Review: Olivia Ryann’s Possess

Possess is the third book in the Protect series. It follows two characters, Dryas and Rue. The Protect series is the second series in the dark romance series by Olivia Ryann and includes characters from the first series, Cherish. Why am I sharing this? If you love to read characters across books, then you’ll love this series. These series follow the Aetos brothers: Arsen, Dryas, and Damen. At first glance, they are the nightmare you never want to have. They are killers, seedy, abusive, maniacal, yet very sexy. The women they encounter are taken body, mind, and soul. And they love it (well, eventually).

Possess continues the saga of Dryas and Rue. Dryas has taken Rue from Father Derrik to, essentially, avenge the death of his former love interest. Unfortunately, this will come back to haunt Dryas. At the end of the second book, Punish, we find Rue falling off a cliff. Olivia Ryann begins Protect right where Punish left off, and the book never stops. Each chapter is a measure of violence, action, power, and $exiness. I started the book the day I received it and finished it the same day because I could not. Put. It Down.

If you had told me, after Cherish, that I would grow to empathize with Dryas, I would have laughed at you. He was frightening with Fiore in that book, and his action at the end of Cherish changed the brothers’ relationship forever. However, in this series, specifically in Possess, I cannot help but feel for him. The first few chapters of this book, unfortunately, do not showcase his best self. Yet, by the end of the book, your heart will race for some resolution with him and Rue.

Additionally, Rue’s circumstances will break your heart a little. There is so much story to tell about her. Is she the Rebel King’s daughter? How will that change her life? Everything that Ryann could throw at Rue in this book, she did. There were times that I found myself yelling at Ryann to give the woman a break, but I’m hoping there is a big payoff for her in the end.

As she did with Punish, Ryann left us with a doozy of a cliffhanger. While her dark romances are meant to push the envelope of romance, I always know that these dark, broody, dangerous men will find their happy ending. I’m crossing my fingers that Rue and Dryas find theirs.

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In love and romance,

Professor A


I teach students to write for college. I love to read writers who write romance. Why not review and promote the writing of people who love to write romance? Win-win for me

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