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My name is Dove Hendry.

๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

I was captured by darkness.

๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ดโ€ฆ

They groomed me for Midnight Mayhem. Like a trained possession, weak against their control.

๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต…

But Midnight Mayhem was the stained glass that concealed a very dark culture.

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง.

The Brothers of Kiznitch come in fours, and theyโ€™re not happy about me being hustled into their acts.

๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ? ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ, ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€ฆ

Mind-tricks.

Stunts.

Deceit.

๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.

But thereโ€™s something uglier that has been haunting me for years upon years. So ugly that I have never seen itโ€™s face. I never had to. Iโ€™d hear his whispers through my internal screams, feel his shadow brush against my nightmares. He was my the monster that tormented me.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅโ€ฆ

When I started Midnight Mayhem, his presence faded.

His whispers were silenced.

His shadow dissolving without a trace.

I wondered why that was.

๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ…

BOOK REVIEW: In Peace Lies Havoc

Amo Jones

Series: Midnight Mayhem #1

My Rating: โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ.5

โ€œThis is neither a circus nor a carnival. This is what happens when the clock strikes twelve and all of the monsters you thought never existed expose themselves.โ€

Child, when I tell you this book is the shit, I mean itโ€™s the shit. Iโ€™ve been threating to read it since its release last year and I kept put it off for some reason. But book 2 is coming soon so I figured I need to get my shit together and read it. This is my first rodeo with this author and hot damnโ€ฆIโ€™ll tell you right now, Iโ€™m contemplating all my lifeโ€™s decisions that delayed this discovery.

The story is just soโ€ฆI donโ€™t even know the words to use. CRAZY is up there, but somehow feels inadequate, I spent the first 50% of the book thinking

One minute Iโ€™m thinking okay, the heroin (Dove) is going to meet a nice guy whoโ€™s going to save her from her misfortunes blah blah blah. Then

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She flips the script on me. Then I think okay, sheโ€™s going to be sold into the sex slavery and human trafficking shit. I stay with this narrative for a while until she meets Delila and then it turns out nopeโ€ฆ thatโ€™s not it. Anyway, I digress. As I was saying, the first 50% I spent with my โ€œwhat the fuckโ€ face on, the second half was a complete and utter mindfuck. I swear I spent most of it confused and intrigued as a motherfucker.

โ€œYou see, when I was a little girl, a shadow chased me. An entity. Instead of stepping out from behind it to feel the sun against my skin, this shadow ruined every expectation I had of seeing the light.โ€

Our homegirl dove has been through some hardships in her young life. Tragedy has befallen her at 14 years old with the loss of her โ€œparentsโ€ and after being passed from pillar to post that is foster homes, she finally finds some normalcy and security in a strip club where she dances for a living. Dance is all sheโ€™s ever loved and all sheโ€™s ever needed to survive- the loss of her parents and the shadow that continues to haunt her day and night.

But sheโ€™s not sure whether this shadow is real or merely a figment of her imagination. Until she finds herself kidnapped and thrown into the throng that is the Midnight Mayhem. Not sure what to call it-but imagine if what normal people would call a carnival and a circus had sex and had a baby.

Yes, I know what youโ€™re thinkingโ€ฆ

But its true people. Thrown into the den of The Kiznitch Brothers, one particular lion, King, makes her heart jump with familiarity she canโ€™t explain.

Lets pause here for a moment. Up until this point Iโ€™m convinced this is some sex traffic shit. Dove is a little weak for my liking and seems to have no backbone to stand up for herself. She chooses not to speak and defend herself in anyway. At this point were just past the 60% and finally, some light starts to shed, and I have a few aha moment. But this nugget of information, leaves some inconsistency in the character. For most of the book, as I said she a mute by choice, keeps to herself and all that and then next she has verbal diarrhoea to a total stranger. I mean whatโ€™s that about? I get it she could finally be growing up, but damn, there could atleast have been a bit of a struggle in her character going so out of character.

Anyway, in the second half, the story is so good Iโ€™m not even bothered by that shit. Bombs start dropping and revelations that once again leave me like

King was your perfect alpha hole. Domineering, rude, dark, broody and it turns out with good reason. Making him so utterly, deliciously perfect. The rest of his brothers and other supporting characters were great too.

There were some like Jack that I thought could have done with some more work. I think the scene where Dove was kidnapped by Jack up until the rescue could have done with more work. Iโ€™m not sure what the deal is with Kyrin. Of all the brothers heโ€™s the one whoโ€™s story was least developed. Hopefully Iโ€™ll get to know him better in future books.ย But its all good. Do yourself a favour and read his book.

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