie was tied and Colton used the cane. very intense, well written
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
the unsub voice was great, added a new dimension which I didn't get from reading the book. good defined characters, with strong personalities.
Any additional comments?
really enjoyable book considering the topic! would recommend to anyone that likes a story to go along with a bit of romance !!