Double Release + Double Review: Macabre & Obscene by Natalie Bennett

Series: Dahlia Saga
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019



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Macabre (Dahlia Saga #1)


Everyone knows the stories about naïve girls being taken by beautiful monsters.
 
Often the monster is a tortured soul with a fucked up past, but even then, that monster is redeemable.
 
This is not one of those stories.
 
My monster revels in the carnage he creates.
 
Our story is not one where good prevails and the villain becomes a hero.
 
My reality is dark.
 
His demons are darker.
 
And though I love my monster, this is no fairytale.
 

 

There is no happily ever after.



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Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Natalie Bennett tore me open with Macabre. I’ve never connected so hard to one of her characters as I did with Morgana. She may seem twisted and sick to some, but to me she was a kindred spirit. I feel as if Natalie Bennett reached inside and ripped my heart out. I kinda like it.

Morgana could be anyone. I love that about her. She could be you or me. She’s real in her demons even as she tries to hide them from the world. Julian is the dark to Morgana’s gray, she could never be light. Whereas Morgana hides her demons, Julian invites his out to play. He’s dark and menacing, but exactly what Morgana needs.

I’m blown away by Macabre, it’s dark and chilling but also has threads of relatable characteristics. Julian surprised me. I ended up falling in love with him as Morgana did. I couldn’t put this book down for a second.

 

Misty’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Pure twisted darkness, pain and torture…possibly one of Natalie Bennett’s darkest books. If you’re familiar with Natalie’s books, this one is a MUST read! I was so consumed in this book, I read it all in one sitting! I simply couldn’t put it down.

Morgana, broken and damaged is how she viewed herself. She has a strong desire for physical pain. She’s riddled with depression and self induced pain, but she’s actually very far from broken and so much stronger then she realizes. Everything that she knows is not what she thought. Julian is engulfed in a darkness that feeds on pain. He craves to induce pain on others, he needs to hear others painful screams. Together, these two feed on each others darknesses. Morgana is in a way the light to Julian and he is her fix.

This is Morgan’s and Julian’s dark torturous story. Be warned, it’s not a fluffy lighthearted book, it’s everything opposite of happy and fluffy. Natalie Bennett has really outdone her dark writing in this one! Whoever said everything should be happily ever after?

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Obscene (Dahlia Saga #2)

 
Love is a tragedy designed for two.
What would you endure to see it through?
 
I was nothing.
He was both madness and paradise.
 
I was innocent.
He was twisted, harboring sadistic secrets.
 
I was a malignant obsession.
Now I am his most prized possession.
 
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Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Natalie Bennett’s writing. I’ve loved everything she has put out. Obscene fell a little flat for me, to where I only liked it. Maybe I hindered myself reading Depravity before reading this. I wanted to like Katie A LOT, but her back and forth inside her mind kinda turned me off from her. I understand she was fighting herself, I understand she didn’t wanna jump down the fecked up rabbit hole with Mason. But she gave me whiplash. Her unwavering love for Mason was her only constant. Mason was pretty clear on who and what he was from the get go. I guess I just wish Katie could say the same.

One thing that really bugs me is that I never had the light bulb moment with Katie. From one breath to the next she accepts herself and Mason with all their inner desires. No inner dialogue to how she became so accepting, I felt like I was missing a chunk of the story.

Now I do love Natalie Bennett’s writing style. I love how she makes me always feel the characters emotions. I also love learning more about Dahlia and how each person ticks inside those walls. I love Mason and how he gives no fecks about his lifestyle and how others see it.

Overall, I did like Obscene. I did like the writing style. I did like the very dark and twisted nuances of every character.

 

Misty’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:

Katie and Mason’s story takes on a whole new perspective of what insanity, pleasure and pain is. This series is very dark, twisted and painful but I’m seriously hooked and can’t quit reading.

Katie is riddled with depression and loneliness. She feels that she has no one and is a prisoner of her own mind. She’s lived a very sheltered life and she was in a way hidden from the world. Mason is a sick and twisted monster. He is the boss, what he says goes and that’s it. He has an obsession with Katie, he thinks he’s fixing her with his twisted ways but in reality she’s his calming of his own storm that he battles. His need for her goes beyond love or lust, he craves her.

While this can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading Macabre first, as this is the second book in this series. I love how this family and series keeps getting darker and more sadistic as the pages keep going. Just when you think you have it figured all out, Natalie throws in another curve you never saw coming. The one thing I thought was missing from this story was Katie needed to have more of a back bone in my opinion. But, all in all, I did really enjoy Katie and Mason’s book.

Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s.
 
When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys.
 
Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
 
You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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