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A dark tale of obsession, beauty, and lust! Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.

Stolen and abducted… yet in the same stroke, saved.
On one hand, I escaped certain death at the hands of people who have already hurt me.
On the other, now I’m trapped with him.
The rival of my abuser, who is every bit as terrifying. Dark and sinfully handsome, he wants me.
He wants me to turn my back on the religion that has raised me.
He wants me to spread my legs for him and him alone.
He wants to punish me. He wants to teach me to like his lessons.
Or else he’ll kill my little sister and turn me over to the men who controlled me before.
Either way, I will have to make sacrifices. Sacrifices that have lasting consequences.
I walk on the knife’s edge between falling prey again and completely losing myself.
And if I’m not careful, I may end up worse than dead...

Reading Order:

Provoke (Protect Series FREE Prequel)
Punish (Protect Series Book 1)
Possess (Protect Series Book 2)
Protect (Protect Series Book 3)

252 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 14, 2019

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Olivia Ryann

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Olivia Ryann is the dark romance pen name of Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Top 20 Bestseller Vivian Wood. She loves poetic phrases and bits of melodic memories. She adores dominant, hard men and soft, fragile women with backbones made of steel. She wants to put them together as often as possible, in unconventional ways.

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January 24, 2019
Title: ➳ ❤- Punish
Series ➳ Protect Series #2
Author: ➳ Olivia Ryann

Publication: ➳ January 22nd 2019
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ღ This author has a tendency of drawing you in & once she does that she refuses to let you go until the very end there's no exception in this case…

➳Dryas Aetós, his sole purpose in life as of the moment is to destroy anything good and Father Derrik life . Dryas fast learns that Rouge is that one thing that he can destroy
Dryas love a challenge, especially a beautiful one.

➳Rue lost her mother 8 long years ago & ever since her & her younger sister Aurelia have lived in in the church in the convict. Under father Derrik cruel hand. The things that father Derrik has said & done to Rue would leave anyone reeling

➳Now father Derrik decide that Rue is to marry Prince Henrick. Rue might be naive & sheltered young woman, but she knows what she overheard father Derrik & Prince Henrick saying that they were gonna do to her. Now Rue is on the run on her wedding day, & she basically runs right in to the devil’s arm.The ending is going to leave you gasping for more! But no worries before you know it Possess will be here

➳ This book is just delicious. I absolutely love ever minute. Dryas & Rue are just fantastic characters. You need some Aetós Brothers in your life. The writing & flow of this book is just flawless. I highly recommend this book
I might wanna mention the fact This book is the spin off from the Cherish Series. But no worries you can read this series without reading ‘Cherish’ I don’t know why you’d wanna miss out but that’s your lost

I must warn you now this book will have you wanting more!

💕 I really enjoyed reading Dryas & Rue & I am excited to see what Olivia Ryann will come up next in Possess

1- Provoke - - Publication: December 10, 2018

2- Punish- Publication: January 22nd 2019 💕

3- Possess- Publication: March 1, 2019

📚 Hope you enjoy this read & also always keep in mind this is just my opinion & my honest review 💕

➦ 💕 I received an EXCLUSIVE copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of it. 💕

💕 ✎Paulette Review ❤💕
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Author 213 books1,633 followers
January 21, 2019
I absolutely LOVED this story.

Olivia Ryann delivers a dark and wickedly sinful story in Punish. In a world where a princess is being sought by more than one man, is love really an option? Masterfully written, this book continues the story of Rue and Dryas, and will leave you eagerly hungering for more
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8,195 reviews16 followers
January 20, 2019
Punish by Olivia Ryann is the second book in the Protect Series but is the story of Dryas and Rue. Book one which is "Provoke' starts their introduction so its a quick read but you may want to read that to fully enjoy their story here.
Dryas is out for revenge against Father Derrick who killed someone dear to him. Dryas thinks that Rue is the way to get that because she is important to Father Derrick's plans. Rue and her sister have been raised in the convent where things were not easy but now Father Derrick has a plan to marry her to Prince Henrick..which won't be a good thing at all for her. So she goes to make a run for it but ends up getting kidnapped by Dryas. Now she is at his mercy exchanging one fate for another but there is something about Dryas that is making her feel things that she never have before.
The next book will continue their story and so on.
Here is the list of book in this series;
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1,050 reviews7 followers
January 15, 2019
Rue is on the run. She is running away from the church and the pre-arranged wedding to Prince Henrick. If Father Derrick catches her he is going to punish her or worse. She can’t let them catch her. They have big plans for her and the end result is not in her favor.

