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To stay 'alive', a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years. When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I'm busy. After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she'd rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and To stay 'alive', a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years. When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I'm busy. After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she'd rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam. Everything goes wrong, of course. Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila. Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch...release...catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely? Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who's had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life. What if he isn't quite the monster she thought he was... What if he wants her to be his sacrifice? Warning: This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being caught by a monster. This is not the normal level of dark that Cari Silverwood writes. This is the dark you reach for when you're all darked out and one step from seeing your therapist. Some of this story is FUN. Dark dubcon fun, but fun nevertheless.


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To stay 'alive', a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years. When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I'm busy. After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she'd rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and To stay 'alive', a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years. When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I'm busy. After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she'd rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam. Everything goes wrong, of course. Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila. Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch...release...catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely? Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who's had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life. What if he isn't quite the monster she thought he was... What if he wants her to be his sacrifice? Warning: This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being caught by a monster. This is not the normal level of dark that Cari Silverwood writes. This is the dark you reach for when you're all darked out and one step from seeing your therapist. Some of this story is FUN. Dark dubcon fun, but fun nevertheless.

30 review for Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    ⭐⭐⭐1/2 STARS ARC BOOK REVIEW Release Date-28/5/18 What did I just read this book was so strange; I have never quite experienced anything quite like it and that's saying something as I've read a lot of weird and wonderful fiction. This is Monster Erotica; Yeh I kid you not, bloody Monster's. And in "Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1" we are introduced to Lord Zarblu a Stoneshifter; who every decade has to take a willing female sacrifice on an altar of lust; to avoid petrifying for the next ten years and g ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS ARC BOOK REVIEW Release Date-28/5/18 What did I just read this book was so strange; I have never quite experienced anything quite like it and that's saying something as I've read a lot of weird and wonderful fiction. This is Monster Erotica; Yeh I kid you not, bloody Monster's. And in "Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1" we are introduced to Lord Zarblu a Stoneshifter; who every decade has to take a willing female sacrifice on an altar of lust; to avoid petrifying for the next ten years and guess what he has a monster cock too and the sacrifice is going to need a lot of preparation to accommodate and avoid being ripped to shreds by Zarblu's monster appendage; death by dick I've heard is not a very attractive way to go. The sacrifice herself Mila; mercenary, explorer and thief; a small female earthling is all gung-ho ready to rescue her sister from the Stoneshifters Altar and from the first instant Zarblu encounters the feisty earthling he wants to replace his current offering with this fascinating earthling; he's just got to get her to cooperate; easy right. So Look; if you're looking for some serious emotive fiction; this is not it; what we do have here is some Fun, hot completely ridiculous alien monster erotica; it's surprisingly addictive and does what it says on the tin. this is a short read that I read in one sitting and I did quite enjoy it once I got over my initial; what the hell am I reading moment. Its sort of like a porno neverending story for adults. Sorry; I just couldn't stop picturing the rock biter in that film as Lord Zarblus stone altar form; not very sexy and comfortable at all I would think; so swiftly moving on here from that non-sexy visual. This short read was jam-packed with alien beings. talking swords, arena fights and a psychotic Android who really just needed to get laid. Its never going to win literature awards, but it was never meant to; what we have here is a big hot pile of tongue in cheek, steamy dub-con fun. It definitely won't be for everyone, but I love weird so I kinda was digging its vibe all the same. Give it a go you might surprise yourself. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of "Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1)" of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Am4u ❀ ~ AprilMarie4u ~ ❀

    Official Review MONSTER EROTICA!!! Enough said. End of review. Unofficial Review Rating: A gazillion stars! Why? 'Cause hello, it's MONSTER EROTICA!!! Genre: The bestest genre ever! Also known as, MONSTER EROTICA!!! Monster Fans: To my fellow MONSTER EROTICA fans, you know (like OMG you know) how hard it is to find good quality books in this genre. And we have a good one here! If you love this genre, it is absolutely a must read. Really, no joke. Overall: A deep thinking in depth look at the endocrine Official Review MONSTER EROTICA!!! Enough said. End of review. Unofficial Review Rating: A gazillion stars! Why? 'Cause hello, it's MONSTER EROTICA!!! Genre: The bestest genre ever! Also known as, MONSTER EROTICA!!! Monster Fans: To my fellow MONSTER EROTICA fans, you know (like OMG you know) how hard it is to find good quality books in this genre. And we have a good one here! If you love this genre, it is absolutely a must read. Really, no joke. Overall: A deep thinking in depth look at the endocrine system of monsters. Ahahahaha, just teasing! We fans don't want to be bored to tears in our MONSTER EROTICA!!! This is what you get... ● Good quality writing ● An engaging story ● An actual plot ● Interesting characters ● A kick ass heroine ● Lastly, and really most importantly, smok'n hawt MONSTER sex Do you really even need to know more than that? Rhetorical, of course you don't! ;) lol Review is on ARC version gifted to me by the author. Neither a rating or review was requested or required. Review is my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cari Silverwood

