Deception and Chaos (The Chaos Series #1) by S.M. Soto
Released: November 1, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: S.M. Soto
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Sophia Cova lived a quiet, normal life, shadowed in sadness after the loss of her parents in a tragic airline accident. With her older brother being her only living relative and her anchor, Sophia is sure she’s destined for a brighter future. But that was until she was taken.
Stolen from her mundane, orderly life, she was drugged, and woke to every woman’s worst nightmare.
With only four grimy basement walls and a rancid mattress, she loses her sense of time, and preserves what’s left of her dignity by hurtling herself into the safety of her mind. The men, the beatings, they come and go with no reaction, until she hears one word that sends an arctic chill through her body. Sold.
On the eve of Sophia’s bidding, at one of the largest sexual slavery rings in the world, all hell breaks loose in the mansion of horrors. Gunfire and screams erupt all around her, as panic rises.
Snatched by one monster only to be taken by another, Sophia slowly starts to learn that not everything is as it seems. When secrets unravel, and the twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, The Puppeteer pulls his favorite strings and chaos brews.
Lives are lost while the clock ticks, and only time will tell who will be killed next…
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious content, strong language, and graphic violence. May contain triggers for abuse victims.
The moment this book begins you get thrown into the pit of darkness right alongside Sophia. Those four daunting walls that surround Sophia envelope the reader right along with her. Gritty. Dark. Haunting. You are with Sophia every step of the way, through all of the pain and all of the hopeless loneliness. Sophia's words will echo through your mind, "why me?"
Sophia is so lost, so afraid, and so broken at the beginning of this book. She's living out every woman's worst nightmare, and it only seems to get worse as her captor's bring her to the stage to be sold. Just as Sophia thinks she's about to die chaos erupts all around her. She comes to briefly to see the hauntingly beautiful silver eyes of an angel carrying her out of her nightmare before slowing giving way to the darkness. When she wakes weeks later she is no longer surrounded by her torturers, and comes to a shocking discovery as to just who her saviors were. She may no longer been trapped with those purely evil men, but she is no longer the woman she once was. Sophia is lost. Sophia is struggling. And Sophia is broken. Only one man brings her complete solace. Only one makes her feel safe.
Creed is an asshole and tries to make himself every bit of the Devil he believes himself to be. I spent most of the book just as frustrated with him as Sophia was. Hell half the time I wanted her to either smack that cold look of his face or give him a good kick to the balls before running away. As Sophia begins peeling back the layers that Creed hides himself in, you begin to understand his cold standoffish ways. He fights against every caring thought he has, but at the end of the day he can't help but care for Sophia. Diavolo Creed Sabella is in no way a "good man", but dammit he is the right man for Sophia.
The slow burn of this book was sometimes agonizing, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It wouldn't have been believable if it had been any other way. Once the heat comes to a crescendo though, hot damn it is worth the wait. There are so many twist and turns with the plot of this book, and all of them are executed beautifully. S.M. keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Every time a twist comes about you don't expect it, hell it practically sucker punches you in the gut. That cliffhanger. Damn you S.M. I don't know if I'll ever be able to forgive you. I will be impatiently pacing back and forth in my room waiting to see how things play out.
There will be many times this book will hurt your heart, but every pain will be worth it. Sophia and Creed both have a darkness about them that can't help but pull them to one another.They look at each other and see beyond the scars that were left behind by their past. They see each other for all that they are and love each other even more for it. They need each other more than they need their next breath. Their love is chaos, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.