This review was written prior to this book being picked up by publisher. Final content may not be reflected in this review.
Moving on: The biggest complThis review was written prior to this book being picked up by publisher. Final content may not be reflected in this review.
Moving on: The biggest compliment I can give to this tale is that I remained awake past my bed time to read 'just a little more'. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Tamir and Neriah. The world created around these characters (Tazier) is at once original and familiar. It had a very Middle Eastern feel to it, coupled with some magic and otherworldly elements (Aladdin meets King Arthur). It was very easy to instantly submerge myself in the scenery and the confines of the story and I really enjoyed that.
The story-telling was superb. I quickly grasped each characters motivations and desires. No plot holes and little to no errors in the text to distract me from greedily making my way from one sentence to the next. I found the story-telling so engrossing that I didn't notice or really take heed of certain elements I usually characterize as 'missing' from a romantic/erotic story. For example, the sex was usually brief and not very descriptive, still, there seemed to be some emotional subtext that made me say 'good enough for me; I don't need a blow-by-blow (no pun intended)'. Also, the story operates in a time warp, entire months/years pass in the mention of one sentence. Normally, I would raise a flag and call that lazy, but somehow - it just worked in this story.
In the end, while I DO wish the story were longer (just so I could spend more time with Tamir and Neriah), I have to say that I was very impressed with this author. 'The Dream of a Thousand Nights' is a ruby in a sea of crap! ...more
In college, upper classmates will tell you: Take the professor, not the class. It’s sage advice. My first thoughts while reading this story were: ReadIn college, upper classmates will tell you: Take the professor, not the class. It’s sage advice. My first thoughts while reading this story were: Read Anthony Beal – no matter what he writes because Anthony Beal is a magnificent writer! His command of the English language is the best I’ve read in a very long time. Reading one of his stories is like taking a trip backward in time when the written word was poetry and prose was an exhibition of skill and imagination. As a writer – I aspire to his level of talent.
That being said, his stories are sexy as all hell! He understands his characters and his reader. He’s able to create a world of back-story in a short number of words so that when his characters interact sexually, you get the full force of their emotions behind their lascivious acts. His grasp on sensuality is unparalleled in modern erotica and you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn’t experience his work for yourself. Read this story – then read Anthony Beal. ...more
Short and sweet. I've read this book all the way through twice now. This usually signals that I love it. Honestly, the prose can be a little sappy inShort and sweet. I've read this book all the way through twice now. This usually signals that I love it. Honestly, the prose can be a little sappy in a lot of places - I'm not the sappy type - but it had enough of everything else to make me overlook it. The sex scenes are scorching hot and the premise is too delicious not to savor. A strong debut from Finn Marlowe. Thanks for the hot read....more
I contributed a story to this anthology and so you might find my opinion biased. However, I must say, I was thoroughly blown away by the talent of myI contributed a story to this anthology and so you might find my opinion biased. However, I must say, I was thoroughly blown away by the talent of my fellow indie writers.
I told Anthony Beal his story was so good it made me want to quit writing! I mean really, the guy is amazing.
Having never read T.S. Addison, I was very impressed with his ability to 1)surprise me 2)turn me on!
Nikki puts a sexy twist on a old Shakespeare favorite and Rushmore Judd actually made me blush. And as for little miss Daisy Dunn...well...she's so hot I had to put her in my story with Nikki.
Read it or don't, but I'm happy to have been a part of it....more
Really enjoyed this book recommended by Belinda McBride. It had all the ingredients I love in a great read: strong, likeable characters, action, sci-fReally enjoyed this book recommended by Belinda McBride. It had all the ingredients I love in a great read: strong, likeable characters, action, sci-fi/fantasy, and lots of scorching sex.
AMBIGUOUS SPOILERS BELOW!
The only reason I'm not giving it a 5-star rating is because I didn't feel as though some of the reactions were equal to the actions in the book. For example, I didn't really get a sense that Victoria was a submissive in denial, so the dub-con scene really threw me for a loop. I mean, it was super hot and sexy, even if it was *incredibly*, uncomfortable to read (btw: I count my real discomfort as a credit to the author for creating such a visceral scene), but in my mind it really painted the heroes as the villains. I did not, until much, much later, understand that the only reason they did it was because they had a moral certainty it was what she wanted. Because I didn't know it was what she wanted, her blase attitude after the fact made me raise my WTF eyebrows. Once her inner yearning(s) were better explained, I let it go rather easily, but it took too long to get there. Furthermore, I thought Victoria fell in love too quickly given the fact that the entire story takes place over a three day period in which her entire life is destroyed and rebuilt.
