As this is the first of eight installments in a serialized novel, it’s only 30-odd pages, which makes it a bit hard to give a complete review. While n...moreAs this is the first of eight installments in a serialized novel, it’s only 30-odd pages, which makes it a bit hard to give a complete review. While nothing major happens, you’re introduced to Grace and David. They have been together for six months; she’s starting to fall in love with him but knows he’s not in love with her yet. Needing more from Grace, David invites her to The Dining Club a place where he can let his guard down and be himself while experiencing all his erotic fantasies. If Grace fails at The Dining Club, it’s over between her and David.
Desire opens with Grace and David lying in bed after having sex and ends with them arriving at the Dining Club. Nothing else really happens, (expect for biting--lots of biting,) and and due to the brief introduction to the characters, they feel like two cold fish flopping around on the ground waiting for someone to throw them back in the water.
As with all serialized novels, the first part was like reading chapter one of a novel, it only takes the reader so far before ending.
Desire was tame for an erotic novel although it gives you a snippet of wilder things to come in the installments to follow. I have to admit I wasn’t overly thrilled with David’s desire to achieve pleasure through pain. His propensity for biting Grace had me wondering if he would have made a better vampire. If I’m being honest, kind of found David a little creepy and have a feeling that his creepiness will only continue once The Dining Club is explored a little more.
Overall, I’m not sure about this yet. Once I have read the entire novel, perhaps I will be able to figure out whether or not this serialized novel is for me.
The Dining Club will be published in 8 installments—one out each week—and will continuing through October 1st. (less)
First Thought upon finishing the novel: What did I just read?
Obviously, I knew that this was an erotic retelling of the beloved Bronte classic, Wuthe...moreFirst Thought upon finishing the novel: What did I just read?
Obviously, I knew that this was an erotic retelling of the beloved Bronte classic, Wuthering Heights so I was expecting some steamy scenes between Heathcliff and Catherine, Heathcliff and Isabella, Catherine and Edgar, even possibly Hareton and Cathy.
What I wasn’t expecting was the following: Mrs. Linton (as in the mother of Edgar and Isabella) and a servant— Not quite so shocking and actually would have been a bit funny if the servant would have been Joseph. Heathcliff and Nelly- Seriously! Seriously? Seriously!—I could see Nelly and Hindley having it off as the 1970 film adaptation explored Nelly have feelings for Hindley but Heathcliff and Nelly…I don’t think so. Heathcliff and Isabella and Nelly in Heathcliff’s dungeon of dirty tricks—This was so out there in left field that I skipped over it
While this claims to be a retelling, I found that the characters are mainly comprised of Mr. Miller’s reimagining of them, which, in a sense, has stripped them of their original qualities. It’s almost as if I have fallen down a naughty rabbit hole where the essence of Wuthering Heights has been made into a topsy-turvy porno.
As a lover of Wuthering Heights, I was curious to read Wuthering Nights. I truly wanted to love this book, or at least like it, and while there were parts that I liked such as Hareton and Cathy’s story being told at the end of the novel, I found that this was not the book for me.
I have to say that this was the worst book that I have ever read. I.J. Miller has taken Heathcliff, the idyllic Byronic hero, and turned him into a perverted nutcase that holds no trace of Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff save for his name. Perhaps Mr. Miller should reread Wuthering Heights and realize that Miss Bronte relied on the atmospheric moods of the tumultuous Yorkshire moors to tell the story of Heathcliff and Catherine rather than a dirty dungeon of doom. By taking out the atmosphere of Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Nights has lost its core. The only way for me to describe this book is 50 Shades of Wrong…
There are some books that you wish you could unread and, for me, Wuthering Nights is one of them. (less)
A friend of mine (who has exquisite literary tastes) highly recommend Spencer Seidel’s debut novel, Dead of Wynter, (which I loved) so when I received...moreA friend of mine (who has exquisite literary tastes) highly recommend Spencer Seidel’s debut novel, Dead of Wynter, (which I loved) so when I received the opportunity to review Lovesick I immediately knew I had to read this book.
I should start out by saying that Lovesick is more like two stories in one book and while I had hoped that both would be equally intriguing that was not to be. I found myself highly interested in Paul’s story while I had to force myself to focus on Lisa’s story.
Lovesick was a quick and interesting read…although it was a bit too easy to see where the story was headed, I would have liked for it to have been a bit harder to figure out.
Overall, the book kind of reminded me of a Lifetime movie—a steady plot too easy to uncover where one story stands out above the rest with an ending you can easily predict. (less)