Our nose would be very happy to live in this book.
UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT is the story of Lilly Ryder, a young woman who thoughts she was going to have it all, until it was all taken from her by J.S.
This is a dark romance, meaning that it has elements that show abuse, suffering, and sometimes torture. In UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT, Lilly is subjected to psychological abuse and suffering. She's kidnapped, then kept in a large, empty, and dark room. She's collared, left alone with hardly any food or water, then offered a way out in the form of a contract. The only clue she has to who her captor is is the initials at the end of the contract "J.S." But the contract is, in a way, another form of abuse, in that she has a way out of the situation she's in, but only if she signs away her freedom.
The prologue of this book really starts things off with a bang. We are shown small snippets from the future, slowly going back in time to the present, when Lilly wakes up in the dark room. My heart was pounding right away, especially with the very first snippet. It left me wondering what could have happened to get to that point, and by the time I got to the end of the book, I was desperately wanting the next book.
That's the only problem I have with books that are separated into parts. They are so short and leave you wanting more from the story. But with UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT, I was so much on the edge of my seat that none of that mattered.
I also liked how once the story gets to the present, it flashes back to a past event as Lilly is left in the dark room reflecting and remember what has happened to get her where she is.
For this book, I'm only going to talk about Lilly, since she's the main focus of the story, and not much is known about the mysterious J.S.
Lilly goes to an Ivy League college, and has a great future in front of her. She's offered an internship with a great company, and everything is finally working out for her. That is until, the contract that she was working on was scrapped, and she lost everything.
Lilly is a very strong and determined woman. Even though she's hit a hard place, she determined to make it until she can get back to school. It's this strength that keeps her going while she's being held captive by J.S. But she's also really stubborn, and in the situation she's in, that stubbornness could cost her her life.
But I do understand why she's not going to give in so easily to J.S.'s demands. Lilly is a fiercely independent woman, and signing away her freedom to a man who drugged, kidnapped, and imprisoned her, just isn't going to happen without a fight.
The mysterious J.S. is our villain in UNCOVERING YOU: THE CONTRACT. Who he is isn't revealed until the end of this first book, when Lilly is finally able to remember who she knows that has those initials.
The question everyone wants answered is why has he taken Lilly and subjected her to all of this? What is he really after and what does he have planned for Lilly? Part of that is answered when Lilly reads the contract. But then we are left with the question of why J.S. would go to such lengths to get what he wants.
I mean, Lilly is so close to death, because she refuses to sign that "vile piece of paper." And there are no signs that he's willing to let her go, no matter how close she is to death.
But when Lilly finally figures out who J.S. is, she vows to get revenge by taking him down.
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In the dark, I lose all sense of time.
My sleep is thin. My wakefulness is misery.
A vague longing grows deep inside me. The need for submission. A natural willingness ground into me by the madness taking hold of my mind. I feel it rising. The demonic form consumes me from the womb, sapping my strength, and breaking my resolve.
A cry—no, a scream—rings out in the cold furnace of the night. My head jerks toward the sound.
Is it even night? I don’t know.
I am so tired. I am so lonely. I am breaking, and madness is taking hold.
It’s times like this that the animalistic urge to give in becomes nigh insatiable…