Where society’s elite go to explore their darkest desires. And where promises of freedom are just manipulative lies.
For a price, the world’s most powerful people can have their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean, they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.
Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.
Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.
After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.
But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .
The door on the other side of the cell opens. My muscles tense in expectation. The red haired woman from the marketplace steps in. Today she has her bright hair down in long curls and wears a gold gown instead of the silver one. Her makeup is immaculate and she smells like a peculiar mixture of pot and jasmine. It only serves to remind me I was up sweating through the night and my mouth is dry and dirty. She stands a careful distance in front of me, like she knows the exact reach of my restraints. Casually, she takes in my choppy black hair, my filthy tunic from sleeping in the dirt, and my equally filthy skin. Her lip curls, like I stink so powerfully she can barely stand
being in here with me. Her disgust washes over me and makes me angry. How dare she be offended by me! I hike my chin and proudly return her stare. “My name is Bareket, and I am the richest person in Saligia.” I want to give into my tendency toward sarcasm and snide, How good for you, but I refrain. “You are the very first person who has ever defied me in the marketplace.” Her red brows climb up her forehead. “That displeases me.” Well, what does she want to do about it? Beat me? Is that why I’m shackled? “I understand from your Dominus that you wanted to come to this ludus because of your sister.” A lump slowly begins to thicken in my throat. She tilts her head. “Is this true?” “Yes,” I whisper. “Then you’ll be disappointed to know that you didn’t come with me. Because I bought your sister the day before I was going to buy you.” The lump in my throat tightens to near pain, but I manage to ask, “Is she okay?” Bareket’s red brows drift back down and then she half smiles. “I wouldn’t know. You see, there were a couple of men who took a liking to her. They had quite the time with her.” My chest constricts. No…
“Indeed they enjoyed her so much,” her voice lowers to coldness, “they offered a fair price to take her with them.” I yank at my shackles. “NO!”
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of several novels including the teen thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, and the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at www.segreen.net
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