Hmmm, how to rate that this one? I'll start with a 3 and see what I end up with once I spew out my thoughts.
Bare-Knuckle love is a little too weird toHmmm, how to rate that this one? I'll start with a 3 and see what I end up with once I spew out my thoughts.
Bare-Knuckle love is a little too weird to be believable. Jason is out of cash, unemployed and agrees to lose a bare-knuckle underground cage fight. During the fight he spots an old high school crush in the crowd and his pride forces him to throw common sense out the window and he wins the fight.
This isn’t the weird part.
The weirdness begins when it disclosed that the crush is the leader of a big, bad motorcycle club. He’s straight (or pretends to be) but then forces Jason to get on his knees and do a very naughty thing because he’s so damn mad that Jason didn’t throw the fight. Jason does what he’s commanded because Jason has no self-worth. Hyde has filmed the whole thing and uses it against Jason. This is sad and a little strange but I’m easy and went with it.
But then, oh but then . . . Hyde (good name for him, really, kudos to the author) decides to take Jason home and it is here that the WTFery begins. Hyde, you see, is married to a lesbian whose lover lives in the same house all cozy-like. Hyde and his wife have a little boy. Hyde is allowed to have lovers but not make sexy noise within hearing range of the boy. Hyde lives a very normal life at home that is almost sweet. Into this little bubble of non-reality he brings an illegal MMA fighter without a second thought?! What on earth?
Sooooo, tell me if this scenario makes any kind of sense or if I’m just having a really bad comprehension moment.
Hyde is basically holding Jason prisoner to his sexual whim (though Jason doesn’t seem to mind the sex part) and he’s also forcing him to throw another fight because he has that humiliating little sex vid of him. Jason does whatever Hyde demands because he’s terrified of the video getting out and because he has no self-confidence. His inner monologue sounds like a beaten and bullied teen and it made me so sad.
Jason, however, knows that this big bad MC leader is keeping a secret life that would destroy his standing in the MC and would destroy his life if word got out.
Hmmm, I’d say Jason WINS this smack-down by a landslide. Sadly Jason is not bright enough to realize this. Or he’s too blinded by the sex and can’t think straight.
Anyhow, this is the premise which, if you ask me, is all kinds of terrible. Still, I read it to the very end and have to admit that it was kind of sexy in a completely awful way.
2 ½? 3? I’m still on the fence. The writing wasn’t horrible and I'd read this author again because despite my dislike of most of the story, it managed to draw me in. I very much disliked Hyde and felt that the Jason was too weak a character. He needed a hug and a nice guy. Instead he got stuck with Hyde. Ah well. Insta-lust will do that to you.
I don't know what this is but it certainly isn't erotica by any stretch of the imagination. There's stilted dialogue, stilted narration, beheading, town razing and rape. None of this is what I'd call erotic but, hey, whatever works for ya. Maybe it's just me. Terrible, ugly, non-erotic things occur and then it JUST ENDS! This isn't even a fully fleshed out short story. It's just a lead in to part 2. And from this snippet I want absolutely nothing to do with Part 2. Call me a wuss if you will. I can take it.
I realize this was a freebie and who am I to complain, right? But damn it my time is precious and worth something to me and reading an unfinished story pisses me off. To top it off the rest of the story would cost me $3.99 for 99 pages. I DON'T THINK SO.
Serves me right. I'm sticking with monster erotica freebies from here on out. At least they have a reason for behaving like monsters!
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I listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook read by Rosalyn Landor. She does a fine rather snooty job with the narration which fits the historiI listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook read by Rosalyn Landor. She does a fine rather snooty job with the narration which fits the historical setting and a fabulous job with the heroine but when it comes time to do to the manly voices I cringed a little. I would’ve much rather had a male voicing the guy parts but they didn’t ask me.
It’s been a bit since I’ve read a historical romance and this one had a lovely leisurely setup that introduced the relationship between childhood friends Michael and Penelope by letters they wrote when they were children and via flashbacks to their friendship. It gave me high hopes for the relationship to come.
As a young man, Michael lost everything in a moment of overeager stupidity and has spent the past decade working to reclaim what was once his. He disappeared from Penelope’s life and hasn’t been there when she’s needed a friend. Because her daddy wants her married off, and soon, he’s attached some very attractive land to Penelope’s dowry. Land that once belonged to Michael, land Michael will do almost anything to get back . . .
Can you see where this is going?
So yeah, Michael suddenly re-enters her life and pretty much steamrolls over it to get what he wants. He doesn’t seem anything like the Michael from the letters and that made me a little sad for Penelope who was so genuinely happy to see her old friend when they meet up again. But then he opens his mouth and ugly spew slips out and she’s not so thrilled. He’s changed and he’s a demanding ass who keeps secrets and strong-arms her into marrying him and then is all about The Revenge. He must get The Revenge! Even if it hurts those who love him.
