Leigh’s Review – Acquired Possession (The Machinery of Desire #1) by Cari Silverwood

Posted July 26, 2017 by DiDi in Erotic, Leigh, Paranormal, Reviews, UF / Sci Fi / 1 Comment

Barbaric, fascinatingly raw, and in a class of its own. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures

The night Emery is taken she is reading emails in bed.
Aerthe, another world, the world of the Swathe, the moving cities of the Mekkers.

Blind on arrival and naked. No one touches her until the Mekkers decide humans aren’t people, and therefore can be bought and traded. The journey through the portal alters humans, shines them all pretty. Humans glimmer.

Emery’s bright hair and nails will forever mark her as alien. Her freedom is gone. Though her sight returns, she becomes a possession of House Oren.

But someone else wants to own her. The House Master, Mako, a man who uses whips and canes like most people use a knife – daily, with efficiency and casualness.

She vows to never give in.

Banned from marrying. Banned from having playing too intimately with the house possessions, Mako holds himself back.
He mustn’t. Shouldn’t. His job is to punish, to control, to keep the House in order.

But when Emery runs and takes with her a most dangerous war machine, one not seen since the Last Days of the War… Mako is the man they turn to.

To chase her down. To bring her back, lamed, dead, or mostly alive.

“Acquired Possession is like a sexy sneak attack. It rips you out of reality and into a decadently described world. First it makes you angry, then it makes you beg for more, and then it delivers with Cari’s powerful eroticism and a completely unexpected love story! Can’t wait for this series to continue!” ~ Jennifer Bene, author of the bestselling Thalia series.

Warning: This is a dark erotic story. If you don’t understand where dark stories can go, this might not be for you.
Contains BDSM themes.

I am not sure how to characterize this story as it was something new to itself. A BDSM relationship set in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi world. It was not wholly steampunk, it was not truly paranormal or alien abduction, but something in a class of its own.

I will reluctantly admit that I found the start of the book to be confusing. We were dropped into the middle of what seemed to be a tribunal proceeding and I was immediately bewildered by the world in which Emery found herself. But as I read and became more familiar with the terms, the people, the customs, I found myself being able to sink in and enjoy the story more. I almost felt as if I was experiencing this foreign world just as Emery was, being thrust into a place that was confusing and overwhelming and finding my way a bit at a time.

Once I did, however, I was able to appreciate what an imaginative and fascinating world it was. Cari Silverwood created an entire existence that was primitive and highly advanced, both at the same time. It was a world in which the ground was alive, the machinery could think, and slavery was commonplace. It was barbaric and fascinatingly raw, and the creativity it took to craft such an existence was amazing to me.

The relationship between Emery and Mako was one that came about slowly. From her initial hatred of the man, which morphed from fascination to desire, I did not feel that any of the emotions were forced or inauthentic. It was an organic transition and interesting to watch Emery realize what she truly wanted when faced with decisions that could set her free. And just as her evolution was a treat to behold, so was Mako’s. From a man that started as an oafish brute to one that was noble and caring, his transition as a result of his feelings for Emery were a pleasure to read.

I am awaiting the next book in this story with baited breath. For a book that had me confused at the start, by the end I couldn’t put it down. There are so many loose ends that I long to continue to explore, and now that I am not such an inexperienced traveler in this world, I can’t wait to revisit.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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Posted July 26, 2017 by DiDi in Erotic, Leigh, Paranormal, Reviews, UF / Sci Fi / 1 Comment

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