Dryas is out for revenge. Still filling the guilt raging through him for killing his brother, he sets on a new path of revenge. Revenge against his #1 enemy, Father Derrick. Father Derrick took someone from him. Someone dear to him. Killed her. Murdered her. His precious Aurelia and now Dryas plans to take something of his. Someone very important to Father Derrick….Rue.

The day he is to set his plan in motion, Rue makes it easy. She runs. Right before the wedding is to take place, there is a distraction and he sees her take off. Now why would she do that? He does not care. All that matters is he catches her.

During her path to freedom, someone catches her. No not catches….kidnaps. She wakes up drugged and on a train, with the devil staring at her. She should be afraid, but she feels a sort of attraction to him. But reality slaps her in the face when the devil tells her she is to do what he wants, when he wants or he will torture her sister.

Has Rue just made a mistake in running? Did she trade one evil for another?

Rue has some dark secrets of her own. Secrets that could ruin her. Dryas will have to dig deep if he is to break her. These two have a powerful chemistry. But the secrets may just break them both.

Wow! Just wow! Olivia Ryann sure knows how to leave her audience gasping for breath and going what the hell just happened??.. A wonderful start to a potentially great dark erotic series. Bravo! Bravo!

This book is the spin off from the Cherish Series. In this series we delve into what happens with Dryas after he has killed his brother Arsen. At least he thinks he killed Arsen. Dryas is not handling his guilt over his transgression very well and sets on a new path. A path to destroy Father Derrick.

Like the last series, Punish is about dark mob alpha males, who are very damaged in many ways. Losing sight of what is important, on missions of revenge over a lost love. Each tale of the brothers starts with a kidnapping. Each kidnapping is a plan to break the kidnapped person and destroy their innocence.

True to Olivia’s style with her books, she ends each one with a WTF moment. Each ending leaving you begging for more, hooking your interest. Once you start this book, be prepared not to put it down. They are action packed till the end and will have you on the edge of your seat. This book is no different.

Overall this book is an excellent start to the new series. It is a steady paced, erotic thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story is challenging and the characters are dark and intriguing. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, because what the hell just happened!?
January 14, 2019
Nothing and I mean NOTHING will prepare you or your emotions for this couple! Rue and Dryas are at constant odds with one another but every so often each allows a little emotion to show and its through those brief moments that you feel the depths of their souls! The strength that Rue has keeps Dryas coming for more but even though she can stand her ground with him she has others that know how to play her emotions and bring her down! Dryas is too learning her weaknesses and trying to use them to get her to bend to his will!

Both are lost, and both have felt a pain that goes beyond the flesh! The demons that they carry will either make them stronger or turn them both to dust!

This is book 2 and follows Provoke (prequel)! Each book needs to be read in order and you don’t want to miss it because these books are so much more then what they seem and so much more then the series before (Arsens story)
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1,146 reviews99 followers
January 15, 2019
Protect Series - Book 2

The continuing story of Dryas and Rue.

The suave Aetos brother, Dryas is coming to grips on what he has done to his brother and in also stealing Rue from the church.

The sheltered Rue, or was she as sheltered as Dryas thought? She is so naive in some things and too worldly in others.

This is an exciting instalment in this series! The ending is going to leave you gasping for more!

Well done!
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2,168 reviews
January 23, 2019
There’s nothing I can even say about this to do it justice and I’m already on pins and needles waiting for the next one!! This story starts where the prequel ended and omg am I dying!!! It was chalk full of suspense, darkness, mystery and you don’t know what truly is going to happen next. This might be my new favorite series if it continues in this direction of epicness
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1,035 reviews44 followers
February 23, 2019
The cliffhanger queen strikes again...can't wait for the next book!!

