by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Black Room #8
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on November 16, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
Buy: Amazon, B&N
Add to Goodreads
Once you enter, anything goes. No fantasy—however dark and dirty and depraved it may be—is forbidden. You have no past, no inhibitions, no morals…and no memory.
All you have to cling to is the memory of a scorching touch, a searing kiss, the wet slide of skin on skin, and the heat of breath across your flesh.
Turn the knob…
Step through the eighth door...
The Black Room: Door Eight by Jasinda Wilder is part of a serial and definitely should be read in order.
In this final installment of The Black Room, all is revealed and explained. I must admit, I had been hoping for something slightly more…fantastic?…than what the actual explanation turns out to be. As it is, though, the other doors make sense with this newfound context. I guess I just felt that there was so much anticipation built up after eight installments and I wanted the grand reveal to be…more.
Also, I found the circumstances surrounding the way that Hannah and Conrad first meet to be strange and far-fetched. Considering everything else that’s happened in this series, I suppose it’s not impossible. But I thought that it was a rather unlikely way for two people to meet and build a relationship upon.
Additionally, I should mention that the complete series probably isn’t for everyone. There is A LOT of sex in this series, both in terms of quantity as well as variety (menage, group, m/f, m/f/m, m/f/f, light BDSM, etc.). Personally, I wasn’t uncomfortable with it, but there are scenes that are repetitive when I just wanted more concrete plot. Also, depending on your comfort level, this series might be too intense. Besides the frequency of sex scenes, the content itself is super explicit and there are certainly things that could make readers uncomfortable.
There are also some crucial plot points that will likely bother some readers as well. The environment in which Hannah and Conrad’s relationship begins and develops will probably not sit well with some people. Also, if you’re a stickler for “safe” (aka no cheating) plots, this series might not be for you.
To fully appreciate the emotional payoff at the conclusion of The Black Room, the doors should be read in order, otherwise you’ll likely get lost. And despite my criticisms about various things throughout the series, it was an interesting ride overall.
To sum up, the series is definitely a unique concept and I see myself going back to re-read some of the parts–Door Three, for sure, and probably Door One as well. Jasinda Wilder has a compelling writing style and I’ll continue to read her books in the future.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Overall series rating: 3.5 stars