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Enthralled

(The Enslaved Duet #1)

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It was the biggest day of my life.
I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their first child. My situation was a little different.
Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.
Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.
He bought me t
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 394 pages
Published March 29th 2019 by Giana Darling (first published March 28th 2019)
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Melanie
“…A parting of night as if Hades himself was breaching the veil from the underworld.”

Friends, first off, this is a very dark and very taboo story. There are so many content and trigger warnings for abuse, sexual assault, and more, that I wrote at the bottom of this review, so please use caution and make sure you are in the right headspace if this looks like something you’d want to pick up. But if you liked The Debt series back in the day, you’ll probably like this dark and twisted ta
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic ’ENTHRALLED' is the first full length dark romance novel book in Giana Darling’s ‘The Enslaved' duet.

MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog:
➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS Image and video hosting by TinyPic Cosima's story kicks starts off into a territory I wasn't expecting, on her eighteenth birthday she was sold into slavery to pay off gambling debts her father had accumulated for a period of five years. Agreeing saves her family. The alternative is unthinkable. Now she's the property of Alexander
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Book 1 in duet.
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Blurb:
It was the biggest day of my life.
I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their first child. My situation was a little different.
Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.
Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.
He bought me to own me, to
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Isabella. R
5 Topolina - Little Mouse Stars ⭐️

A life of poverty in a mafia run village of Naples, Italy; an 18 year old Cosima Lombardi is sold into sexual slavery to pay off her father’s debts.

As the saying goes no good deed goes unpunished. And in Cosima’s case, the love for her family, her beauty nor her inner strength can save her from Alexander Davenport. As Cosima tries to adjust to her new reality, there is no preparation for a master that wants to claim more then her body.

”To own this body is enoug
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary story about personal courage and strength of spirit.
Giana has outdone herself with this book where she throws everything in the kitchen at the waifish 18 year old Cosima Ruth Lombardi and this girl refuses to crumble!! The topolina is a fighter, survivor and a warrior. Can you tell I'm totally in love with her !! *Lady-boner*!!!
"It’s the duality of a strong mind and a submissive spirit, a fierce heart."
She has steel in her spine to carry a boulder of responsibility
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Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
3.5

I've heard nothing but amazing things about Giana Darling's work in the past, so after I read the blurb for Entralled, adding it to my tbr was a must. The fact that it's dark romance and has a gorgeous cover just enticed me further. Even so, I did my best to keep my anticipation in check. I didn't want to go into the book with overly inflated expectations, and I think I succeeded at that. All I expected from my reading experience was to enjoy it in some way and for the story to be twisted and
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Ari
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 80%

Fuck, this book redefined terrible for me. A pretentious writing, pathetically researched plot-line, choppily executed story, and two completely distasteful characters leads to a very horribly miserable semi-human, aka yours truly.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Cardan Greenbriar
Look before I start my review I just wanna say that please don't go to your prayer place and start sending me curses and wishes for me to fall into a dumpster in front of my lifetime crush (mwahaha which i don't have at all). but still Just please ok?

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This isn't a completely negative review and I highly recommend this book but there were flaws in it that made me rate it 3 stars only.
Let us begin.
(and i'll be hiding a mega spoiler meme )

umm where was I?

AH this book right
this book is dark. wa
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"He wanted me broken. A beautiful, hollow shell to break open and fuck into. It wasn’t enough to own my person and rape my body. He wanted to empty my soul so that the only thing I was filled with was his cock and his cum."

This started really good and I really enjoyed Giana Darling's descriptive (although sometimes grammatically incorrect) writing. There were some awkward phrases but I really got into it. Yes, this was really dark and really gritty! There are many triggers and frankly, it wa
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Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourite


Giana Darling’s poetic prose is my absolute favourite thing to consume—a seamless flow of enchanting sentences and enthralling moments weaved together to create an evocative narrative that will captivate your attention, entice your senses and summon an array of diverse emotions to surface. I’ve been charmed by every facet of this author’s writing since devouring the emotionally raw and passionate affair between Giselle and Sinclair.

But the true interest that truthfully attracted me lied with Al
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Jessica 🌹
DNF 30%

Dark Romance
Bdsm, captivity, age-gap, enemies to lovers-revenge driven
First Person, heroine's POV
Duet
Cliffhanger: yes
Trigger: eating disorder,slavery,sexual assault, emotional/physical/psychological abuse
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥



Sorry for my rant but this book pissed me off.

