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Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2022
I'm usually all for an enemies-to-lovers or a try-to-fight-my-feelings romance, but I just couldn't with this book. The lengths this man went to in order to control and own her...as if she was nothing more than chattel was DISGUSTING. He called her a slave...a white man paid this black woman money to have sex with him, clean for him, and to basically be at his beck and call, and she somehow was still attracted to him? Even after she found out that he catfished her? Even after he drugged her, kidnapped her, and refused to release her until she signed away her rights as a human being? And I get that some people enter sex work because they're desperate, but if she were so desperate, wouldn't she have gone to a more affordable school or even chosen a major that had a better odds of a return on her investment? And the audacity to bring up the ancestors! With all the rape, torture, and death that they endured, you'd think the protagonist would've mustered up some self respect and dignity, anything that would've stopped her from being a bedwench. This book was trash through and through. I've read plenty of bwwm, bdsm, controlling "alpha male" romance novels, and none of them have ever left me as sick to my stomach as this did.