Ugh. Ugh. And ugh. I don’t like this type of “hero”. Never will, I’m sad to say. He does eventually realize the error of his ways but it’s all a little too little, a little too late. I am not a patient gal so I can only give this one a three. The writing was great; there was wit, sensuality and Penelope was not a push over and I will read this author in the future but I can’t give this story any more than a 3 because of Michael. He is an ass, he knows he’s an ass at least, but that does not change the fact that he behaves like an ass for a majority of the story. His penchant for ass-holi-ness causes no end of conflict and though his fingers may have been magical, his nonsense had me wanting to do this.
“I’m going to turn you from light to dark, from good to bad. I’m going to ruin you.” She didn’t care. She was his. He owned her in this moment, with this touch. “And do you know how it will feel?” She sighed the word this time. “Splendid.” ...more
So I see the words “Ordeal” and “Extreme Horror” and, most importantly, “Free” and somehow figure this would be the perfect little story to read in beSo I see the words “Ordeal” and “Extreme Horror” and, most importantly, “Free” and somehow figure this would be the perfect little story to read in between longer books. It had been over a year since I read “Sadie the Sadist”, after all, and I was overdue for something nasty.
Once I started to read I could do nothing else but follow the words along until the end. Take this as a warning.
Now that I’ve finished Ordeal, I can honestly say I’m good with the nasty for now. Good for a good long while, I think.
This story is only 20 pages long and you should probably only read it if your head is not wired quite right. It is a classic tale of sexual revenge. A vile man named Jack picks up a hooker and he and his knife plan on having a bloody good time but, as in all well laid plans, things go awry. I will not spoil the fun for you, just know that terrible things happen and nothing is left to the imagination. It is brutal. It is dirty. It is all up in your face. The people involved here are all awful, messed up monsters but I have to admit parts of it are pretty freaking hilarious. There are some brutally dark moments of humor if you're twisted enough to find them funny and can see past all the grue.
The writing does need a little polish. I know, I know, I am not the person to say such things because obviously I am not the grammar queen and will never claim that title. But I noticed things... There are words that do not belong and some screwy sentences that were more than a mouthful. I think a pair of nitpicky eyes would’ve done this story a lot of good.
Lurking like an inbred cannibal family’s cottage off a dirt path through the woods in a Hollywood horror flick, a bloody chainsaw lay . . .
So, it’s up to you to decide if this is for you. Or not. I think you’ll fall into one of two groups.
Now it's up to you to decide to which group you belong :) ...more
Yes, I read this during the heat of summer. If I’d read this during our horrendous and never-ending winter I most likely would’ve moved to one of thosYes, I read this during the heat of summer. If I’d read this during our horrendous and never-ending winter I most likely would’ve moved to one of those sunshiny states. This book gets points for its descriptions of an icy cold hell but, most to my dismay because I was truly looking forward to it, it never moved above a 3 star read for me. I’ll try to tell you why.
As you can guess from the title, a blizzard strikes. But this is no run of the mill blizzard. This blizzard brings with it “things” that destroy families for years to come.
Now this is where my problems begin and end. The setup was pretty great, I was getting into the story and enjoying getting to know the many characters who were introduced and poof!, just like that, the story flash forwards twelve years and I have to play to catch up to remember who lost who, who was involved with who, who was a bit of a dick. And many of them have moved on, as you will, and have hooked up with others. You get the drift. It was bothersome for someone who has such a piss-poor memory but wait because it gets worse. The people who went missing or died begin to inhabit the bodies of living people and then my confusion is upped to a whole new level. Oh my poor tired brain.
It may be my fault for listening to this as an audiobook. I don’t know. People seem to love this book but for me I felt like I was playing a frustrating game of “Who was that again?” throughout most of the novel and I lost interest in the story and the characters as a result.
In the end, it reminded me most of a middle of the road Dean Koontz novel....more
Juliet and Colton were once madly in love but Colton ruined it all when he decided to diddle the dog sitter (better than the dog, I suppose!). JulietJuliet and Colton were once madly in love but Colton ruined it all when he decided to diddle the dog sitter (better than the dog, I suppose!). Juliet is fuming mad and who can blame her? When the story begins this is all fresh and told from Juliet’s POV. Her emotions are red hot as they are driving together to drop her off at her mothers and you really “get” her. Her husband is a selfish dolt. Bad luck befalls them as their car is sideswiped and Juliet awakens dazed to find herself shackled to a post and things only get worse from there. Damn, and I thought my luck was bad!
The best thing about Juliet is that she is not a whiner. She acts.
The narrator is pure perfection for this tale. She conveys Juliet’s emotions extremely well as they range from simmering rage to pain, fear and full out anger. I’d recommend reading it this way, if you’re a fan of audio.
