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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Antidote” by Jack L Pyke


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Video footage of Jack Harrison sleeping with Cutter, a man who has mutilated teenagers, should have stayed dead and buried with the man who had filmed it. Yet when footage to Jack’s past starts appearing on Internet porn sites, Jack’s whole world is again turned on its head. At first the porn links are done to unsettle, to disrupt Jack’s fire and ice world: all the sexed-up adrenaline of being caught between the pleasure to Gray Raoul’s BDSM kink, and the gentleness of Jan Richards’ vanilla touch. But when the content of the porn sites force even Gray to turn his back on Jack, leaving Jack isolated and away from the full protection of the Master’s Circle, Jack is left at the mercy of a group of men who are out to alter Jack’s whole perception on his BDSM lifestyle.

As brutally as possible, Jack’s sex life is now live webcam feed for a whole new audience.


Too much!

That’s what comes to mind when I try not to think back about my feelings on this book. Too much darkness, too much rape, too much sickness, too many psychological head games, too much sadness, too much anger, too much defeat, too much violence, too complicated, too many people in a bed, too much drama, too obscene … just too fucking much!

I’m the last one to shirk away from non-con or a dark deplorable read but somehow on a deeper level this was too much for me. I didn’t cry, I didn’t scream, I didn’t even leak a watery tear …I just didn’t want to look anymore. I felt angry at the words and the scenes playing out in front of my eyes, in my head. I just wanted it all to end and when I thought the worst was over it was only beginning… it was too much. And too much of anything can be poisonous and … I feel poisoned by Antidote (yes, the irony is not lost on me). My tolerance for what I was able to accept was toyed with like the marker on a snakes and ladders game, by the end my heartfelt emotions shut down and I was left feeling exhausted, angry, uncaring, bitter and …defeated.

I didn’t enjoy any of this book, I didn’t even like the beginning which explores the best of this happy triad. I always felt Jan was very much the third and that Jack and Gray would use Jan – unintentionally – too frequently to get what they wanted from each other. I never felt or believed in their fiery need for Jan, it was always Jack and Gray … and that hurts. I don’t like the dangerous motivation behind the non-con either. The author was very brave to tackle this …scenario (?) I just hope and pray that only safe and sane readers pick up this book as it holds some terrifyingly insane – but thoroughly convincing – ideas in psychological reform.

I have major issues with the content of this book, I’m not denying that. I didn’t like how it made my skin crawl and I found it poisonous to the point where (at this time) I don’t want to read another non-con or BDSM book ever again. For me this was too much. BUT as far as psychological thrillers go, it was very good – even though I guessed who was behind it all. The writing and editing is excellent, the pacing is spot on, the dual POV are perfectly placed and I cannot fault this beyond how it made me feel. As far as stars go, I cannot award stars for something that affected me so negatively and well, I just didn’t like it. So here I have my very fist Me-Not-You rating. I suspect most, but certainly not all Don’t … lovers will love this book.



Title: Antidote (Don’t …#2)
Author: Jack L Pyke
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Pages: 140 000 words
Release Date: 14 May 2014
Purchase Links: Fantastic Fiction

17 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Antidote” by Jack L Pyke

  1. moonlitmelodia
    May 12, 2014

    When you say leave your email, do you mean actually show it here?


  2. rojoroaors
    May 12, 2014

    Oh god this looks good!



  3. Debra E
    May 12, 2014

    I just finished re-reading Don’t … and cannot wait to get to this. Sorry it didn’t work for you Shelley, since I know you enjoyed the first one, and I understand where you are coming from. :(


    • Debra E
      May 12, 2014

      debdeege (at) optonline (dot) net

      Wouldn’t be me if I didn’t forget to leave my email.


  4. Rocky B
    May 12, 2014

    The book sounds great.


  5. lamoiti
    May 12, 2014

    i just found about this series recently. Look forward to the series.


  6. H.B.
    May 12, 2014

    Thanks for your review. I’m not sure how I feel about this book after reading your review but I wouldn’t mind giving this just to form my opinions or to see where out opinions would overlap.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. moonlitmelodia
    May 13, 2014

    When does the giveaway end?


    • shelley
      May 13, 2014

      We will announce the winner on Monday the 19 May :)


      • moonlitmelodia
        May 19, 2014

        What time on Monday will the winner be announced, if it hasn’t already been?


  8. Isabel
    May 13, 2014

    I love Don’t, so I can’t wait to read this book! My e-mail: isabelgrilo@hotmail.com


  9. katinka
    May 13, 2014

    Look at all those brave souls!

    Based on your review, I’m too scared.:p


  10. Andrea M
    May 13, 2014

    This sounds very dark and I’d love to read it!
    andreams2013 at gmail.com


  11. Carly - RuralMom
    May 13, 2014

    Oh wow, what an honest review. I have mixed feelings about this book after reading but at the same time am drawn to stories that have an emotional impact so I’d love to give it a try.
    ruralmom08 (at) gmail.com


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