(The Order Series #2)
by Nikki Rae
When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask. A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jäger will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.
The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.
In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her.
Master Lyon looked more than comfortable with her in his arms, fingers digging into her thighs through her dress. When I looked at his face, he still held the same grin. I wanted to wrap my hands around his neck. “Did you like watching, Doe?”
Next to him, his cigarette sat in a crystal ashtray on the arm of the seat, smoking down to nothing but a trail of dust. He hadn’t touched it once since that woman had returned to him. “No, sir,” I whispered, afraid if I used any more force I would scream.
Master Lyon cocked his head to the side and Mia gave me a mock-frown. “No?” he asked.
I stared back at him. “No, sir. I’m sure.” I could have left off the last part, but the small amount of control it made me believe I had was worth it.
His grin only widened as he leaned into Mia’s shoulder so her could coo in her ear, “I’ve trained her to be very loyal to her Owner.” He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and she closed her eyes and smiled as his fingers lingered on her chin. “But I’m afraid it makes her quite possessive of me.”
Mia stared down at me. It wasn’t until now that I could see the glint of evil all Members had in their eyes. The higher up they were on the food chain, the less human they were. Sooner or later, they all turned into sharks with dead black eyes. Her legs dangled off his thigh as she kissed his cheek. “I don’t blame her.” She didn’t look away from me even as her lips remained on my Owner’s skin. “I can see why she would be protective of you.” She ran her fingers through his hair.
“I’ve told her many times that she’s to be transferred,” he said, “but I think you and I can teach her that I am not the one who belongs to her.”
My ARC Review:
Book 2 picks up straight after book 1 Bloom, so make sure you have read this one first.
So in this book we have found out that Fawn is being used by her new Master Lyon, as a bargaining chip to get his wife back!! WTF!! Just as she was stating to let her barriers down and feel for him as Elliott, the man himself broken and used and abused by the order, she is again being used by a Master and being trained by him to behave properly in an attempt to get his wife back.
There’s a lot going on in this one – we find out more about Elliott the man rather than the Master and his childhood, we find out about his wife and the Resistance, we learn more about Marius and his childhood with Elliott.
Elliott is falling for Fawn, or Doe as he calls her, but will not let himself have sex with her as she must be returned to Master Jäger trained and ‘intact’.
I think Elliott / Master Lyon give me a bit of whiplash, going from caring about Doe and doing his best for her, putting his mark on her, wanting to keep her, to taking her to a party and showing her off to the world, sharing her, and then having sex with someone else in front of her!! I really felt for her and her need to escape no matter the consequences.
There is one heck of a horrible cliffhanger at the end of this book, not what I was expecting at all!!
Ready for book 3 now please!!
Start the Series with Book 1 – Bloom
Given to The Grimm Order as an infant, Fawn was raised in a world shaped by the rich and powerful. When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order live. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.
Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.
It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.
Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him.
“Fawn,” he said suddenly, his voice soft but still making me jump in my seat. “Were they out of flower names?” he asked, a smile in his voice.
He let on that he knew about the inner-workings of the actual Compound more than my last Owner. Then again, my last one only cared about one thing. He didn’t play these mind games this guy seemed to like.
Master Lyon sighed, convinced I wouldn’t answer, but for some reason I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.
“I was one of the originals at the California Compound.” I hesitated almost too long before I brought my eyes back to his face. He was staring, waiting for me to say more. “We all had animal names,” I said, trying and failing to hide the disgust in my voice.
“Fawn,” he said. “With those eyes?”
I blinked, wondering what he meant.
“They’re so large and expressive,” he explained. “You’re more of a Doe to me.”
So this would be my new name? Not Dog or Whore, but Doe?
He smiled like I’d said something funny but I wasn’t joking. “Do you not like it?”
I didn’t know why he cared if I did or did not like something. It shouldn’t matter to him. I didn’t like any of this and it was obvious. He was asking to toy with me, get me to talk. I was done talking. I bit the inside of my cheek to keep the words from spilling out.
My ARC Review:
Nikki Rae is a new author to me, but upon reading the blurb for Bloom I was immediately intrigued by the dark and sinister world and the cult situation – I must say it was a great read for me, thoroughly intriguing, captivating, dark and brutal!!
Fawn is one of the children given to The Order and purchased by a Master at 9yrs old, but she rebelled against him and would not bend to his will, runs away but is captured and taken back into her old Compound, shunned and disgraced and used as a maid to the other girls in training, until a new Master appears on the scene and buys her.
Master Lyon takes her back to his home, but he is so much different from her previous Master she is thrown for a loop, unsure of what to do with herself, whether to run or accept her fate.
Of course things are not quite what they seem to be as Fawn thinks everything is just too good to be true. The ending I didn’t see coming and really now can’t wait for book 2.
A great read, compelling, mesmerizing, though not for the faint hearted, it is a disturbing read so be warned.
About the Author:
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.