by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Black Room #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on November 18, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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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 into THE BLACK ROOM.
Warning: reader discretion is highly advised. This story contains vivid depictions, fantasies, and relationships. Mature readers only, please.
So, I’m not sure how to approach this review since I have no clue what’s going on in this story.
I’m signed up for Jasinda Wilder’s newsletter and when she announced her new series, The Black Room, at first I didn’t think I would be interested since it’s published as a serial with eight parts. I’m not a big fan of serials in general, but The Black Room has been fully released, so there’s no wait in between each part. Also, I tend to feel like serials can be a ripoff because they’re basically overpriced novellas. However, Wilder has released half of the series for free (parts 1, 3, 5, and 7), so that seems like a fair deal to me.
On to the actual story. The Black Room: Door One is difficult to describe since the official blurb itself is super vague. Without giving too much away, basically a woman wakes up and finds herself in a mysterious black room with multiple, distinct doors–eight, to be exact, with each door corresponding to each part of the story. We don’t know who the woman is or how she got into the room and neither does she.
In Door One, the woman encounters a rough, aggressive boxer who she’s inexplicably attracted to. The whole story is essentially one sexual encounter (with some mild BDSM elements) but there’s no context for their relationship. For that reason, I wouldn’t really call this a typical romance so much as straight-up erotica. Possibly inspired by the great stuff sites like https://www.hdpornmovies.xxx/ put out. Because there are some hot scenes in this book I can imagine being a porn video with how graphic they can be. That’s fine, of course, but I spent a great deal of the story feeling confused and trying to understand the sequence of events, with not much else to go on other than a lengthy sex scene.
As is the case with serials, this one ends on a cliffhanger, which pulls you into reading the next installment. I went ahead and purchased Door Two because I’m intrigued enough with the mystery and writing to want to continue.
I do like the author’s writing style–just don’t expect any back story or much plot at this point. I suspect that it will be revealed eventually, but in the meantime I’m having fun trying to figure out who the main characters are and what exactly is going on.
Rating: 4 stars