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Dark Descent into Desire

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Hiding his past behind a veneer of sophistication and mystique, billionaire Blake Sinclair is extremely handsome, and by his own admission, an ineligible bachelor who doesn’t do relationships. Romance for him is art and beauty. But sex is sex. And he needs lots of it. He doesn’t connect the two. He’s never witnessed love in its finer form, for his youth was crippled by a d ...more
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Published April 26th 2020 by Amazon.com Services LLC
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Fre06 Begum
I’m sorry but I had to DNF as I just couldn’t feel any real connection to the main characters. Even the sex scenes just didn’t have any chemistry. Penelope and Blake were bland and just felt like cardboard characters with no real intensity or depth to their characters. Maybe other people can relate better to them than me.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
SBee Reviews
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
★ Shame in good company - A steamy and suspenseful read ★

—>>> Penny and Blake definitely have a lot of ghosts and shame in their closets to hide. The only difference is, Penny is still living with hers in the present, while Blake has buried his deeply in the past and miles away. Perhaps too deeply, as it has a way of seeping into his present, especially when his instant obsession with a gifted, intelligent, and beautiful artist has him losing his control, needing her more than he has never neede
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Lynn R
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. Wonderful strong characters and very well written. The story flow nicely and is very engaging. I highly recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Stephen R.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This latest offering from J J Sorel is sure to be a hit amongst her many loyal followers and new readers alike. It is an adult novel based in modern-day London but with a dark, gothic feel. The genre is somewhat hard to define, as the story has multiple layers. There are themes running through the book of romance, action, suspense, mystery, and adventure, so it promises to appeal to a wide audience.

The two sizzling lead characters, Penny and Blake, are well developed, being both incredibly intr
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Pat
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The characters were so well defined and the storyline was so well written that I was totally enthralled as each and every page was turned until the very last page!
Tania
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book, the story was well written and the characters were intriguing. Once I started I could not get enough, from the start till the end I was engrossed I was even on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, lust and raw passion, strength, happiness with a happily ever after. Do yourself a favor and buy the book you want be disappointed.
Thank you for allowing me to review your book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This intriguing story draws you in with all the drama surrounding, Blake, James and Penny. Penny wants to help her mother and goes about it through a club where she meets Blake. This story has so many twists and turns that it holds you hostage until the last page because you don't want to miss any thing going on.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Sharon
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two strong characters in this book which is the first one I have read by this author. She has written a delectable story that has lots of suspense, intrigue and steamy romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ashley Johnston
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The story contained Penelope's point of view and Blake's point of view which led to the reader being able to understand both main character's intentions and personal feelings. We were able to know where the characters were coming from when they acted certain ways. The story was extremely steamy. I enjoyed the story and was wondering the whole time what was going to happen. I was left feeling sorry for James and wish that there would be a story about him finding a hap ...more
BooksCoffee
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sorel’s latest is not only packed with scintillating love scenes but it is also hefty on plot and characterization.

The handsome billionaire Blake Sinclair doesn’t do “relationships”, but the beautiful Penelope Green makes her way into his heart with her sheer honesty and feistiness. When the ghosts from Blake’s past resurface and threaten to destroy his present, he must do everything in his power to set things right.

Though it’s sheer lust that makes Blake fall for Penelope, his journey to resp
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dark Descent into Desire by J J Sorel is the story of Blake Sinclair and Penelope 'Penny' Green.
Blake didn't grow up very well and one of the issues was Dylan Fox. But now Blake is an adult who doesn't do love but only does instant gratification with sex and never the two shall meet. But then he meets Penelope who catches his eye. But her art also catches his attention too. When he does get to take her he finds that he can't seem to just walk away. Then something happens that he has to fight aga
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Reader Views
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dark Descent into Desire", by J.J. Sorel, is aptly titled. There is a dark descent into desire here, and the author is the one to take you there.

This isn't your average billionaire romance story, and to call it chick lit would be a gross disservice, although there are some chick lit passages and phrases. One might be tempted to search for similarities that echo "50 Shades of Grey," but "Dark Descent into Desire" is deeper and richer, thanks to Sorel's wording and character-building skills. The
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Grady
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Obsession is passion and where there’s passion there’s potency’

Australian author J.J. Sorel is a professional dancer, flamenco being her specialty. She earned a certificate in Writing Romance with the Australian College of Journalism and began to follow her passion – writing steamy contemporary romance novels of the sort that entice those who love the Chick Lit genre.

One of the reasons JJ’s novel DARK DESCENT INTO DESIRE is so successful is her fine tuned sense of mixing suspense and mystery wi
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Kathy Mccalmon
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a dark billionnaire romance. The characters are intriguing and the storyline is different but entertaining.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
stretchybookworm
Penelope: “I’ve always used art as an escape, as an expression of my inner world while giving me a break from the real world”
Blake: “But isn’t your inner world a mirror of the real world, given that that’s all you’ve ever known?”

