Friday, August 7, 2015

Elizabeth's Review-Degradation~Stylo Fantome~Contemporary Dark Romance



"He's going to turn me inside out."-Tate


In the beginning...
Tate is a highly intelligent young woman who is headed out to start her first year of college. She makes a trip to her sister's apartment and her sister's boyfriend is there. Tate has always been enamored by Jameson Kane.  

"...tall, dark hair, bright blue eyes, killer smile; what girl wouldn't fall head over heels in love with him at first sight? But it had never gone beyond that, she knew Jameson was so far out of her league, she wasn't even visible to him."-Tate

After a few drinks, one thing leads to another and Tate and Jameson share an erotic experience full of rough passionate sex. Something seems to unravel between the two and connection is formed.  

"Maybe I don't want to get away."-Tate


When Tate's sister enters the scene, the scandal is revealed. Tate's life is changed forever.

"Jameson had just blasted her into the stratosphere. She didn't think she'd ever come down."-Tate

Fast forward to the future....

"Jameson had awakened something in her, brought about her change, but she was responsible for her life. She had taken control. She had grown up. And he hadn't been there for that. He wasn't anything to her. Nothing at all."-Tate

Tate is no longer the ideal "preppy Ivy Leaguer". Instead, she is wild, happy, and comfortable in her own skin. She has variety of friends and lives life to the fullest. When she is called out on a temp job one night, she bumps into Jameson. Seven years have passed and yet, the sexual chemistry between the two is still very present. The passionate connection is resurrected like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

"Her sarcastic smile and smart mouth were a complete one-eighty from the girl he had known before; this woman was a new creature. And he wanted to find out exactly what kind."-Jameson


The passion between Tate and Jameson is electric. The interactions between the two are charged with seduction, violence, grit, and passion. There are moments of despair as we see Tate and Jameson challenge each other. They are continuously pushing and pulling the other to the point of no return. Tate likes to be "handled roughly" and Jameson is happy to dish it out. Jameson has a filthy mouth and Tate is hypnotized and energized by him. While the average woman would feel uncomfortable (and embarrassed) to be spoken to in such a manner, when Jameson talks to Tate it is as if he is performing a Shakespeare Sonnet. Not only does the man know how to talk, he is well versed on how to make Tate's body feel truly satisfied.

"When she was on top with him, he hit spots inside of her that might have actually been portals to other dimensions. She couldn't think, couldn't breathe. Just gasped and pushed and pulled."-Tate


While the relationship between Tate and Jameson is unconventional, it seems to work perfectly for them. Not only is the central conflict full of intrigue, the secondary characters add depth to the plot as well. Tate is pulling further away from her best friend (former sex buddy) Ang and Jameson's PA Sanders is a true specimen of greatness. Add a bitchy ex-girlfirend to the mix, and you have a dynamite plot with enough tension to cause the hoover dam to burst.


Stylo Fantome has an addictive writing style. The dialogue flows smoothly through every sentence of every page. The characters are complex and well developed throughout. The emotional connections are strong and allow the reader to empathize with every character regardless of their questionable (and moral) behavior. I was so enraptured by the story, I was unable to put it down. As soon as I finished this read, I downloaded the second book immediately. Degradation ends in quite a cliffy. If you are sensitive to "rough play", then this is not the read for you. If you don't like a dirty talking hero, then this book is not for you. However, if you like a strong female leading lady and a counterpart hero that knows how to meet her at every challenge, you must read this book! If you like to experience a dark romance with a hint of "psychological mind play", then this is absolutely the book for you. It has been such a refreshing journey to have discovered Jameson and Tate. I am completely invested in these characters and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Fantome does next. Onward to the next book!  

~This read was read as part of INDIE STAR CHAT WEEK on SHH! Thank you STYLO for spending the week chatting with us!


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