Book Review: The Found by Cole McCade

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Title: The Found (Crow City #2)
Author: Cole McCade @thisblackmagic
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Dark Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars


Witness to a murder. Kidnapped by a monster. Life hanging on a whim. Willow Armitage’s world was already falling apart; between getting fired and caring for her chronically ill father, she’s had little room for anything but survival. But that survival hangs in the balance the night she stumbles into a back alley – and watches a stranger die at the hands of the most beautiful man she’s ever seen.Lethal. Powerful. Unstable. Terrifying. The contract killer known only as Priest is a dangerous unknown, and when Willow wakes tied to a chair in his hideout, the only thing she sees in his fox-gold eyes is death. Yet for Priest, Willow is a dilemma: an innocent, a saint among the sinners he cuts down in the streets of Crow City. His code of honor forbids shedding innocent blood. Releasing her will send her straight to the police. The only answer is a warped game, and his promise: that he will find the darkness inside her, expose it, and prove that deep down, everyone is just as monstrous as he…and just as worthy of death.Yet he unearths not a monster, but a smoldering and secret desire – one that has always terrified Willow, and may be her undoing. His touch sets her alight. His strength burns through her like flame. And his control melts her each time he binds her virgin body, possesses her, teaches her the strength in weakness and the passion in submission. But that passion may be her damnation, and in the end Willow must choose: Priest’s love, or her own life.

When his every kiss is pure sin…can she resist damnation long enough for Priest to find his way to redemption?

TRIGGER WARNING 18+: This story contains content centered around non-consent, bodily autonomy, sexual assault, bodily functions, and violence. Please focus on self-care above all, and don’t be afraid to put the book down if you need to in order to protect yourself. You come first, always.

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“The book so dirty it was banned from Amazon”

Grace Review

Reviewer note: BANNED.  Probably one of most hated words for an author, other than pirating.  Since this book was banned by Amazon before it was even released, I’m really curious why they did it.  I highly doubt an ARC reader reported it.  I’ve read it and honestly, I can’t see why it would be banned.  Yes, it is edgy.  Yes, it pushes some boundaries on consent.  But it never crossed a line where I felt uncomfortable.  Maybe the book was too sexy, because honestly, there are some really hot scenes in here.  And I’m sad that so many readers will miss out on this story due to the ban.  But if you are interested in BDSM and a different look at it than the repetitive millionaire Dom/Sub trope, I would encourage you to seek out this book, wherever it is published.  Ok, now on to the review.

This is the story of a woman who is trapped.
Trapped in a town with no hope for success.
Trapped in a home life where she, as a child, was the caregiver.
Trapped in a body she doesn’t understand.
Trapped by the ropes a killer holds her with after witnessing a murder.

What’s most interesting is that she truly becomes free, when she’s physically trapped with no hope of escape.

Forced to grow up early and without a motherly figure in her life to help her as her body changed, Willow Armitage is a very confused woman.  It is not until Vincent Manion, aka Priest, comes into her life rather forcefully, that she begins truly open up.

“Help me find a way to save you,” he whispered.

There are some definite BDSM moments in the book, the first beginning with what I’m guessing is a form of shibari.  Willow experiences extreme fear, while at the same time, becoming aroused by the friction the rope creates.  It’s clear her body is hypersensitive.  Something she has always tried to avoid, believing it makes her dirty with desires she feels.  Priest opens her up to a new world to explore those desires.  There are moments of dubious consent, but I never felt this book crossed the line to rape.

The intimate scenes between Willow and Priest are extremely sexy and were a refreshing look at BDSM.  And if you really like it dirty, there is even pegging.  Trust me when I say, that was H-O-T!

“Depravity can be beautiful, firefly.”

Priest was an interesting anti-hero, a man who does bad things for the right reasons.  While I felt there could have been more details on how he became the man he did, this story focuses on Willow’s self-discovery, and how he brings her there.

“How long have you been an ember smoldering within yourself, Willow?  How long have you been fire, pretending to be ice?”

Despite the darkish nature of this book, there is a poetic beauty to the story.  As I noted in my review of book one, this author knows how to write.  Once again he has captivated me with his mesmerizing words.

“It’s like you saw the world painted in normal colors and couldn’t stand it.  You needed technicolor, and to know the world in shades other people can’t even feel.”

How Willow and Priest move from kidnapping to something bigger, is a path not everyone would take, but it felt appropriate for the story.  Right or wrong, Willow accepts the changes her body craves.

If you read book one, The Lost, there is a connection between the two stories, but this book can be considered a standalone.  I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy the author created and would recommend this to anyone looking for a provocative yet introspective read.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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