Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review: Warrant by S.L. Schiefer

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S.L. Schiefer
I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. I am the biggest Ohio State fan EVER! I have a husband, two boys, and a pit bull. I’m a country girl at heart, and have no problem sitting outside by a fire or grabbing guns and target shooting. I’m a hairstylist and assistant manager at SportClips. In my down time you’ll generally find me relaxing with my Kindle, or trying to entertain my minions. I’m a lover of Harry Potter and Transformers.

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Title: Warrant
Author: S.L. Schiefer
Release Date: January 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult

I'm Devon Harper and there are only two certainties in my life:
1. I live to dance.
2. I'm a prostitute.
Do you know when your life is suddenly turned upside down? Setting in action a sequence of events, you never saw coming.
That's what happened to me. My story is not a pretty one, nor is it your typical love story.
My world was rocked at 18 and again three years later.
My life is a series of let downs. The only constant in my life is dance. When unlikely ally, Enzo, enters my messed up life I start to believe that just maybe there's hope for me yet. Trying to get a degree in dance and get out of prostitution might leave me with more to lose than before.

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Review by: Ramona
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

When I read that Warrant was dark erotica, I never expected that S.L. Schiefer would come up with a story as disturbing as this! This novel is as out there as can be, with hardly anything in it considered as acceptable in normal society. The only reason I am reviewing it, however, is while there may be people that find it disturbing, to say the least, all this and more happens to people working in the sex industry and worse to those caught in white slavery. If there is just one person that acknowledges that fact after reading this book, then it's done its job. 

Nicely put, Devon Harper is a prostitute. The reality is, she's little better than a sex slave since she gets to go to a dance academy, has a reasonable control on her time, and lives with friends. But the Boss calls the shots and she has to listen, or she'll end up as her mother did, tortured and dead. That memory is the only thing keeping her in line. 

She's controllable until she meets Enzo. There is an attraction between them but two things serve to keep them apart. One, she's not allowed to have a boyfriend. Two, he's a police detective. Both should be reason enough for her to stay far away from him. However, he treats her like a human being, something she's never gotten from a man her whole life. 

That awakens a desire in her to escape the hell she is in. The only thing she never counted on is that the Boss has a boss of his own, someone that's been keeping watch on her since she was born, waiting for the perfect time to erase her from earth. Enzo may not be enough to keep her sane, let alone alive. 

A lot of Devon's story would be considered gross, enough to make even an open-minded person squirm in discomfort. There's stuff in here that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Her spirit, though, is so strong that she can overcome just about anything. At least that's what the reader should be hoping when torture and abuse are heaped on her that should last more than a lifetime - and she's only twenty-one. It's a game of wits, simply put, between Devon and the big Boss. The one that blinks first in this contest of deception loses, although for Devon that means her life.

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Enzo, while seemingly weak, is simply caught in the mess that is Devon's reality. His patience is tested, as well as his faith in the law and the justice system. His hands are tied as a lawman and he refuses to risk her life to go vigilante. It's frustrating for him and that feeling is palpable throughout the pages. There were times I wish I could fast forward what he's going through but that's exactly how life is. 

I do have to put out this warning: the cover so does not reflect the story. Yes, it's Enzo that's depicted but S.L. Schiefer's warning should be heeded on Warrant pushing the boundaries of good taste and acceptability. Don't go in thinking it's BDSM, because it is not. It's about 90% taboo, and nothing is prettified. Proceed at your own risk because the story sticks with you and isn't easily forgotten. 

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