My Rating:  5

Cover:  4

Genres:  Dark Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Violence

Published:  April 7, 2017

Read:  April 7, 2017

POV:  First-person dual perspectives


Series:  Forbidden Series



Can love overcome hate?
When I first laid eyes on the perfect little blonde,
I didn’t think she’d change my life.
But the first time I tasted her, felt her, took her,
I knew she was mine.
I laid a wordless claim because as much as I desired her,
I couldn’t have her.
I craved the dark, she filled me with light.
I loved delivering pain, she craved it.
Opposites merged by circumstance.
Hearts melded by passion.
Can light defeat darkness?
I should have feared him.
Everything about him was drenched in the darkness he exuded.
But one glance into his cobalt eyes, and I knew I was his.
My heart allowed him entry, as did my body.
And after the first time, my soul recognized his.
Desired what he delivered.
I craved his darkness, he bathed in my light.
I submitted to his desires, he craved my very being.
Running from him wasn’t an option.
Fate bound us in its intricate pattern.
*This is a dark romance, suitable for mature audiences, 18+ ONLY. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. Certain scenes are graphic and could be upsetting to some. This story is NOT for everyone. Proceed with caution. Discretion is advised. This is book one of the Forbidden Series, but can be read as a standalone. Each book will feature a different couple. There is NO cliffhanger.


My Review:

Crave (Forbidden, #1)Crave by Dani René

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was amazing and very, very emotional. I can’t even imagine the thought process that went into the writing of Crave. Parts of this book are very distressful and highly disturbing. It is not for the faint of heart. There are many situations in this book that may cause triggers. Personally, I am not susceptible to triggers but I admit to feeling stressed at times. That said, the author does promise that there is ‘light’ to the ‘dark.’ Thank God!

Angel and Samael…….

It is a tragedy what Angel endured in this book. She lost her innocence, physically and emotionally in the most horrific and abusive ways. (I bet you’re curious right now as to what I mean) For all she lost, Angel also gained something precious. Love and passion. Pleasure and pain. Pain that she craved.

Samael was a dark and disturbing character. He was a dark man, emotionally and did the things he did as a result of that. Once you read this book and understand everything that is going on, you may just fall in love with him.

For obvious reasons, I didn’t connect 100% to the characters or the story. Still, I was fully engaged and was cheering on Sam and Angel to the very end. They both, for very different reasons, deserved a happily ever after. Unfortunately it wasn’t something that came easy or without sacrifice.

I won’t say much more in the way of details. This book epitomizes angst and darkness. But where there is despair and misery, there is also light and hope. Angel is appropriately named for the love and faith her character brings to the story. Angel is the true hero.

Once more, I need to say how impressed I am by this author. Crave could not have been an easy book to write. Dani Rene crossed boundaries of taboo and the forbidden. Things we don’t usually see or even hear about. If you are a fan of dark romance you will devour this work of art. And even if you aren’t, you will still be amazed by this book and the passion and intensity brought fourth by the words of this amazing author, Dani Rene.

I’ll leave you with this……there is most definitely a satisfying and happy ending!!!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this novel. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*

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Author Info:
Dani Rene

A hybrid author and freelance graphic designer, Dani’s writing has evolved from short fan fiction stories to full length novels. From sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious, she’s grown from strength to strength and hitting her stride.

On a daily basis she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. Generally working on two or more manuscripts at a time, she loves the variety of where her writing is taking her.

She’s normally found in the cave with a mug of coffee or a glass of wine whipping up new emotional rollercoasters. You can also find her on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream. Some of her go to authors are M Never, K Webster, Pepper Winters, KL Kreig, Meghan March, and that’s just to name a few!


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