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
It started with a post from one of my readers on Facebook talking about Caleb and Olivia. I thought they were talking about my book so I checked it ouIt started with a post from one of my readers on Facebook talking about Caleb and Olivia. I thought they were talking about my book so I checked it out, NOPE, they were discussing a different Caleb and Olivia.
I had to investigate.
THEN, Tarryn and I were both invited to be a part of the 2012 TFEiC Author Meet & Greet in Chicago. We struck up a conversation and it was effortless. We decided to do a buddy read of one another's books.
The more I read, The Opportunist, the more I thought: "This b***h is squatting in my brain."
Same character names (wow), our Caleb's are both blond (ok), our Livvie's are both brunette (interesting...), our Caleb's don't remember their pasts (get the F out of here!). And...WE HAVE THE SAME SENSE OF HUMOR!
From The Opportunist: "He chuckles at me. I envision myself jamming a pen into his trachea. Blood. There would be lots of blood to clean up. I better not."
From my Facebook page: "That awkward moment when someone is pissing you off and they have no idea you're perfectly capable of murder...awesome."
Okay, so enough about how Tarryn is my suspect zero.
I LOVED THE BOOK! Not for its similarities to mine, but for its differences. Tarryn's, Olivia, is conniving and manipulative - but also incredibly honest. I loved that. Most people are selfish, but refuse to admit it. Olivia put it right out there.
I love that Caleb wasn't perfect. NONE of Tarryn's characters are perfect - they are human.
There's been some talk about the ending and let me put my two cents in: This story ended exactly as it should. To suggest otherwise is to miss the point of the story in its entirety. This is not a book about two people falling in and out of love before they 'get it right'. This is a story about personal growth and finding the true meaning of love, which is: Loving someone means putting their needs above your own.
Well done, Tarryn. I can't wait to see you in Chicago and stare into your eyes for the part of my soul you seem to have sucked straight from my mouth as I slept comfortably in my bed as a baby. The force is strong with you. I look forward to doing battle, cuz I'm a MIND NINJA!...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.
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
I read this book a while back. The sex is good, but it felt as though that's all there was available for my consumption. I don't know when it happenedI read this book a while back. The sex is good, but it felt as though that's all there was available for my consumption. I don't know when it happened...but...I guess...I need some substance with my sex. I know - I totally hate myself. LOL! I wanted more out of the story and characters....more
I don't have time to write a review just yet, but I will! This is the best series I've read in 2013 so far and I wish I'd written it! I can't wait toI don't have time to write a review just yet, but I will! This is the best series I've read in 2013 so far and I wish I'd written it! I can't wait to find out how it ends, but I know the author will not disappoint. Holy shit this was good. I feel like I need to find the author and observe his/her method. The skill that went into putting this together! I'm just...I'm a fan...for like...ever!...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
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