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(Dark Romance #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,462 ratings  ·  436 reviews
For readers who love the darkness of FSOG, This Man, Twist Me, Captive in the Dark, & Red Sparrow.

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Bought. Conditioned. Sold to the enemy.
My name is Blaire. I'm head of security to a man who controls the Russian underworld in Europe. His name is Maksim and he's my master. He bought me ten years ago and conditioned me with brutality to w
Kindle Edition, 1st, 498 pages
Published December 16th 2016 by Gray
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When I read the blurb for 'Blaire', I was intrigued. I love nothing like a deliciously dark story that pushes my boundaries and makes me wriggle in nervous anticipation of what will come with the next turn of the page. Luckily for me, 'Blaire' did not disappoint. This book held my attention from start to finish.

Blaire was taken at a young age and subjected to horrific abuse. She was brainwashed and conditioned, both physically and mentally, to be the a slave for Maksim. Over time, she became his
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3 Stars

I liked this well enough, although it wasn't necessarily as "dark" as I thought it was going to be. Also, the romance here felt a little stilted to definitely took a backseat to all the "conditioning" mumbo jumbo.

I also didn't really care for the ending.

I picked this up because Mia Knight listed it as a free book of note in her weekly newsletter. That said, I enjoyed it well enough; I will say, however, that - at the time I write this - I am about 25% into book two and I think I
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark and captivating read.
This book was so well written in addition to an expertly plotted story.
Though some scenes were very dark and at times brutal, the character Blaire is strong and newly discovered very passionate. I'm so Happy to dive right into #2.
Big Screen worthy 5 star read!

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BLAIRE: When I was approached to review a dark read there was no way my ass was saying no!! Anything dark and my ass is on it, hopefully this delivers the darkness I crave..

WARNING: Blaire is not suitable for persons under the age of 18, it contains psychological impairment, dubious permission and violence.

Eighteen year old Blaire, bought, conditioned to kill or maim anyone who gets too close to her master Maksim, his most trusted devoted pet, this is the only way of life she has ever kn
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Book 1.
Bought. Conditioned.
My name is Blaire. I'm head of security to a man who controls the Russian underworld in Europe. His name is Maksim and he's my master. He bought me ten years ago and conditioned me with brutality to worship and protect him. And I have protected him. I've slain everyone who has tried to do him harm. Everyone but a man he loans me to; a man who threatens to break me and every
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it

It's equaly good as it's confusingly messy in the plotting segment as well as in 'delivering' the unraveling moments that only caused more mixed impressions and unpredictable opposed feels about the story, and especially towards the main heroine Blaire

I might have smth to say more after I sleep on it...*sigh*

unfortunately, I am NOT much wiser than I was yesterday :/ concerning this book...

It had potential, parts were extremely good, the story is DARK with a lot of TRIGGERS, and yet I had
3,5 stars but I'm going to round it up

It's no secret I love DARK stories. As dark and as twisted as I can get. Pitch black books are even better. Before discovering this one I've read a book marked as dark but it was far from it. And it disappointed me big time. This one was good. It was dark and it was also full of action. Unexpectedly good! We get a twisted romance between Blaire and Charlie. Maksim! Ugh, I feel like killing him!! Even if I really enjoyed this one, I don't think I will read th
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!!
I loved this.

This was literally me for the 6-7 hours it took me to read this book!

The kids did not get fed, the house work was put on hold...hell if I could skip work I would have!

My marriage was dangerously close to been husband was staring daggers into me every time I burst into laughter, cried out or screamed at the screen!

