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One powerful serial killer. One visceral connection.
One deadly secret that should have stayed buried.

Men like Ethan Reilly should never fall in love. Dark, enigmatic and dangerous, Ethan is the perfect predator until he meets Lily Simpson, a woman passionate enough to placate him and strong enough to surrender to him.

For a while Lily’s love is enough.

But the darkness ins
Published May 7th 2019
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May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darkly Erotic and Disturbing!

“Flawed” the prequel to the Dark Necessities trilogy, is an intensely dark, disturbing, deeply erotic, highly emotional, psychological thriller and totally impossible to put down! The prologue sets the tone for the novel, enticing the reader to proceed with heightened trepidation. Professionally written and extremely fast-paced, the plot flows seamlessly, pitting predator against prey. Told from dual perspectives, the reader is immersed into the mind of a monster and
Apr 17, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the writing style of Felicity Brandon but I don't think I was prepared for a story like this. Intense, gritty and very, very dark. Ethan is someone I don't think I've read in any other story before and I'm still in limbo as to if I like him or not. Lily brought out emotions in me that were mixed also. I honestly can't say a whole lot because I don't want to give the story away but man......this book had me sucked right in from the first, even though I don't normally read these stories! Ms ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. Why have I waited so long to read this story. It was an amazing read.

How am I going to review this without spoiling it..crikey!!

Ethan is one of those characters you know you shouldn’t like but you do. He sucked me right in. He charmed me.

Lily is in a league of her own. She’s so likeable and strong.

After that ending I’m so glad I’ve got book two sitting on my kindle waiting for me to jump in. See you on the other side ;)
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Well it's become very clear that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Ms Brandon had me sobbing with the prologue, even though I should probably hate Ethan. It was a massively powerful start to the book and the pace and darkness didn't let up from there. Flawed is such a perfect title and can apply to so many aspects of this tale, the most obvious of which is Ethan, but it could just as easily refer to Lily and their relationship.

Despite knowing how soulless Ethan is, how dangerous and just s
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This story had me on my toes and reading late into the night because I started it late in the night and I figured okay I will read a few chapters and then finish the book in the morning. So I started reading and could not stop lord let me tell you this has a hint of paranormal as the main characters Ethan and Lily meet in their dreams and Ethan can read Lily's mind.

This is one of those stories that I wanted to jump into the book and slap Ethan. At times he made me so mad and at times I wanted t
Rosario Barrera
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and disturbing. Disturbing and dark. What a thriller should be. Ethan and Lily’s story is actually darker than the Dark Necessities Trilogy. At times, I thought, this is too much, maybe I should stop...but I didn’t. Glad I didn’t. Essentially revolving around Ethan, who would bevthe villan in Law and Order SVU, for sure. I was riveted by how Lily’s thought processes were working, how she could or could not justify her actions. A fabulously uncomfortable book. Highly recommended.
Ruchika Mahajan
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another dark n more darker story from felicity Brandon. I always think I can't enjoy this n i won't read it but in no time I am hooked. The plot is tight knit. We as readers can't relate to the story but yes I applaud Ms Brandon over the edge and out of the box thinking. Well done as always.Ethan and lily... Two different opposite personalities. I wonder why the author makes the male protagonist hard to like. He has a super strong personality.i haven't come across a character like him yet. Lily ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. Intense, gritty, dark, amazing. Ethan has an amazing capability. He's been meditating for years. It allows him to enter a different plane of thought! Connected to Lily, he knows she is in danger. He rescues her from four thugs. Just this short time and distance emits an intense chemistry. Ethan has to know her. He follows her, finds her, connects with her. They date! The relationship begins. Not so healthy! In her typical fashion, Ms. Brandon' characters and plot, stalk your brai ...more
Jennifer Pierson
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know how to feel about this book, as the brilliant Felicity Brandon really messed with my head this time around, and that's why I gave it 5 stars. See, I should hate Ethan, the serial killer, and on many levels I do, but then there's a small dark & twisty part of me that feels for him, which is where I almost hate myself to be honest. And that's also where I am calling Ms. Brandon colorful metaphor names. Flawed is a very dark read that I was not prepared for, so I'm still reeling d ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Chilling, horrifying, mesmerizing, fascinating, erotic & emotionally consuming: ALL superbly combined together into a story so dark & deceptively enthralling, this reader was sucked into a totally frightening tale of predator & prey I couldn't escape. The author grabbed me by the throat immediately & all I can say is the suspense, the emotional horror & plot itself, along with the 2 main characters never released me. This story, the plot & the CHARACTERS completely consumed me! And *everything* ...more
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One powerful serial killer. One visceral connection.
One deadly secret that should have stayed buried.

