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Open Preview Tyrnt a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dark Tyrant by Helen Bianchin. How could her stepfather have fallen so deeply into debt that he’d bartered for more time with his only remaining asset–Samantha.

Yet had Alex Nicholas not purchased his old friend’s contract before it hit the open market, Samantha would have been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Instead she was being “Are you saying you own me? Instead she was being forced to marry a man she would never even like, Alex projected a raw virility that was almost electrifying. But he was not Samantha’s free choice. And for that he would be made to pay! Paperbackpages. Published November 23rd by Harlequin Presents first published October 26th Samantha EvansAlex Nicholas. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dark Tyrantplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 05, boogenhagen rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is actually a sorta prequel to Yesterday’s Shadow as this couple appears as friends of the H in that book and ironically they seem to have more of an HEA there than in this one.

The h is about 20 and the H is 17 years older. She is a college student who is planning on a career in dance.

Her stepfather dies owing a ton of money supposedly to the H and associates. The h is the payment for the debt – the H tells her she either marries him or she will be put to work as a prostitute as she was used as collateral to procure money.

This is set in Australia, but I am pretty sure human trafficking is illegal there but the h never challenges this – or asks to see proof of the debt or any paperwork regarding the dead guy’s estate. I am inclined to think the H exaggerated and lied a lot about the state of things, but anyway no one around her seems to think she should want anything but to be the H’s sex toy and broodmare. One thing I really don’t like about this period is the willingness for women who are supposed to be supportive of the h perfectly willing to pimp her out The H even has her body cycle information so he can marry and bed her at the time most likely to impregnate her.

Which he proceeds to do. The H is a jerk and abusive, the h tries to fight back but there is 17 years between their ages and the H keeps her prisoner throughout the book, someone is always with her.


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She has no freedom, the people she is surrounded with keep harping on how lucky she is and the H openly flaunts his former and probably current conquests in their home.

Eventually through repeated brainwashing, she thinks she loves him more likely she just felt guilty about liking the sex so much IMO The H gets shot, sadly not dyingthe h miscarries and then decides she loves the H – she begs pathetically for his and he says he loves her he really just wants a toy and brood mare and HEA.

He pretty much treats her like an expensive call girl, he spends almost no time with her, go days with out seeing her, and because he bought her a puppy and a bunch of jewelry, we are led to believe this is a grand love affair. Well, your mileage may vary, but I never liked this one even when it first came out and I like it even less on the reread.

They have no relationship other than sex and pregnancy and the H could have cared less about the h. I think he had to get someone as young and naive as she was cause no other woman would have put up with his garbage or they would have had him arrested for trafficking, extortion with menaces, and assault.

This one doesn’t read as a romance, it read as a tale of human bondage and pain. While usually I love the blackmail trope, this came too close to the very stark and sad reality of how those things usually work in real life when the very young and naive are exploited for profit and gain. Aug 19, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: For me this book was very depressing. This feels far more realistic in the sense that neither of these scenarios plays out.

The hero is unapologetic, even at the end and he has A LOT to apologize for and the heroine is perpetually resentful of this blackmail – she is a sexual slave and broodmare and she knows it – right up until the final chapter.

So it is impossible for me to read this as anything but a woman becoming complacent in an emotionally abusive marriage with the hero reigning triumphant over her. At least with Alex, dearest stepfather was able to negotiate for marriage instead of prostitution. When Samantha suggests that as a better alternative, Alex offers to fund her new business venture right then and there.

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And if this is what counts for friendship, Samantha is better off alone. So Alex and Samantha marry posthaste so he can begin trying to conceive his son. In this he steps into the creepy, as well as asshole territories. He takes her to bed.

By definition, their first few times are definitely rape, though more of the forced seduction variety. Alex is insistent and attempts to be seductive, Samantha fights back, claws away, bites, whatever But afterwards of course she knows nothing but humiliation.

And in the meantime, Alex is sneering, scornful and ensures that Samantha knows she her place. After all, it would have solved all her problems. But apparently it only took her a week to become so dependent on him that she found herself despondent by the thought of his death.


This version of emotional abuse is subtle, but all the signs are there. She never interacts with anyone outside of his immediate family, the household servants, Sophie or the puppy he bought her.

It was evocative, yet undemanding, and after the initial moment when she had instincitively withdrawn, she began to relax, aware that Alex was in an amenable mood — this time.

And while she is away biancjin her husband, she finds some former joy and cheerfulness, a lightening of the spirit. So she helrn home and battles his sneering, scornfulness and risks humiliation to tell him of her love.

Turns out though, he loves her too In no other way does he make himself vulnerable to her or show remorse for her torment.

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And without his POV, I am more tyrsnt to suspect that he is simply continuing his emotional manipulation by claiming to love her. And by doing so, she accepts her role as his possession and the expectations that she behave in a certain way. He gets to feel validated by her adoration rather than have her hatred. He has finally won what he wanted biannchin her all along – a docile, compliant wife whose world revolves around HIM. This just depressed me. Better the gilded cage she knows.

Do yourself a favor and give this one a pass. Bueno para pasar el rato c: Oct 06, lili rated it it was amazing. Me encantan las historias que empiezan asi Mar 17, Vanessa rated it liked it. Nov 30, Tia rated it liked it. Decently written novel but not one of the best I’ve read by Helen. The hero was kind of a self serving asshole most of the time, thinking he was holier than. Ker rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Anna rated it liked it Oct 26, Cheri rated it really liked it Sep 16, Cress rated it really liked it Jun 14, Zully Leon rated it really liked it Mar 23, Darlene Lane rated it liked it Oct 22, Maleka rated it did not like it Jun 22, Cas rated it it was ok Dec 18, Marie Bishop rated it really liked it Mar 15, Kd Akers rated ehlen it was amazing May 10, Nea rated it it was ok Apr 30, Keri rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Rhettmeg rated it really liked it Sep 20, Joanna Sz rated it it was ok Nov 10, Veelasha rated it liked it Apr 26, Lyan Nathaniel rated it really liked it Jun 12, Rosanna Gennarelli rated it really liked it May 08, Laura rated it really liked it Feb 11, Andrew Alexander rated it liked it Sep 16,