Review | Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert

Title: Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert

Published: May 28, 2019

Read as: Kindle ebook

My rating: 4

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Savior… Or My Ruin? 

One night, and my entire life went up in flames. All because of him. Jafar. As my world burned down around me, he offered me a choice. Walk away with nothing but my freedom… Or rise to his challenge and win my fortune back. 

I bargained. 

I lost. 

Now Jafar owns me, and even as my mind rails against his rules, my body loves the punishments he deals out when I break them. 

But a gilded cage is still a prison, I’ll do anything to obtain my freedom. 

Even betray the man I’m falling for. (from Goodreads)

I’m going to be frank with you, alright? If I had loved Disney films as a child this book may have made me sick to my stomach. But seeing as those classic animated happily-ever-afters never sparked much interest in me I was so here for the filthy goings on in this book.

Let us start with the fact that no one, absolutely no one, is the quintessential “good guy” in this book. They are all bad, just bad in different ways. Again, I was absolutely here for that. This is exactly the kind of book I was looking for. I didn’t need or want a happily ever after, I didn’t want kindness and gentle courtesy. To put it bluntly, I am grumpy and I can’t take my grumps out on anyone deserving in this social distancing world we currently live in so I needed a book that did it for me.

This book is good for doling out a bit of punishment.

Now, any book can get charged up on some smut. I like me some good, high quality smut. But Desperate Measures also has a plot behind those heated scenes and instead of that plot working separate from the steam, they work in tandem. Jasmine and Jafar’s growing physical and emotional relationship is just as much a part of the story as Jafar’s power play as an assumed crime lord. The two sequences work together to further the story instead of the physical interactions being a reprieve or sub plot to the main story. They are all one in the same.

I mentioned before that there is no classic good-guy or happily-ever-after in this book. There is murder, power plays, manipulation, and physical violence in spades from all involved parties. The sexual scenes are also highly charged, explicit in their kinks (mainly sub/dom roll play), and are not for those who don’t find enjoyment from that kind of thing.

At the end of the day, this was the book I was looking for at this particular time in my life. The violence on page vented some of my own frustrations and was a good outlet for the chaotic despair currently bogging me down. Is it the best book in the world? No. But it serves a purpose and it does it well.

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