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This book was really interesting. The idea of a sacrifice to a stoneshifter monster was really cool. Mila is very brave even though she hides her fear well. She'll do anything to protect her sister even if she doesn't deserve the saving. Luckily Mila actually LIKES what Lord Zarblu does to her she gets off on it. I loved the talking sword that was a cool addition I wish it had more use though it was kind of just for comedic effect but still enjoyable nonetheless. The sex was hot and weird and aw This book was really interesting. The idea of a sacrifice to a stoneshifter monster was really cool. Mila is very brave even though she hides her fear well. She'll do anything to protect her sister even if she doesn't deserve the saving. Luckily Mila actually LIKES what Lord Zarblu does to her she gets off on it. I loved the talking sword that was a cool addition I wish it had more use though it was kind of just for comedic effect but still enjoyable nonetheless. The sex was hot and weird and awesome and that Mila was able to fight after the first time was amazing. Lord Zarblu can have any woman he wants but when he sees Mila he knows she's what he wants but he also wants to keep her in one piece so he secretly prepares her to be his sacrific. Zarblu's demented Cyborg right handman was really cool and scary I can definitely see a future book with him and Mila's sister. This book was just too fun to read and quick too! Great story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tequila

    I have been reading Cari Silverwood's work for probably close to 5 years now and she is one author who has yet to bore me. And she proves once again with Prey just what a versatile writer she is. She gets these crazy ideas and then just runs with them and turns them into a fantastic story with memorable characters who are full of snark and full of sex scenes that makes you question yourself when you find yourself turned on by something you never thought you would be. Which is exactly what you wi I have been reading Cari Silverwood's work for probably close to 5 years now and she is one author who has yet to bore me. And she proves once again with Prey just what a versatile writer she is. She gets these crazy ideas and then just runs with them and turns them into a fantastic story with memorable characters who are full of snark and full of sex scenes that makes you question yourself when you find yourself turned on by something you never thought you would be. Which is exactly what you will find with Prey. Mila is a snarky lass who's going to do whatever it takes to save her sister from being the human sacrifice of Lord Zarblu and of course, things don't go as planned and Mila's mouth does not help her situation at all. If you enjoy something that's completely out of the ordinary and that will make your panties melt in the process, and you're not scared of monsters, then you will want to read this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ri

    This author continues to blow my mind. Her innate ability to create a world that transports her audience to another world in addition to having the hero of the story be otherworldly and yet have it seem real is not an easy feat. Yet, this author does it. If you would have asked me a year ago if I ever saw myself reading and LOVING 'romance' books based on steampunk, mesmers, and stoneshifters I would have laughed my head off. However, I sit here today and am writing a review about a hero name Za This author continues to blow my mind. Her innate ability to create a world that transports her audience to another world in addition to having the hero of the story be otherworldly and yet have it seem real is not an easy feat. Yet, this author does it. If you would have asked me a year ago if I ever saw myself reading and LOVING 'romance' books based on steampunk, mesmers, and stoneshifters I would have laughed my head off. However, I sit here today and am writing a review about a hero name Zarblu and a feisty woman that defies the classic notion that women are weak and need to be coddled named Mila. This book is far from conventional. It started out as somewhat of a joke in her reader group and quickly blew up from there. Throughout this book, we can catch glimpses of the author and her personality. There are moments of humor, moments of acquiescence and ultimately moments of peace for both Mila and Zarblu. Who knew a monster could be empathetic? Or maybe that is where the joke is because even though from outward appearances he looks like a monster on the inside he is more human than an actual human. I know this started out as a joke but I would love to see this expand and see a story about a talking sword and a certain cyborg doling out punishment to a girl that desperately deserved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Badh

