I enjoyed Wicked Lovely enough to check out the second in the series, and boy was I thrown for a loop.
Lets begin this with do not read this book if: you’ve ever been raped, sexually assaulted, drugged against your will, or in any type of abusive relationship (physical, verbal, or emotional). Not just because of triggers, but because this book will make you seethe.
The following will contain spoilers as I cannot possibly go into details of the horror that this book delivers without giving away important plot points.
Wicked Lovely was about a girl, Ash, destined to be a queen. Keenan, a king, tries to court her but upon finding out she’s not interested backs off. There is much talk about her being “his” but in the meaning of “his queen” not “owned by him”.
Well, Ink Exchange is the complete opposite. Leslie, a girl damaged by a drugged gang rape, spends the entire book in a drugged stupor while Irial forces her to do his bidding. He keeps touching her, kissing her, and otherwise controlling her while she keeps thinking no, please stop, but unable to voice it because of his drug-like power over her.
This is the entire book. A whole book of “you’re mine” “I want you” “you don’t have a choice”. And this is from both the protagonist (Niall) and antagonist (Irial). Leslie was nothing but a piece of meat being tossed around. The constant issue of consent was very disturbing. Actually, after reading this I’m not even sure that Marr has a clear idea of what love is.
While there is no clear definition of love, it does not apply to any of the character interactions in Ink Exchange.
Honestly, I would not recommend this book to anyone.