Olivia is killing me with these cliffhangers! Dryas has told Rue he will have her innocence, but she will give it to him willingly. They are isolated at a seaside castle. Dryas veers between disarming her, deprogramming the years with the church, and scaring her. He is convinced he will be getting her virginity. Unbeknownst to him, Rue was befouled by the evil Father Derrick. Their time in the castle is almost idyllic. He works his way under Rue's skin. Into her mind. But you know it's not going to be smooth sailing. They both have issues and damage because of the Father. And those issues appear when least expected. I received a review copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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2,386 reviews86 followers
January 16, 2019
Rue is a naive and sheltered young woman who has lived in the convent with her sister for the past eight years. Horrible things happen behind the closed doors of the convent, especially Father Derricks. When Rue overhears Father Derrick and Prince Henrick discussing that she is not only heir to King Rebel but that her fate is sealed after the marriage, she decides to run. She ends up running straight into the arms of her kidnapper.

Dryas is guilt ridden over the loss of his young love and his brother. He's a lost and tortured soul seeking revenge against Father Derrick. Therefore, he must take someone who means something to Father Derrick. Dryas always gets what he wants.

Punish is dark, edgy and a little twisted. There is a push and pull connection between Rue and Dryas. At times you will feel the their emotions surface and their  weaknesses they heavily guard. Rue cannot reveal her secret.

A great introduction to the Protect Series. Can't wait for Possess #2.

There is a cliffy but so worth the wait.
1,149 reviews16 followers
January 15, 2019
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. OMG!!! Olivia Ryann has done it again, Punish book 2 is a dark, edgy, thrilling story filled with twists and turns, lies, murder and betrayals. This installment will leave you anxious from beginning to end. All I can say is that my heart was beating with every page that I read wondering what is going to happen next to these amazing characters. Rue has been taken by Dryas while fleeing from Father Derrik and now is his prisoner. Will he be able to get his revenge on the one man that has destroyed him and turned him into the devil that has controlled him all these years? Rue and Dryas are each trying to overcome the demons that haunt them while fighting their feelings for each other. Will Dryas learn of her secrets in time? Neither knows what is coming next for them as once again Rue disappears and now we are left with more questions of who saves who. This is one book you will not want to end and is a must read. Can't wait for Possess.
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736 reviews4 followers
January 16, 2019
Wow! She hooked me in from the first word on this one. This is the second book in the Protect Series. It connects with the Cherish series, though you don't need to read that one to make sense of this one (though I would since its amazing). I was intrigued by Dryas from the first book, what makes him tick, what drives him? Whats with his hatred for his brother? Unfortunately, this book gives few answers and poses ALOT more questions, though my faith is in this author, she gave us answers when we waited patiently last time, she'll do it again. Rue was sweet, trusting, new? I need to get more of a feel for her, but I can see how even cold bitter Dryas would want to save her and protect her. I'm so excited for these two, together they scorch the pages and next month can't get here soon enough as I eagerly await their next chapters!
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1,099 reviews48 followers
January 19, 2019
You MUST read Provoke before you even read Punish. I was given the chance to read an advanced readers copy for an honest review.

This storyline has so much potential, sadly for me it just is not one that I will continue with. I guess when I decided to read this and it says a dark mafia read I expect to read a story that includes some kind of mafia. Now don't get me wrong this is a dark read with some of the things that the characters have been through especially the heroine.

Dryas is dark and mysterious and is very up front about who he is and what he wants. He is still very angry by the death of his first love and is determined to get revenge on those he holds responsible. He sets out to do just that where Rue is concerned. Rue finds out in Provoke she is to marry Prince Henrick. She overhears something she isn't supposed to and decides she is going to try and save herself.

The complexity of the characters is really well written. You have a dark, broody, black knight in shinning armor who does have issues all wrapped up in a tiny bow. Then you have a sweet young naïve woman who has been raised by the church to believe she is unworthy. You bring the two of them together and they go together like oil and water. Will they be able to coexist or will their inner turmoil keep them apart?
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1,454 reviews26 followers
January 22, 2019
What another amazing read by Olivia Ryann. She is so good at writing dark romances that will have you coming back for more. Lots of emotions for me in this one, I was frustrated with Rue and Dryas, it was driving me crazy yet, so freaking amazing this story. And that ending, so beware, there is a cliffhanger.

