4 stars · Dark

Facade (Deception #1) by D.H. Sidebottom, Ker Dukey

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Deception Series #1
D.H. Sidebottom, Ker Dukey
Fiction, Dark Romance
September 29th 2014

WARNING! This book is Dark erotica. This book contains situations that some may find offensive. If you are sensitive to graphic violence read with caution. This book also leads into a second book. You will get answers but the story will continue into a final instalment. You have been warned. Enjoy.

You meet someone. You date. You fall in love. You marry.
The four simple rules of love….
Wrong! I’m getting married but I’d never met him before now, never dated him, never fell in love. I have no access to the memories of the most magical time of anyone’s life.
My mind won’t allow me to evoke the past, I can’t remember those simple stages to lead me to the fourth .

I can’t comprehend why I would have ever wanted to marry someone like Dante. I should never have passed the first stage, although, I may have seen him through the eyes of the woman I once was, this me that lives, breathes here now, can’t understand how we made it to the next stage.
I’m not sure, without memories, how I know that this voice inside me, telling me I would never have chosen him, speaks some truth, I just know. He’s controlling, arrogant, callous and violent, and utterly hell bent on humiliating and degrading me – Like watching me falter, watching me struggle to comply and be the woman he asked to marry, powers him- as though he wants to break me piece by piece. Fiber by fiber. Until all that’s here is the shell he created from a soul that I once owned.

Now my memories are slowly returning. And they show me a completely different side to meeting him. Our dates, falling in love. The Dante haunting me in the shadows of my mind is loving, gentle and utterly enamored with me, nothing like the man with me now.
And this is what taunts me. My tender lover turned into a debauched, cruel sadist who is determined to consume my life, destroy my mind and murder my spirit.

I am, Star, and just like with some stars in the sky, the light you see is an echo, a façade, I am already gone
I am a no one.
Especially to him. To him I am the dark in his desires, the corrupt in his depravity.
The sin in his immorality.

ARIANNA’s Review

4.5 STARS

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“You gave me your soul a long time ago, Star. You’ll learn who you belong to again. You’ll learn that this isn’t a prison, it’s your freedom.”

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“Façade” is a dark, twisted, unpredictable story, that for sure will blow your mind. It’s erotic, it’s thrilling and disturbing at times. It’s also confusing and intense.

“Façade” is a story you have to read without reading any reviews who may contain ( too many ) spoilers. You have to experience this mindfuckery by yourself. With all the mystery and all the suspense you will be hooked from the beginning.

I really enjoyed this book. If you’re familiar with this two authors, you know already they are great writers and storytellers, but let me tell you, together they’re fantastic. I was hooked immediately, from the beginning with this book and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what’s happening so badly, first because it’s not a simply captive story and second because nothing seemed right, something was missing. But what?

“The only thing I know is that my name is Star, and…and I’m scared.”

The story starts with Star, the heroine, who wakes up in a dark room. She realizes she had been dragged and obviously kidnapped since she doesn’t know where she is. She also has no memories. She doesn’t remember who her friends are, if she has a mother and even who she is or what’s her name. She only knows that’s possible her name is Star, because that’s how HE calls her.

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Her captor is Dante, a mysterious man, who seems to know her. But why he dragged and kidnapped her? She is a good person…or maybe she’s not. Dante has secrets and he wants one thing – vengeance. He thinks he needs it!

“I embraced the other side of myself. I fed it with the betrayal I felt so deep inside me; the craving for vengeance was always there waiting for an opportunity.”

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Everything Dante tells Star it’s possible to be the truth,possible, because it’s also possible to be a lie, a façade. What is the reality and what’s the façade? Can she trust Dante or his people? Can she trust the man who claims to be her fiancée? Will she ever remember her past?

“You need to learn that your body, your soul, your life is all mine for taking if I so wish it. But you also need to learn to trust me.”

Wow! What a crazy ride! This was really good and not only for a dark read. It has an interesting premise, a unique plot and so many twists and turns that will definitely will mess with your head.

Both main characters are well developed. Dante’s character is fantastic, captivating, with many layers and you will want to love him and hate him at the same time. You will wonder until some point who he really is and why he craves for vengeance. You will wonder if he’s a good man and he loves Star or if he’s the devil? The reason, well I didn’t expect it or even the big twist in the end.

The story ends with a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to continue Star’s story in the next book.

I highly recommend this one!