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.
Buy the Book
First, before you pick this book up I must reiterate the fact that this IS NOT a BDSM novel.
Okay, now that we are clear on that, I can continue. Are you a fan of Bella Jewel? Then you will LOVE this novel. Even if you are not, you will love this one. While this one is so different from her other books, this I have to say is my favorite one out of all of her work so far.
This book starts right up and pulls you in right from the beginning. There is no background on how this girl got to where she is, all she knows is that she can't remember who she is or how she got to where she is. She's scared, there are others around with her, and she's been taken. That's all there is for her to know right now. It becomes apparent pretty quickly that she is not the only girl taken, there aren't a couple of them, there are thirteen total. She is number thirteen. They are kept in a room together, told to keep quiet and cooperate, but some of the girls can't handle it. One in particular looses it and doesn't make it out of the room.
When they finally make it out of the room, they are told that if they obey they will be rewarded, if they do not, they will be punished. They are put into a line up where their "master" will split them up into groups. They are all split up and given different tasks that must be completed each day. If they complete them they are rewarded, if not, they get punished. There is no where to escape, there is no where to hide, there are cameras everywhere. Number thirteen learns to quickly comply and discovers her group is different from the rest, they will be serving the master directly. Each visits him, each one he attempts to build trust with, no one has seen his face or what he looks like. He keeps himself hidden in the darkness and with it anything about himself. Doesn't take long for her to start questioning everything. How she ended up here, why she was taken, what exactly this man wants with them.
She struggles to find out something, anything about herself, can she figure it out before it's too late? Can she discover what the master wants and why he is hiding?
At first when I heard about this book, I thought immediately it was a BDSM novel. I figured he had thirteen girls tied up that he tortured and raped on a daily basis. I was wrong and discovered rather quickly that this was a book well worth reading again. I enjoyed the journey of Number Thirteen, it was easy to connect with her and feel her every emotion. It was one heck of a journey to discover who she was and why she was taken. Believe me, you'll never guess it because in a million years I never thought the book would take the route that it did. It was wonderful and a well thought out story with great characters and an incredible plot. Best part? HEA! So hard to find these days. I give it 5 amazing stars!!!
***Complimentary copy given by author in exchange for a honest review***
About the Author
Bella 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.