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(Benson Siblings #1)

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I was his gift. He was my downfall.

They say your parents are the two people who are meant to love you and keep you safe.
So what does that say about mine?
My father gave me to a man as a gift.
A man who wears many masks.
A man who terrifies me.
Why then do I want to know what lies beneath?
Why does a single touch send shivers down my spine?
I know what he wants.
My body. My
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Published July 3rd 2019 by Twisted Tree Publications
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Jun 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own-books
The spin off books to the Corrupt Empire series feature the Benson Siblings. Provoked is the first book in this new series and tells the story of Dante, James Benson's older brother. It can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend diving into Avery & Aiden's books first though to enrich your experience.

Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provoked by Sarah Bailey takes place in the same universe as the trio of novels: Betrayal, Sacrifice, and Revenge that make up the Corrupt Empire series. I don't want to call this a successor, as the dark romance elements work a bit different for this installment, which also features two brand new characters. Liora is a beautiful young girl with a lot going for her. She has just graduated at the top of her class with a desire to pursue a career in zoology, and things are looking promising. Her ...more
Kim Bradley
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

So I finished the Corrupt series and couldn’t wait to start this one, you didn’t disappoint. I loved hearing the story of Donte, I knew it had to turn out for the best. I’m super excited to start James’ book, but I see I must wait a week. Oh well, worth the wait.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Bailey does a great job with writing storylines that flow smoothly and the characters are well developed and engaging from page one till the end.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this read! Liora is giving to Dante by her father, Dante wears many masks in his live but Liora is beginning to fall for him. Will she discover who the man behind the mask is? Fast-paced dark read with lots of drama and twists and turns. I was hooked from beginning to end.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I received Promises as an arc book so of course I had to go back to the beginning with the Corrupt series and then Provoked, and what a read these have all been! So happy to have found this author, I loved this, was a bit unsure at the beginning but the more I read the more I fell in love with Dante and Liora, their story was so hard to read, and I knew from the little bits of Dante in the the Corrupt series I was going to fall in love with him, his story is heartbreaking, so glad he got his ...more
Denise H
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoyed Bailey’s Corrupt Empire series with Aiden and Avery, then you will definitely enjoy Provoked; Dante and Liora’s story. It is a dark, dangerous, twisted tale of love, devotion, family, and sacrifice and it is full of lies, secrets, manipulation, pain, devastation, past sins, forgiveness, new beginnings, and a soul-deep bond of trust and love. Like the CE series, this book is not for the faint of heart but if you enjoy dark romance, this will be an enjoyable read.

I have to say Dante
S.R. Severn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Incredibly Gripping, Emotional start to the Benson Siblings…

Provoked is the first of the Bensons Siblings series and focuses on the eldest sibling, Dante. Having heard a bit about him from The Corrupt Empire trilogy and through one of my favourite characters, James, I was looking forward to seeing what dark secrets were behind the closed door of the past.

I have to say I enjoyed everything about the female protag, Liora. She was a breath of fresh air, so fierce and sure of herself. I loved
Rebecca Hefner
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an engaging start to the spin-off series from the Corrupt Empire trilogy! Yet again, the author has created two characters with such sizzling chemistry and steamy, heartfelt pillow talk, that my heart melted over and over!

I will admit that the beginning had me a bit puzzled. In 2019, it seems a bit strange that a college graduate would just do as her father told her and ride off with a stranger, no questions asked. (If my dad asked me to do that, I'd be like, um, thanks, but no thanks,
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well I should know better than starting a Sarah Bailey book before bed because once again I could NOT put this book down. And believe me I tried once at 2am and then 4am, but I couldnt turn my brain off thinking about Liora and Dante so I had to keep reading till I finished at 5ish this morning. BUt it was so worth it because it a outstanding read that had me gripped. And believe me this book will drag you into places you something don't want to go. Its a very emotional read at times. I found ...more
Misty Schott
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this dark twisted tale.

This is an excellent story and I love that Dante and Liora are absolutely perfect together! Dante decided three years ago that Liora was the one for him. So he made a deal with his father and his father made sure Liora would be Dante's when she finished school. Three years later and Liora is graduating and plans to celebrate with her boyfriend, Harrison. But during lunch with her parents she's informed by her father that she needs to go with the man who is waiting
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He's so much more than just a man who decided he wanted her and got her against her own wishes; he's so much more than just the son of a terrorizing powerful man; he's so much more that the darkness he was brought up in... But will he let her in? Will he allow her to truly see who he is? Does he even have a choice in that?
If you like strong, well-developed characters, crackling chemistry and satisfying endings that leave you smiling, then you’ll love this great read.
A fast-paced and standalone
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard to describe this compelling dark and brutal romance. Dante’s demon of a father was at the root of his lifelong abuse and torment. Responsible for his siblings protection from their evil father, Dante’s life was held hostage with no end in sight.
When Liora crossed his path, Dante knew he wanted and needed her beyond reason.
My heart broke for Dante and his painful backstory. It made his relationship with Liora even more miraculous as he struggled to find his way back to sanity and freedom
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes Not turning out like our parents is a good thing!

This is the first Sarah Bailey book that I have read.

I really liked the story line and thought that the characters were very well created. I even found myself connecting with Liora in many ways. I liked how even though the story started out one way and I thought it may not be for me, I kept reading and found that it changed and I was doing a WooHoo in the end.

I am not a person who really likes all the sexual details and even skipping
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Start to another Fantastic Dark Series..........Provoked!

