Book InfoLord of Bones by Aiden Pierce, R. K. Pierce
Series: Death Bound Duet #1
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
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Kidnapped. Collared. Trapped.
I slink through shadows and steal from the deceased. It’s my passion, until I steal from Death himself…
Then it becomes my curse.
I’m a prisoner in the realm of the dead, at the mercy of the beast who calls this labyrinthian castle home. The walls are alive, with shifting corridors and eyes that follow me everywhere.
He’s given me three days to escape. Then I become his property forever.
But what happens—after everything—if I don’t want to escape his cruel love at all?
I will break her. I will take her. I will make her mine.
My little thief will pay for what she stole…In blood. In fear. In sweat and tears.
I’ll own every drop of her, brand my name upon her bones. I'll carve my obsession into her soul.
She thinks she can escape me. She’ll soon discover she’s already mine.
My new queen will look so pretty with a crown upon her head, and my lap for her throne.
I am death incarnate. I am the Lord of Bones. And I am hers.
Lord of Bones is a dark demon/monster romance inspired by Beauty and the Beast and Labyrinth. It features themes that may be triggering for some, including gore, murder, kidnapping, and graphic sexual content. Please check the book’s front matter for the full CW/TW list. *This book ends on a cliffhanger.
Rayven is a grave robber, an interesting career choice to say the least. One night she and her begruding partner enter the Petherick family tomb, intent on uncovering riches that would provide her big break. Instead, she disturbs the resting place of the woman the Lord of Bones is convinced he loves. In revenge, the Lord kills Rayven’s partner and whisks her off to purgatory where he plans to torture her for eternity.
This was my first taste of R. K. Pierce’s writing but in the past few months, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Aiden Pierce’s brand of monster smut and this book did not disappoint. Rayven is sassy and a bit of a smart-ass which makes her interactions with the uptight Lord of Bones amusing. As for the Lord, he’s everything the monster-loving heroine needs but doesn’t know she wants. Because why would she want to fall for the guy who pulled her into another dimension and is intent on making her life, well literally, hell? As I read the first part of the story and Rayven wanders around the Lord of Bones’ castle, I was getting major Beauty and the Beast vibes. While these continue once Rayven is out in the labyrinth, the Pierces add in some Alice vibes too. I swear some of those disembodied heads reminded me of the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat.
I really felt for Rayven, because as much as she thinks she understands what the Lord is doing to her, she’s also completely unaware of his manipulations. Each move she makes sends her one step closer to the Lord’s end game and he’s evil enough that he doesn’t seem to have a moment of regret over his chosen methods. He’s one of those characters that you want to love because you see the good sides that he shows, but you’re also far too aware of what he’s hiding and that keeps him firmly in the role of the villain.
As you’d expect from Aiden Pierce, Lord of Bones comes with a padded list of kinky content warnings which don’t come close to describing the steam rising off of the pages. I was there for the manipulative sex dreams and the kinky monster sex with a masked demon suffering from self-confidence issues. It’s going to be explosive when the cliffhanger resolves itself in book 2 and I can only see the warning list growing in the best possible way. I just hope the resolution doesn’t destroy Rayven, well not too much anyway.