So much happens here, Rue escapes from father Derrik, but then Dryas gets her. He has a card up his sleeve to make sure she minds him, her sister. She is just a pawn in Dryas game to get revenge over Father Derrik. If you want to know why, read ahead! There are lots of questions to be asked when you are done reading Punish. Will she get a happy ending, is it even possible? Does Dryas really have feelings for her or is this just a game!! This series is so good guys, 100% would recommend.
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1,845 reviews22 followers
January 16, 2019
Just when I think I've got Olivia Ryann's torrential torment all figured out, I read Punish, and it's back to the drawing board for me cursing her and her evil plot twisty, hot and oh so suspenseful ways!
Talk about hooking me from page one!
Surprises around every turn- including how Dyras and Rue are!
The not so well thought out plan, the multitude of secrets and their layers, the heat, the pure evil lurking, innocence, darkness, and shades of grey, and the confusion. It all wraps itself around a captivating, spine-tingling story that has me tied up in knots.
A fierce tale with a beast of cliffy, I cannot wait for Possess!
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1,107 reviews
January 15, 2019
Dryas and Rue's story pulls you right in and doesn't let go! Not only is it hot, but the characters are so fascinating to read about. My heart goes out to both characters who have suffered greatly in very different ways. Dryas has lost his love, taken by a deplorable man who hides behind the cloth, and then there is Rue who has lost almost everything that she has to the same man. Although Dryas takes Rue for revenge, they both find comfort with each other through the losses they have both experienced. I am so excited for more of this series, especially since book 2 ends in a cliffhanger that has me clinging to the edge of my seat to know what happens next.
2,454 reviews17 followers
January 16, 2019
Rue is unhappy she’s been forced to marry Prince Henrik by father Derrik. After escaping before her wedding she was captured by Dryas Aetos. He plans to control her & to gain revenge from Derrik for Aurelia’s death. More secrets to be uncovered.
We urgently need Possess!!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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1,301 reviews2 followers
January 16, 2019
Rue has lived in the church for years but now she’s expected to marry. She decides a change of plans is in order. Dryas has been watching and sees his chance to punish the Father at the church. That’s where Rue comes in but will he get what he wants? Will Rue’s plans work out in her favor?
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845 reviews20 followers
January 16, 2019
Of you thought Provoke is dark. Read Punish for one hell of a ride. Dark,sensual,twisted. Need I say more. You'll be missing out on a phenomenal book. Excellent characters you love to hate. Will you root for a happy ending, read my fears read. Can't wait for more.
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1,460 reviews9 followers
January 20, 2019
Dryas and Rue story pick up were it all started in Provoke, Once I started reading this dark beautiful story. Want the next book now. A MUST READ, I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy. Loved it Olivia

Warning ends on a cliffhanger.
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1,181 reviews7 followers
January 15, 2019
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Olivia Ryann is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
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1,741 reviews15 followers
January 22, 2019
Captivating and addictive

Captivating and addictive read. Once I started this dark and beautiful story I did not want to put it down. Dryas is a arrogant man who simply takes what he wants without a care. Delicate and broken Rue is one of his unfortunate victims. The twists this story takes will have you in the edge of your seat wanting more of these two characters.
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3,530 reviews10 followers
January 17, 2019
I cannot believe what I just read! I wanted to choke everyone from Rue to Dryas to Father Derrik. Oh em gee. This is an amazing series. It will keep you wanting more and more. I cannot wait until the next book. There is a cliffhanger so be aware.
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1,309 reviews32 followers
January 22, 2019
Olivia Ryann’s Punish is the second book of her new Protect series. This series follows one of the Aetos brothers, Dryas. In her first series, the Cherish series, we read the story of Dryas’s brother, Arsen. At the end of that series, Dryas plays heavily into its end. With the Protect series, we see some of the “fall-out” from his actions. Even more, Dryas is contriving to problematize the life of a new character, Father Derrick.