Well this was AWFUL.
I can't believe this is the same author of “Welcome to the dark side”.
If you want to read a good BDSM-D/s-captivity story, go elsewhere.
Alexander was a sorry excuse for a Dom.
AHAHAH.
Ridiculous.
Arrogant, Presump
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Celia {Semi-Hiatus}
I really tried to love this one, I was very curious with Cosima and Alexander story from the Anti-Heroes in Love series, but I'm a bit disappointed. Can't put my finger on what, the story had all the ingredients that I love, but still... Wasn't quite there to have what it takes... 😕 For me, at least...
Maybe because Cosima gave up very easily or the time sequence wasn't well done...

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Giana Darling
Feb 19, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Enthralled is coming March 29th 2019!

I cannot wait to share Cosima and her Master, Lord Thornton, Alexander Davenport with you all <3

It was the biggest day of my life.
I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their first child. My situation was a little different.
Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.
Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.
He b
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TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Giana Darling has blown my mind with this wickedly dark, but utterly captivating story. The writing is perfection. The imagery and mythology elements that she weaves into the tale are beautifully done. I was beyond impressed and completely enthralled. I loved it immensely.

Now, with that being said, this is not a rainbows and sunshine type of love story. It’s dark. The hero is not what you’d expect in a traditional romance, yet he is utterly perfect in this story. Love is love regardless of how
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Sarah
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
****AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW ****

5 I’m His Slave CROWNS

What am I supposed to do with myself until book 2? How do I go on? Like Cosima, I’m a slave to Alexander. He is my master. I don’t want anyone but him. Alright, that might be extreme but it is still true. I’m wrecked. This story is brutal, twisted, but I was enthralled (no pun intended) by the beautiful prose of Giana Darling.

Alexander is everything a dominant should be. There are moments you hate him, especially in the beginning when h
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Jessica
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Giana Darling is queen and I absolutely love her Forbidden Men series. I was so excited to see she had a new duet coming out. It was definitely A LOT darker than I expected, but I love a good dark romance when I'm in the mood, so I waited a bit and then dove right in!

When she turns 18, Cosima is sold by her father to a British Lord to serve as a sex slave for the next five years. Cosima is determined not to break, but she's never had to serve Alexander Davenport before...

Going into this one, I
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Diana
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*KU READ

well. Damn! This was good. My first book by Giana Darling!
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Italian beauty Cosima is sold as a sex slave to Alexander Davenport to cover her fathers gambling debts. She is taken to England where she awakens with multiple body piercings and chained naked to an elegant ball room floor. She’s kept there several weeks essentially starved with no hygiene but a bucket for bodily waste in order to
Break her to her master-Alexander. Yes he’s a sadist asshole and initially rapes her but it turns out she’s a masochist. Woven into the BDSM relationship is “The Order
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SusanAhh


“In your thrall”

I found this to be a richly woven story which dovetails from an earlier series about Cosima's, the heroine in Enthralled, sister Giselle, The Evolution of Sin: The Affair (The Evolution of Sin Trilogy, #1) by Giana Darling The Secret (The Evolution of Sin, #2) by Giana Darling The Consequence (The Evolution of Sin, #3) by Giana Darling . I find the writing of Ms. Darling to be very descriptive and flowing for the most part. Although there are mistakes in grammar and in word choice that do not seem quite apt for the character speaking or words used out of context.

Cosima is a fiery and extraordinary beauty who is sold on her 18th birthday by he
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Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader
4.5 stars

This is not your typical BDSM romance nor similar to any sex slave story out there. ENTHRALLED is a complex, intricate tale about adultery, mafia, sensuality, The Order, secrets, power and more! Alexander and Cosima are delicious characters, rich in detail and different from any I’ve ever met!!!

”I am Alexander Davenport, Earl of Thornton, and you are playing my game now, Cosima. Be happy that I’m taking the time to teach you the rules instead of making you learn by taking punishmen
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Michelle Claypot_Reads
When Giana first discussed this story with me I was intrigued. When I got to know Cosima’s character I was enamoured. When I met her Master I became obsessed.

This one is certainly not for the faint of heart. This story touches on very real, very dark subjects but does it in a way that feels genuine and respectful. It’s definitely a dark romance and the ever changing dynamics between Cosima and her Master had me hooked from page one.

