Arcanium’s getting a little more twisted…

After one too many demons leave her for other women, Valorie, the circus contortionist, is thinking about quitting Arcanium. It’s not that she hates performing, but she’s been in Arcanium for almost twenty years. She’s bored, feeling neglected and rejected, and there’s nothing keeping her there anymore.

Until ex-lover Bell, the fortune teller and owner of Arcanium, gives her the fire-eater—bound and gagged—as a present and a bribe to convince her to stay.

John—cursed into Arcanium and heavily scarred from fires gone out of control—turns out to be an adequate distraction. He’s almost sweet, in spite of the bad person he used to be—a decent enough pet willing to work his way to redemption in Valorie’s collar and under her command. Valorie’s just not sure whether he’s enough.

Especially when her former fiancé from twenty years ago stumbles upon the circus and discovers where his would-be wife disappeared to.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with this series from the very first book. Actually, I read the second book first and I loved it a lot, so I went back to get the first book as well, and I loved that book too. You know, I always like a good dark romance. But this series cannot just be classified as a dark story. This is a dark, paranormal romance that has lots of BDSM elements, menage, and all other kinks. The ringmaster and the fortune teller are two male characters that truly scare and fascinate me.

I have to say that out of all the covers for the books in this series, this book’s cover is my least favorite. The violet is not as vibrant as the other reds and blues. I think they should have gone with purple or magenta, but that’s just me. Another thing is that the lady’s dress wasn’t quite as beautiful as the ones on books 1 and 2. Anyway, it’s still a beautiful cover. It’s just my least favorite out of the five books.

Story-wise, this is definitely not my least favorite in the series. I will always love Fortune, but I am torn up about which book comes in second place. I Carousel, but this book is an amazing one. In fact, the story and the characters in Contortion seem to have more emotions than Carousel, Aerial, and even Ringmaster. Contortion isn’t going to be your usual erotica. There’s lots of crazy things that go on in Arcanium, and I understand that this series may not be for everybody. However, for me, personally, this series is one of my favorite series this year, and I will always be on the lookout for more books.


Aurelia T. Evans is an up-and-coming erotica author with a penchant for horror and the supernatural.

She’s the twisted mind behind the werewolf/shifter Sanctuary trilogy, demonic circus series Arcanium, and vampire serial Bloodbound. She’s also had short stories featured in various erotic anthologies.

Aurelia presently lives in Dallas, Texas (although she doesn’t ride horses or wear hats). She loves cats and enjoys baking as much as she dislikes cooking. She’s a walker, not a runner, and she writes outside as often as possible.

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