Book Review – Venom & Ecstasy (Venom #2) by Shanora Williams

Posted March 11, 2017 by Geybie's Book Blog in Book Review / 5 Comments

Venom & Ecstasy (Venom Trilogy Book 2) by [Williams, S., Williams, Shanora]

Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Series
Published on: February 15, 2017
Pages: 248
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 STARS
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This is the second book in the Venom series wich picks up where Passion and Venom (book 1) left off. This is not a standalone. You need to read the previous book in order to follow this story. I normally hate cliffhangers, however, for some unknown reasons, I couldn’t help to read this series, even though I had to torture myself in the process.

This story is not for everyone. In case you haven’t read my review for Passion and Venom yet, this series contains heavy subjects such as torture, rape, murder, kidnap, and manipulation. If you cannot deal with those subjects, don’t read this series. Stay away from it if you can. I’m a dark romance junkie who has read my fair shares, but this series has really pushed my limits.

What is the story about?

Gianna was a normal girl who just wanted to live a simple, happy life with the love of her life, her fiance, Toni. The problem was that she could not choose in which family she would be raised and with whom she would fall in love with. Both her parents and her soon-to-be husband were mob bosses. She had never thought that her life would change only a few hours after her wedding day. On the way to their honeymoon, her new husband was killed in front of her and she was held captive for reasons that were foreigns for her, by a man she’d never laid eyes before.

Now, in order to survive, she has to do an irrational, manipulative and dangerous thing: surrender herself to the man who killed her husband and has kidnapped her. As days turned to weeks, not only has she learned several things about her captor, she has also survived from the horrible things that came with living with him. Those things have changed her to be a braver and stronger woman she had never thought she was capable of becoming.

“I feel bad for Draco. He cares for a woman who is still in love with her late husband. She was planning to get rid of him.

Draco Milano (Jefe) is the most powerful, dangerous, and wanted man in Mexico. He is the leading mafia of the country, feared by his rivals and enemies. His intelligence makes him untouchable and fearless. He trusts no one and always thinks many steps ahead. He is a great employer for those who are loyal to him but a nightmare for those who betray him. He loves power and lives to maintain it.

“He owns who he is and he doesn’t back down. Everyone looks up to him. Men want to be him, the most wanted, most powerful man in the world, whether the rest of the world knows it or not. He defies all laws but his own.”

Their relationship is complicated. Living in constant fear with unanswered mysteries surrounding her makes her reluctant to develop special feelings for him, and even goes to do unforgettable things that she knows very well will make him furious. However, in his twisted ways, he cares for her and tries his best to show it even though he has to break his own rules in the process.

“I don’t know who I am or what I’m doing anymore.”

“A part of me still doesn’t trust him, yet another part of me—a dark, secret ounce of me—longs for every inch of him.”

“Deep down we have a connection—a brutal, twisted connection that is impossible to deny.”

What did I love about this story?

The storyline kept me guessing with anticipation and had my heart beating faster. The secret and mysteries revealed from both their pasts and presents were terrifying yet addictive. As uncomfortable as I was with certain scenes in this story did not make me give up. THAT was amazing, given how difficult it was for me (as a dark romance junkie) to get through those scenes. The fact that I even finished this book without losing my mind is a big compliment to the author.

Another thing that I loved was that the main characters were portrayed brilliantly. Although I did not agree with the way they had become, I had no any complaints whatsoever. Both of them had become the way they were now in order to survive (each of them with different reasons). In their world, being weak meant death. As disappointed as I was in how she had become and done, I did understand, considering what she had been through. I was conflicted throughout the story trying to think of any morally accepted things they should have done, but the question was, “Would they have survived if they’d done otherwise?” After all, it was all about survival. Things might not be acceptable but understandable in difficult situations, and the author managed to deliver that message.

As I said before, this is not for everyone. It will push your boundaries, mess with your mind while making you question your own sanity. However, if you are a dark romance junkie like me who loves torturing yourself, this book should be your next read. It will be better to wait until book 3 is released, though, since both (this book and the previous one) end with cliffhangers.

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5 responses to “Book Review – Venom & Ecstasy (Venom #2) by Shanora Williams

  1. Sounds interesting. I’m not sure if I would like it. I guess it’s one of those series that you just have to try to see if you can stomach it. Thanks for being honest in your review.

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