Still, for all that, I really enjoyed the book and immediately purchased the prequel: Lost Star...more
Loved getting to know Seht and Ravnos better after reading Victorious Star. Couldn't help but feel there was more story to tell in this novel; I feltLoved getting to know Seht and Ravnos better after reading Victorious Star. Couldn't help but feel there was more story to tell in this novel; I felt rushed in some places. Also, the characters once again 'fell in love' a little too quickly for me. Still, loved the characters and it was enough for me to surrender my disbelief....more
EDIT AUGUST 31, 2012: Book comes out at 12:01 EST and I just wanted to say, one more time: THANK YOU ALL FOR THE MOST AMAZING YEAR!
To my Kickstarter coEDIT AUGUST 31, 2012: Book comes out at 12:01 EST and I just wanted to say, one more time: THANK YOU ALL FOR THE MOST AMAZING YEAR!
To my Kickstarter contributors who funded me while I wrote this book - I won't forget you and you are immortal in your special edition copies. Thank you so much for respecting my wishes and holding off on your reviews until official release. Thank you for not spoiling this story. And thank you...for being the most amazing fans - ever.
------------------------------------------------------------------------A note for those of you waiting for the sequel, Seduced in the Dark, BEFORE you read Captive in the Dark: I meant for you to have a break between these two books. I honestly feel that reading them back to back will detract from the experience. The book begins 4 months after the last one and if you haven't had time in between, I think the new tone of the book will throw you off a bit. I don't know for sure, but that's my 'author' input. I didn't split these books up because I wanted to leave you hanging, I did it, so I could leave you breathless....more
Anthony Beal is a writers, writer. His work is not for the masses, but neither is the work of Anais Nin or Walt Whitman. And yes, I put his name in thAnthony Beal is a writers, writer. His work is not for the masses, but neither is the work of Anais Nin or Walt Whitman. And yes, I put his name in that company. He won't like me doing so, probably, but tough, because it's what I believe.
To give away the plot of The Escapists would be to deprive you of a thorough mind f**king (as you can read, I lack Anthony's finesse). Let me just say that his writing is incredibly smart.
If I have anything negative to say, it's that sometimes it can be TOO smart and a reader can get lost in what he is trying to say.
One such paragraph might be: "Reverent house lights dimmed. She took the stage like a wanderer returning home from a trip around the world. Her dress she peeled off like old paint, like the skin of the most sensual and luxuriant fruit the world had ever seen; one tasted by none but kings. Oh, the hours that any man watching would have filled alone with her, naked with her, and oh, the things with which he would have filled them! Forceful acts held at bay only by consideration of their consequences played out with lurid specificity in the heart of each observer. Were these premises not devoted to entertaining gentlemen of the highest caliber, then much sexual criminality might well unfold nightly here." -- Anthony Beal, The Escapists
It can be like finding the meaning in a poem sometimes, but if you can be patient and let the words crystallize in your mind, the experience is well worth it....more
I haven't been reading much lately; I've been busy writing my sequel. Slammed is the first book I've been able to read in almost seven months and it'sI haven't been reading much lately; I've been busy writing my sequel. Slammed is the first book I've been able to read in almost seven months and it's not my typical read.
In all honesty, I don't usually read YA books because they usually don't have any sex in them. I read Colleen Hoover's, Slammed, because she took a HUGE chance recommending my dark erotica to her mainstream audience. I appreciate the hell out of that.
So, what did I think?
At first, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book - that's just me being honest. I thought it hugged the romance 'formula' a little too much for my taste. I admit, I might have walked in with that preconceived notion. However, as I kept reading, I found myself connecting with the emotions in the book. I loved the poetry. I loved the message.
My dad past away several years ago. I don't like to think about it. I don't like to read about death and how to cope. I'm more of a push your emotions down into your stomach until they make you sick type of girl - lol. I cried when Layken found that barrette. I find things sometimes and I just sit there and stare.
I empathized with the anger the characters felt over the eventuality of Layken's mother's prognosis. My dad was diagnosed with cancer and was told he would live 6 months. He lived 6 years, but the time never seemed like enough. Also, I was angry about the fact he kept drinking after he was diagnosed. I felt like he was doing it on purpose - shaking his fist at my anger and grief.
I understood Will and Layken's acceptance. Once my father died, I realized he had lived his life the way HE wanted. He deserved that. Everyone deserves to go their own way. I am still here. I have to find my own way. I forgave him a long time ago.
By the end of this book, I was in tears and thinking about my dad, but more than that, I was thinking, 'Colleen Hoover deserves every ounce of her success'. She has written something very special. Like any author worth a shit - she parted with a piece of her soul. I take it with me.