Provoked by Sarah Bailey is the first book in a new series, Benson Siblings. All I can say is this opening is fantastic and if the rest of the books in the series are like this then Sarah has another winning series like Corrupt Empire.

This book is filled with all sorts of dark and fast paced goodies. It is exciting, intriguing, romantic, volcanic chemistry, good characters, a great story-line and a wonderful ending. The book is stand
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in the Benson Siblings series. I have read the Corrupt Empire series with Aiden and Avery and loved it. I could not wait to read Danta's story, here it begins. Dante sees Liora and makes a deal to have her be his when she is done school......three long years. Liora now graduates school and has a boyfriend named Harrison, she has her own thoughts and plans now that she's graduated. However, a lunch with her parents changes everything. Her father tells her that she is leave with ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author and it’s a doozy. This is a dark romance with the female lead character, Liora being given to the main male character Dante. What makes this betrayal even worse is that it’s Liora’s father who is the one who makes the agreement and gives his daughter away to Dante to be his pet. Dante himself has a terrible father and has many scars due to his dysfunctional family life. Liora and Dante have amazing chemistry, but it doesn’t really make their ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Benson Siblings series, and the story of Dante, and Liora. Dante had set his sights on Liora when she was 16, and made a deal that she would become his in 3 years. Liora graduates from school, and finds out her fate a Dante's pet, while out to dinner with her father. She is forced to leave the restaurant with him. This was a great read, the characters are well written, and they hot chemistry. This book was dark, steamy mysterious, intense, and emotional. I can't ...more
Mindy Lopez
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Book 1 of the Benson Siblings Series and my first read by this author, and let me just say that I am pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed the storyline, the characters, and the author's writing style. It is a dark, steamy romance between Liora and Dante. Their sizzling chemistry and strong connection are undeniable as they navigate the bumpy road to their forever after. Quite well written and sexy, this captivating love story has drama and steam, plus engaging secondary characters to ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provoked is a gritty, dark romance spin-off of Corrupt Empire which I highly recommend reading first. Not that it's necessary as this is a standalone book, but I just loved CE.

Dante was not at all what I expected. He was a broken man who sacrificed so much for his brother and sisters from the time they were young. That alone won my heart. He's far from perfect, but his love and devotion ran deep and Liora was just the gift he needed to set him free. I really enjoyed their story!

A note to my
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When she is 18 Liora attends a strange meeting with her father. There is a young man there who seems interested in her. Three years later Liora has just graduated from college when her father tells her to go with a man in a car. It turns out that she has been given to Dante and his father. There is a chemistry between them, but Dante wants Liora as a pet. He will need to train her so she is obedient. Dante's father expects him to break Liora , but is Dante going to do that?

This book is part of
Vinessa Wooten
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being given to a complete stranger is terrifying being attracted to that stranger is even more terrifying. Will he just command her, will her demand, from her or will he actually give her the love, support and a relationship she never had with those people who brought her into this world. Read how these two come together under odd circumstances only to fall into a rhythm and maybe even love. This book has characters from books from this author as secondary. Although I did not read their stories ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FYI: I did not read the other books as the author mentioned but felt this story was very well contained and did not get confused by story-line. I'm sure reading the other books would add to the enjoyment of this one, but don't fear if you haven't.

I found this to be a superb storyline that grabs you right from the start keeping you engrossed and on edge throughout the whole book!

I was very impressed with how simply and effortlessly this author told this addicting, multi-layered story with
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting,well written story. It’s a love story on the darker side with the twist.
Liora know Harrison for long time. When she is is graduating and plans to celebrate with him, her father has surprised for them that will change their life’s. There is the man outside and she is going with him!
Liora is delivered to Dante as his gift, this is her father doing.
If you want to find out what happens you need to read for yourself.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stand-alone that out of this world.
This book has excellent characters and the author has written them in such a way that it is easy to be emotional about what you are reading. There are parts that may have some people feeling uncomfortable, but love a book that draws the reader outside the box so to speak. Expect it to be dark and gritty with secrets and suspense that will keep you reading. Pick up this twisted and marvelous love story you will be glad you did. I did receive a free copy of
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ng
After reading and loving the Corrupt series I could not wait to read Dante's book and what a fantastic read it was I picked it planning on reading a couple of chapters before bed and the next thing I know it the early hours and I am at the end. This is a good well written dark romance and I was hooked right from the start. I thought Dante and Liora were perfect for each other this is a super read with plenty of twists and lots of drama.
Theresa Doherty
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't what I thought it would be, in fact it was better, the rollercoaster ride from hell is the story of Dante and Liora, to prove he is like his father Zach he will accept the gift from him, a girl, but if he falls down on her training Zach will take her for himself. Secrets abound and evil follows. Fabulous read now I want the others stories.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book it was great the story was well written and the characters were interesting. Liora has graduated from college, the celebration did not happen they she had thought it would. She was to be given to a man called Dante and his father as a pet, he was waiting for her outside the gates to take her home.
Thank you for allowing me to review this book it was great.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mary Burgess
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts as a dark, but compelling, story heavily themed with BDSM. The characters of Liora and Dante are quite confusing and puzzling in the beginning, but as they develop, understanding them becomes apparent. This is book one and I hope Dante’s siblings are covered in others. I really did enjoy this emotional, complex, psychological, steamy, and great read!

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining read. It will keep you reading till the end. The story was well written, it has twists and turns, deception, secrets, likeable characters, and great chemistry between the characters. A overall great read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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