With the first book, Provoke, (you can read my review of that book here), we are provided some background into the other characters of this new series besides Dryas, namely the main h Rue. With Punish, the story continues. Dryas has kidnapped Rue with the intent to make her fall in love with him. He wants to take from Father Derrick as a way to punish him for a past transgression. He takes Rue to a castle in France to isolate and enact his plan. Their relationship progresses during their isolation. This book, like the second book of Ryann’s Cherish series, ends on a cliffhanger.

I have to admit, given Dryas’s actions in the final book of the Cherish series and his actions in the first book of this series, that I thought he would be a monster. However, in contrast to his brother Arsen, he’s relatively tame. To me, Arsen truly embodied Katherine/Fiore’s nickname for him, Monster. We know Dryas has sociopathic tendencies, illustrated in other books. However, there is a sensitivity to him. Yes, there are times when he is cruel. Yet, he is careful with Rue in ways that were unexpected. When the book ended, I wasn’t disappointed by his actions towards Rue. Instead, I was disappointed that I could not watch their romance progress further.

As far as the h for this book, Rue is tame. She is a perfect foil to Dryas’s character as she is untainted by life given her life in the convent, but she does not struggle against Dryas as much as her h counterpart, Fiore, in the Cherish series. The cliffhanger of this book will bring more insight into her character in the next book. I’m holding my opinion about her until we find out more details about her in the next book, Possess. I want to see her become more fiery, which I think we’ll see as her truth is revealed in the next two books.

Dryas and Rue together breed fire. They are $exy together, and I suspect they will change each other in ways that Dryas’s brothers, Arsen and Damen, have changed by the heroines of their stories. Redemption is coming…I think.

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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1,697 reviews38 followers
April 15, 2019
Rue Buchel’s not sure what her future will hold. Dryas Aetos has an agenda when it comes to Rue. It’s that agenda that is the driving force for this next addition to the Protect series. This book showed how in some ways they are the same. But like the first book, in no way did I feel that this was a romance.

This series is like a serial or soap opera. You have to keep reading in order to find out what’s going on. Maybe it leads to a romance, and maybe not, but the only way you will find out is if you continue to read the next book and maybe the book after that. And I wasn’t left with the feeling of any love between the two.

In this book I was impressed that the author let the reader hear from the bad guy of the piece. It was great to hear his thoughts as opposed to someone else’s opinion. That’s not to say that we don’t need those opinions because you’ll get a more rounded look at the man. The author also lets us get more of an impression of Rue’s sister Amabel. I know I should feel sorry for her but I can’t. There was one scene where I could almost feel the author sitting on my shoulder wringing her hands. And that just left me wondering what her plans for this character are.

It certainly is a story that grabs your attention. It feels like Dryas wants to corrupt a young girl but his humanity fights with him and you will see glimpses of that. Rue seems so oblivious of the world around her. She’s been hidden away for a while and that shows in her thinking and by some of the things she does. The ending just leaves you with questions and you will have to keep reading to see if any of your questions seem to get answered.

I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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2,054 reviews10 followers
January 17, 2019
Where do I even start? The story of Rue and Dryas continues when Dryas finally catches Rue on her attempt to escape on her arranged marriage to Prince Henrick and the tortured life she has lived in the convent under the control of Father Derrik. The back and forth between Dryas and Rue is bittersweet. Rue is so confused when it comes to her feelings towards Dryas. She has been told she behaves in a tempting and wrong way. Yet, she is not the one who is that way. Father Derrik is the one who is abuses his power over her in a twisted and evil way. Dryas is having trouble overcoming what he believes happened with Aerson. Both in the past and more recently. He is also still struggling with what Father Derrik did to his beloved Aurelia. I will say Dryas at times surprises me.in his internal dialogue he thinks of how he wants to break Rue down and seek his revenge on Father Derrik through her and then he shows such a carrying side of himself towards her. He takes care of her in some ways. Don't get me wrong he does show his dark side towards her as well. the chemistry between the two is so hot. I like how Dryas is beginning to figure out that what Rue has gone through is almost a form of brain washing and that he is going to have to help her to overcome everything she has been taught to believe. My heart went out of her when she had a hard time dealing with her feelings toward Dryas and felt the only way to deal with them was to punish herself. I love Dryas' protective nature towards her. this is such a wonderful second part to their story and I can not wait to see what happens next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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