    OK, if it were up to me, I would give this book 69 stars, but since I'm limited to only 5, I guess that'll have to do. I love reading Cari Silverwood's books. She writes such delicious stories. While she tends to write dark, darker, and darkest, this one isn't quite in that category. While it has some dark elements, it's dark lite, for when you just want dusk, not midnight. Mila would normally blow off her sister's cry for help, especially since Tiana hollers for help fairly often, but when she OK, if it were up to me, I would give this book 69 stars, but since I'm limited to only 5, I guess that'll have to do. I love reading Cari Silverwood's books. She writes such delicious stories. While she tends to write dark, darker, and darkest, this one isn't quite in that category. While it has some dark elements, it's dark lite, for when you just want dusk, not midnight. Mila would normally blow off her sister's cry for help, especially since Tiana hollers for help fairly often, but when she reads about the kind of trouble her sister's in, she knows that she has to go help her out. Lord Zarblu has to have a female sacrifice every 10 years, or he turns into stone. This year's sacrifice, Tiana, has screamed for her sister Mila to save her, so he's eagerly waiting on Mila to show up. There is not 1 but 2 massive schlongs in this book. The second one is impressive, it's made out of stone and leaks a substance that acts as an aphrodisiac. There are battles galore, stubborn heroines who wear tall boots and bodysuits with interesting buckles, swords that are as likely to get you killed as they are to help you kill, and leading men who are made of stone. There is a lot of fun in this story as well as a lot of funny. Can you have a funny dark story? If so, that's what this is. The sex scenes are all OMG steaming hot. The fight scenes are pretty great too. I love Mila. She's just determined to do what she needs to do to help her sister, up to and including offering up her own body so that she can get to the fights. Zarblu is not quite a hero, as such, but he's not quite the baddie either. I liked him. Overall, I really loved this story and I will read it over and over and over.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    First a picture, then a scene and after much begging emerges the story.... They say a picture paints a thousand words, well one picture inspired a whole book. What started as a fun and very steamy scene written for her reader group had become one kinkily dark and ensnaringly strange story. If it has Cari's name on then I'm going to read it, because her name is synonymous with strong heroines, witty comebacks, darkly dominating heroes and fantastical world building. Mila is out to rescue her siste First a picture, then a scene and after much begging emerges the story.... They say a picture paints a thousand words, well one picture inspired a whole book. What started as a fun and very steamy scene written for her reader group had become one kinkily dark and ensnaringly strange story. If it has Cari's name on then I'm going to read it, because her name is synonymous with strong heroines, witty comebacks, darkly dominating heroes and fantastical world building. Mila is out to rescue her sister before the stone-shifter who holds her captive, Lord Zarblu, can sacrifice her. Only this isn't a stab 'em in the heart sacrifice but a sexual orgy one, death isn't guaranteed it's more of a risky side effect of being impaled on an enormous stone-shifter phallus. Mila is nothing if not determined, and sneaky to boot. She never lets life, an ancient parasitic infection or the Andurian's get her down. And the fact that she falls madly in lust with an ancient and almost immortal being, one made of stone and twice her size, just adds to the fun. The size of the shifter's male appendage was a problem. Dick was too insignificant a word. She needed a new one like lollapoloozaram-a-dam-a-dingdong This is a steamy and down right naughty read that dabbles on the edge of consent, with it's lust inducing basht and manipulation of Mila. The sister, Tiana, turns out to be a real piece of work. If Zarblu carries through on his promise of gifting his sneaky and slightly untrustworthy cyborg assassin, Ledderik, with both genetalia AND Tiana, then she will definitely get her just desserts (and a lot more to boot). I'm hoping that we may get to read of this sometime in the future. The world building allows you to travel to Dispora, walk it's dust covered streets, rub shoulders with the characters, whose depth makes them almost seem real, and smell the fetid air. Whilst it's plot bears absolutely no resemblance to Alice in Wonderland, reading this did feel somewhat like falling down that strange rabbit hole, then eating and drinking some dubious substances. The whole plot is mad-cap crazy yet somehow it works. Even the multi-purpose dildo with special adaptations. It's not a book to recommend to your nana (unless your nana is one sex-crazed nympho with a fetish for huge male members). It's one that would shock the living daylights out of people who iron their underwear. But if your mind spends a good portion of it's time scouring the gutters for the worst it can find then you'll love this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I really enjoyed this book its about a woman named Mila,who wants to save her sister from being sacrificed to the stoneshifter lord Zarblu. This book is not dark but has elements of it and something I would recommend you read if you're looking for a light-hearted dark.... it's different and enjoyable. I also want to add that the ending made me emotional which I did not see coming. Words that best describe this book are definitely sacrifice, hot and over all badass

  10. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I found this oddly refreshing. It's so freaking rare for female characters to be give multiple partners in a book and Silverwood did a great job showcasing how tastefully (I'm dying laughing) it can be done. We really do need more books where the story line isn't so cut and dry, obvious. Keep the Dark Monster Fantasy series coming Cari!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms

    Prey is the first book in the Dark Monster Fantasy. Cari Silverwood takes us to the world of Stoneshifters and every 10 years they must make love to a female to stay alive. Mila’s sister Tiana is to be sacrificed to Lord Zarblu and Mila must try to rescue Tiana. Mila is a mercenary-thief, star-rover, explorer of dead planets to find remnants worth selling. Prey is a novella so it is a quick book to read and I wouldn’t want to give anything away. I want to know what world does Cari Silverwood liv Prey is the first book in the Dark Monster Fantasy. Cari Silverwood takes us to the world of Stoneshifters and every 10 years they must make love to a female to stay alive. Mila’s sister Tiana is to be sacrificed to Lord Zarblu and Mila must try to rescue Tiana. Mila is a mercenary-thief, star-rover, explorer of dead planets to find remnants worth selling. Prey is a novella so it is a quick book to read and I wouldn’t want to give anything away. I want to know what world does Cari Silverwood live in? She wows you with these little worlds of fantasy and make believe. These are usually dark worlds and not for the faint of heart. Hence the warning. Warning that Cari Silverwood has provided if you don’t like graphic books don’t read this one. I loved reading Prey and give it 4.5 stars. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gab

