Title: Number Thirteen
Author: Bella Jewel
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Genre: Dark Romance
**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.
This is not your typical romance book. I have never read anything like this book before, it is unique, it is twisted, it is different. There are some themes in this book that have a dark tone to them but this is not a book that I would call a dark novel. It is more unique than that. It is one of those books that you either like or you don’t, there is really no in between with this story, and I personally loved it.
I loved William’s character. He took an event that changed him and his entire life and instead of letting it make him bitter, he used it to try to help others. Sure, his methods were far from conventional but I believe that he really did help those girls. Number Thirteen was such a strong woman. She had lived a horrible life and even though she was scared and in a strange place she still managed to pull herself up and keep going. She showed that she truly had a kind soul by the way she handled that situation that she was put in with Number Eleven’s punishment. The other girls also brought a lot to this story. I also enjoyed reading about William’s brother, Ben. I would love to read more about Ben in a future book.
At times I think this book pushes the reader to take a look at the actions we take on a daily basis. Do the things that you do make you a good person? Should good behavior be rewarded and bad behavior be punished??? I give this book 4 twisted stars and can’t wait to read more from the fabulous Bella Jewel!!!!!!!
Jennifer’s 13 Favorite Quotes From This Book
“Nothing can hurt more than losing the only thing you’ve ever fought for.”
“A beautiful heart can never love a dark heart. But a dark heart can crave a beautiful one, and it will. I will crave you, beauty.”
“Why?” I say, getting to my feet. “Because you’re not perfect? No one is, William. Having a facial flaw does not change what’s inside. It doesn’t make you ugly—only you can make yourself ugly.”
“It’s in that moment I just see him for what he is: a jagged piece of glass that can never be glued back into its spot because it’s not perfect. It has rough edges, even though the middle is still stunning.
I’m a piece of gagged glass, too. Maybe together we can find a way to fit.”
“Loving him is a sin; of that I’m fully aware. 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.”
“A good man isn’t a controlling one, isn’t an understanding one. A good man isn’t the one who has a lover, it’s the one who loves. A good man isn’t the one who punishes, it’s the one who explains. I wasn’t a good man; I was just a man. Now I’m everything a good person should be because of you.”
“Încredere în întuneric, frumusețea .” Trust the darkness, Beauty.”
“I said, have patience, Beauty. Patience is the strength of the soul.”
“Your past does not define you……”
“Love is only one element that a person holds inside them. Combined with another person, it is strong enough to get through a great lot of things, but when other elements come into play, like greed, lust, anger, and jealousy, that love is no longer enough.....”
“I'm the darkness in the shadows, I'm the one no one wants to see. I'm the faded man.”
“I can't let another person create who I am before I know myself.”
“I’m looking for a lover, Number Thirteen. I’m not looking to be loved.”
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About the AuthorBella 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.