Hell I don't want to give too much away other than to say this book is must read...Anita isn't lying when she says "You're going to need a strong s
4 Another Cliff Stars!
This must be the month for me to read new to me authors books. lol
I loved the beginning and the end but the middle did drag a bit. Not bad enough to make me not finish it because I did love them together. I also kept wondering what the big plot twist was that the author tells us will be spoiled if we read reviews. I don't get it? lol Maybe I have a different definition on a plot twist but to me there wasn't one. That's why my mind was like a tornado trying to figure out th
Dusti Hanrahan
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I skimmed over a TON of this book. Until the last 20% I was bored.
It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I expected after the warnings for how dark it is. I had a hard time connecting because there was so much sweetness, I kept waiting for "the other shoe to drop".
I just didn't expect so much of the story being Charlie being good to Blaire-
Kim BookJunkie
I live for dark erotica so very, very rarely do I find a book with a premise or character(s) that differ from what I've already read. BLAIRE is one of the rare exceptions! There are many stories about females being abducted yet I've never read one about about a girl who was taken at the young age of 8, conditioned, trained to kill, manipulated and brainwashed into becoming a character unlike any I've ever read about! Blaire's Master, "Maksim" was unequivocally depraved, cruel and fascinatingly c ...more
Anita Gray
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
BLAI2E due for release February 2018! I'm stoked to make the announcement :-) For more news, please visit my website

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Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, safe
“Take off your clothes, Blaire, or I will”

In “Blaire” we see two very different methods, used by two very different masters in order to control our heroine.

Maksim had a cruel personality and he didn’t hesitate to torture the heroine as he used fear and pain to condition her ever since she was a kid. Maksim’s methods were a great opportunity to show how someone can control a person who has physical strength and a strong personality, I just wish he had better character development since a lot
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
3.5 stars .
The story starts on a real deadly note. Blaire is chief security for Maksim, who's a sadistic mafia boss. She's *lent* to Charlie Decena. Maksim is evil incarnate, really breaking her .
Decena may be her saviour. Or he may break her even more !!!
The story was a good concept but for me but it lost track. So many questions unanswered and whys and wherefores left unexplained.
I'm really sorry I couldn't connect with it
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
A gripping tense dark read with Blaire, Charlie, Maksim and James.
Maskim the evil master he got what he deserved. Be nice to find out some more about James.
Can't wait for some more when part two comes out soon.....I hope.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Where do I begin?

Blaire was awfully young when she was taken under Maksim's wing, where she was subjected to his various forms of abuse. She was exposed to his world, and soon adapted the role of his finest possession. She was trained and conditioned to remain by his side, to be his fiercest protector. But when a man named Charlie demands something of Maksim and he obliges, she's thrust into Charlie's world without warning. His kindness peels away her layers, and all too soon she
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first book to read by Anita Gray and it did not disappoint. I completely devoured every page from beginning to end. Blaire is the first book in the Dark Romance series. Her master, Maksim did a job a few years back with Charlie and under circumstances wasn't able to pay back a debt. Charlie has now come to collect and he doesn't want his money, he wants Blaire. Because she's so loyal to Maksim, she has a hard time trusting Charlie. When she discovers things from her past, she's stuck between ...more
Lucila ✨ not your feisty Latina ✨
I have a love-hate relationship with the Dark Erotica subgenre: I tend to shy away from these books because they tend to romanticize abusive relationships and redeem the image of abusive men as "poor tortured souls" and yet I long for reading something that takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me grip the edge of my seat in anticipation. I'm usually not lucky enough to find the latter without the former but Blaire is everything I've been asking for.

Anita Gray tells a very dark tale - a you
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Blaire was mentally conditioned to follow whatever Maksim tells her. She's like a robot, doing everything to please her master. When Blaire did something that Maksim disapproved she will be punished severely. Maksim is one ruthless master. Everyone fears the wrath of Maksim except Charlie.