I was gifted a copy of this audio from the author with no expectation of a review but I “review” everything I read and, if you know me at all, you know this in no way changes my thoughts on the book. If it sucked, I would tell you. But this book was cringe-inducing awesomeness with just enough sarcasm and snark thrown into the dialogue and thoughts to make me a very happy reader. ...more
Look at me actually hitting the tbr pile :). I bought this new. In 1993! I'm catching up.
I read Dread in Books of Blood Volume 2 a few years back andLook at me actually hitting the tbr pile :). I bought this new. In 1993! I'm catching up.
I read Dread in Books of Blood Volume 2 a few years back and found it a bit difficult to get into. This graphic novel still makes the skin crawl but cuts out a lot of the tedious talk that bogged down the novella. The artwork is dread-worthy, washed with a dark-hued palette that certainly fits the tone of the story. This isn't my favorite Barker short but it’s worth seeking out of if you’re a fan.
Because I’m super lazy, here’s my plot synopsis/review of the novella from 2010.
Stephen Grace is a university student who catches the eye of a teacher named Quaid. Stephen is afraid of public speaking but Quaid instructs him not only to give voice to his fears but to analyze them. Quaid is fascinated with dread in all its facets and revels in learning more about it.
I have to admit this short story took some work getting into. Seven tries to be exact. It didn’t hook me right away and was a bit boring and dry. Stephen meets Quaid in a local bar and they have a really tedious conversation about the “beast” of philosophy and how the school doesn’t really teach it, eventually leading into a discussion about dread. This begins their tenuous friendship. After some checking around, Stephen learns that strangely enough no one on campus knows much at all about Quaid. When a bright beautiful student named Cheryl begins spending time with Quaid, Stephen is initially jealous because she’s hogging so much of his time. Before long Stephen realizes Quaid is only interested in Cheryl because she is a vegetarian who fears meat. And you just know this isn’t going to end well . . .
Quaid, you see, has been “experimenting” with all facets of dread, trying to learn all he can to expand his intelligentia. Before Stephen realizes what is going on with the not-so-sane Quaid, he has already exposed his fears to him. But things don’t end quite as Quaid expects as he experiences the ultimate lesson in dread.
Though this story was a slow starter, once it got moving it didn’t let up. Barker usually does an amazing job building dread so this story suits his talent well. It’s a slow build but once you get through the first few dull pages you get a decent payoff. ...more
Somehow I ended up with an abridged copy of this audiobook. I don't like abridged because I always feel like I'm missing something super important, usSomehow I ended up with an abridged copy of this audiobook. I don't like abridged because I always feel like I'm missing something super important, usually characterization, but this abridgement wasn’t too bad.
This story is about a psycho attempting to create a family by abducting women through open houses. It has tones of that horrible triple abduction story in Cleveland, where the monster kept three women imprisoned for his own selfish needs for over a decade. Truly a horrible, nightmarish true-crime. But this book was written years before Castro was exposed as a rapist and kidnapper which makes reading this all the more horrifying. This version doesn’t linger too much on the damage inflicted on the victims and for that I am grateful. I had enough of that after watching Lifetime’s “Cleveland Abduction”. I can’t speak for the unabridged version, however, so beware.
When teen Lindsay is abducted, her mother Kara, distraught and heartbroken, takes action. When things go from bad to even worse for Kara she doesn’t dissolve into a puddle of self-pity but keeps on keeping on with the search. As admirable as that is, it felt a little unbelievable and unnatural but I’ll chalk it up to the four hours that were cut from this version and give it a pass. Kara quickly ends up joining forces with a man named Patrick, a widower and brother of a friend, and I found that bit rather strange and unnatural too considering the previous turn of events which I will not ruin.
It should be noted that I figured out who the killer was pretty early on. It should also be noted that I am not at all good at these things. I can only assume that it was pretty darn obvious.
The narration is done by Dick Hill and Susie Breck. I liked the fact that there were two narrators but Dick Hill’s voices weren’t very distinctive and his males all sounded like the same man, except for the killer. His killer voice was over the top, bordering on silly. Still, the story was definitely creepy and it was a page-turner so I’ll give it a solid 3.5 stars....more
What's not to want? A VW packed with silly, sexy grad students decides to trek out to see "The Ruins" and finChupacabra freebie. You know you want it.
What's not to want? A VW packed with silly, sexy grad students decides to trek out to see "The Ruins" and find the mysterious Chupacabra (that, my dears, is never a good idea but they do it anyway). Instead of deadly man-eating vines, they do indeed find the Chupacabra. And they're super friendly. Alls they want is a wee bit of good lovin'.
This wasn't too bad for what it was (an orgy with many Chupacabra's).(view spoiler)[ If I remember correctly only one dumb couple die and it's not the Chupa's fault. (hide spoiler)] The writing wasn't horrific, it was just a sex-fest with furry beasts and humans. Girl/girl, guy/guy, girl/guy/chupa, guy/guy/Chupa. You know, the normal stuff and any other variation you can imagine. You'll either like it or you won't read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more