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TRASMUNDO: ESCAPE – TRASMUNDO BOOK #1 by VARIAN KRYLOV

Trasmundo Escape

SYNOPSIS

Strange, quiet Luka doesn’t live in this world; long ago he took refuge in his art, escaping into surreal mindscapes inspired by his favorite painters. In the beautifully monstrous realms of his imagination, he is safe from the pain of his losses: his family, his friends, his hope. 

Until war breaks out, and he is forced to flee the only home he’s known since he was thirteen. 

Captured by an enemy soldier, young Luka is marched across brutal terrain, toward a fate known only by the bearded menace holding him prisoner. Quick with a knife, tireless and strong, Tarik guards the purpose of his mission as he takes Luka deeper and deeper into enemy territory. 

When the soldier discovers the painful secret he has been hiding since childhood, Luka fears he is about to endure a new kind of cruelty, worse than being abandoned, ostracized or beaten. Or is it possible the soldier holding Luka prisoner is the one person who isn’t afraid of the truth behind Luka’s silence and lies?

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

 4.5 Stars Emotional Stars

“Every life is supposed to be a mix. Some suffering. Some goodness. And now I’ve had both.”

Oh wow; such beauty, poetry, artistry and vivid images portrayed under such a grim, horrific and morose setting. Varian Krylov’s writing is exquisite – we knew that already – it’s almost as if we’re reading a poetic account of life, the ugly and the beautiful – the frantic and the serene. The basic core of human elemental emotions and how intrinsically; all we want and need is to be loved and happy – without all the frills and materialistic possessions deemed necessary to survive and achieve satisfaction.  To truly feel and value the good we need to experience the bad and feel pain. Only then can we truly understand and place value.

‘Gentle alien, stranded on this mad planet. Stranger in a strange land.’

Luka is almost ethereal in his beauty; a haunted young gentle man who’s not only caught up in a war tearing up his country but battling daily abuse. Our hearts bled for Luka all the way through; it was akin to a defenceless animal being kicked, starved and abused by society yet keeps creeping back wanting a morsel of love, affection – wanting to be unseen yet be free to dream – to express his love of art and be part of ‘something’. It was distressing to say the least and that ache never ceased. Hatred destroys beauty; it nearly destroyed our Luka.

“You’re still burdened with the scars he gave you.”

The light in the darkness comes, as a life altering path disguised in menace, when Luka encounters Tarik. Luka feels almost entranced or compelled by him no matter the frightening circumstances and the associated terrors. His life has almost been a living nightmare so better the devil you know for our poor Luka.

“More than most people I’ve known, you deserve happiness. You deserve to be loved. If something happens to me, that’s what you should remember.”

However, not all is as it seems and the journey is a revelation for both him as well as his captor, Tarik who we absolutely took to heart as well. Luka’s journey was incredibly raw and emotional, perhaps more so than Tarik as he under duress, captivity and inhumane treatment learns to live away from the observing shadows of the ugly side of humanity.

“I hope you know, Luka, when people are cruel to you, it doesn’t mean you’re bad, or that there’s anything wrong with you. It only means something’s wrong with them.”

Varian Krylov wrote an incredibly intense, emotionally honest, intricate and passionate story that grabbed our hearts and squeezed them continuously from page one till the last, never letting go.  This has to be one of our favourite emotional m/m reads of the year!

“You’re safe. I promise.”

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks**

TRASMUNDO: ESCAPE BOOK ONE by VARIAN KRYLOV
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Hurt by Varian Krylov

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SYNOPSIS

Willful Vanka thinks she is dying. Galen, a famous actor, feels his life has become a superficial mirage. And beautiful Khalid can only love people who hurt him. When these three find themselves caught up in each others’ lives, will their risky games of domination and submission destroy them? Or will they find solace from a lifetime of hurt

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REVIEW:  

Gitte: 5 stars
Jenny: 4.5 Stars

Gitte: I am sat here Jenny and I actually have no idea how or where to start this review, it was just so different to anything I have read in a long while. It was a hard read, and it hurt. It hurt so much that at times I wanted to put it down, but I just couldn’t.

To be honest, this book is certainly not for everyone. It will definitely push boundaries for some readers. In particular; readers who are or have been personally affected by breast cancer.

This story, I can imagine, would be very painful and tough in respect to the main themes, which are control and fear. Control of our lives, our bodies and our minds. Control of others.  Fear of what is to come or what will be and of what we have left behind and can be no more. Fear of others.

I cried so many times reading this book that I lost count. But I remember exactly why I cried, how I felt, how at times I had to catch my breath and no doubt about it this story will stay with me for a long long time.

Now, because of the emotions it drew out of me, because I felt a lump in my throat through every page turn, because of these three broken, vulnerable yet somehow strong and inspirational characters; Galen, Vanka & Khalid…….I have to give it 5 stars, I can’t not.