    What can you say about a stone monster?! A walking, talking, thinking and feeling mountain ! When Mila, scavenger extraordinaire, rushes to the rescue of her sister, the intended sacrifice for the ruler of Dispora, she is in for a whole lot of surprises! None of her well thought out plans for the rescue have the intended outcome. But one thing becomes very clear, the lord Zarblu intends to have his sacrifice and keep her. Stone-clad he may be but is he stone-hearted? Can a hard monster turn into What can you say about a stone monster?! A walking, talking, thinking and feeling mountain ! When Mila, scavenger extraordinaire, rushes to the rescue of her sister, the intended sacrifice for the ruler of Dispora, she is in for a whole lot of surprises! None of her well thought out plans for the rescue have the intended outcome. But one thing becomes very clear, the lord Zarblu intends to have his sacrifice and keep her. Stone-clad he may be but is he stone-hearted? Can a hard monster turn into a squishy monster? Find out! This is a very hot, fun, inventive and surprisingly thoughtful story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3 Stars. I need to preface this review by stating I'm not sure what the spirit of the novel was meant to be- you'll understand what I mean by that as I continue onward with the review. I struggled from the first page, unsure what to expect. The cover and the use of 'dark' had me thinking it would be darker themes. As I read, it was so over-the-top forced, I viewed it as satire. That is what my comment above was about. Mila tries I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3 Stars. I need to preface this review by stating I'm not sure what the spirit of the novel was meant to be- you'll understand what I mean by that as I continue onward with the review. I struggled from the first page, unsure what to expect. The cover and the use of 'dark' had me thinking it would be darker themes. As I read, it was so over-the-top forced, I viewed it as satire. That is what my comment above was about. Mila tries too hard to sound like a badass from the get-go. She's on a rescue mission for her sister. The world-building is spit out at the reader with little to no explanation, but I just rolled with it and wasn't too confused, because the world-building obviously isn't the point. Definitely science fiction in nature, which I enjoy. The entire plot consists of two points: rescue the sister for Mila, a successful sacrifice for Zarblu. The plot was merely a device to propel Mila into unconventional, semi dubious consent sexual situations. I'm all for darker themes, when it comes to unconventional and dub-con, but this was so OTT it was comical. As I said, I'm not sure what the vibe was supposed to be, so I feel badly stating this. I wasn't titillated or aroused by the content. So far out of the realm of believably, I found entertainment via humor. Recommended to fans of the author, science-fiction erotica where unrealistic sex overpowers all plot. Obviously I was not the intended audience.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    So... I saw a picture, a teaser for this book...shared by its author...filled with tongue in cheek humour and KNEW I had to read it... Mila is a mercenary, a tomb raider, a warrior, a space traveller... and a sister travelling to rescue her sister from the fate of being a sacrifice to the momsterous stoneshifter Lord Zarblu. She expects a fight, a challenge and to cheat if necessary... after viewing videos of the elusive stoneshifters with their sacarfices, there is no other option..family is fami So... I saw a picture, a teaser for this book...shared by its author...filled with tongue in cheek humour and KNEW I had to read it... Mila is a mercenary, a tomb raider, a warrior, a space traveller... and a sister travelling to rescue her sister from the fate of being a sacrifice to the momsterous stoneshifter Lord Zarblu. She expects a fight, a challenge and to cheat if necessary... after viewing videos of the elusive stoneshifters with their sacarfices, there is no other option..family is family. Zarblu has picked his beautiful and much needed sacrifice.. every 10 years he must bed a ‘fleshborn’ Or suffer the fate of turning to stone... unlike others of his kind, he has wants, needs and questions.. the only thing holding himself back is himself... those desires are not the stoneshifter way...to wait and decide and stay safe... the same norms year after year... his ‘flesh bound’ sacrifice is appealing but he wants MORE...he may be a monster but he has very human emotions and after viewing Mila in a compromising position...arrangements are made and a trap is set to capture an her as an alternative sacrifice... what neither of them expect is her to be a willing sacrifice! Ok firstly!! TRIGGERS BEWARE If graphic, somewhat disturbing and graphic, stone monster porn erotica is not your thing... then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK or review! If however... you like to walk on the somewhat dark side, then welcome my friend... because... owWWW my lord... STONE PEEN!! 😂😂😂😂 I loved this book, if you are willing to look past the comic and graphic boink scenes...you will find a gem of a book and much more than just Monster erotica. Filled will emotions and desire... desire for more than just the’norm’ or what is expected... desire to change and evolve and become more... Zarblu’s desires.. to see more than just the planet he lives on, overlord but prisoner bound by chains he has made himself in obligation and tradition...he’s conniving and creative with his traps BUT is still a very likeable Charachter. There are also some truely brilliantly constructed comedy in this book... Mila is the queen of banter and I truly laughed my way through the majority of this book... she is feisty, sassy and witty... a fantastically written heroine. It’s also a book about sacrifice, of self to aid others. Without giving away any spoilers...read it you will understand the sarafice on Milas part by taking her sisters place and zarblu’s.... with the wonderful ending... I will be reading more books by this author and keeping an eye peeled for the next book, which I’m hoping features Led, Zarblu’s cyborg assistant.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Monsters and sex and sex. Oh my. Soooo...Wow. I’m a big fan of what this author thinks up, and I thought I was ready for anything, but this world was a new one for me! A world full of monsters and monster sized...appendages, going into a tiny, human Mila. I’ve finished the book and am still trying to absorb it all (that’s what she said), because I was just like: wow, ok, so this is actually happening... and, hmmm, it’s hot. (Am I normal?) And is...is that really...? Hmmm. Well, ok then... Monsters and sex and sex. Oh my. Soooo...Wow. I’m a big fan of what this author thinks up, and I thought I was ready for anything, but this world was a new one for me! A world full of monsters and monster sized...appendages, going into a tiny, human Mila. I’ve finished the book and am still trying to absorb it all (that’s what she said), because I was just like: wow, ok, so this is actually happening... and, hmmm, it’s hot. (Am I normal?) And is...is that really...? Hmmm. Well, ok then... :o Yeah, so I’m unsure how to write a review, but this book is different, and fun, and Mila and Zarblu were pretty freakin awesome. Human Mila loyally goes to the rescue of her sister Talia who’s scheduled to become stone shifter (more scifi than typical shifter paranormal) Lord Zarblu’s next sexual sacrifice. Through a series of events and much manipulation, Mila instead becomes the sacrifice- to her sister’s relieved chagrin (Talia is NOT a good sister!). Through it all, Mila not only kicks butt literally and figuratively, but she’s smart and cunning; the punishment she comes up with for Ledderik and Talia was the. Best. And Zarblu’s support and approval just had me loving these two even more. If you enjoy sci-fi then DEFINITELY give this book a try - and wear some galoshes to get through all that monster come (don’t say I didn’t warn you).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the first book in a new series - I will definitely be looking out for the next one to see how it could top this one for super crazy. I don't read a lot of sci-fi paranormal shifter books, but every so often the blurb just drags me in and I love the depths of crazy to which an author can take us. This certainly did that, but I did not see any of the dark that it suggested, rather I found it sweetly entertaining. F ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the first book in a new series - I will definitely be looking out for the next one to see how it could top this one for super crazy. I don't read a lot of sci-fi paranormal shifter books, but every so often the blurb just drags me in and I love the depths of crazy to which an author can take us. This certainly did that, but I did not see any of the dark that it suggested, rather I found it sweetly entertaining. For me, Mila worked perfectly as a character because of the creature living in her. Her ability to disassociate from the peril was thanks to a strong realisation that she did not have much to lose. As any reader will find out, her fate is pretty scary, so some final dastardly deeds hardly seem an issue. It does make her sister's behaviour pretty unkind, but Mila does get the very best type of revenge - inspired in fact! Lord Zarblu is a massive contradiction - but Mila gets to the heart of his issues ... fear. And he finds that she may just have cured him by the end (I sort of hope that we get to see how in future installments). The sex scenes were for me not terribly erotic, as they involved the potential of far too much pain, and not in a good way! At the core of this book is a rather cute romance, which was utterly unexpected, but rather fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥

    So...who knew? Yep who knew indeed that I seem to have a little bit of 'monster loving sex' within me! Shocker right! lol. I read this book in the spirit I think it was written, to go all out and have a jolly good time in fantasy land. Holds hand up, pulls the chuffer train horn shouting woo woo because Prey was a WIN! I think this might actually be my first monster fantasy-female gun-toting, sassy mouthed, monster dick loving, book I've ever read and you know what? I FREAKING LOVED IT! Never thou So...who knew? Yep who knew indeed that I seem to have a little bit of 'monster loving sex' within me! Shocker right! lol. I read this book in the spirit I think it was written, to go all out and have a jolly good time in fantasy land. Holds hand up, pulls the chuffer train horn shouting woo woo because Prey was a WIN! I think this might actually be my first monster fantasy-female gun-toting, sassy mouthed, monster dick loving, book I've ever read and you know what? I FREAKING LOVED IT! Never thought I'd be saying that, like EVER! How the hell does Cari make it all feel so bloody normal yet be excrutiatingly squirmyfied (<--- new word right there) by the size of Zarblu's appendage? Oy-yoi-yoi! The attention to world/scene building again was spot on, I loved how they got mail! I loved how a talking sword seemed oh so natural and I loved how 'hard' (hahaha) Zarblu was. I'm still shaking my head because never once in a million years did I think I'd ever thoroughly enjoy reading monster sex, bravo Cari, bravo! A great all round entertaining read. I cannot wait to read more in this series, I honestly cannot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    I like trying different things in books, but this one was very different and so good. I don't know that I've ever entertained the thought of a stone monster in an erotic way, but Cari brought it out there and made it work in such an enjoyable way. Lord Zarblu is intriguing. Mila is entertaining as she makes plan after plan, and watches them all crumple. I kept wondering how they would solve various problems, how they would answer different questions, and was not disappointed. The ending was so b I like trying different things in books, but this one was very different and so good. I don't know that I've ever entertained the thought of a stone monster in an erotic way, but Cari brought it out there and made it work in such an enjoyable way. Lord Zarblu is intriguing. Mila is entertaining as she makes plan after plan, and watches them all crumple. I kept wondering how they would solve various problems, how they would answer different questions, and was not disappointed. The ending was so bittersweet for me, and I just want more. That's my only criticism really, that there is not more to read yet. Here's to hoping there's a Ledderik and Tiana spin off in the works *winks at Cari*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat Orendorff

