We’re thirteen girls, captive, slave to our master.
A master we’ve never seen.
Obedience will become all we know in our shallow existence. It is the only emotion we’re permitted to feel.
When we’re bad, we’re punished. When we’re good, we’re rewarded.
Our scars run deep. Yet we survive, because we have to… because HE teaches us to.
All of us are special, we feel it with everything we are.
He has us for a reason, but it’s a reason we don’t know.
We’ve never seen his face, but we know that something deeply broken lies beneath the darkness. With every touch, with every punishment, we know it.
Then something changed.
He showed me who he truly is.
Now I want him.
I’ll go against everything I know to be with him.
Loving him is a sin, but a sinner I am. I won’t stop until I see every part of him. Even the parts he keeps locked deep down inside.
I am Number Thirteen, and this is my story.
No one said it was pretty, or right, but it’s mine.
Title: Number Thirteen
Author: Bella Jewel
Release Date: March 19, 2014
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**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
This book was definitely different to anything I have ever read by Bella. It’s a very black and white story, with a very limited amount of shade. Thirteen women are kidnapped by their Master. They take up residence in his home and start to work for him in groups. Number 13 cannot remember who she is, though she finds herself put into a group with only a few of the other twelve girls. Her job is to tend to her Master. By now your probably thinking some pretty crude thoughts, though Number 13’s Master has his reasons for kidnapping the girls. Generally, her job is to learn to trust her Master by sitting with him and letting him hold her. There is a fair bit of punishment towards these captives, especially Number 13, though it is anything but life-threatening.
I completely understood Master William’s reasoning for what he does. Without giving away any spoilers, he has good intentions towards the thirteen girls, though his feelings towards Number Thirteen are a lot more intense. I love how Number Thirteen sees past his flaws, both physically and emotionally, and can love him so unconditionally. It is inspiring to think that two tortured souls could both make each other complete.
I had one issue with the fact that Number Thirteen is classified as a Dark Romance. The story is dark and the romance is there, but it just wasn’t romance-y enough for me. I needed more of Number Thirteen and William, but it just didn’t happen. I did love the whole concept of the novel though, and it was still a great read.
It was very touching to read such an intriguing and mysterious story. Being able to read from the POV of both Number Thirteen and William was what sold me with this story. You were able to connect with both characters and understand exactly what they were going through. I love Bella Jewel and this was a great addition to her personal catalogue of published works. I can’t wait to see what she brings us next!
“Trust the darkness, Beauty.”
About the Author:
Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She’s crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell’s Knights was released in August 2013.
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