**AUTHOR NOTE - This is NOT a BDSM Romance**
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.
*I was gifted a copy in exchange for and honest review
NUMBER THIRTEEN by Bella Jewel is one of those books you will either LOVE or HATE. I do not think there is any in between. Some of the subject matter can be disturbing and I have to tell you that the first chapter of this book was the hardest thing for me to read!!! There is a little of a romance but more of a story of how to love yourself when you are completely broken and finding trust in others.
The story centers on William and Number Thirteen, with a back and forth POV but again, this is not a love story, but yet it kind of is. I was surprised how much I liked William and could relate to him. I thought he was going to be a MONSTER but well, he has his reasons. I know it sounds strange but when I first read the synopsis of the book, I had to have it. I was thinking, Stockholm syndrome and I thought if done right, it would be an interesting read. Well, it was not Stockholm syndrome but I cannot even really explain it. What I can tell you is that EVERY ONE is this book is in some way broken and by the end of the book, a little less broken.
I think the essence of NUMBER THRITEEN is that in some way the core of who we are, even when someone has done something horrible to us, that is out of our control , is our choice.
I liked NUMBER THIRTEEN. I think you have to read and finish the book with an Open mind.
I do not think this one is for everyone. There are some steamy scenes but not until like 60 % into the book and if you are looking for a BDSM, this is not it. It has a Beauty and the Beast real life kind of theme to it, which is my favorite story of all time.
So, to recap: I liked NUMBER THIRTEEN. Characters were relatable and the writing was smooth. Had lots of surprises, turns, and really scary parts but at the end everyone was just a little less broken. With that said……..
NUMBER THIRTEEN by Bella Jewel receives 4 out of 5 Platypires!!!
TEXAS HUGS AND HAPPY READING!!!!