Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Entwined - The Life of Anna Part 2 by Marissa Honeycutt - ARC Review

Entwined (The Life of Anna, #2)Entwined by Marissa Honeycutt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this is not a stand-alone novel. This is the second of five novels that tell Anna’s story.

Entwined - The Life of Anna – Part 2- by Marissa Honeycutt

This is the continuing story of Anna Perkins, a sex slave. She has been trained since the age of twelve to be the ultimate seductress. To be used by Devin Anderson in order for him to gain power over the people he wants to control in the world. The characters in this series live in a world that we are certainly not used to. Devin is a powerful man attempting take over, scheming to gain control of the Brotherhood. Our Anna is at the center of it all. Alex is a confident assassin for the Brotherhood. He doesn’t want to control Anna he wants to love her and cherish her, his “Schatzi” (Treasure). Anna’s life since her parent’s death has been anything but ideal. At twenty years old she has never had the normal life of a young woman. Never dated like regular girls, never has she known love or true friendship. In this installment secrets of what Anna is and her abilities are exposed. Things about her past and her parents are revealed. Once again heed the warnings if they intrigue you as they did me then go get this series, you won’t regret it. If they make you afraid, then this book is not for you. The author promises a happy ending, but it’s a complicated and rough road for Anna to get there. This is a dark erotic romance series that will take you places you never thought you wanted to go.

Book two picks up exactly where book one left off. Beginning with Alex’s point of view, we get inside his head and find out what he’s thinking. Alex interferes with Devin’s plans to control Anna’s mind. In doing this Alex and Devin both become her masters. Things really begin to get difficult for all parties. Alex and Devin both have different ideas of how they want Anna to live. Alex decides that Anna needs to experience some freedom, he gets her an apartment and negotiates with Devin to allow Anna to dance more. She begins to make more friends and experience a normal life. Yet she is still expected to for fill her duties to Devin. Which means having sex with any man that Devin sends to her or brings her to. Which usually ends up with Anna being abused and hurt. Anna is a sweet naïve girl who has been conditioned to think she is just a slave and deserves nothing more than what the men in her life give her. Even when she thinks she can find happiness, it is ripped away from her. Yet she still preservers, showing an inner strength I am not sure she realizes she has. Entwined throughout this installment are some new characters, some we love and some we hate.

I felt the emotions that Alex carries of distress and feelings of failing to protect Anna. They just tugged at my heart. Getting to know Alex was one of my favorite parts of this book. We only got a distant glimpse of Alex in book one. In this book we really got to sense his emotions, his love for a girl he barely knows but feels a deep connection to. His fear of failing her at every turn.

"A man appears in the darkness of her mind. She reaches toward him. It is the man in pain. He kneels on the floor by a bed. Too many times I have failed, he cries to himself. No, you have not failed. You cannot have failed. I am still here. Do not give up. I need you...."

This story is so well written and well thought out it is like no other book I have ever read. It is truly a battle of good versus evil. Devin once again does despicable things that will make you cringe and scream. There are so many revelations and twists and turns in this book, but the author manages to keep it all together. Taking us along on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, fear, love, and self-loathing. Once again I held my breath, wondering where all this will end up for Anna.

Devin is pure evil. He punishes Anna numerous times for small infractions to show his power over her. He uses unfair tactics to try and get Alex to give up his fight for Anna, he drugs Alex twice and makes him do horrific things. This book is darker than the first and I am told each book gets darker and then darker still.
I really loved how the author had me feeling like I was reading a conventional romance one minute and then a dark and twisted romance the next. When Anna is with the different men in her life we experience the feelings that she goes through. With Devin she always seems to be just following his lead mindlessly, playing into his plans but believing she loves him. With Alex she is afraid and then confused by his kindness one minute and hurt by his distance the next. She doesn’t understand what he wants from her. Alex wants her to truly want him and not feel obligated so he keeps refusing her sexual advances. Which devastates Anna she doesn’t comprehend why he wanted to be her Master if he won’t let her please him. Anna’s only way of expressing herself is through sex so when Alex denies her that it pushes him further away from her. When Alex finally realizes Anna wants him completely and they have sex for the first time, this was one favorite parts hands down the best love scene I have ever read. Never has a foot massage been so sexually charged.

"Schatzi..." he whispered in a voice that went straight to her heart. This was more than just physical touch. He took her, consumed her, made her his own. And she wasn't afraid."

I am in love with the Life of Anna and I can’t wait to read the next installment in this fascinating series. If you love dark erotica or haven’t tried it yet and would like to give it a shot this is the one to try, so worth the read.


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