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Covet Not by [Aoide, Arden]
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Dark. Disturbing. Proceed with caution.

Covet Not is a standalone. It's the combined Sins of Lethe.

A gilded cage is still a cage.

From the womb, she was owned. Shula Kelley was signed away before her first breath, just like everyone else in secessionist Texas. She was called beautiful like it meant something important. Like it would get her a kind husband, or one less cruel. She hoped Jared Agnesson was kind.

And the devil you know is still the devil.

As punishment for his son's rebellion, the patriarch of the Agnesson clan claimed Shula for his own. And she saw only one way out. Shula had a plan, but she didn't realize it would require a savior.

Suffer not the sins of the father.

First acts of rebellion open doors that are best left closed. Until Jared walked through it. Her savior. But how can she truly love when she only knows obedience?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c57c3cc) out of 5 stars Crazy good dystopian series March 30 2016
By J. L. Johnston - Published on
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This series is insanely good. I couldn't put it down and I stayed up all night to finish it. HFS!!! Imagine the future but instead of progress within the human race they have regressed. Women are considered property and only good for breeding, cleaning, and taking care of their husbands. Fathers sell you off to the highest bidder for marriage or as a breeder. Meet Shula who is betrothed to a monster that is old enough to be her father and has outlived two wives. Shula refuses to go down without a fight. She will use her brains to fight against her wedding to the monster of the patriarchal society of secessionist Texas. Which works so well James gives her to his son Jared as a punishment but both are overjoyed. Arden Aoide takes you into the minds of each character so you know their thoughts, desires, and motivations. Shula and Jared young and innocent. They discover together ways to thwart his father James the evil monster. James is true evil and Arden lets you into his head which is a place of nightmares. His perversions are vast and scary. He believes that he is the Alpha male and he must control the population by creating blond white children. You meet his son who is a latent homosexual, you see inside the mind of his first wife who was the perfect match for him but he killed her. This series is scary, hot, intense, mind blowing, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's a twisty soap opera with hot sex and crazy suspense. The good guys be one the bands guys and the bad guys become good. The sex is intense. There is kidnapping, forced baby making, mission work, more crazy sex, and evil brewing in this part of the series. Arden Aoide keeps the reader ingaged in this series by throwing is some many twists. One doesn't know who to root for. The good guy or the bad guy because just as you figure out if the who the character is bam a wrench is thrown in the plot line twisting everything around. Kudos Arden Aoide. Prepare to have your mind blown away
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c57c5f4) out of 5 stars Dark, Thought-Provoking, Brilliant March 28 2016
By Xkoqueen - Published on
Initially published as a series of novellas titled Sins of Lethe, Covet Not: The Complete Sins of Lethe by Arden Aoide has been edited and republished as a standalone novel.

I read the Sins of Lethe novellas as they were originally published, and I have to say that reading the re-edited, standalone version is much better. There is no waiting for the next installment, and the story flows better in this new version.

Set in the year 2250. Texas has seceded from the US, and it is a country of its own replete with border crossing patrols/limitations. Women are subjugated to any male family member—by blood or marriage. They have no rights; they are chattel. Women are discouraged from learning and reading, and they are forbidden to read the Bible. The Bible is used as a means of controlling everyone’s behavior; everyone outside of Texas’ borders is considered a sinner (think Sodom and Gomorrah).

This isn’t a romance per se. It is futuristic and yet a throwback to the past. It is provocative. It is corrupt absolute power, control and sadism. It is hope for change. Covet Not is social-commentary on gender bias, bullying, using religion to control the behavior, and general hypocrisy. There is a generous amount of sex, strong language, and some very disturbing violence, most of which is included to paint a picture of the patriarch, James, and his abuse of the absolute power he wields.

This tale of the struggle against oppression, features the Agnesson clan. James is the cruel, sadistic patriarch who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He ruled the roost even before his wife died. His boys rightfully fear him. Their new wives are the catalyst for change. The sons desire to live life by their own rules and to protect their wives from James. The couples struggle to establish their marital relationships under James’ watchful eye. Their travels outside the family compound expose them to multitudes of opportunities that we take for granted in the modern world (i.e., internet access, freedom of speech, education for women). Sophia, a Texas and family outsider with revenge on her mind, provides the wherewithal and cunning to end James’ tyranny.