Penelope is an art student with an addict for a mother. She is kind, naive, and self-conscious. She is a relatable character to most young women. She’s always late. Blake is a layered character with an endearing boyish appeal. They communicate without saying anything. Th
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Brandy France
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book free and I am voluntarily doing a review . Wow sexy as is. Characters with lust so thick itll choke you lol a must read Reasons I enjoyed this book: Easy-to-read Entertaining
MoreTea
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Penelope and Blake simply can't get enough of each other - their need for each other outweighs anything else and that is dangerous. Blake has a dark past and it is coming back to haunt him. Will his secrets be exposed? And will Penny survive her obsession with Blake? Someone is out to tear them apart and they won't give up easily.

'Dark Descent into Desire' by JJ Sorel is not just an adult novel full of lust and desire, but also a tense thriller that will kept me turning page after page, right up
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Joanne Carr
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I am voluntarily writing this review for this book I received through Booksprouts this


James and Blake go to the same club for gentlemen which they frequented. James proceeds to tell him about a new club that was a small sex club. A place where the girls charged for taking their virginity. James tell a Blake that he needed a blood test before he could have sex with any of the girls and the cost to get into the club was $1,000. Penny’s mother was a heroine junkie and no matter Penny wanted to hel
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Johnna Whetstone
Loved this deliciously dark romance, but wish it was a tad darker! I love my dark romances to be really dark, but even though I wouldn’t consider it this to be that dark and disturbing I still found it unputdownable! Lots of steam, suspense, and of course a bit of love! Well written, with characters developed flawlessly! Loved the multiple pov, found it to be a very layered read and more than you might expect from this genre! Overall, I think those who enjoy these types of books will absolutely ...more
Maria
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love – a bit dark, very sexy with off the charts heat, full figured female love interest

What I did not – Penelope, towards the end due to her lack of growth and maturity

This story is told from 2 perspectives – Blake a 30 year old billionaire bachelor, who does not believe in love or marriage, does not want any sort of relationship and likes alternative sexual actives, and Penelope “Penny”, a very poor but super talented voluptuous and curvy 23 year old virgin art student, who does not ha
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F. Freewel
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Basic summary: over-long and completely bland.

The main thing that attracted me to this book was its description as a dark romance on the cover, but... It’s definitely NOT a dark romance. I’ve read edgier YA fantasies than this :/


Penelope (the female MC) is an artist who dreams to leave behind the shitty estate she’s been living in and help her mum with her drug addiction. Her best friend (who also lives in that shitty, poor estate) one day tells her of this quick way to make money so they can l
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Rita
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penny and Blake were a blast to read. I did enjoy their story from the first moment and it had all good parts in it (at least for me): romance, adventure, a dark past, a sizzling connection.

It is definitely not dark romance, but has some hints to it, but mainly focusses on the relationship between Penny and Blake itself. Both are very different characters representing two sides of one coin. I did like how they built up their connection, their trust, their relationship.

Is it realistic? For sure n
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McYang
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m struggling to remember the details of this book a week after reading a I can’t - never a good sign.

This novel would do better to categorize itself as erotica bc the plot existed solely to lead to sex scenes, and they were quite repetitive. He storyline was meh - I appreciated the inclusion of the lead’s life in housing estates and surrounded by gritty drug scene and I wish that had been explored more, but it added some depth and care to her character. The male lead had some promise but it f
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wonderfullyweird88
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
The characters lacked chemistry for me, which was a significant issue when trying to read a romance. It was an interesting premise, there is a definite illusion to Jeffrey Epstein in the criminal aspects of the plot, this part of the book I enjoyed. it's set up was well devised, but it got messy when the romance was introduced, and some of the secondary characters were a detraction to the story. 

It had potential, but there was more to dislike this book than to recommend,
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Susan Underbrink
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to NetGalley and IN Sorel for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a stand alone book. It is a little dark, and has lots of drama. I didn't love this but I didn't hate it. It talks about some sensitive issues. I couldn't connect totally with the main characters. I really disliked Blake's friend James. He was a creep. I did enjoy Sheldon! Always great to have such a good friend. 3.5 stars ...more
Loda
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read now

Two books by this author. I enjoyed the read but there is a common thread where her heroines seemed to have an issue with weight. Constantly referring to themselves as chubby over weight or fat. I like my heroine just as confident as the male hero’s. It should be enough that the alpha find them sexy and beautiful. Don’t see the need for their size to come into play. Doesn’t add anything to the story but distracts from it.
Wendy
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I made it to 15% and was bored silly. I felt no connection to anything or anyone in the story. There was nothing to sink your teeth into, and nothing I was intrigued about. It would’ve been better if the main character was on the fence about joining the auction. If she was giving it some thought, it would’ve been more interesting.
Tammy
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Penelope is an artist; Blake is a billionaire who always gets what he wants. The chemistry is intense and steamy. The story is fast-paced with loads of twists and turns. The characters have lots of depth and they really draw you into the story. I liked it.
Rebecca
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intense yet utterly satisfying.


***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.***
Rylanne Burdette
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
3.5 stars!
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J. J. Sorel whiles away her day writing Steamy Romance novels. She loves conjuring up slightly damaged, seductive men who fall madly in love with smart quirky women. Before becoming a writer ten years ago, she danced and choreographed for her supper. jjsorel.com

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