It is so very dark, so very heart breaking, so very intense….so very REAL.

It is also extremely erotic yet not always ‘comfortable to read erotica’. Sometimes it made for uncomfortable reading when control and fear was brought into the equation of three.

The writing of this Author is brilliant; no doubt about it, her heart is stamped on every single page. Leaving behind a journey that is so raw and ‘ugly’ yet so beautiful; so very devastating yet hopeful and inspiring.

Jenny:  I agree Gitte.  Because of the sheer scale of feelings I encountered reading this book and the fact that it evoked such strong emotions in me, how can I not rate it highly.  I too have sat here wondering how I can best convey my thoughts about this book and it is difficult.  Unlike you, I actually did put this book down at 40% and thought I couldn’t continue.  It was killing me.  I was just so……unbearably sad reading it.

Breast Cancer is very raw for me and this was written from a place which felt so incredibly real, a little too uncomfortably real for me at times, but I sat myself down and I didn’t move until I finished.  This book was so much more than what I originally expected it to be, so very much more.

I ached and cried, and whilst I can’t say I “enjoyed” this read, I can say I am so grateful I pushed through because I was afforded such an amazing reading experience, one that will stay with me for a long time to come , you don’t forget a book like this in a hurry and even now I can’t stop thinking about it.

This ménage book  took me way out of my comfort zone at times that’s for sure.  Some scenes were hard to read,  be it based on the theme or the sex partially based at times on fear, dominance and control did force me to push through my levels of comfort but it was absolutely worth every minute.

The characters moved me to the ninth degree.  The determined, pragmatic Vanka who is convinced she is dying.  Galen, the movie star who appears to have it all, yet feel s his life is a shallow illusion.  Khalid, beautiful Khalid who has known so much tragedy in life and can only know love through hurt.

These characters broke my heart, they seared my soul.  Theirs is not always a happy journey, in fact at times it is downright sad as you experience their desolation, but it is one that will crush your heart as it did mine, but there are also glimpses of light and times of tenderness that will steal your breath away.

Gitte: We all want to find the power of the three’s; peace, love and happiness. It’s a cliché but we do, however life’s randomly thrown obstacles do not make this an easy journey. The path and the obstacles unique to the individual, not presented exactly as we perhaps may have expected or believed.

A chance meeting between three people whose lives become interwoven, who each seek in each other something different; to heal them, to give them strength to show them trust and teach them how. To embrace fear and to understand that life and love is fragile. The thread that holds lives together and ties one to the other can easily be frayed, broken and torn by the all-encompassing HURT.

Vanka, Galen & Khalid broke my heart. Each for their own individual reasons. Their personal journeys in this story so different, yet all three entwined.

This is not a pretty soft story wrapped up in shiny layers and a sparkling bow. Well on the surface it is not. Rather, it is a raw and gritty, sharp and multi sharp angled story wrapped up in barbed wire. Once you unravel the layers that hurt and cut you deep, you are amazed by the vulnerability, the love, the compassion and the

If you willingly relinquish control or if control is taken away from you…..

What are you left with? 

If you live in perpetual fear or force it upon yourself…..

Where do you go from there and how far are you willing to go?

Jenny: This story about chance meeting, fate, destiny, pain and heartache was so profoundly moving, touching and at times disturbing in its themes and uncomfortable in the erotic sexual MMF content, but it was also brilliantly written and so compelling from start to finish that I found this wasn’t just a read, but more like an experience.

Galen, so intuitively in sync with Vanka rendered me breathless in some scenes.   This man could show such tenderness, compassion, and sensitivity and could care for Vanka and her needs with an unyielding kindness, yet in other ways could be somewhat cruel, so closed off.

“You look……….” Galen came up short.  Speechless.  Possibly a first.
“Stunning?” She prompted. “Fabulous?”
“Ethereal.” He finally said, his voice a little choked.

Vanka, so guarded and closed, stoic, selfless and suffering through an unimaginable experience, trying to make sense of life and thinking of the ones she will leave behind.

“I can take care of myself.  I have to be able to take care of myself.”
“Not all the time. Not now”

The relationship between Khalid and Galen was the one I found the saddest and hardest to read.  Theirs was such a complicated story and the beautiful Khalid…so patient, so loving, yet so hurt who only wanted to feel and know love.

It is the coming together of all three, the hurt and the pain they all share and the comfort they bring one another, how they could all serves one another’s needs.

 “Most people are in love with more than one person during their lifetime.”

“Or they don’t admit it when it happens”

This book will not appeal to everyone and as I’ve said I did find it hard going at times,  but I would implore you to pick up a copy of Hurt and give it a go,  because this an experience like no other.

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HURT by VARIAN KRYLOV
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