Hell by J.L. Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“You’re on the second floor currently, and this is the level we refer to as Heaven. There are rooms set up throughout the floor where clients can engage in whatever kink they enjoy.”
“Hell. That’s what we call the basement level. The main level, where you walked in, is more of a social area. That’s where our guests relax and enjoy a few drinks before going either upstairs or down.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻♀️🧔🏻👱🏼♂️
“Hell is reserved for our most formidable guests.”
The heroine: Rowan – she was best friends with Eve, the main character in the book Heaven by Darcy Rose. Eve didn’t like Rowan’s boyfriend Eric and was right about him. Eric beat Rowan on the regular until she was able to escape from him. Though it wasn’t long after that when she lost her waitressing job and was about to be evicted.
The Hero(es): Lucien – the owner of Club Purgatory and many other not so legitimated businesses. Lucien opened purgatory so the members would have a safe place to live out their fantasies. Hell is where the dark and depraved go to play.
The Story: Though everything that goes on in Heaven and in Hell is consensual, Lucien knows how to force consent. He has workers that are trained to find those that are down on their luck or hard up for cash and once he loans them the money he has them. Since most don’t have to pay him back they are willing to work at club purgatory in order to pay back their debt.
Rowen is in that very predicament at the beginning of the book and she finds out that one night in Hell is much worse than she imagined. That is as much as I can say about the plot, but I can say that this book was all scorching and a bag of flaming hot chips! The chemistry between Rowan and Lucien was explosive and the time between their interludes was enough to build up a tower of sexual tension.
This is the kind of dark that I totally love. Even though Lucien has his own dark fantasies and depravities, he is hella hot and a great anti-hero to boot! I liked Rowan a lot, even though she was meek at times. She shows how a woman can be strong on the inside even when she isn’t on the outside. I know some people might think it was weak of her to stay with someone who was abusing her for so long, but it isn’t always weakness that makes a person do that, and getting away shows how much strength she did have.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.