In the Land of Gods and Monsters
by Carmen Jenner
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Genres: Dark Romance
In the land of gods and monsters, she was a toy. A plaything. A pet.
Taken, stolen, beaten, used.
Pet remembers nothing before his touch, and afterward, she craves nothing more.
Sinful and merciless, Ares is her god now. He alone says when to beg when to come, and when to kneel, but he never said anything about leaving.
Warning: In the Land of Gods and Monsters is a dark romance novel. It contains strong sexual themes, dubious consent, graphic violence, and may contain triggers for some readers.
“You’re behaving like a brat,” he says through clenched teeth. “Is that the thanks I get for providing you with a bed and blankets?”
“Take them back! I don’t want them. I want out of this room.”
“You want out of this room?” Ares grabs my face with one rough hand. He leans in, his warm breath skating across my ear as his stubble grazes my cheek. “Then you have to earn it. And trust me, your bratty antics aren’t doing that.”
He releases me and walks away, pressing his hand into the keypad to unlock the door. Without another word, he leaves. I launch off the bed and throw myself at the glass wall. He doesn’t look at me as he walks away, and I know I’ll pay for my behavior later. I’ll pay this tithe in pain, and bruises, in welts on my body, and in pleasure that he steals from me. For now, I circle my room like a caged animal, because that is what I am. Caged.
I scream, bang my fists on the glass, rip my blanket from the bed and throw it at the wall. He’s almost at the staircase. I know he hears me. I know he’s keeping a tally in his head of all the things I will be punished for. Well, fuck him. I can’t do this anymore.
He thought of everything. All the ways I could harm him—or myself. He removed them all.
All except one.
I walk toward the reinforced steel door, take a deep breath, and slam my head against it. Pain, white-hot and searing, reverberates through my skull, so hard that my eyes roll in their sockets. Blood trickles down my forehead. I’m woozy, nauseous. Bile rises in my gut as if it were acid. I rear back and slam my head into the metal, harder this time.
“Fuck!” Ares shouts. I can’t see him, but I know I have his undivided attention now. I stumble back against the wall as the familiar beep sounds, and he enters the room. “Fuck, pet! What did you do?”
I shove my hand out in front of me to swat him away, but instead, I find myself caught up in his arms as I sink into the darkness that calls to me with its siren song. “Fuck you and your freedom.”
About Carmen Jenner:
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict, cake fanatic, and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives in sunny Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?