    Once again Cari Silverwood has developed and portrayed a unique world for us to lose ourselves in. A massive Stoneshifter Monster with a member the size of a human's arm who lives in a huge black castle overlooking his world with his right hand man who is a psychotic murderous cyborg. Lord Zarblu must have sex every 10 years or turn to solid stone and his people make a huge celebration of the event, tying the sacrifice to a stone table. Fortunately he secretes a fluid that makes it easier for tha Once again Cari Silverwood has developed and portrayed a unique world for us to lose ourselves in. A massive Stoneshifter Monster with a member the size of a human's arm who lives in a huge black castle overlooking his world with his right hand man who is a psychotic murderous cyborg. Lord Zarblu must have sex every 10 years or turn to solid stone and his people make a huge celebration of the event, tying the sacrifice to a stone table. Fortunately he secretes a fluid that makes it easier for that sacrifice to not only accept him but to feel physical and emotional desire for him. The basis of the book is not just a sister trying to save a sister but also about a monster who can feel attraction for one person over another. Lots of humour - a talking and sarcastic sword and don't forget the crazy cyborg - as well as suspense to keep us engaged in the fast moving storyline. I love reading her books as they offer new and original worlds for us to escape into.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a mindbending bit of erotica from a new-to-me author. Every so often I like to push my boundaries and sign up for something outside of my comfort zone. Even so, I definitely wasn’t ready for alien shape shifters with giant stone cocks. I can enjoy SciFi and I can enjoy erotica. But this pushed boundaries I didn’t even know I had. With only the tiniest nod to a plot, the story is a string of dark sexual fantasies. And ho I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a mindbending bit of erotica from a new-to-me author. Every so often I like to push my boundaries and sign up for something outside of my comfort zone. Even so, I definitely wasn’t ready for alien shape shifters with giant stone cocks. I can enjoy SciFi and I can enjoy erotica. But this pushed boundaries I didn’t even know I had. With only the tiniest nod to a plot, the story is a string of dark sexual fantasies. And honestly, none of them were my fantasies. The scenes with the giant stone cocks had me wincing in sympathetic pain. The dub-con/non-con scenes made me cross and had me thinking way too hard. Even the female sex slave sacrifice tradition didn’t work for me. Everyone is different and I’m sure there is a niche audience who will really respond to this book. Personally, I need a little more plot, a whole lot more dialogue, reasonably sized cocks and clear consent between sexual partners. Guess I’m a bit of a prude.

  21. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Frost

    Fast, filthy and totally enjoyable. I read this in one sitting - gulped it down, actually - because it's so smoothly written and engaging. It's a little dark, and the heroine's consent a little dubious, but that just makes it a guiltier pleasure. The heroine is a delight: smart, sassy and unrepentant. I loved how she changed the "hero" (not totally sure that moniker fits, but he's not a monster, either) in the course of the story. Very much looking forward to Steel, the next in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lanak

    Mila is supposed to be a badass warrior/assassin/mercenary. She's somehow contracted a fatal disease in her wanderings around the galaxy. So when her sister needs rescuing, Mila doesn't hesitate to risk her now worthless life to save her from being a mating sacrifice to a stone-shifter lord. Only, when he catches sight of Mila, he is no longer interested in her sister. I'm not even sure what to say about this one. Mila gets penetrated a lot in this book, and I found it more comical than hot. The Mila is supposed to be a badass warrior/assassin/mercenary. She's somehow contracted a fatal disease in her wanderings around the galaxy. So when her sister needs rescuing, Mila doesn't hesitate to risk her now worthless life to save her from being a mating sacrifice to a stone-shifter lord. Only, when he catches sight of Mila, he is no longer interested in her sister. I'm not even sure what to say about this one. Mila gets penetrated a lot in this book, and I found it more comical than hot. The guy is a "stone-shifter" and has a rock hard penis - I mean come on! I laughed a lot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Cari Silverwood continues to amaze me with her writing. The stories she creates are unlike any others and she has the ability to write multiple genres and levels of each. Prey was an unknown type for me. An erotic capture fantasy between species and worlds. The fast paced story holds your attention to the end with all the emotions!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    2.5 stars. I felt that the ending wrapped up a little too nicely. Not a lot of depth to the story but entertaining. A fun read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Baileigh Higgins

    Great story If what you're looking for is a super hot raunchy erotic monster tale, then this one ticks all the boxes. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it delivered on all those fronts.

