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April 9, 2014

Uncovering You: The Contract by Scarlett Edwards + Giveaway

Series: Uncovering You 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Publisher: Edwards Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Organizer
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.

Reality is much worse:

A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:

J.S.

Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

Resist and die.

Or submit, and sign my life away.

I don't know what the f*ck I just gotten myself into!

Yes it's that good/bad, depends on how you look at it. First of all, read the blurb and maybe you'll understand why I signed up for... whatever this is. All I know is UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT by Scarlett Edwards is one of those dark, head-f*ck romances that I so love torturing myself with.

The plot? I don't know what it is exactly, all I have are bits and pieces because UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT is part one of a serial and you know how these serials are, nothing's what it seems. All I know is Lily woke up trapped in a room with a shock collar with no recollection of how she got there. Then there's the contract Lily's forced to sign, it simply states that in exchange for J.S. paying her enormous student loan, she has to make herself available to his sexual whims. From what was shared, it looks like Lily was set up for reasons yet to be revealed. Based on these clues it seems like UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT may be a dark master-slave "romance" which may or may not lead to another case of Stockholm Syndrome. 

UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT may be part of a serial but it does have a climax, some sort of a conclusion and a mean left hook! In 125 pages I'm invested in the story and feel fiercely protective of Lily, like her I want to castrate this dude, J.S., and serve him his own balls on a silver platter. At the same time I also feel that these two will frustrate me so much so I'm bracing myself in having to deal with yet another rich, "eccentric", socially awkward, emotionally handicapped, borderline sociopath guy and a girl who's been broken she'll actually forgive and fall in love with her captor after enduring such atrocious acts done in the name of "love". Anyway, fans of dark erotica, i.e. Skye Warren and C.J. Roberts; psychological thrillers like Aleatha Romig; or if you're just sick in the had like me, you'll surely get a kick out of this.


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“Lilly.”
Oh God. It’s him. There’s no mistaking that rich, masculine treble.
What’s he doing down here?
“M-Mr. Stonehart,” I stutter, turning. I curse my inability to hide my surprise. He totally caught me off-guard. I have to look up to meet his eyes. Then up some more.
The face that I find is so striking it should belong to a Greek god.
He’s younger than I expected. Late thirties, maybe early forties.
That means he started his company when he was younger than me!
Dark scruff lines his angular cheeks. His jet-black hair is styled in long, natural waves. My fingers itch to run through it.
Totally inappropriate.
He has a prominent nose that might be too big on a less imposing man, but on him, it’s perfect.
In short, he’s a package of the purest masculinity I’ve ever seen.
And then there are his eyes. Oh my God. His eyes. They pierce into me like honing missiles. They are the deepest black I have ever seen. They would be frightening if they weren’t so beautiful. When the light reflects a certain way, you catch a glimpse of the purple underneath.
They are like midnight sapphires. His eyes reveal a cunning intellect. Those eyes do not miss a thing.
Add all that to his towering height, his wide shoulders, his confident-yet-at-ease posture… and Stonehart cuts an intimidating figure.
My gaze darts to his left hand before I can stop it. No ring. He’s unmarried.
He looks down at me, expectantly. His eyes narrow ever so slightly, and I feel like I’m being dissected, measured up, and tucked away in some small corner of his brain. I imagine this is what a gemstone feels like under the magnifying class of the most critical appraiser.
Stonehart clears his throat. I come to with a start, realizing I haven’t said anything in ages. I open my mouth, but the capacity for speech seems like a foreign concept to my brain. “I—”
Somebody bumps into me from behind. I stagger forward. I’m not used to these shoes, so my heel steps the wrong way. My ankle twists under me, and I start to fall.
I don’t fall far. The hand still on my elbow tightens, and Stonehart pulls me into him.
I plaster myself onto the solid steel wall the man has for a body. I catch a scent of his cologne. It’s a deep, musky smell with a hint of charred spruce that is all male. It scrambles my thoughts even more.
“Sorry!” a rushed voice calls out. From the corner of my eye, I see the postman giving a hurried, apologetic wave.
Although the sequence lasts less than a second, it feels like an eternity. Pressed up against him like that, I don’t want to move. I know that I couldn’t have made a worse first impression.
Stonehart eases me off him with a firm yet gentle grip. Our eyes meet. I flush the most vibrant red. His fingers graze my forehead as he brushes a lock of hair out of my face.
Any tenderness I may have imagined vanishes when Stonehart takes out his cell. He long dials a key and growls an order. “Steven. See the delivery boy leaving right now? Have his building pass revoked.”
I gape. Stonehart keeps speaking. “Wait. I thought of one better. Bar his company from accessing the building.” There’s a pause. “For how long? Indefinitely. FedEx can talk to me when they have an improved employee selection program in place.”
The phone call gives me just enough time to compose myself. My heart’s still beating out of my chest. But nobody has to know that.
I speak without thinking. “You’re going to restrict the entire company from serving this building because of that?”
Stonehart humors me with an answer. “A company’s employees are its most important asset. Their behavior reflects the organization as a whole. If FedEx decided that clown is good enough for them, it tells me they’re sloppy. I do not do business with sloppy organizations.”
“What about the other tenants in the building?” I ask. “Won’t that piss them off?”
When I hear myself and realize how improper my question is, my cheeks flame red again.
Stonehart’s eyes darken, as if he cannot believe I asked that question. I open my mouth to apologize for my imprudence, hating the way my professional skills have evaporated into thin air. I’m cut off by a short, barked laugh.
“Miss Ryder.” He sounds amused. “I believe that is the most direct and honest question anybody has dared ask me in weeks.” He takes my elbow again and leads me to the elevators. I have to take two quick steps to match one of his long strides.
“Yes,” he continues. “They will be ‘pissed off.’ But the perk of owning a building—” he hits the elevator call button, “—is that you get to make executive decisions.” He gives me an unreadable glance as the doors open. “That is, at the risk of being questioned by inexperienced interns.”
If that isn’t a loaded remark, I don’t know what is. I flush scarlet red for the third time since I’ve met him. I’ve never had a man throw me so off balance.
The elevator is packed, for which I’m infinitely thankful. The trip up will give me some time to properly compose myself.
Gratitude turns to panic when the crowd files out, meek as mice, when Stonehart steps in. None of the people waiting in the lobby follow us.
The doors close. I’m alone in here with him. My heart’s beating as fast as a hummingbird’s wings.
He catches me staring. “Impressed?” he asks.
“They know you,” I manage.
His dark eyes flash with amusement. “Astute.”


