Molly Reviews: Pendulum by L.C. Davis (Kingdom of Night Book 1)

Remus Black is still reeling from an abusive relationship that stripped him of everything — including his desire for love. Now all he wants is a fresh start halfway across the country, but his new roommate is determined to draw him into his strange world of chains, half-naked men and the infamous Lodge, a BDSM club as lavish as it is secretive.

When Remus is entered into the Lodge’s annual Alpha’s Pet contest against his will, he finds himself thrown to the Wolf Pack, the very type of men he needs to avoid. What’s worse is that the wolves immediately label him a submissive, something he swore he would never be again. Things get even stranger when “wolf” turns out to be far more literal than Remus ever imagined. When both the next-in-line for Alpha and his outcast brother claim Remus as their own, the entire pack is thrown into chaos.

Can Remus learn to embrace the power of submission and choose between the brothers before their rivalry tears the pack apart, or will the tension between them unravel his own sordid past?

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Holy. Moly. This was such a fascinating story. I was sucked into this world of shifters and vampires and completely crazy family dynamics and I couldn’t stop reading. The characters came to life on the page. I loved the lore and how it applies to the characters in the story. The intricate web of ties between everyone is just beginning to unravel in this story but you can tell there’s deep thought put into them and there are more surprises in store as I continue reading the series. The love triangle in the story is quite tragic but masterfully woven into the story. You start to pull for one, then something happens that makes you  root for the other. I have my own personal wishes for how the romance element will end. But at this point it could go in a variety of ways with all kinds of possible things changing the course of their relationships.
Remus was someone that pulled my heartstrings right from the beginning. His tragic past was something that clearly defined him and it does all the way through the story. The way it does just changed as the story progressed. I love how he stays true to himself for most of the story. His drastic change towards the end because of outside forces and his own innate send of self preservation was sad yet understandable. I do have faith that his core sense of right and wrong is still there and will surface again. The way he handles his feelings for Sebastian and Victor is interesting. The push and pull on his feelings and what he should do was so well written. You can feel Remus’ tangled emotions with him
My feelings for Victor and Sebastian grew and changed as the story progressed. Right from the beginning I could tell there was more to Victor than initially meets the eye. I love how he treats Remus from the beginning and he continued to impress me right through the end of the book. After reading, I’m happy with how my predictions came out, but I also think Victor has more secrets and surprises in store. I can’t wait to see how he grows in the next book. Sebastian was a total sweetheart in the beginning. He was willing to do whatever it took for a chance with Remus. That friends first attitude and his core values that don’t waver even when faced with hard realities made me love him and then be disappointed by him. Despite my disappointment, I also wasn’t surprised by his actions. His outlook of things is skewed by Victor’s constant need to protect him.
The book ends in a serious cliffhanger but I expected it so I wasn’t surprised. I am fascinated by where the story and characters are going to go in the next book. There are some threads I’d like to explore and pull to see how they unravel and what they’re connected to. But I am definitely along for the right in this series. I just hope the last book, however many of them there will be, doesn’t have me throwing my Kindle at whatever the last sentence will be.
Four and a half

About L.C.:
L.C. Davis has been writing since he can remember. He started out jotting down tales about his imaginary friends in spiral notebooks and an old typewriter. Since then, he’s upgraded to a laptop but he still prefers the company of his characters to 3D people most of the time. As a transgender author, L.C. is dedicated to increasing trans visibility in the romance genre one supernatural tale at a time.

When he isn’t watching 90s sitcoms and Sci-Fi with his partner, you can find L.C. attempting to write while his two cats and fluffy lunkhead of a dog vie for his attention.

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