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(The Fate of the Fallen #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Previouscover edition of ASIN B01DAHYCTO

When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader's failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn't live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withst
Kindle Edition, Revised/2nd, 69 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by R. Phoenix (first published January 15th 2016)
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Shin Mon Thway
Well, if you are looking for a swoon-worthy romance, look elsewhere since this definitely isn’t a romance book. But if you are looking for genuinely depraved and terrible protagonists with a wicked and dystopian storyline, well, you are indeed in for a treat. 😁 Since this is very short and the first in the series, we still don’t know that much about the core of world building and it’s characters. Nevertheless, what we got is enjoyable, wicked and oh-so-wrong-but-right delicious! 😱🔥 Elias isn’t a ...more
Ooooh, yes! Bought is everything dark erotica should be (and a little bit more!). I love the way the characters explode right out of the gate on this one. The plot is following along at a steady pace, but with strong men like Elias and Jace the power play between the two is what's going to do it for me.

So, the plot -(view spoiler) oh hell yes, give me more! I love the story here, supernatural beings taking o
Seeing an MC overpowered by lust for a man he hates, but only because he's been drugged (or magicked) into it, is... boring.

There's also a bit of a pacing issue. Basically we get a line of dialog that's followed by introspection, backstory, and info-dumping. Then another line of dialogue. Another bout of introspection, backstory, and info-dumping. Repeat. Repeat.

This would have benefited from some tightening, perhaps a 50% cut. But even with that, the artificially-imposed lust would still be a y
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark and Delicious!!!

A witch purchases a traitorous werewolf.
His aim: to break him.

Get ready for:

Non/dub con
Forced puppy play

Oh....this one made me tingle!!! Fantastic narration by Jack Noble!
Rebecca James
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
In this hot, provocative read set in a disturbing universe where supernaturals are on top and humans on the bottom, a male witch enslaves a werewolf as punishment. More, please.
Atom Yang
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
R. Phoenix plunges us into the dark world of her RISQ series with the immediacy and visceral intensity of tripping on the stairs down into a scary basement and having the light bulb go out. BOUGHT isn't for the squeamish or light-hearted. For those who might mistake this short story as romance, it is most definitely not. For those who need trigger warnings, please know that there is non-consensual sex and "human" trafficking (okay, so Jace is a dog) (yes, that was a reference to Ghostbusters, I ...more
This Author has a great habit of pulling you in from the first few words in the prologue immersing you in the story until it is complete. I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read and now listened to by this author. My only complaint (if you can even call it that) is that I really want all of these books to be longer, I want more of each of these stories and more of the characters, just more of everything.

I like how with this book we get a really great mix and realm of characters. We see witches,
Aղցela W.
This was a short quick dark read that I liked. When Jace took the fall for his pack leader he thought it would be much different then it is. Elias Ivers is a witch who liked to play games and Jace is his new pet. Jace was sold as a slave to a very powerful witch Elias Ivers. The witch only wants him for his sex toy and to completely dominate him to show others just how powerful he really is. I didn't like Elias much in this book he is a sick twisted sadist that gets off on making Jace do things. ...more
Jo Newton
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pony play or puppy play?

I love it when what I read pisses me off. This did. I was so pissed for Jace and his humiliation at the hand of Elias. I growled a bit. It was still hot as hell though and way too short. *grumbles* I really hope Jace gets the best of Elias or better yet makes Elias fall in love with him and then treats him like a thing. Although I could have Elias completely wrong and he could be a great guy underneath his arrogance and need to stay ahead of the other witches, however I
Steph ☀️
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it

This a dark story told through both Elias and Jace's POV. It is an interesting read and I am wondering how this series will go. I am really intrigued by the whole villain is the better scenario idea. I read the blurb for the next book in the series but it doesn't seem like it's a continuation of the first book. I will give it a try, because to me I am hoping the power struggle from within the supes will live up to my expectations.
Dany Smith
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything written by R. Phoenix. The world created is so fantastically different and exciting you just never know what is going to happen. Bought caught me by surprise. When the tables are turned and the normally powerful are left powerless in the hands of those who wouldn't normally hold any sway over them, many things can happen. In this particular instance, beautifully smutty goodness happened. I can't wait to see what else comes out of this world.
May 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
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Jex L.
I loved this short story. Hot, steamy, paranormal M/M action.
3.5 stars

When you say dark erotic, I think of Nicholas Bella or Rachel Haimowitz. But this author has it right, (humiliation, orgasim denial) it just needs MORE DARK.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What Jace thought he would be doing and what he ends up doing are complete opposites when he, willingly, takes the fall for his lover, Spencer Smith. He ends up in the hands of a powerful witch, Elias Ivers who is depraved and dangerous. He’s manipulative and very cunning and he loves every minute of it and the more victims he has the better he likes it.


