**AUTHOR NOTE - This is NOT a BDSM Romance**
We're thirteen girls, captive, slave to our master.
A master we've never seen.
Obedience will become all we know in our shallow existence. It is the only emotion we're permitted to feel.
When we're bad, we're punished. When we're good, we're rewarded.
Our scars run deep. Yet we survive, because we have to...
because HE teaches us to.
All of us are special, we feel it with everything we are.
He has us for a reason, but it's a reason we don't know.
We've never seen his face, but we know that something deeply broken lies beneath the darkness. With every touch, with every punishment, we know it.
Then something changed.
He showed me who he truly is.
Now I want him.
I'll go against everything I know to be with him.
Loving him is a sin, but a sinner I am. I won't stop until I see every part of him. Even the parts he keeps locked deep down inside.
I am Number Thirteen, and this is my story.
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About the Author
Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.
Loving him is a sin; of that I’m fully aware. But a sinner I am.
Whatever preconceptions you have about this book, throw it out the window.
This is not dark erotica.
This is not a BDSM novel.
This did not contain those dark elements I was expecting.
I’ve had a little bit of time to process this story and the more I think about it, the more disjointed I feel. It’s not necessarily bad or anything. I just think it could’ve been more.
No one deserves to die.
But I did die, that day.
And in my place, a monster was born.
We immediately learn the cruelty that William had to endure when he was only thirteen. He was targeted and tormented by bullies. Not only was there emotional abuse, but those bullies also changed him physically. He was not the same after that traumatizing encounter.
“I do not trust, nor do I give myself to anyone. I am a simple few elements, Number Thirteen. I am determination, I am control, and I am power. I do not mix, I do not remove, and I do not add. I will care for you as my lover; I’ll give you everything you need, but asking for more is pointless and a waste of both our time.”
Thirteen women have been taken. We don’t know the circumstances to which they lived their lives before the abduction. Why were they taken? Where are they headed? Do these thirteen women have a commonality? What is their purpose?
When we first meet these women, they are only known by the number in which they have been assigned. The women were ultimately divided up in four groups; each assigned a different task to the household – cook, clean, chores, or whatever the Master William desires.
This is Number Thirteen’s story. As the story progresses, we watch her internal struggle to find out who she was and why exactly she was chosen, especially since her group is to serve the Master, whatever that may mean. She initially has a hard time adjusting to her situation and often finds herself being punished for her defiance. What she slowly learns is that Master William has an agenda for her and for these women. He is not what he seems.
It’s in that moment I just see him for what he is: a jagged piece of glass that can never be glued back into its spot because it’s not perfect. It has rough edges, even though the middle is still stunning.
I’m a piece of gagged glass, too. Maybe together we can find a way to fit.
This story was a bit…confusing at times. I hate to admit it, but I struggled a little bit with this story. I kept trying to keep tabs of each girl – their look, their mannerisms – trying to figure out what William’s ultimate goal was. It got a bit distracting and it took a bit of time to find out what exactly he wanted. Once I (kind of) got the gist of it, it made a little sense, but by that time it felt a little too late, if that makes any sense. However, there were some bright spots in the story; there were even some fist pump moments – especially when Number Thirteen put William’s father in his place. Plus the moments when William was finally showing his true self, not only to Number Thirteen, but also to the rest of the women, were such a heart warming moments. And that ending? Yea. It made me melt.
So if you’re going to give this a shot, heed my warnings above and try not to focus on each individual girl --- just go with it. Like I said, this had so much more potential, but the story fell a little short.
Oh, on a side note (and I apologize if this is spoilerish), but I was a little taken aback that no justice was done to these bullies. I felt a little cheated. Just sayin.
**Complimentary advanced copy was provided by author in exchange for an honest review**