Nothing in this book is what meets the eye. Nobody is who you
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Giana Darling's Enthralled was absolutely amazing. It left me shocked, hopeful and quite simply, with no pun intended, enthralled and wanting more. This story was sexy and delicious but also disturbing and sad. At times I felt Cosima's pain and anguish as if they were my very own raw wounds. But like her I was kept captive by the gamut of emotions she felt for her mercurial captor while also battling her desires to be free.

The story begins on a shocking note as we see Cosima Lombardi on the verg
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Arena♡
DNF AT 52%

Oookayyyy.....where should I start?
This book was just too much for me. There were A LOT of sex scenes, I mean there was one every two pages. Like there is BDSM, and then there is this book. Honestly, it was like reading porn and not even the good kind.

Also don't get me started on the way he treated the heroine, like she was dirt under his shoe, I mean there is the whole enemies-to-lovers trope but this book? It was just too much, I can't possibly see how she can forgive him for all tha
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Wil Loves Books!
Jul 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Wait what? Cosima was sold to slavery for years since she was 18??? But how did she do that when according to the Evolution of Sin Trilogy she had been one of the hottest fashion models of the world since she was 17 🤷🏻‍♀️ You can’t model shit if you’re caged for years 😂

I see that this author’s continuity problems keep happening along with the poorly edited books. Seriously, readers deserve better and they should also demand more.
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
I did really enjoy this one once I got far enough into. You are dropped right into some tough situations, but I very intruiged to see what will happen next.
Saira Moodley (BookedMercy)
Arc provided in exchange for an honest review

Safety spoilers at the end of review

4 starss !!!

”You may own my body, Lord Thornton, but you will never own my mind, my spirit or my heart.”

Omggg.. Enthralled was everything I never knew I wanted. This book was beautifully tragic. In the best way possible...and I loved it! It does end in a cliffhanger. And now I’m anxiously waiting to read what happens next.

Cosima’s (18) father had a terrible gambling addiction. And he owed money to some da
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TheBookPlatypus
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes we are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes we were born to bad people and live a bad life. There doesn’t always need to be a reason for misfortune, Cosima.”

Wow! I don’t know what I thought this book was going to be but this definitely was not it. And not in a bad way. I knew that Giana Darling can write really dark, greedy, and hella smutty books but this was intense!!
Cosima is basically a pawn by being sold to a British Lord as a payment for her so-called father’s gamblin
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Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
I'm actually not sure what to rate this book, I'd probably go with a 3.5?

Enthralled is my first read by Giana and the world she created is intense, decadent, revolting and often confusing.

On her eighteenth birthday, beautiful  Cosima Lombardi is sold to Alexander Davenport, a British Lord,  Earl of Thornton and a dominant. Cosima is to be his submissive, his slave for a period of five years. At least that's what her father promised Alexander as he signed on the dotted line to pay off his debts
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Frances
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart. Wow.

What a journey. This book took me on a journey like no other.

ENTRALLED is book 1 of the Enslaved duet by Giana Darling.

Alexander & Cosima’s relationship is a complicated one. From the way it began, the middle, and to the way it ended (for now), NOTHING has been easy for either of them, especially for Cosima. But it’s not just them, they must also deal with forces around both of them that are of big influence, and ultimately BOTH will need to make a choice....or a sacrifice.

Furthe
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HoneyedPages
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
You know when you read a book and it rocks your entire world and turns it upside down? Yeah well that just happened to me and I can't believe I found the words to even write this review but I tried knowing I could never do it any justice.

I knew I was going to love this book and that it would be a top read but I didn't expect it to end up being my favourite book of all time.

Whenever I read anything by Giana I always take my time with it and never rush, usually because I never want them to end bu
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“This is about the other side of BDSM,” he continued in the bland tones of a professor reciting a lecture to a group of inane students. “Our relationship is about control and submission. This means if I want to fuck you until it hurts, I will, and you will let me. It also means, if I want to eat the honey between your thighs for hours until you are an incoherent mass of quivering flesh barely able to think past the pleasure, I will. I do not need to hurt you or threaten you to own you. There is dominance in pleasure too.” 3 likes
“When I drive into that virgin cunt and smear your blood on my cock, you’ll cry. Not because I’m hurting you, even though I am. No, you’ll cry because you are going to be so empty, so useless that you’ll beg and sob to be filled by something. And that something will be me, Cosima. My fingers in your asshole, my thick cock in your spasming cunt, my tongue in your mouth, and your soul crushed right under my heel as I fuck up into you and you cry out the name of your Master.” 3 likes
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