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Raelynn Davenport.
An elusive beauty queen with a sordid past.

The Blackwoods.
A prominent family with a graveyard full of tortured skeletons.

The plan couldn't have been simpler.

All I had to do was swap my big city life and tarnished reputation for a fresh start in a small town. Catching the immediate attention of said town's heartthrobs was nowhere on my agenda.

Published January 14th 2019
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
CRUCIBLE is a relatively short prequel to this authors upcoming AFFLICTION series that is due to be released in 2019. I am honestly not sure what to say that I haven't said ten thousand times when it comes to this author. I am starting to sound like a broken record (lol). I simply love this author. Even the few less than stellar books are still very enjoyable reads. She does dark and twisted as no one can...


So yea, no surprise here I loved this one. We are basically given a little teaser of thin
*~* Susie
Why did I read this before the series was complete??? I hate not at least knowing a release date.
***5 ‘Play’ Stars***

I knew this one would be dark and deviant simply based on the blurb, but it is looking like it’s going to a luscious little mind fuck as well and I cannot wait to see just how far things go. Now,
Crucible is more of a “Hi! How are ya? Let’s introduce you around a bit and get a feel for the place” type of read, so we really only get a taste of what’s going on, though I will say that the smexy is HAWT! But we do meet what looks to be all the major players and I NEED to know mor
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Yikes. I absolutely loved this story. Like all books I’ve read by this author I literally inhaled the story. I’m addicted to her words. Where do these stories come from? Heck I don’t care once they keep on coming.

Raelynn finds herself in a small town looking for a fresh start. She gets more than she bargains for when she meets The Blackwoods.

I’ve got a feeling this is only a teaser of what’s in store and I’m super excited to read more of this series. Bring it on!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first finished read of 2019. And it didn't disappoint. Nothing from Natalie Bennett ever does. Because everything she writes is gold. I have fallen in love with the Blackwoods and want more from them. I cant wait to read more from this messed up family
Caitlin Audet
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

Disturbingly sexy is how I would describe Crucible by Natalie Bennett. This is the prequel to the upcoming series, the Deviant Games, with book one out soon and is already set up quite nicely for all the twisted, dark fun that is bound to occur. For a shorter story Natalie Bennett sure did pack the punches, with the introduction to the town and it's key players. From the blurb you get a tiny taste that something's not quite right but the real d
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY SWEET BABY JESUS WTF did I just read is what I was thinking when I finished reading this novella. I have to say that Natalie Bennett has knocked it out the ball park with this one. I can't wait for the series to begin.

In this novella we get the introduction to this series. I will say this it is going to be dark and twisted and a real mind eff. The Blackwood family is no joke they have some serious effed up minds and friends. Raelynn moves to this small town to get away from the big city li
Kinky Minx
4 stars

Thanks to the author for providing ARC in exchange for honest review.

Crucible is a short prequel of the Affliction series. I must say I was a bit disappointed at first but it's Natalie Bennett. She never fails to amaze her readers.

The reason I was disappointed because it was until I read to chapter six, the story starts to sound interesting. The whole story ain't long so I kinda read half and suddenly feel like I can finish the rest.

So the story, yes...what do you expect from Natalie
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit. Give me more right now!!!

Crucible is just the prequel to a series and hot damn. I need the series like nobody's business. I'm craving it. Give. Me.

Bennett just keeps bringing the dark, appealing to my savage soul. She makes you crave the evil and immoral men. I just want to be sandwiched between Jace and Kaid. *fans self* Her writing keeps getting better, and I'm here for it.

This series is going to be a fun and twisted ride. I absolutely cannot wait for more.
Ally Vance
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart poundingly full of darkness, suspense and action.

This was an exciting read and unputdownable. I loved the build up, and the devious plot and characters kept me hooked right to the end.

Some deliciously hot scenes interspersed within the story gave it that extra kick. Mystery and intrigue drew me in until I couldn't look away from Rae's story.