The book is excellent and a far cry from most contemporary literature. Covent Not is a dark, twisted and wonderfully different book, and it is absolutely brilliant. Aoide’s Covet Not is reminiscent of Bradbury and Orwell with a highly sexual twist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c57c6d8) out of 5 stars Reminded me of a cult: arranged marriages, specific features, and questionable beliefs. March 28 2016
By annmric - Published on
Covet Not includes six stories about sins committed by people raised under the rule of John Agnesson who trained his son James Agnesson to become the next generation ruler of Agnes Oaks, Texas. Texas was known as a notoriously anti-sexual freedom state. James and his father believed in arranged marriages providing brides for all his sons in order to control the Agnesson heritage. James had five sons: Jacob, Jonah, Josiah, Jared, and Jude. James thought having sons would allow control over Agnes Oaks. James preached to Agnes Oaks the importance of breeding the Agnesson name. The young girls mother taught her what her role would be once married to an Agnesson man.

However, one by one each son brought forth disappointment to James. James would soon learn that he could not control his sons. His sons did not believe nor want to follow the same rules his father believed in. His sons and their wives learned the shame of enjoying sex. The boys disgraced the family legacy by changing the rules between a husband and wife. The boys learned to become unashamed for their sexual proclivities. What transpired instead was a sexual revelation between deviant married couples to go against the rules set forth by James.

James was a man convinced that men held all power and control over women including her pleasure. James was taught that Men had authority and in order to keep it, women must remain silent. James was a master manipulator. James was a man determined to breed a worthy son to rule the land, but in doing so he led a life of corruption, deceit, and destruction. James was a hypocrite. James knew no bounds to his efforts to produce a worthy heir.

It's exquisitely sexual and very arousing. Arden breached the topic of sins in the form of expressing oneself sexually without the guilt that society places upon people bound by religion. With those sins broken down by character in the form of homosexuality, menage, and other taboo related topics it was enlightening. I hung on like glue to those pages where sexual promiscuous lifestyles were explored.

There are multiple stories being told at the same time. A name at the top of each chapter would have been helpful in distinguishing when the chapter switched characters. Had Arden stayed with the premise of introducing more sexual proclivities and stayed away from the politics of oil and land I could rated this higher.

It's a lengthy story. Very detailed. A bit too much information. There was so much going on that I could only focus on James, Jared, and Jude. Anything else was too much. The politics of oil and land was lost on me. Then Josiah confused me. Way too many characters and I'm not sure I grasped the full intent of this story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c57c84c) out of 5 stars Erotic, unique and thought provoking series all here in this one book. March 28 2016
By jill d - Published on
This book is a collection of all of the Sins of Lethe about the Agnesson Family set in the future - 2250 - where Texas is a separatist state. John Agnesson has trained his son James to be the next ruler of Agnes Oaks, Texas where instead of forward thinking as you would expect in the future everything has gone back in time here. Women have almost no rights whatsoever and are not even given an education. James having five sons whom all have women betrothed to them is where things get interesting. All forms of sexual gratification are deemed sins therefore any and all pleasure his sons gave or received from their wives were against his direct decree. When James' sons rebel we have the Sins of Lethe -

In the first book Jared and Shula were promised to each other almost from birth and now that Shula is eighteen it is time for her marriage. The only problem is Jared has decided he no longer wants to live under his father's thumb so James - monster that he is decides he will marry Shula himself...

Book two continues on the James/Jared/Shula storyline with James' proclivities finally coming into question too. We also get to meet the son Jude as he struggles with his attractions for a previous lover when he is already promised to marry someone else.

Book three good Lord book three... Jared and Shula are still struggling against dear old dad and James - crazy person that he is has seriously gone to new levels of evil as he terrorizes Jude and his loved ones. This book also brings Josiah the only son that leaves Texas to spread the good word all over the U.S. and his lady love Eve...

Book four plays out with James realizing that his so called disappointment of a son is not so bad after all. Shula and Jared also have some resolution to their issues with Jared showing his unwavering loyalty to his love. While some things come to light in a good way we are also left with plenty of what the heck just happened here moments too, I need a drink after this one...

Book five is a joining of forces to revolt against the evil villain James Agnesson. All the boys are discovering his plans / plots and trying to put a stop to his tyranny but in the land of Agnes Oaks if you are discovered for treason it will get you killed. This book has more twists than a pretzel and of course just when you think you know what will happen everything changes up on you...

Book six is the end of this wild and crazy ride where we find the Agnesson sons in "happy for now" situations and all loose ends tied up. The biggest and most important part is that James Agnesson gets retribution for all his sins. While I truly enjoyed this book it had a bit too much politics in it for a romantic suspense. All the other aspects of the story were truly spectacular especially in terms of this new-to-me author's writing style. I will definitely look for more from this author in the future :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c57cb7c) out of 5 stars Covet Not is futuristic story. That is based in ... March 28 2016
By queenzany - Published on
Covet Not is futuristic story. That is based in the year 2250 in Texas.
The world as we know has changed as we know it. Im not going to give out spoilers here!
I will say that Arden Aoide lead us on a mental journey of epic proportions. It was dark and mentally draining at times. Plus the book is rather long. Yet it was so worth the loss of sleep.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*