  26. 4 out of 5

    WhiteWitch

    Dark Monster Fantasy, Book 1. Dark, steamy, and downright hilarious! Cari Silverwood is brilliant! What's a stoneshifter? Good question. No one truly knows. Dispora keeps its secrets closely hidden. But Mila Echeva knows enough to be certain she doesn't want to face one. Seems every ten years a stoneshifter has to take a sacrifice. (Hmmm, wonder what that entails?) Otherwise, the stoneshifter becomes...well, what exactly? Lord Zarblu's chosen Mila's sister, Tiana, as his sacrifice (for good reaso Dark Monster Fantasy, Book 1. Dark, steamy, and downright hilarious! Cari Silverwood is brilliant! What's a stoneshifter? Good question. No one truly knows. Dispora keeps its secrets closely hidden. But Mila Echeva knows enough to be certain she doesn't want to face one. Seems every ten years a stoneshifter has to take a sacrifice. (Hmmm, wonder what that entails?) Otherwise, the stoneshifter becomes...well, what exactly? Lord Zarblu's chosen Mila's sister, Tiana, as his sacrifice (for good reason). While Tiana's a royal PITA, she's still blood, so Mila's bound to rescue her. Mila may be an extraordinary thief, tomb raider, and mercenary, but Dispora's unlike anything she's ever experienced. Her plan? Does she even have one? Getting into the arena would be nice. If she can survive the battles there, Lord Zarblu has to grant her the grand wish, right? But is anything ever that simple? Getting past the overseer and Andurian guards is no piece of cake. But it's when she enters the arena that Mila gets the surprise of her life. She already knew the odds were insurmountable, unless she cheats. And on Dispora, the laws are clear. Treachery and cheating are NOT tolerated. Mila's clever, surreptitious, sneaky, but she's no match for the spy technology of Dispora. Caught red-handed, it's Lord Zarblu himself who turns Mila's plans, and her world, upside down. He always gets what he wants, and his demands are clear. Mila has choices to make. Can she even consider what Zarblu offers, even to save her sister? Is it even possible for her to resist his...umm...special magic? But there's more at play here than a stoneshifter simply trying to avoid the inevitable without a sacrifice, a whole LOT more. Ultimately, both Zarblu and Mila face challenges that could change each down to a cellular level. The question is, can either survive that process? Cari Silverwood has outdone herself! This book is so unique I don't even know how to begin to describe it. A stoneshifter and a tomb raider/thief as the main characters, huge d***s EVERYWHERE, cat-and-mouse games around every corner, machinations worthy of the very best spy novels that exist. Wow! This book is absolutely irresistible! There's nothing not to love about this story. But the very best thing, for me, was Cari Silverwood's over-the-top, dark sense of humor that grabbed me from page one. You read that right. Over-the-top, dark sense of humor! I laughed out loud just as much as I shuddered at times. I loved Mila's snarkiness and outright disrespect even in the face of the most dire circumstances. Zarblu's the most unlikely villain I've ever encountered in any book. And Led? OMG! Talk about comic relief and counterpoint to Zarblu! He's amazing, and I loved him! (And, no, I'm not telling you who or what Led is! You'll just have to read the book.) Cari Silverwood has again struck the perfect balance of darkness, hot steaminess, and outrageous over-the-top fun. Congratulations, Ms. Silverwood! I adored this book! It deserves nothing less than five stars! A final note. This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language, a small bit of darkness, and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and Amazon. Use these resources. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. It's not fair to the author. She works hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to a book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice. Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    I wouldn't necessarily call this a dark read, I thought it was highly entertaining, very steamy wow was it steamy. I loved every thing about this book, Prey was for me a perfect fantasy I love something different.I like authors who take a chance and boy does she do that, Monster size lol It's a real good book, with some laugh out loud moments. I loved Mila, from start to finish she just had me in the palm of her hand, what ever was she going to do next. The writers style is very graphic, hit sweaty I wouldn't necessarily call this a dark read, I thought it was highly entertaining, very steamy wow was it steamy. I loved every thing about this book, Prey was for me a perfect fantasy I love something different.I like authors who take a chance and boy does she do that, Monster size lol It's a real good book, with some laugh out loud moments. I loved Mila, from start to finish she just had me in the palm of her hand, what ever was she going to do next. The writers style is very graphic, hit sweaty and carnal and a whole lot twisted, which I bloody loved, does it make me depraved probably but who cares right, Somehow she takes all this down right dirty scenes and combines them with a fabulous tale , full of action. A planet filled with some really strange aliens, Some of the things that poor girl went through I have to admit I sucked in my breath and crossed my legs, while greedily reading it This was just what I needed after reading some heavy duty books, is a total wack job from start to finish - the 'hero' Zarblu is a stoneshifter, the heroine Mila (human and a mercenary), a waste of space sister. A cyborg that had me in stitches especially in one scene no spoilers, you will have to get the book to find out.I loved it so much, I have just gone and bought a few more of these delicious morsels including book 2 of this series. Well done Cari Silverwood, one one hell of a read !!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    April McCauley

