Betrayed by Jaye Frances #Review

Betrayed by Jaye Frances #ReviewBetrayed by Jaye Frances

Series: #1 World Without Love
Genres: Erotic Romance
Published by Red Stone Press on October 15, 2016
Pages: 378
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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After reading the blurb, I settled in for a dark, twisting tale of a woman’s betrayal into the hands of fiends and her survival.  I don’t typically take up a darker erotic story like this and it did indeed push me out of my comfort zone.  I wanted to set it aside and was even shaking when the story really got going, but the writing and the intense story of this brave woman kept me reading through this first segment of the story to its dramatic conclusion that had a big twist leading toward more in the next installment.

The themes of the story were indeed dark and those who have triggers about sexual abuse and exploitation should be cautious.  There is non-con, dub-con, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  Gang sex and even some f/f action.

The story opens with young wife, Jewel, finding herself restrained and terrified in the hold of a ship after her husband lost her in a game of cards and let a cold-eyed captain and his men take her with no resistance.  She is now to be trained for the sex trade.  Jewel has to come to terms with her new reality and keep her wits about her.  The captain intends to ‘train’ her and her training can break her or allow her to survive long enough to find a way out.  If there is a way out…

Jewel endures even as she counter plots against the captain keeping him and his sleazy crew from guessing that she might be frightened, but she is definitely not beaten and accepting of her fate.  Jewel must do what she must and that involves some intense and horrendous stuff.  She can’t let the captain’s training warp her mind or use his crew to break her body and spirit.  It is a battle of wills that she must win or lose herself.

Alright, so this was one intense read from cover to cover.  It’s more of an introduction into the depravity of humanity from Jewel’s husband to the captain and to every man of the slave ship’s crew.  Jewel’s story is told all from her point of view.  The reader can feel the fear tightening the throat and chest, the nausea for what she must tolerate and endure, and the deep burning impotent anger as she waits her chance.  It’s a raw, visceral story and pulls no punches.  The sexual abuse (aka training) is accompanied by mental abuse designed to break her down and remake her into a sex slave all for profits.  It’s awful, but I couldn’t stop even when the tears came.

I connected with Jewel and one other member of the ship.  I am curious about the Captain and wonder about a few other characters mentioned.

But, there is one ray of light.  Jewel is not entirely alone.  And she learns that she has a stronger spirit and inner strength than she thought.  There is one long-shot of hope that keeps her going.

The big scene at the end was unexpected and I look forward to seeing where the story takes Jewel now.

All in all, things are dark and bleak for Jewel.  This is a gritty dark erotica and it’s well written, but I think for a limited audience of those who will enjoy or at least tolerate non/dub consent and a heroine sold into slavery.

I received my copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About Jaye Frances

Jaye Frances is the author of “World Without Love,” a suspense thriller series with an erotic edge including “Betrayed,” “Reunion,” and “Redemption.” Her other books include “The Beach,” a sci-fi supernatural tale about the possibilities—and horror—of wishful thinking; “The Kure,” a paranormal-occult romance novel; “The Possibilities of Amy,” a coming-of-age story of first love; and “Love Travels Forever,” a collection of poignant short stories. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, taking pictures – lots of them—and sipping a glass of merlot with a side of dark chocolate. Jaye lives on the gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, and several hundred pairs of shoes.
For more information, visit Jaye’s
Website: http://www.jayefrances.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/jayefrancesauthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/www.jayefrances.com

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I have several dark erotic stories like this that I always start, but end up stopping. I just have to find the will to read on someday. I can never understand how a story like this can end up a romance. I guess I have to stop thinking too hard and go with the flow.

    • I know the feeling. I got a little ill and then I wanted to know what happened next. It’s a trilogy so I haven’t seen any romance yet this far.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks for sharing Sophia Rose, definitely not my cuppa! But I know a few friends who will love this and I will share

    • Thanks, Debbie! This one really pushed me, but I’m glad I read it.

  • OMG, This seems like such a DEEP read! It seems like it really sucked you in, chica! Did you feel like it had too much of a “deep” plot? There seems to be a lot of heart wrenching themes weaving through here..

    • Oh yeah, this one went deep. It explores a what if with the what if being a woman was taken from her ordinary life and forced to endure. I was riveted and felt lots of emotions.

  • Oh wow, this one sounds really emotional. Thanks for the great review of this one.

  • This is just too dark and gritty for me

    • It is definitely that. Not for everyone and not for me very often, for sure.

  • I’ve read some books in this genre. I find that I do like them if they are written well. I look at them as psychological thrillers. I may have to check this one out. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • That is a good way to look at this one. There is a lot of the psychological to it.

      Thanks, Melanie!

  • Not one for me but I am glad it was a read that drew you in and pulled out all the dark emotions for you. You are definitely braver than me!

    • Oh, I’m a total wuss, Lorna. I was shaking and crying through most of it. But once in a while, yes, I have to explore the darker stuff.

  • Ahh I do like dark like that now and again but cliffhanger?

    • Not exactly a cliffhanger. Just a natural place to pause the story before the next section. And that’s exactly what this trilogy is- sections of one story.

      • Herms! Might have to wait until they’re all out. Those always make me nervous. Thanks, Sophia!

        • The last one comes out this summer I think. I feel that way a bit. I’ve already read book two and I really need to know what happens next.

  • Jaye Frances

    Thank you, everyone, for dropping by and reading Sophia’s review of “Betrayed.” Really appreciate all the comments and unique perspectives. FYI – Book Two, “Reunion” is available from Amazon, and Book Three (last one in the series) is scheduled for a June 2016 release.

  • tammy ramey

    Sadly this is a story that happens all to often in our society. I live in Oregon and I know that they have been trying to stop the human trafficking in Portland and Seattle for some time now.

    I have some triggers but I try to face them head on and still read the dark stuff once in awhile. This sounds like a great story but I think I will have to wait for the last book so I can read it all at once. 🙂
    I love the cover, it’s gorgeous.
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    • Yes, too much of this, Tammy. Even the heart of the country is not immune as I saw when I recently read another book about it.

      I can see wanting to wait for all the trilogy at once. I think it will all be out by June so not too long.

  • Came here instead of reading the review for book 3 of this series to avoid spoilers. OK, I am going to give this one a try!
    btw: Real Neat Blog Award for you at http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2016/12/real-neat-blog-award.html

    • Yes, it’s quite the experience in reading, Velvet. Hope you get the chance.