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Another Brush Stroke (The Carnal Exhibitions #1)

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WE CANNOT LEARN WITHOUT PAIN- ARISTOTLE

Harper's running from her broken past. Haunted and tormented with the echo of the infamous Sculptor's words and the scars his knife left behind.

Evan Hawthorne always gets what he wants. His latest craving is the gorgeous but elusive artist, Harper. His sexual tastes are not for the faint of heart, but he instinctively knows that Har
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Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by LW Barefoot (first published January 21st 2015)
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Candace
*** I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com, in exchange for honest feedback. ***

This book was so much better than I'd expected. I felt like I was holding my breath for most of this book, waiting for Harper to be grabbed by the Sculptor again. On top of that, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out who the Sculptor really was.

Casey is the only surviving victim of the notorious serial killer, the Sculptor. She reinvents herself as H
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Pam
4 carnal stars



Five years ago Casey was the sole focus the Sculpture, a sadistic mad man, loosing herself drugged out in the darkness, until the day she got away. Even though she now lives her life as Harper, who is free from his grasp, she is still his prisoner in her mind. She is forever haunted especially with the knowledge that he is out there. His last threat so fresh in her mind.
“I’ll follow you into the dark, my love, I swear I will come after you.”



An artist by her own rite, she is ti
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Olga therebelreader
This one kinda fell flat for me. I just wanted more intensity, emotion, understanding, growth... At times it was a little slow and drawn out in some areas where I ended up skimming or skipping paragraphs, but it was still a good read.

Copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Vasiliki
Feb 17, 2016 Vasiliki rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Book Enthusiast Promotions via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This is an amazing story! This is the story of Harper. A story straight from hell! I have to say that the prologue of this book, put my hair up and I was doubting to go on. It was too raw, too disturbing and too painful!

The writing of Ms. Barefoot is amazing. Everything was so intense and there were no tips regarding with what will come next. I was so into this story that I was thinking
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Halima
*Copy provided kindly by the author in exchange for an honest review*

3.4 shining stars. (Have a look at my rating scale to get a better understanding)

This novel is entirely gripping! From the first page readers are pulled into the world of Harper/Casey as she unfolds her nightmare experience. I have never come across dark romance but I believe I have just had a taste of it! Being introduced to the Sculptor has to be one of the most chilling experiences I have ever had! I was on the edge of my se
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Kim BookJunkie
3.5 stars rounded up
I was asked by a colleague of the author if I would be interested in reading this book in exchange for an honest review; I obviously accepted. My favorite genre is dark erotica so the synopsis piqued my interest, especially since this story sounded very different from anything else I have read. There certainly were some unique aspects to this story yet I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. With such a creative story line and characters, this book had so much po
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Nov 17, 2015 Alicia ⊱✿⊰ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ⊱✿⊰ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any lovers of BDSM, suspense
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5 STARS

Book kindly provided by author for my honest review.

WOW!!! What a book. I LOVED THIS. It was a book that just grabbed you around the neck from the start and had your attention all the way through. This book contains triggers and is very dark in parts but I thought it was written well and I like a dark read when done well.
Harper/Casey the lead female is messed up and after reading what she went through there is no wonder why she is messed up. She definitely attracts a certain type of male
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Saunders
Jan 24, 2016 Saunders rated it liked it
Another Brush Stroke begins the story of Harper. It starts with a taster of what happened to her under the hands of the serial killer known as the Sculptor. Yep sounds good.

I wont go into the plot completely as there was too much missing and too many parts not explained in book 1. I hope we get the explanations in book 2

Although this is classed as a dark story I didnt get that. I also didnt get the relationship with Ethan. I didnt feel the chemistry. There was also something missing there. so en
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Renee
Jan 27, 2016 Renee rated it it was amazing

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Another Brush Stroke is the first book in The Carnal Exhibitions series by LW Barefoot. Be warned though this book is dark and twisted.

Harper has been through hell. Seen the devil himself and survived. Now a famous artist she lives in terror of The Sculptor with her best friend Jamie. Jamie is Harper's best friend since they survived foster care together and he along with her dog Rufu
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Dani
He didn’t strike me or beat me like his previous victims. But he ripped out my soul and devoured it like the devil himself.

WOW!!!! When I read the synopsis for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. NEEDED to read it. It sounded interesting, different, and intense. It’s all those things and so much more!!