Men like Ethan Reilly should never fall in love. Dark, enigmatic and dangerous, Ethan is the perfect predator until he meets Lily Simpson, a woman passionate enough to placate him and strong enough to surrender to him.

For a while Lily's love is enough.

But the darkness inside Ethan is too po
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This, it really threw me, not what I expected at all. This was such a unique and well-written story! Flawed is a prequel to the Dark Necessities trilogy of Taken, Tamed and Entwined, written by Felicity Brandon, one of my favorite authors. Her books never disappoint.

This is the story of Ethan and Lily, and it is quite a dark story. Be prepared. I like dark romances and this one was right up my alley. I don’t want to give too many details (read the blurb for those) as I had little when
Gaynor Jones
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well this book is about monters, the ones who appear as normal, until they are not. Who blend in with their surroundings like a chameleon until their true colors show, in red, in black and blue and in the darkest of dark the final color of death. They feed of fear, intimidation, torture, control, pain and false promises. But some monsters feed of the light, and the pure in people, with manipulation and emotion and promises of love, or what they believe to be love.
Ethan is one of these monsters.
E Loprete
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flawed A Dark Necessities Prequel is another great beginning of a dark romance that is both thrilling and exciting as only Felicity Brandon can tell. You will be on edge throughout this whole story as you follow the relationship between Ethan who is a deadly prediator who also can read minds. Innocent young Lily who has no idea that she is now in Ethan's sight as his visions of her leads him on this path that he must have her. After a chance encounter, Lily is drawn to Ethan even as far as havin ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Ms. Brandon. In the last few books she keeps pushing her readers’ boundaries further and further. I wonder what it must be like in her writing cave (because it has to a cave to be this dark). After her last trilogy (already dark and twisty), Ms. Brandon walks further into the abyss... Flawed definitely pushed the envelope farther.
Take Ethan. I picture Ms. Brandon in that dark cave of hers, rubbing her writer’s hands together, plotting an anti-hero hero. Daring us, the reader to not only like
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Monsters aren’t supposed to be sexy and drop dead gorgeous.
They aren’t supposed to have dazzling smiles and alluring personalities.
But that is exactly what Ethan is.
Ethan is the monster that takes the victim by surprise because he doesn’t “look” like a serial killer.
He’s a man with no empathy and no remorse.
Ethan is psychopath.
But he fits into society because he gets by on his looks and his unassuming personality.
Lily is a nineteen year old young lady.
Growing up in the late sixties.
Caught up bet
Donna Louise
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flawed by Felicity Brandon was as intense as it was disturbing as i
tried to make sense of the level of deprivation a master manipulator
such as Ethan Reilly could also have such an intuitive reaction with
no rational explanation towards Lily Simpson.Could Ethan's hunger
be satiated as Lily knelt before him.Was she enough to calm the
monster within Ethan.They were a monster and prey trapped together
in one final,beautiful dance.Could she be enough,his salvation.

Flawed is another brilliant,sinful a
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felicity Brandon never fails me in the dark and forbidden category. She had created masterpieces with Taken, Tamed, and Entwined already. This book just gives you the back story of him and lily, which is oh so delicious and dark. She creates a world of forbidden, but captivating scenes that drug you and keep you under for hours after you have read it.

Ethan is your anti-hero that you have come to love from the other books written by her. Lily is drawn to him and they are captivated. Their story
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this trilogy we go back in time and meet Connor parents Ethan and Lily. And we the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I didn’t feel this book was very dark, but I have a feeling that will change in the next book.

