Wide-eyed and innocent, you stumbled into my world, never knowing the danger that lurked within. The Wolfe’s Den is no place for a little lamb, but you came anyway, and from the moment you stepped inside, you were mine.
In my life there are no happy accidents. Every move is carefully orchestrated. Every situation premeditated. That’s what makes the hunt so intoxicating. What you need, I become. What you crave, I will give. Except the one thing you desire above all else - love.
Everything I told you is true - I’m not a good man, but you choose what you want to hear. You shouldn’t have come that night. Maybe then you’d be safe. But it’s too late now. I want you because you remind me of him. I need you to give me back what I lost.
Warning: This is not a love story. It is not a romance. This is an obsessive stalker lust story that contains darker themes that may serve as a trigger to some readers. Shiver is a standalone novel.
When this book dropped a little while ago, it immediately went to the top of my want-to-read list. Now, I don’t like to read anything about the book before I listen to it. I like going in without preconceived ideas.
That being said – to potential listeners – READ THE SUMMARY. I have read dark erotic m/m BDSM with dubious consent before, but I wasn’t really prepared for this book. And just to be clear, I never blame the author because I choose not to find out what I’m reading.
This is the first book I’ve read by either Brooke Blaine or Ella Frank. The book was well-written and Biff Summers certainly did a competent job of narrating the book. The contrast between the two main characters was unquestionable as Wolfe is described as having a deep voice. So Biff was a good choice for this book.
So, that leaves content. Specifically, the non-consent consent. This occurs when the submissive agrees to let the dominant do whatever he (or she) wants. It is growing in popularity as writers push the envelope of what is acceptable.
The thing is, in BDSM, consent is critical and you could argue Jesse provided consent, but it wasn’t informed consent. I’m specifically thinking of the scene with edge play, although several others come to mind. And why does this matter? Most readers would feel it doesn’t – because this is fiction. And as long as the reader and writer agree to that distinction, keeping these activities on the pages of the books, then there is no real harm.
So why does Jesse subject himself to this? Over and over it’s about Wolfe’s magnetism. There is a bit of the ‘wounded soul’, but that hardly justifies how Wolf treats Jesse, whom he refers to as his ‘lamb’. We all know the story of the big bad wolf and the innocent lamb. This just happens to be an extreme example.
The other disturbing aspect of this story is Wolfe pushing Jesse and isolating him, impressing him with his 5-level BDSM club/dungeon, as well as his obscene wealth. Fortunately, Jesse isn’t swayed or impressed by money and he also maintains his friendship with Brayden. Another tenet of BDSM is that isolating a submissive can be dangerous. Subs need to have people outside the relationship who can view it for what it is. And Brayden sees Wolfe for what he is – a predator. But Jesse is too dazzled by the sexual prowess and enjoys the pain infliction, which is totally legit. There are plenty of masochists who derive great pleasure from being in pain. Often, though, there is so much going on that Jesse can’t process everything.
So while Wolfe is protective of the subs in his club, his obsession with Jesse blinds him to his own inappropriate behaviour. Manipulating people and growling at them are not acceptable behaviours.
But that is the point of this book.
Back to the blurb. Wolfe admits he isn’t a good guy and is, in fact, a stalker. So readers who have encountered someone like Wolfe in real life may find this story distressing.
And, as promised, this book does NOT have a happy ending. In fact, the ending is as disturbing as the rest of the book. Will there be another book? It is a stand-alone, but it leaves the question open. Brooke and Ella swear not, but I, for one, am saying I wouldn’t mind seeing more.
So why am I giving the audio 10 Pots of Gold? Because the book is pretty much as advertised and for all its faults, it is an interesting read. Fun? Absolutely not. Disturbing? Very much. And there are times when that is what listeners are looking for.
So if you’re willing to heed the warning, enjoy. I’m interested in finding out if we haven’t seen the end of Wolfe and Jesse.
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Ok this book was not that believable to me ,
I tryed to like it but it just did not do it for me .
I like a great dark stalker storie but this was
Almost laughable to me . The characters sounded so funny to me, at any moment
I expected the stalker to start the kreapy heavy breathing.
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When I read Shiver the first time around, I thought it was brilliantly written with an underlining flow of sexy suspense, totally out of the box writing, and unbelievably intense. Yes, I loved it. Now that I have listened to it on audiobook, it was over the top amazing. The ever-changing narration from the vocal talents of Biff Summers was perfect. You truly captured the innocence and naive side of Jesse. You voiced perfectly the dominance total alpha male for Salvatore. If Ella and Brooke decide to change their minds and decide to write more for the Shiver characters, you must lend your talents once again. THIS WAS FABULOUS!!!
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Wow, this was way more than I was expecting. The whole time I tried to keep it chill, like Jesse, but near the end I was "oh my god!" and then "oh thank god!", and in the end I just "no way! oh no, no, please don't"
It can't end there? what will happen? because it won't end here, this messed up man will present himself again into Jesse's life when the situation calls him to do so
I must say bravo to Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine, both did amazing! The whole time I was feeling the threatening vibes of the story as it was been unfold
I must know what happens next! There must be something else to be realised! A continuation would be great to finish it for god and to know that Jesse's life will be safe
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