Be Mine, Twisted Valentine, Corrupt Cupid #1, by Gianni Holmes

If you like to be on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, and can't sleep, then Be Mine, Twisted Valentine, is for you. It'll even keep you up at night.

From the blurb:

Fifteen years ago, I helped put my abductor behind bars.
And shunned the events of my traumatic past.
I’ve lived a content life with my wife.
Until the dreaded phone call.

Duncan Whittaker’s out on parole.

The first time I confront him, I intend to kill him.
But when we’re face to face, everything changes.
I’m still codependent on him.

Duncan’s the only man who’s ever made me feel desire.
He’s also the one who held me captive for almost a year.
Isolated me from others to make me grateful for his presence.
Deprived me of sensation to make me crave his unwanted touch.

Duncan Whittaker’s the sadist who broke me in the name of revenge.
Now his twisted obsession is about to ruin my life a second time.
And God help me, but I don’t know how to stop him.
I… may not want to stop him.

Be mine, Twisted Valentine is part of a multi-author collab. Ditch the hearts and flowers and step into the dark world of Corrupt Cupid. Each book can be read as a standalone, but why not grab each and every deranged romantic tale as you slip into a place where darkness rules?

SNik's Review:

Part of a multi-author series (Corrupt Cupid) but all are standalone stories. Heed content warnings. Dual POV. 

Fifteen years ago, Teddy was abducted, tortured, brainwashed and now Duncan is out on parole and Teddy is dragged back into his past trauma after having tried to create a normal life for himself. 

Duncan has done his time but can’t forget the months he spent breaking Teddy, obsessed with the man and desperate to have him again at his mercy. 

There is nothing that society would consider healthy or normal between Duncan and Teddy. Desire and dependency are all twisted up with needing affection and intimacy. Teddy realizes that his need for Duncan is not okay, but eventually embraces that part of himself. Duncan is selfish but also solely focused on Teddy. Their happiness in being together is the only thing that drives him and his possessive, controlling attitude is everything Teddy needs. 

This story is an entertaining mess of skewed emotions, steamy interactions, and an inappropriate relationship that works for two men whose relationship grows from a very dark connection.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reds Book Reads Review:

1000% read the trigger warnings if you have any as this book is so deliciously dirty and depraved and totally fabulous! Gianni Holmes really knows how to write these dark and dirty books and I’m totally here for it. So fantastic 

I loved the story between Teddy and Duncan and reading how their lives intertwined. You got such great insight into their thoughts, which really brought the story to life as well. Absolutely loved it! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Autumn's Review:

I've don't think I've enjoyed Gianni Holmes as much as this one ever before. Be Mine, Twisted Valentine was dark, and sweet in a super dark way. Normally, I don't care for cheating, but the way this book was written, it was just made to happen.

Teddy and Ducan are quite the pair. Kidnapped, hostage, loving what one should hate. 

Trigger warning is needed for this sweet dark book. 

What a great way to start off this horror like love series. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Be Mine, Twisted Valentine is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.