    HOLY HOTNESS!! You have got to read this book! Wow Cari has out done herself this time! How she comes up with these amazing planets and lands is just mystifying to me. The heroine in this book is Mila is a strong woman who has been traveling through the galaxy for many years. Who is contacted by her sister Tiana who is scared out of her wits that she will be sacrificed to a stoneshifter Lord Zarblu. For every 10 years a stoneshifter must make love to a human female to stay alive. She begs Mila to HOLY HOTNESS!! You have got to read this book! Wow Cari has out done herself this time! How she comes up with these amazing planets and lands is just mystifying to me. The heroine in this book is Mila is a strong woman who has been traveling through the galaxy for many years. Who is contacted by her sister Tiana who is scared out of her wits that she will be sacrificed to a stoneshifter Lord Zarblu. For every 10 years a stoneshifter must make love to a human female to stay alive. She begs Mila to come and rescue her. Tiana goes on to let her sister that the way that she will be sacrificed is to be tied to a stone table and the monster will make love to her. The stone shifter does not have a normal sized phallus oh no it's larger than most human males that are considered very well endowed. Her sister makes Mila feel obligated since they are family. So she decides to rescue her, and practically every attempt does not go well. She of course gets herself into some nasty scrapes with not so pleasant monsters who all have the same idea about human females they want to have sex with her, Meanwhile during attempts Zarblu likes what he sees in Mila and has decided he wants Mila. But he has to find a way to capture his prey and have her agree to take her sisters place. It has to be legal you know, everything done to the letter of the law. During her rescue attempts she meets a cyborg and a talking sword. This was such a great read I can't wait to read the next one!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    SBee Reviews

    Review Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars "Cult-level delivery of very entertaining, sci-fi monster erotica" PREY (Dark Monster Fantasy, Book #1) written by Cari Silverwood was for me a cult-level delivery of very entertaining, sci-fi monster erotica for me! The planet of Dispora is ruled by Lord Zarblu, king of stoneshifters, and he apparently has Mila’s sister Tiana captive. Mila is a “thief cross mercenary cross intrepid explorer of dead planets.” She did all she could to reach Tiana quickly and find a Review Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars "Cult-level delivery of very entertaining, sci-fi monster erotica" PREY (Dark Monster Fantasy, Book #1) written by Cari Silverwood was for me a cult-level delivery of very entertaining, sci-fi monster erotica for me! The planet of Dispora is ruled by Lord Zarblu, king of stoneshifters, and he apparently has Mila’s sister Tiana captive. Mila is a “thief cross mercenary cross intrepid explorer of dead planets.” She did all she could to reach Tiana quickly and find a way to save her before she was to be mated to Zarblu in a “fleshborn” sacrifice he has to repeat every decade. Once Mila arrives there, however, she has to undergo due process to get to her sister, and uncovers some truths which will change her future. But it might not all matter anyway, since her own time clock may be running out. Mila is the feisty, sassy, honorable, and very resourceful sister of the pair, choosing to respond to her sister’s distress call because she is simply blood. Similarly, Zarblu is a very curious, intellectual, and insatiable beast, with an equally large heart. Ledderik the Cyborg and many other elements (i.e. her “Mister Ram”) as well as the planet’s directory of laws and manner of punishment in this story round out the creative and intriguing storyline! I cannot wait to read STEEL (Book #2), which follows soon! 💜

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    I’ve had a lot of firsts with this author. My first dark series, Pierced Hearts, my first erotic alien adventure, Precious Sacrifice, my first steampunk erotica, Iron Dominance and now my first monster erotica, Prey. Never in a million years did I think I would be fascinated by a story featuring a large stone monster who must mate with a female every 10 years. I’m pretty sure I would never had read this type story if another author had written it, but since it was Cari Silverwood I took a chance I’ve had a lot of firsts with this author. My first dark series, Pierced Hearts, my first erotic alien adventure, Precious Sacrifice, my first steampunk erotica, Iron Dominance and now my first monster erotica, Prey. Never in a million years did I think I would be fascinated by a story featuring a large stone monster who must mate with a female every 10 years. I’m pretty sure I would never had read this type story if another author had written it, but since it was Cari Silverwood I took a chance and was not disappointed. Loved the two main characters. Mila, a strong fierce scavenger and Lord Zarblu, a large stone monster, who also happens to be a dominant, sexy, caring monster. Mila is trying to save her sister from Lord Zarblu’s sacrificial mating. This story is filled with battles, intrigue, humour, betrayal, an annoying talking sword, creatures that should be featured in a Star Wars bar scene and a lot of lusty, hot stone shifter monster sex. All of which I absolutely loved. Bring on the next book in this series. I can’t wait to see what other first this author will introduce me to.

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