Title: Shattered Heart, 2nd edition
Author: Nikki McCoy
Genre: Alternate Reality
Length: Novella (185 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (September 14th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: In a world of devastation and slavery, two men must find the courage to overcome the pain of their pasts and fight for what they believe in–or fall, forever lost, to the ravages of war.
Biochemical war has devastated the landscape. Societies have fallen to territorial battles and new laws have arisen, of which leaders were made by blood and force, and slavery was condoned.
Markus is a man who has lost everything. Cold and precise, he rules his territory with an iron fist. Nothing could break through his barrier of control. Until he meets a boy who challenges his emotional restraint.
Corin, born from rape and forced to work as a pleasure slave, has suffered through pain and degradation for as long as he can remember. His will to live has been all but destroyed by the hatred and abuse of his parents. Yet, he survives on the love of his sisters and the hope for a better life.
That hope is nearly ended, however, when his parents sell him to Markus. Now in the hands of the most feared man in the territory, he must find a way back to his sisters. But that path is not so easily taken. Under Markus’ control, he learns that being a slave is not about losing oneself, and that having a Master to show him the seduction of submission might be something he’d been searching for all along.
As the seeds of love grow unexpectedly between them, a war brews on the horizon. Can Corin trust that Markus would do anything to keep him and his sisters safe, or will he deny that which his heart cries out for?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, violence, slavery, sexual abuse, non-consensual sex, and gang rape.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/shattered-heart
Review: Corin has been abused all his life by his stepfather. One day while his stepfather is being beat for not paying money he owes his mother tells the men to take him to pay off the debt. From that moment on, he is the slave to the most feared man in the territory, Markus.
Markus is known for not tolerating insubordination from his men or slaves. Supposedly, he’s a cruel man. But the longer Corin is with him the more he sees that it’s not true. Markus has always protected those he felt were under his protection and Corin in most definitely in that category.
This book has intense scenes of abuse, non-consent sex, drama, and action. I found myself being angry on behalf of Corin at the way his stepfather treated him. It wasn’t his fault that his mother was gang-raped and he was the product of it. Yet, his mother and stepfather hated him and treated him in despicable ways until Markus took him away from all that. Markus and Corin both needed each other to help them get over the pain they went through in their pasts. The sex between Markus and Corin was hot at times, yet scary at others.
It was a good read.