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I love taboo and forbidden stories and dark really pulls me in but I’m torn on this one. Ugh! On one hand it’s a beautiful taboo love story with fascinating characters. On the other hand it’s an icky taboo love story about a selfish man and a sexualized young girl. I’m glad the age difference wasn’t that great between the lovers but the family relation kinda got to me. If the author didn’t beat it to death I would have like it better. I got where Maya was coming from but Zeke was a harder sell for me. I felt they were both sympathetic characters and insight into their development into adulthood was telling. There was tons of angst and fighting the enviability of their feelings. There were several holes in the plot line and inconsistencies in the storytelling. Also the sentence structure and grammar were off putting and distracting. I think this was an editing issue and hope it was corrected for the published version. But this was my first read by this author so maybe that’s her writing style. The timeline for Zeke to achieve his financial status was a little unrealistic and I also think Maya had options and she appeared smart enough to figure it out rather than wallowing in her misery. The use of BDSM seemed to be an excuse for the characters to go to the icky place and it didn’t really fit in style and placement in the storyline for me. There were several eye-roll moments in the story like the frequency of Maya’s mother’s hospital visits. I kept waiting for the twist to take away the ick factor but it didn’t happen so I’m left with a crazy ending and a WTF of a story. Still, I was compelled to continue reading and finish the book.