Looking forward to more!
 Charlie  ✰ WLTB Blog ✰
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku
Natalie Bennett never disappoints.

I started this book and couldn't put it down I read in one sitting. I love the story and I can't wait for more of the Blackwoods family they are one crazy, messed up family and I can't wait to read more.
Well written and will keep you turning the pages.

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Kim Whitehead
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh! Natalie does it again!! Slow burn of twists and turns! Another fantastic and Hot book!! Let the games begin! Can’t wait for what’s to come!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Crucible From Natalie Bennett is the prequeal to Affliction. A new family she will be writing about in 2019.

Raelynn Davenport is an elusive beauty queen with a sordid past. The Blackwoods are a prominent family with a graveyard full of torturned skeltons. The plan coudn't have been simpler. All Raelynn had to do was swap her big city life and tarnished reputation for the frest start in a small town.
Jennifer Aldrich
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Holy Dark Romance! If you feel like books are better the darker and dirtier they are, then boy I have a book for you. Crucible is such an amazing story. The author draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you wanting more. I do want to give the disclaimer that this book has a cliffy and involves more than one main male.

The plot of this story is interesting. What happens when a city girl gets shipped off to a small town that is hiding many secrets? Well you will have to read to find out! Th
Heather Whitaker
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL!!! What a prequel to a series I'm sure I am going to love. If you are looking for a sweet read filled with hearts, flowers, and love you need to keep on scrolling. As the author puts at the beginning of the book this book does not contain any hearts and flowers. This is only my 2nd book by this author and I do believe I am becoming addicted to her writing.

Now for my review:: The book starts out with our heroine Raelynn in desperate need of change of scenery. I will not go into the det
Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog
What a great way to start off a series!

I don't think I ever read a book or series more deprived than how Natalie Bennett writes. She has a way to twist these psychotic stories and even though they can be sick f*ckers, I still manage to get sucked into the stories because even though these people are sick and scary as f*ck, I love her writing.

Rae is a privileged girl who had to move from a big city to a small town due to certain reasons and even though she doesn't want to make friends or fit in,
Serena Worker
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raelynn moved to a small town and glad she’d made the right choice, she only had one neighbour who kept to themselves. Entering the house with a familiar smell, she started feeling and emotions reminded her of why she moved to the town, if she hadn’t things would have been worse.
Everything was going great, she had a job interview tomorrow and liked Kayla from the diner, who organised it. She couldn’t help the strange feeling from the men that she’d met, particularly the last man who said he’d se
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, Natalie Bennett, what do you do to me? You mess with my mind and make me wonder why I read what I read, but then I remember. I remember the awesomeness that is a Natalie Bennett story and the twists and turns and connections that go from one book to the next in a series, and then I wonder what's taking me so long to read because I want to have it done like yesterday.

Raelynn has run away to Harmony Springs. She wants to restart her life and erase everything that has happened before and the t
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars of AWESOMESAUCE!!

When it comes to dark and disturbing, Natalie Bennett is a queen! Her books always take me right to edge of what I feel comfortable with and pushes me to go further, but I absolutely love it.

Crucible is the beginning of a new series for her, so we are just starting to find out about the characters and situations in which readers will find. I can definitely say that I am beyond intrigued about what lies ahead with the characters and how she will pull this story off.

Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐ of WTF??

I get it’s a prequel and hopefully so many of my many questions will be answered with the upcoming series.
There was just too many questions for me.

It took me a couple chapters to get the feel of the book. Once I did I was binging Natalie Bennett’s words hard!

Rae, I’m still gettin g a feel for her, she let her guard down for some sex. I mean I can’t blame the girl but girl code dude. Self preservation over manly bits. She is still pretty kick ass. Didn’t bend down and wasn’t subm
Lita Thomas
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crucible by Natalie Bennett is a new saga based on a new family in Harmony Springs. If you loved her Mercy, Bound, Release series and Obscene series than this is the next series in our dark and twisted fix. Raelynn has left her ritzy lifestyle in the big city due to nefarious circumstances and has found herself in the small town of Harmony Springs. The Blackwoods run the town and twin brothers Jace and Kaiden have their eyes set on Raelynn. The brothers are sick and depraved and dealing with the ...more
Clare Harrison
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A second chance at life. A new town with an adorable name "Harmony Springs" and a fresh start.

