Guest Review: Knight (An Impossible Novel) by Julia Sykes

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Guest Review: Knight (An Impossible Novel) by Julia SykesKnight by Julia Sykes
Series: Impossible
on November 20, 2013
Genres: BDSM, Dark Erotica, Dark Romance
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Abducted. Drugged. Broken. I became a plaything, a possession. If I did ever have a name, I don't remember it now. Slaves don't have names.

My new Master stole me away from the man who tormented me. He saved me and took me for himself. I've found my salvation in his obsession, my freedom in his captivity.

Will his brand of rescue leave me more broken than ever?


Extended Description

Lydia Chase has been abducted and broken. Her only escape from the pain is the sweet high of the heroin that her sadistic Master gives her as a reward in order to control her. She is found by FBI agent Smith James, and he is determined to save her. But the soul is much more difficult to heal than the body, and Lydia finds herself becoming completely dependent on the Dominant Smith, finding comfort in his control of her body and mind as their relationship becomes sexual. How can she ever become whole again if she can't learn to let him go and take control of her own life? Is this new form of captivity just what she needs to survive?


WARNING: Given the nature of this story, this book contains graphic violence, which some readers may find upsetting. It also contains BDSM.

NOTE: Knight is part of the Impossible series, but it can be read as a standalone story without spoiling the other books.

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When I read the synopsis for this book, it sounded awesome, so dark and dangerous. I thought Lydia was going to be kidnapped by this new Master and taken captive by him. Imagine my surprise at the actual happenings in the book. I am not going to give away the events in the book, you will have to read and find out for yourself. Just suffice to say, there is NOT another kidnapping by the hero in this book. 

I found it really hard to connect to these characters, and here is why. Lydia has been abducted and made a sex slave by a horribly abusive man. The beginning of the book has her being rescued by Smith James (Can I just say how annoying I find it that the guy has two last names? How do you know when someone is mad at him??) I really love BDSM books, and I went in with a really great feeling when the first chapter had this quote:

❝The trust a submissive placed in her Dominant was a beautiful thing, and the idea that a “Dom” would violate her trust by jeopardizing her health was loathsome.❞

So, I was digging Smith, and his philosophy on BDSM and having high hopes for this book at this point. They are raiding this BDSM club for drugs, and Smith is even more angry because they are combining drugs and BDSM. He is getting ready to take Lydia in when he realizes that she has been kept against her will. At some point they realize that she was kidnapped and they start searching for her identity. Her memory is totally wiped out because she has been given heroin to make her more compliant for her previous Master. 

Here is where things start getting dicey for me. Lydia (although she has no memory of who she is, she refers to herself as slave) attached herself to Smith. Smith’s parter is adamantly against this, but Smith’s commands are the only thing Lydia responds to. Now, I’m no genius, but where is the FBI’s internal affairs department in all of this? I’m thinking they might have something to say about some of this. There are MANY more things that happen that make me say a silent “wow” to myself. I’m sure the FBI would really not allow some of the things that happen in this book to really happen, but you know, it is fiction. 

Now, something far, far more disturbing happens that I have to address. Lydia has no memory of who she is, or where she is from, current events, but she has time to dis on the CARDINALS? What the heck? I just can’t let that go. I started to just put the book down and give it an automatic one star (That is taking away 4 stars for the beloved catcher Yadier Molina) but I decided to go ahead and be a bigger person and finish the book. I’m just saying…. Be careful about disrespecting the Cards! 😉 

Of course the time comes when Lydia’s memory returns, and that is an emotional time, and there are startling revelations that come along with that. I have to admit to being shocked by some of them. Plus, the entire time, her original captor is still on the loose, and potentially looking for her. 

Overall, the book had a great plot, but the characters were just one-dimensional in my opinion, and some of the actions were just so bizarre I had a hard time believing them. But I will say that I read this book well over a week ago, and I remember the events and names of the characters, so that gives them staying power, in my opinion. 

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About Julia Sykes

Julia Sykes has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

After spending four years living in England, Julia returned to her Southern homeland. She has recently settled down in North Carolina and spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced caramel latte clutched in her hand.

Julia loves connecting with readers! Please feel free to contact her on facebook, through twitter, or email her directly at juliasykes193@gmail.com. You can find out more about Julia’s current and future projects at juliasykes.net.

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