Ethan is a hunter and when he sees Lily, she knows she is the one for him. Ethan knows who he is and he doesn’t make excuses for it. That is just the way he is. he is darkness, but Lily is all light.

I loved how the author showed the internal struggles and emotions of Lily. She is
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The preface really got me hooked on this book. I am very curious to see how there relationship will go from where it is now to that moment in the preface. If you liked the other dark necessities series you will like this book. It is dark but it’s not to dark as a lot of the things that make it a “dark” book are not described in detail. This book is written from lily and Ethan’s point of view which I love since we get to know what both of the main characters are feeling about everything. There a ...more
Anne Baker
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A dark, dark read that in itself is so compelling to the very end. Set in the UK in 1969. A great unexpected storyline that drags you in from the outset with a gripping story of predestined love. Lily Simpson is naive, brought up strictly but nevertheless is fascinated by Ethan her compelling mystery man. There dreams join and compel them! But is she losing her mind with her intense dreams, were they real or not? Dreams that she never wants to wake up from, as she is caught in his se
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felicity Brandon’s latest book Flawed really floored me. Her characters are both complex and yet compelling and you feel like you know them by the end of the book. Felicity has the power to create original storylines that pull you in and keep you involved throughout. I found Flawed characters Ethan and Lilly relationship interesting and complex and I was sorry the story ended where it did. Their love for each other intrigued me in wanting to know them more. To me Flawed is a dark story full of r ...more
Jackie Moore
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting read. I think between the world building and introduction of the characters it started off slower. But once the characters meet and start interacting it really starts picking up.

I have to admit it is a dark book, but i was expecting a bit darker. The author starts off in the lighter area of dark, then ends up going darker. So I got the darker I was expecting more towards the end. But I'm still good with that because I feel the next book is going to be even more of the dar
Lisa Roberts
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This was amazingly well written and sucks you right into the crazy of Ethan Reilly an intense predator with amazing powers like I have never read before and he is one to fear and he has his sights on Lily who is much younger and very easily the connection alone is intense and what he introduces her to starting in dreams which was fascinating then in the now she is introduced to a whole new world of HOT!!!! Im not sure yet what to think of either one of them and that makes for a great stor ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so so so bad that it’s good! It is very dark and you’ve been warned. You have a serial killer, Ethan, hunting his next victim who is a sweet innocent virgin named Lily. There is also Lily’s slutty friend and coworker, her overprotective parents and his clueless sister. Ethan starts hunting Lily and then begins dating (?) her. They also find each other in their dreams. Ms. Brandon, your mind is a messed up beautiful dark place. I can’t wait for the second book eek!
Mary S.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I have not read the Dark Necessities as of yet but if they are this good as this prequel they will be my next on my list to read. Love every thing about this book seeing and hearing both of their thoughts is a bonus to me. And this strange and dark charismatic Ethan and Lily have it's so over the top of obsessive I can't wait to get my hands on the next one and see what more mayhem this two will bring. ...more
Lisa Pellizzi
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic Prequel !

I have read the whole Taken trilogy, so I’m very familiar with Ethan. Reading his story from the very beginning is so interesting, I couldn’t put this down. The sex is non stop action, but now I have to read the next part now. I hate spoilers but we all know what happens if you have read the trilogy. I’m not going to give anything away. Excellent storyline, Felicity knows erotic romance.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ethan and Lily's story is dark and engrossing, leaving you hanging by a thread while waiting for the next book in the series . This is a prequel to the Dark Necessities trilogy of Taken, Tamed and Entwined. You've been warned by the previous reviews this is not for the faint hearted it is deliciously dark. Lily is a bright and sparkling innocent and Ethan dark serial killer/hunter is it possible for him to find any redemption or will be take Lily into the dark with him? ...more
Vickie Brown
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for this book since Felicity Brandon announced she was writing it. I couldn't put it down. Very dark, intense,twisted and erotic. We meet Ethan, who makes you believe monsters in the dark are real. Lily is a young and innocent lady whom Ethan becomes infatuated with. You'll need to hang on tight as this ride will take you over the cliff before you realize there is a cliff. Awaiting impatiently, patiently for the next book. ...more
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