I’m Scarlett Edwards. My first few books were light and breezy. Now, my stories are taking a darker twist..

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30 comments:

  1. "borderline sociopath" LOL!! SO funny, and SO true ;) I'll for sure keep an eye on this, but I'll wait until it's finished before reading it. I try not to torture myself by reading them as they're available. PS I'm gonna been in your neck of the woods this weekend! We could drive past each other on the interstate or something (<-----me being funny stupid, not weird and creepy)!

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    1. Girl, I will add meeting you to my blog bucket list... and you can get away with weird & creepy LOL

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  2. WOW, Braine! This is the kind of book I really want to read, but at the same time, I'm afraid I'm going to be really uncomfortable with a storyline like this. I will have to try it out one day, I have several dark mind-fuck-like romances on my TBR, but I haven't actually started reading any yet.
    Great review, though, maybe I'll start with something like this, since it's a shorter story and if I'm really uncomfortable I will still get through it?

    And I totally think Jessica is going to stalk you this weekend *winks at Jessica* you gals should hang out!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I think I'm borderline psycho I think which explains why I enjoy reading stories like this LOL

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  3. I'm surely sick in the head so this is going on my wishlist. Outstanding review Gorgeous :)

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  4. Love your review! I don't think I've read dark erotica like this but it sounds like a real page turner! I'm a sucker for dark and tormented characters. Serials are not my thing but maybe I'll read it all once it's available. :)

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    1. I'll read it for you then once it's all out you can better gauge if it's a good fit for you or not.

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  5. Oh boy! I don't know what to say, I'm both intrigued and a bit repulsed. LOL, what is it about the Stockholm Syndrome, that it's so popular lately?

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    1. I'm with you, I guess I am sick in the head! LOL

      It is so fascinating, I could never understand how that could one cross that line but I guess it's real

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  6. I have to agree with what Victoria said about S Syndrome

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    1. It's so fascinating, I guess. And putting oneself in the captive's shoes is an intense experience even if its hypothetical

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  7. I don't know...I love erotica and I love serials, but I'm not a big fan of the super dark, captive stories. I'll see how you feel after the next installment!

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    1. It's ok, I guess sometimes it pushes boundaries. I feel the same way about super angsty romances

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  8. Dang, Braine...I love a good head-fluck romance! You know I do!!

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  9. you know it's a little difficult for me to read Erotica, because it's not really my genre but as I liked 50, I should try something else to see how I feel. But I confess it's intriguing, and I want to know how se would manage to act with all that.

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    1. If you're like me, try to start with the erotic romantic suspense, I think those kinds of books will suit you better. Lisa Renee Jones' Inside Out is a great place for you to start.

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  10. Ahhh a serial. Okay I'm gonna have this on my watch list for when it all comes out. Love those mind messers!

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    1. Serials are seriously meant for binge-reading

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  11. Woah, this one sounds really intense! I thought it was hilarious when you said it reached a "climax" hehehe.

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  12. Awww you aren't sick in the head. I do love the way you say mind f*ck! Oh lordy, after your review, I am doomed to try this one out for size too. I laughed at how you foretold the story in a nutshell, but the ride along the way ...will mess us up, but we keep coming back for me :D

    Mich

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  13. You used the f-word twice in your review, and I'm still not quite sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Hehe I'm not a big fan of the serial format though, so if I do decide to read this one, it'll be after all of the episodes have been released.

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    1. Bwahahaa! I rarely curse and when I do it means it's intense... it's a good F-word this time around

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  14. LOL this one sounds like ay uhm INTENSE read? LOL and i see what you did with "climax" there? *winks* LOL
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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  15. o.o yeah I agree, sounds intense. Glad you are enjoying it despite it being a serial.

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    1. Serials are hit or miss, right? I guess this one is a hit, fingers crossed it remains that way

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