Elias is evil, make no mistake, but I don’t like Spencer either and I hope that he gets what’s coming to him for being the weasel he is. But,
QUEERcentric Books
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Brandyjo Newton for QUEERcentric Books

Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story by R. Phoenix was my real first trip into the really dark side of M/M romance. This book is not a traditional romance. How can it be, with mind games, manipulation, and a sadistic witch?


Jace is a werewolf who took the fall for his pack leader’s failure in leading a rebellion against the status quo. He thought he would meet a quick end when captured, but unfortunately
Joyfully Jay
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Bought is only nine chapters long, which means that Phoenix has little time for complex world-building, despite the fact that this is a society very different from that of the reader. However, Bought is not really about this paranormal world; the story centers on the characters themselves and Elias’ evil intentions versus Jace’s defiance and courage.

Phoenix’s characterization is really successful. Elias is hateful because he is a masochist and I spent most of the
Rachael Orman
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This book was a bit of a war for me.

I loved the new world that has come about when supernaturals, werewolves and witches take control. It's not all that hard to imagine to me and the way the author wrote it was great.

I will say that part of the storyline really just... I didn't get it. Jace is paying for something his lover did. We see his lover and get to know a bit of the backstory, but it still just seemed like an incomplete story to me. Maybe we will get more closure in one of the
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april2016reads
This is book one in R. Phoenix’s Ripples in the Status Quo Series. It’s a short, dark, erotic tale. It’s the beginning of what I assume will be a crazy adventure. Jace the Werewolf is at the mercy of Elias the witch. We hate Elias. Like HATE HATE. Like if he was on fire and I had a glass of water, Id drink it. He’s horrible to Jace and my heart broke for the Werewolf. As powerful as Jace is his reason he endures it and stops fighting damn near breaks my heart even more. I’m hoping in the next bo ...more
Patricia Knight
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok

I read this through The Kindle Unlimited program. The unfortunate thing about Kindle unlimited is that the author is paid per page read as a percentage of total pages. While the actual written story presented here is interesting, this ebook is packed with filler--previews of other books the author has written, previews and explanations of the next snippet of story, etc.-- to the point that the filler pages outnumber that of the story. At the very least, this is misleading
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This is middle of the road reading. It's not bad it's not great. Nothing technically wrong. It's just not close to dark enough - for my personal tastes - and there's not enough character development of either MC for me to feel attachment or eroticism.
Ms Lady Jones
It has Potential but repetitive. I still don't know his goals but I'm thinking the full book might be entertaining
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was intriguing.
Not as dark as I thought it would be from the blurb but definitely a bit of non-con sex/kink and a backstory that drew me in.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles

Hot, Hot, Hot.
Perfect narration,
Very interesting premise
Full of nasty fuckery and too short.
This author has my attention now.
Dawn E
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not for me

Didn't know this was a gay book, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. Sorry!! I have nothing against what other people do after all it's their business,
Alicia Huxtable
Not for me

I don't recall downloading this book,cause it definitely isn't one O would normally read. I don't think I'll continue with this series
Sydney Whyte
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dark erotica
Recommended to Sydney by: facebook
The first time I came across a book of R Pheonix was when I stumbled over an excerpt from the second book in her Status Quo series - ‘Ravel’. It definitely piqued my interest with its dark and horrifying, alternative paranormal world. Being the kind of person I am – a ‘must start at the beginning of a series’ kind that is – because, hell if you don’t you might just miss something – I started with her book ‘Bought’.

This book comes with warnings - ‘dark erotica’, and it certainly is.

Jace, a werewo
Daniel Mitton
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews, with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review. Rated 4.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.)

I read this one twice. First the original free version on Amazon, and then the newly revised and expanded one that the author sent over for my review. I have to say, the expansion was very welcome. Questions I had originally were filled in, and having gone ahead and read book two before the new version of Bought came in, I can tell you it sets us up p
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a very good and very dark short story. I wasn’t expecting to like it that much, but I guess I found myself a new author to read. This was so amazing.

Jace is a werewolf who finds himself captured and at the mercy of Elias, a witch who enjoy playing games with him. He has to put his pride aside to endure the activities his new master has prepared for him.

This was so good. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I finished. I loved both characters for very different reasons. I like Ja
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bought (The Fate Of The Fallen Series Book 1) by R. Phoenix is a short, 68 page dark paranormal fiction. In this dystopian world where supernaturals are at the top of the food chain and humans are second class citizens at best, the status quo is not to be messed with. There are those supes though who help the band of human Rebellion gain their rights back. Or at least try to survive another day while living in poverty.

Jace, A werewolf, takes the fall for his pack leader’s attempts to help the R
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R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it's terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers. She also tries entirely too hard to ...more

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The Fate of the Fallen (7 books)
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