A chance meeting in the quaint retro diner and life gets interesting.

They watch her, smiling knowingly. Agreeing with what they were told.

She's the one... let the games begin!

A fast paced intense prequel. A glimpse into a family of darkness.

Wow! I loved this short but definetly not sweet introduction to the Blackwoods.

I was quite shocked reading this as for some reason having never read Natalie before
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ladies & Gentlemen, the Queen of Darkness, Natalie Bennett has another insane story that I couldn't get enough of with Crucible, and it just scratched the surface. It's the Prequel to the Affliction series, and I have to say, I'm ready to PLAY! Up on deck is Raelynn Davenport, she's new to town, and has caught the eye of Jace & Kaiden Blackwood, two delicious twins, who are a bit, shall we say, dark?! They have insane chemistry that has sexy times lighting the sheets on fire, but she's n ...more
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Crucible is a prequel to Natalie Bennett’s Deviant Games series. If you are looking for a sweet read about love and making sweet love then do not read this book. It’s dark and I loved it. I crave a dark read and got what I wanted in this book.

Raelynn needed a fresh start so she moved to a small town. She is working in their local diner. Trying to stay under the radar. Out of the spotlight which is unlike the life she had before the move. She thought it would be easy but she then she met the Bla
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell, Natalie has done it again! This book is not filled with Sunshine, rainbows and happy endings. Its filled with Dark, twisted suspense that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
This is a Prequel to a brand new series. It gives you a glimpse into a brand new family and Rae.
The family, the Blackwoods, have many secrets that this book just barely gives you a small peak into their twisted world in this small town. The brothers, Jace and Kaiden, are freaking hot as hell and so very t
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Jennifer
(5 stars)

When Raelynn moved to a small town, it was to get out of the spotlight and to avoid jail. The house her parents bought her is perfect with the exception of the creepy shed thats locked by a huge padlock in the backyard. The last thing Raelynn needs in her new life is the Blackwoods deciding they wanted her. The Blackwoods being one of the prominent families of the small town, they can do no wrong.... well they can but no one calls them on it. When the twins set their
Gemma Pritchard
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow Natalie again has blown me away. I can't quite put in to words how much I loved this story and well all of Natalie's books.

This book follows Rae who moves away to start a fresh after doing something that rips her away from her family. She moves to a quiet little town and plans to keep herself to herself and not let her past drag her down.

Then enter the twins they are in to some heavy stuff (this is Natalie lol) so don't expect a happy ever after expect blood and gore and all that jazz lol.
Heather Creighton
Holyyy SHITTTT!!!! This is just a prequel and leaves off on a cliffhanger but my oh myyy!!! I can already tell this is going to be a hell of a story! Big city girl Raelynn moves to a small town, she’s got her reasons for getting out of the big city but when she gets to town she just wants to blend in and try and start a quiet new life. Thennnn in walks The Blackwood family and that plan goes up in smoke! Something weird is going on in this town, and it seems if Rae is going to make it out of the ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the cover of this book. It really pops and stands out.

It is the first book in a new series and it is a prelude to the next book. I am not going to say anything about the actual story because I don’t want to spoil anything and a lot of things aren’t clear yet. I have no idea where this story is going to lead me.

The book grabbed me from the beginning and I read the story in one sitting. The characters are very intriguing. I liked Rae a lot and I don’t think she will be giving in without a f
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Natalie Bennett is your average socially awkward author that turns her spontaneous head ramblings into stories.

She has a penchant for writing about villainous immoral men, crazed anti-heroines, and tends to deviate away from traditional HEA's.

She likes chocolate, Netflix, and Prickly Pear Margaritas.

When she isn't writing she's hanging out with her husband and their three boys.

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