This must be what it’s like to stare at the devil himself. He doesn’t look like a monster at all.

The start of the book is dark, very dark, and as the story develops it sucks you in and
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Heather
Jan 20, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
I liked many parts of this book, but there were also times I didn't like it. Specifically, times when I hated Evan and when Harper annoyed the crap out of me!

This book brings to life what happens after shows like criminal minds or Law and Order SVU end. What happens to the victims after they escape from the torture and abuse. I liked the beginning of the book....seeing how Harper coped (or didn't) with what happened to her, with her memories and how she viewed the rest of the world. I liked that
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Moon Reviews
Nov 29, 2015 Moon Reviews rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange of an honest review*
MUST READ ALERT!!!!
Wow! Just Wow!!!! What An Amazing Book!!!!!
Very well written with an interesting story, characters that are as complexed, flawed and broken as they are deep, sexy and attractive, Another Brush Stroke is a fantastic book!!!! Completely addictive, the story, the plot and the twists are simply brilliant!!!! Thrilling and exciting, a little unsetting and dark at times, super hot and just impossible to put down, i was enthralled
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Lisa
Nov 16, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
OMG! The prologue of this book had me thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?" but then I just had to keep going because it hooks you so well. The story is about Harper having been brutally attacked both physically and psychologically from a serial killer known as the Sculptor. She is his only victim to ever make it out alive, and she fears he is still searching for her five years later. Her foster brother and herself have assumed new identies thanks to the FBI and things seem to be going wel ...more
Cocktails and Books
Harper is running from her past bent on not deal with the lasting effects of what the Sculptor left her. She is closed off and not looking for a relationship at all. Harper is an artist who is very good at what she does. She tries almost desperately keep out of the spotlight no matter who much people want her to do.

Evan Hawthorne is a man who gets what he wants and he wants Harper. He is bent getting to know her and the more she tries to pull from him the more he wants to know her. There are tim
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Carla
Jan 18, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
**Carla's Four Star Review**

I really enjoy dark reads, so it was no surprise that I found this book very appealing. This story line grabbed me from the very beginning and kept my attention right up until the end. Poor Casey aka "Harper" has literally stared into the eyes of the devil himself and lived to tell about it. After surviving a brutal situation, she is left with both physical as well as emotional scars. Sh
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Jessica
Sep 25, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very honored with the privilege of getting to read this book as a beta and I wasn't asked to leave a review but because I enjoyed the book so much that's exactly what I am doing!

First of all this is not the typical genre that I read but I was sucked in immediately!! This author makes you feel everything the characters feel from the fear and pain to the small bouts of happiness and oh the lust! After the reader is done with the book, they will be left wanting more (in a good way) and they
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Kristy
Jan 16, 2016 Kristy rated it it was amazing
*** I was provided an ARC of this book for an honest review via netgalley ***

Rating: 4.5 stars

This booked featured our tortured H Evan Hawthorne and probably even more tortured h Harper. I really enjoyed this book. I think the character development was flawless, and the characters were likeable, in a twisted kinda way.

Evan falls hard and fast for Harper but as they're both carrying heavy burdens, their love is definitely of the more twisted, demented variety. This works for me as I don't mind m
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Karinosa
Jan 17, 2016 Karinosa rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!! Yes, the beginning is dark, but it sets up exactly what you need to know for the whole book. The "who done it" throughout the whole read has me on pins and needles! There are some things I wonder about.. Evan seems like he has a huge secrets. His whole demeanor is interesting. His family and brother have me interested. I am even doubting her bff! If that is not good writing and character building then I do not know what is! I am already down loading the next book! Le ...more
Laura  Redmon
Jan 29, 2016 Laura Redmon rated it it was amazing
This book had my heart racing at every twist and turn it made.
This is the first book from Author LW Barefoot that I have read... and it won't be my last.

I could not put Another Brush Stroke down. Carnal does not even hit the mark of what this author brings us. She has gone above and beyond to blow our minds at every turn.

This book is dark and sensual and will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish.


