- Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp Release Day Review
Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp Release Day Review
The gilded cage of propriety where Nathan grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy became a true prison when, at fifteen, his homosexuality came to light and created a terrible scandal. His parents see only one way to preserve their reputation amongst the other noble families: fit Nathan with a chastity belt to increase his value to a potential partner and marry him off as soon as possible.
The recipient of that prize is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III. After a hasty wedding, Rother whisks Nathan away to the strange and seductive land of Marisol, where Nathan will begin a new life, free to explore the pleasures of the marriage bed, though his life is still not his own.
But Rother’s Delaga House is a place of secrets, dangers, and depravity Nathan can scarcely comprehend. Where friends are few and peril waits around every corner, Nathan must employ all the manipulation he learned from high society, along with his talent for clockwork. Most of all, Nathan must adapt, compromise to survive, and cast off the preconceptions of his homeland.
Because only he can orchestrate his freedom, and it’ll come at a cost.
It has some dark themes, for sure, but nothing that a neophyte like me couldn't handle, because I just don't read dark. But I did read this book. I read it and I'm buying the paperback so that I can read it again. It's got control, manipulation, blackmail, cheating, domestic abuse, and a brothel that caters to all sorts, including age play and BDSM. There's a May/Dec romance and the struggles of class, age, and social standing. Of looking beyond yourself and what is familiar to adapt to the new. Of accepting a huge change and not falling apart. And, there is violence. It's not excessive, but you need to know its there.
When it comes to characters, I fell HARD for Nathan. I mean, things started off shaky, then he grew on me and now he's this precious feisty little puppy that grew into a wolf and I feel all mama-bear proud of him for that. I fell madly in love with Harston and I would want him to have his own book if that last chapter didn't just give me exactly what I wanted. I can't even begin to explain to you how I feel about Blythe, except to say...I want one! He can be my shadow any day of the week.
Beyond that...my lips are sealed!
“The day's horror bled out of me with his touch, his possessive want. I wasn't a victim anymore. I wasn't the pawn in a criminal pissing match. I was the man losing himself to a passion I'd never been given permission to ask for, and I accepted it with abandon.”