Charlie Decena, a well-known crime boss who wants something Maksim owned, Blaire. It seems that Maksim owed Charlie a lot to let him have Blaire for 3 months. Blaire couldn't believe it. But she didn't want to
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blaire – A Dark Romance by Anita Gray
3.5 Stars
Blaire aka My Pet was acquired at the age of 8 by her Master, Maksim. This is Blaire’s story, one of a child growing up into an 18 yr. old woman under Master’s guidance. If she is good, he calls her his Pet…If she is bad, he calls her Blaire. She is conditioned to protect her Master at all costs… Training daily to perfect her skills, she is known for her fighting abilities. Stopping before Killing the opponent only when her Master directs her to…
At 1
'Q' aka CoCo
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't really know what to say about this. It had dark subject matter, but it didn't really feel all that dark to me. First, a little background...Maksim has conditioned (brainwashed) Blaire into believing she needs him to survive. She'll do anything to protect him; she'd never hurt him, never leave him. Except when Charlie comes into the picture, Maksim hands her off for three months to pay off a debt, and she's lost.
Blaire is completely detached, aloof. The problem with coming off like a robo
What a book loved it..
can't wait for book 2!!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blaire was kidnapped at the age of 8 and got brain washed like literally, with drugs and forced images.
Now at 18 she is the perfect loyal killing machine!

Charlie has some scores to set and will use Blaire in the way that best fits him!

But somethings can't be controlled!!

This is a fucked up story!
David A.Nash
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book has blown me away. I stayed awake until 4:11am this morning to finish the book. Anita Gray has created such a realistic 'world'.

Normally NEVER been a fan of this sexually charged a story. But the way Gray writes, it's not relying on the 'Erotica'. She doesn't shy away from the passion, the feelings explored by Blaire are genuine, not to say understandable. The 'Action', the violence, the 'attention to detail' regarding 'Human Trafficing', especially from Chapter 20. you literally
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 trillion million gazillion stars

My god, I have never felt like I’ve felt this many emotions in a short span of time. Wow I am so mind blown at the moment. God. Woow. Fuck. That was unbelievably good. I went on such a massive emotional ride, I don’t know what I’m feeling anymore. My hands are still sweating.
I’m already jumping to the second instalment I can’t wait around to find out what happens
4.5 Stars

This is not for the faint hearted as it deals with dark and disturbing themes in graphic detail (like torture and non-consensual sex) but if you're comfortable with that then you're in for a great read. It's a good take on a captivity story with a fascinating hero and heroine. Also, despite the dark stuff, I was pleasantly surprised that there's also enough nice, sweet, romantic stuff that I felt helped balanced the book well enough. I also liked that despite being nudged to think one w
This book was more than I expected! If I hadn't known before reading it that this was her first published book, I would never have guessed it! If you're not a fan of dark books, read the warnings first, because this book does get pretty dark in places. Personally, I love a good, dark book, and once I started this one, I did not want to put it down!
My biggest regret now is that I've finished it, and she doesn't have any other books out yet to read! LOL
♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Blaire by Anita Gray would be the first book I have read by this author and I will say it most definitely wont be my last! Just wow, this book kept me on my toes. It's hot, raw, and a rollercoaster full of angst! You wont know what hit you, when you reach the very last page.

So many questions left unanswered, Blaire doesn't know who she can trust. All I know is that I am in need of book 2 ASAP!!!
2.75 Stars!

Not so mind-blowing as I expected
April S
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay a book review, so many emotions I am feeling right now. I have been cursed with one hell of a book hangover from blaire. I bought this book when I found out my husband was gonna be out of state for work for 5 weeks. Saw it had excellent reviews on amazon and said what the hell. I had absolutely NO idea I'd been in for a emotional roller coaster. This book kept me up at night wondering what is gonna happen next, is stuff happening while I'm not reading and I'm missing it. So I lost some slee ...more
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Anita Gray is an International Top 20 Amazon Best Selling Author with several awards. Since indie-publishing in 2016, Anita has topped the eBook and Audio charts across the world in numerous genres, including Amazon US, UK, CA and AU in Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller, Romantic Action and Adventure, Erotica, and Hispanic Literature. Anita's titles are also being translated in several language ...more

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