****I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest re
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Crystal
Jan 06, 2016 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This story is so intense that you just can't stop reading. There's mystery, secrets, and erotic romance that really keeps this story moving along. Never a dull moment and I love that the author doesn't give away too much at once. You not only get the perspective of one character but you get bits and pieces of what all the characters are thinking or going through. Very well written and definitely one of my new favorite books! I highly recommend this series.
Stacy Aube
Jan 29, 2016 Stacy Aube rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for a honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Stacy Aube for Cutting Muse Blog Review.

This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat. It's dark, depraved, damaged but it makes it a really good story. I was very anxious to read this and it lived up to all my expectations and then some. I will be waiting for the next book.
Rose
I’m so torn by this one because there were aspects that I didn’t love but those that I did I loved hard. This is categorized as a dark story and I guess I get why but in true it felt more like a tease. The BDSM aspects of the story I guess could be considered dark but outside of the prologue, which I’ll get to in a minute, the story didn’t feel that dark to me, imho.

The prologue, holy crap. I am not a lover of prologues because in most cases they give away too much but this one worked. It hinted
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Sonia Almeida Dias
Feb 09, 2016 Sonia Almeida Dias rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, erotica
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
By the time I finally write this review I have already finished the 3 books in the series. It took me 3 days of compulsive reading.
Literary speaking I would give this book 3 stars. I liked the suspense story that gives it background, it is well written, and it was interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. This first installment was read in 24hrs. Now, literary review over, whoever does not care about the erotic
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Tonia Amet
Mar 12, 2016 Tonia Amet rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review......To say I LOVED this book seems so mediocre. The more and more I read dark romances the more I find myself drawn to them. This book was beyond fantastic. Harper (or Casey) is trying to live life after being attacked by the infamous "Sculptor". The last thing on her mind getting involved with any man especially the one that has awakened feelings of lust and longing within her. Evan has abnormal tastes and desires that he beli ...more
Naomi
Feb 07, 2016 Naomi rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I went out and got the other three.

This story follows Harper who is a survior of a serial killer named The Sculptor. After five years she meets a man named Evan who is a complete mystery but they clearly have chemstry. Harper finally finds out that he's from a very well to do family and they are definitely not the best people in the world.

Harper has issues still from being kidnapped by The Sculptor, nightmares, trust issues, self esteem issues, the list goes on. E
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J.R. James
Aug 04, 2016 J.R. James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
Excellent from the first words to the cliff-hanger ending.
This starts with a very dark prologue that forms a backdrop to the story, suddenly plunging the reader into a first-person, present tense, account of false imprisonment and rape that is shocking though not explicit, skilfully hinting at the activity without being graphic, while portraying the sense of menace felt by the victim of these disturbing events.
So the scene is set, and five years on, the plot slowly unravels to reveal these prior
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Maria York
Feb 17, 2016 Maria York rated it it was amazing
What an intense, dark and raw story that drawls you in and keeps ahold of you! It's one of those books that you have to keep reading band you truly don't want to put down!
Harpers life has taken a twist and the sick man who has done the twisting is always watching her! She's the only one to get away alive, but not without scars and dreams! She's broken and lost! But when she mets Evan he helps her in many more ways then she has ever known!
So when Harpers tormenter comes back for her can she sta
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Terra Drynan-Werder
Mar 20, 2016 Terra Drynan-Werder rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I haven't read a book in quite some time that has made me feel what was going on in the book, this book certainly did that. LW Barefoot made me feel everything as it was happening to Harper with her words and descriptions. I felt the fear, the uneasiness and the passion and lust. I love that Harper is such a strong woman even with all that has happened to her in her short life. Evan while your typical alpha male is also not your typical alpha ...more
Penelope
Feb 12, 2016 Penelope rated it really liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This book was different, the way it started out immediately pulled me into the heart of the main character. Her life unfolds after a traumatic experience and she is numb the entire time until she meets Evan, where a spark occurs and she is taken down in a whirlwind of romance and fear. the ending does end on a cliffhanger which took away a star but I will be purchasing the second book.
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In a small town in Oklahoma, I was raised by an endless dreamer of a father. He spun fantastical stories of a heroine that slayed her own dragons, while jamming to the best music imaginable. I've been slaying dragons since and as much as I love fantasy, I believe magic is real and tangible in the very world we live in.
I, like many others before me, believe deeply in the destructive and healing pow
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The Carnal Exhibitions (3 books)
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  • Another Brush of Love (The Carnal Exhibitions #3)

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